Arctic Internship

About

 

The Arctic Internship Fellowship provides funding for select University of Michigan students to complete a summer internship at one of the following: The Center for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary; the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska; or the Labrador Institute. The granting of this fellowship is contingent on the participating organizations' ability and desire to accept nominated students so the number of awards may fluctuate from year to year. In 2013, applicants came from disciplines that included: neuroscience, political science, international studies, public policy, ecology, and evolutionary biology.

Students worked on the following projects:

The Labrador Institute


Researching the legislative and policy landscape surrounding conservation, and  protection of Labrador ecosystems. Working with the Secretariat serves the Torngat Joint Fisheries Board and the Torngat Widlife and Plants Co-Management Board, two Institutions of Public Government functioning in conservation, created from the 2005 Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement.

Researching three native populations of Labrador: The Innu, Inuit, and Metis, at the Mokami Status of Women Council.

Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska

Researching food security and implications for the native Inuit population.

 

The Center for Military and Strategic Studies 

Researching  China’s Arctic policy and its economic interests in the Arctic region;

Researching the post World War II activity of Russian submarines and arctic security.

 

Partner Oganizations

The Program in International & Comparative Studies (PICS) is partnering with three organizations to offer internship opportunities for students interested in the Arctic region.

  

The Center for Military and Strategic Studies (CMSS)
at the University of Calgary

  • Area of Interest: International Security
  • CMSS has established Arctic Security as a focus of their studies with a global view but a Canadian perspective. If the U.S. is to develop any significant security presence in the Arctic then Canada, with its enormous northern coastline, must be our close partner, and its security aims must be coordinated with our own.
  • Internship includes: Travel expenses, housing, access to the University of Calgary Library/archives which would also include the collections and the Museum of the Regiments, and a workspace within CMSS. Applicants submit a proposal for particular work assignment.

To learn more about what they do, visit the website of The Center for Military and Strategic Studies.

Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska (ICC-AK)

  • Areas of Interest: Policy and Advocacy for Indigenous People; Economic Development and Social Services; Health Issues Related to Climate /Ecology
  • The ICC is an international NGO that represents the interest of approximately 155,000 Inuit of the U.S., Canada, Greenland, and Russia.
  • Internship includes: Travel expenses, housing, and indigenous policy-related work for a policy and advocacy group for indigenous peoples of the Arctic.

To learn more about what they do, visit the website of the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska

ICC-Alaska is not participating in the program for Summer 2014. 

Labrador Institute

  • Areas of Interest: Climate Change/Meteorology, Wildlife, Ocean Science
  • The Labrador Institute is a small extension of the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Projects include social science work related to indigenous peoples as well as natural science projects related to the sub-arctic.
  • Internship includes: Travel expenses, housing, and collaborative project(s) ranging from environment, climate, to development of culturally relevant curriculum and materials for use in aboriginal schools.

To learn more about what they do, visit the website of the Labrador Institute

  • NEW for Summer 2014: Scott Neilsen researcher and  PhD Candidate in the Archaeology Department at Memorial University of Newfoundland is running an ongoing archaeology project on First Nations community in Labrador. Project aims to understand the history and archaeology of the First Nations peoples who have lived, and continue to live, in Interior Labrador. More information can be found at his webpage and http://nlarchaeology.wordpress.com/.

Apply

The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) in collaboration with the International Institute (II) announces a call for applications from students interested in working as interns in the Arctic region or on projects related to the Arctic during the summer of 2014. The Arctic Internship Fellowship provides funding for select University of Michigan students to complete a summer internship at one of the following: The Center for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary; the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska; or the Labrador Institute. The granting of this fellowship is contingent on the partner organizations' ability and desire to accept nominated students so the number of awards may fluctuate from year to year. Students graduating in WN/SP/SU 2014 are not eligible to apply.

Eligibility

Undergraduate students at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor from any department are eligible to apply. Grants of up to $2,000 to will be awarded to a limited number of students. Funding can be used by the student to pay travel and living expenses. These funds are primarily intended for students working unpaid, but if students are being paid, it is possible to receive funding to offset expenses not covered by the host organization.

Award Criteria

Priority will be given to applications from students with an interest in or working on topics related to the Arctic region, and related to the work of the host institution.

Applications

The following items must be emailed by the deadline:

  • funding request cover sheet
  • one-page description of your interest and background in the region, and skills you would like to develop in an internship
  • curriculum vitae or resume
  • one letter of recommendation

Applications will be reviewed by members of the II committee and staff members of hosting organizations. Awards will be based on the quality of the materials submitted. 

NB. 

  • Students graduating in WN/SP/SU 2014 are not eligible to apply. 
  • Please keep in mind that the Labrador Institute  and the Center for Military and Strategic Studies (CMSS) are in Canada. All students going abroad must have a passport that is valid for 6 months after the program end date. You are responsible for determining entry and exit requirements for any countries that you will be traveling to. 
  • Have you applied for additional funding? If yes, list the sources of funding that you have applied for, or are being considered for on the funding request cover sheet. Have you been awarded additional funding? If yes, list the source(s) and amount ($) awarded from each source.
  • University of Calgary (CMSS) and  Memorial University of Newfoundland (Labrador Institute) have both their own requirements for students coming to their campuses as interns. The interns would be considered under the “unpaid intern” category which means no insurance or liability coverage. Thus, students would need their own health/medical insurance. Please visit the U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance website for more information. Current cost is $1.10/day plus a $5 administrative cost. http://www.uhs.umich.edu/tai/

Deadline

Applications are Friday, February 14, 2014 by 5pm (for Summer 2014)

Contact and Delivery Information

Email applications to:

is-fellowships@umich.edu
Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS)
International Institute
1080 S. University, Suite 2660
734.764.2268