Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) develops cutting edge strategies and resources to assist large institutions; including state and local governments, universities, and corporations, in purchasing socially and environmentally responsible products and services. Interns will work with the RPN Manager in one or more of the following areas:   1. Researching and indexing environmentally preferable purchasing policies   2. Keeping track of RPN-related developments via news sources, new legislation, environmental blogs, etc…  3. Building and linking a RPN glossary of procurement and environmental terms  4. Assisting with membership renewals and prospecting for new members.

Schedule: 16-32 hrs/week, 10-12 week internship
Approximate start date: June 1
Compensation: Unpaid
Location: Washington, DC (3 blocks from the Takoma Metro Station on the red line.)
Deadline: Apply by May 15, 2009

In your cover letter, please indicate which of the above tasks interests you most and explain why. Also indicate your availability (part-time or full-time). Interns may also assist RPN staff with ongoing projects on an as-needed basis.

Supervisor: The Responsible Purchasing Network Intern(s) will report to Vincent Kitira, RPN Manager.

All applicants should have the following qualities:

* Interest in green products, sustainability issues and policymaking
* Solid organizational skills
* Attention to detail
* Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with Word, Excel and Outlook
* Ability to work well as part of a team

Preferred applicants will have the following qualifications:

* Research experiences, especially those involving green products
* Knowledge of policymaking, sustainability issues, and/or green business strategies
* Previous web-editing experience
* Previous office work experience

The RPN Intern will be exposed to green purchasing from a variety of perspectives. The Intern will have specific projects to complete over the summer and will learn a variety of professional skills in the process. Our ideal candidate will be passionate about making a positive impact by promoting the use of environmentally preferable products.

Please send your cover letter and resume to Vincent Kitira
Please note: NO PHONE CALLS. Please do not contact us regarding the status of your application – we will contact you if we would like to pursue next steps.

© 2009, Tracey de Morsella. All rights reserved. Do not republish.

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Author: Tracey de Morsella (323 Articles)

Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine,, Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine,, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.