College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Opportunities 10/8/10

October 5, 2010

I. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders White House Initiative
II. Develop National Program
III. Alternative breaks
IV. Global Water Brigades
V. HMS - Health project in India
VI. Tricon Films and Television
VII. Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program

I. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders White House Initiative
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is Seeing Interns for Spring 2011. The Initiative is responsible for the implementation of the President's Executive Order 13515 dated October 14, 2009. Its purpose is to develop, monitor, and coordinate executive branch efforts to improve the quality of life of AAPIs through increased participation in federal programs. The Initiative is housed at the Department of Education but its scope is government-wide.

The Initiative has a very small staff and a very broad mandate, which means that the work is plentiful and interesting. We believe that our interns have much to contribute, and we value them highly.

Intern Duties
* Performing research on AAPI issue areas, including education, health, sustainable neighborhoods, economic development, civil rights, and labor and employment
* Writing policy memos and proposals to improve government programs for AAPIs
* Conducting outreach to national and local AAPI organizations, elected officials, and ethnic media outlets
* Creating communication strategies around social media
* Coordinating events

Intern Qualifications
* Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student (must be enrolled at least half-time)
* Outstanding research and writing skills
* Experience working with AAPI communities or familiarity with the issues
* Detail-oriented
* Team player
* Advanced knowledge of various software applications to include but not limited to Microsoft Office
* Communications experience is a plus!

Interns are eligible for transit benefits, which cover the cost of commuting to and from work on public transportation.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample with the subject "SPRING INTERNSHIP 2010" to Audrey Buehring at by October 15, 2010. Please be advised that if selected to work as an intern, you will have to undergo a security background check.

II. Develop National Program
DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences training and development program. Students work on Earth science research projects, mentored by science advisors from NASA and partner agencies and extend research results to local communities. The projects demonstrate to community leaders how NASA science measurements and predictions can be utilized to address local policy issues. They are holding an info session Thursday, Nov. 4th, 1:30-3:00 PM, in 260 Mulford Hall.

For more information, please click here.

III. Alternative breaks
Alternative Breaks is now accepting applications for:
* Animal Welfare: Rethinking Social Justice to Include Our Furry Friends
* We Are Human: Immigration & Arizona (*new for Spring 2011)
* Food for Thought: Food Justice & Sustainability
* Homelessness in the Bay Area
* Health in Urban LA
* Central Valley
* Health & Education in the Kumeyaay Community
* Rebuilding the Gulf Coast
* The Border Crossed Them: Deconstructing the US-Mexico Relationship

Applications will be available online on our website starting next Monday, OCTOBER 4th! The deadline for all applications will be on Sunday, OCTOBER 17th at 5PM, so make sure to get it in before then!

Mark your calendars, because we will also have info sessions at which you will be able to find out more about Alt Breaks in general and meet and talk to the Break Leaders for each of our nine trips!

All info sessions will be taking place in 183 DWINELLE from 6-7PM
* Wednesday, October 13th

If you can't make it, email with questions and/or we'll do our best to set up a time to meet with you in person!

Please visit their website at for more information.

IV. Global Water Brigades
Global Water Brigades (GWB) is an international network of young professionals and university students who travel to developing countries to design and implement clean water solutions. In collaboration with Medical and Public Health, this program empowers young people to build relationships with rural communities and create unique and integrated water projects while learning about rural development issues firsthand. The program currently focuses in Central America, with elements of education, sanitation, purification and infrastructural development in an effort to counteract preventable water-born diseases and parasites.

This year's student Brigade will travel to Honduras over Spring Break for a one-week service trip with an accompanying DeCal class throughout the spring semester. General information sessions will be held on Wednesday October 13th in Dwinelle 183 at 7pm, and Thursday October 14th in 2032 VLSB at 7pm.

This Spring brigade will be Berkeley's sixth GWB trip to Honduras, so come become a part of a pioneering endeavor and students of all majors are encouraged to come!

For more information, check out
or contact Clare McInerney at

V. HMS - Health project in India
Haath Mein Sehat (HMS) is a UC Berkeley student organization dedicated to reducing diarrheal illness among primary school students in the urban slums of Mumbai and Hubli, India through collaborative WASH interventions. We are supported by the Blum Center for Developing Economies and pride ourselves on consistently having teams composed of undergraduate and graduate students from all majors and disciplines.

HMS is currently recruiting new members to travel to India for Summer 2011and to work on the project on campus throughout the school year. If you are interested in applying, please visit our website for project details and requirements:

We strongly recommend you to attend one of our two info-sessions to meet current members and to get a sense of the HMS culture.
*Info Session 1:* Monday, October 11, 7-8pm, 151 Barrows
*Info Session 2:* Thursday, October 21, 7-8, location TBD (see website)

*Application deadline:* Monday, November 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm

VI. Tricon Films and Television
Tricon Films and Television ( is looking for new ideas for documentary style shows that include, but are not limited to, science, technology, history, nature, animal, pet themes and psychology.

Tricon is proud of producing educational programming on networks such as A&E, National Geographic, Discovery and The History Channel, and want to continue to do so.

Any ideas chosen for further development will be rewarded 500 dollars with a potential of further paid research contract. If anyone is interested in the project our website is:

If you have any questions or feedback please email me at

VII. Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program
UC Berkeley students are invited to apply to the Minority Health- Global Health Fellowship (AKA MHIRT or Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program).
Program Goals:
*To empower underrepresented health sciences students, by providing opportunities to bring their knowledge and research training to under-served communities in the developed and developing world.
*To promote the translation of knowledge from the global South to the North, by encouraging students to identify ways in which their experiences abroad can inform health and research practices in the U.S.
*To build capacity at U.C. Berkeley and our developing country partner sites, by providing new resources, increased student and faculty exchange, and new collaborative research projects.
*To address the growing student interest in global health across the campus, and to provide international research experiences with a focus on health in developing countries. The UC Berkeley MHIRT program is administered by the the Biology Scholars Program and the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases.

Program Description:
* US and International research experience (Spring semester in US lab followed by 10 week Summer research in foreign host lab)
* Mandatory Global Health Disparities Research Course to prepare for international research ( Spring 2011: Public Health C117/Intergrative Bio C19)
* Students present research at annual Global Health Research Symposium (Fall 2011)
* Conference travel awards available to participants who complete the program

* Must be US Citizen or Permanent Resident from a health disparity community
* Must be currently enrolled UCB undergraduate or graduate student (MPH or Ph.D.)
* Must be enrolled in classes through Spring 2011 (OK if you are graduating in Spring)
* Must be able to commit to the FULL program (MHIRT course Public Health C117/Intergrative Bio C195, Fall Conference)
* Individual projects may have specific qualifications/prerequisites

2011 Research Projects
Research locations for 2011 include: China, Brazil, India, Namibia,and Uganda. See the website for descriptions of each project:

Applications are due by midnight NOVEMBER 1. Please see the website for more information and to download the application ( Email questions to