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General Operations Internship at the RCC

Since its founding in 2009, the Rachel Carson Center has become one of the world's most prominent and relevant research centers in the environmental humanities. Our mission is to advance research and discussion on the interrelationship between humans and nature. We contribute to public and scholarly debates about past transformations and future challenges in environment and society, harnessing the interpretative power of the humanities (and social sciences) to contextualize technologies, economies, and policies.

About the Internship

Working within a highly international setting, this internship provides the opportunity to gain insight into the administration of an acclaimed academic institution. It is also your chance to attend weekly events, socialize with our accomplished body of international researchers, and get a new and unique perspective on the important issues of our time. The internship will start January/February 2024 and run for three months. Specific start and end dates are flexible.

Areas in which the interns support our staff (among others): 

  • Working on our digital platforms (website, magazine, etc.)
  • Working on our publications
  • Writing conference reports
  • Supporting RCC Graduate Programs
  • Editing videos
  • Coordinating our social media presence
  • Helping to prepare and execute conferences and events
  • Fulfilling general office duties 

Please note: RCC interns are not involved in research.


  • The successful candidate will speak and write English fluently; they will also demonstrate an interest (relevant course work/degree/seminar papers) in environmental humanities or sciences. 
  • Candidates must be enrolled in a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree program. We cannot accept applications from post-doctoral candidates.  
  • International applicants are welcome as long as they fullfil the above criteria. Visas are the applicant's responsibility. 

Internship Structure

  • 20-30 hours per week, spread over three months.
  • Regular working schedule each week (9:30–16:00, Monday to Friday).
  • The RCC recommends additional funding by home universities or Erasmus+ grants.

Application Structure

Our working language is English, therefore all applications must be in English. To apply, please submit a self-written application by 30 November 2023 to interns@carsoncenter.lmu.de. The application should include the following:

  • Your availability (when you are available to work).
  • A statement of interest, no longer than 2500 characters including spaces. It should describe your motivation and highlight any special skills.
  • Your CV (no longer than 3000 characters including spaces).
  • References: the names and addresses of two professors/supervisors (or other qualified persons) who are willing to be called on to give a personal reference. 

Please format all the above into one PDF document. Please apply via email only. 

Applications not following the above application structure and/or our internship structure won't be considered.

Application Process 

  • Send your application to the above-mentioned email address. You'll receive an automatic reply as confirmation.
  • Interviews are either conducted at the RCC or online via Zoom with two members of the general staff.
  • We usually respond to the interviewed candidates as soon as all interviews have taken place.

For questions or to apply, please contact: interns@carsoncenter.lmu.de