Quebec-Labrador Foundation

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PICS Organization Name
Quebec-Labrador Foundation

Website
http://www.qlf.org/programs/leadership/interns-volunteers/

City/State
Montreal, Canada

Weekly Stipend
$450

Public Transportation
Yes

Housing Provided
Yes; housing cost: $1,200 CAD/month for a single room in downtown Montreal.

Former Interns
Lois Wu '23, Gab Duguay '22

Former Intern Projects
2020 (Lois Wu '23)

Organization Description

The Quebec-Labrador Foundation/Atlantic Center for the Environment (QLF) is a Registered Charity in Canada and Not-for-profit Organization in the U.S. with offices in Montréal, Québec, and Ipswich, Massachusetts. QLF’s program mission is defined in two parts: a regional component (New England and eastern Canada), and an international component, which ties our regional model to a global network. QLF exists to promote global leadership development, to support the rural communities and environment of eastern Canada and New England, and to create models for stewardship of natural resources and cultural heritage that can be shared worldwide.

For nearly six decades, QLF has been distinguished through its unique approach of working across borders: politically, between two countries; geographically, within a bioregion; and locally, among the mixture of religious denominations and ethnic identities, which make up the rural population of eastern Canada and New England.

QLF began as an organization providing community service and leadership programs for young people living in isolated fishing communities along the Quebec-Labrador coast. In the mid-1970s, programs were expanded both geographically and programmatically when QLF offered residential conservation camps and experiential outdoor leadership opportunities for youths, adults, and families. In 1977, the Atlantic Center for the Environment was created to develop Community-based Conservation Programs and Conservation Internships across Eastern Canada and New England – now, our regional flagship programs.

In 1981 QLF recognized its regional programs could be an effective model as countries looked for ways to address environmental issues over an international border and established International Conservation Programs to foster an exchange of experience and conservation innovation among organizations and individuals in other regions that share challenges and opportunities. Today, our program model of cross-border, bioregional conservation is shared beyond our home region of Eastern Canada and New England – with conservation leaders and practitioners in Europe; Central and Southeast Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; the Middle East, North Africa, the Gulf States; and East and Southeast Asia.

Binding all programs together is QLF’s commitment to leadership development through community-based conservation and the stewardship of natural resources and cultural heritage.
Princeton students QLF worked with in the past have always been outstanding young professionals. QLF President Emeritus, Larry Morris, is a Princeton Alumnus, and he and the entire QLF staff values the opportunity to work with current Princeton students. We would greatly benefit from having an Intern from Princeton again this year, as PICS has proven many times that participating students are a great match to QLF’s organization and mission.

Internship Description

The student QLF will hire will work out of its Montreal office on the Global Leadership Network (GLN) and The Sounds Conservancy (TSC) Marine Conservation Program.

The GLN is QLF’s Network of 5,000 Alumni (former Volunteers, Interns, and International Fellows), and Partner Organizations representing 75 countries. By engaging QLF’s Network via online meetings and workshops, and through a virtual platform, the GLN Online is an interactive website designed to enhance collaboration between Alumni on a global level. The objective of the GLN is to mobilize the efforts of an extraordinary group of community and conservation leaders (Alumni) allowing them to share knowledge and conservation innovation; launch programs, program partnerships and teams of consultants with Alumni; share resources, knowledge and best practices; convene conservation and stewardship practitioners online; establish teams of GLN Consultants to catalyze action and address common challenges and opportunities in rural communities worldwide; and link to multiple conservation networks worldwide. A GLN Intern will conduct interviews with and write biographies and stories about QLF Alumni (in English). These articles will be posted on QLF’s website and the GLN Online. The GLN Intern will also assist in managing data entry as Alumni sign onto the site; interviewing Alumni and featuring their work and accomplishments each week; assist in directing webinars and online meetings; and assist in facilitating new partnerships and consulting teams among conservation leaders in communities worldwide.

The Sounds Conservancy Marine Conservation Program is a marine research program along the Sound estuaries and coastal waters of southern New England and New York. The program is designed to secure the conservation and preservation of its marine resources through a small grants program in support of marine education, research, advocacy, and conservation. Each year, The Sounds Conservancy provides up to thirty small grants in support of marine research, conservation and stewardship, and environmental education. Grantees are affiliated with some of the leading universities and organizations along the Sounds to include: University of Connecticut, Avery Point; Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; University of Rhode Island; the American Museum of Natural History; Audubon (Massachusetts and Rhode Island); and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Each summer, The Sounds Conservancy Intern writes narratives on the research of each grantee, which is added to an electronic publication that documents the program’s work over the last two decades. As well, this Intern (working with a Webmaster) will provide the narratives of each grantee to the program’s interactive website and facilitate online meetings and new partnerships among grantees.

Internship Qualifications

This position will require highly developed communication skills. QLF is seeking a smart individual who is willing to work hard and can take initiative; a Princeton student would be an excellent asset for us in filling this position.

Prospective interns should have strong experience in communications, as well as writing and editing. Knowledge of online communication platforms, digital or web design and infographics are also an asset.

  • Team member and team builder
  • Excellent writer, editor, and researcher
  • Interested in people
  • Comfortable conducting interviews
  • Takes initiative
  • Sensitive to other cultures
  • Good judgement
  • Good work ethic
  • Sense of humor
  • Works well in office environment
  • Positive attitude

**Writing sample required: A one-page biography on a well-known author and any report, article or essay written in the last academic year.

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
6/14/21 - 8/6/21

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, History and Diplomacy

Could This Internship Take Place Remotely if Needed?
Yes

Additional Info

**Writing sample required: A one-page biography on a well-known author and any report, article or essay written in the last academic year.

Evaluation Excerpt

My work environment was that of a small, collaborative non-profit. Everyone was very friendly and I interacted with a variety of QLF staff over my 8-week internship. I was included in the professional and social life of the organization, through webinar planning meetings and weekly meetings with my supervisor and one other co-worker. -- Lois Wu '23

My internship exceeds all expectations on the educational and social changing front. I was able to have a hand in environmental education for young kids, and learned a lot about the environment and species at risk that I never knew before. I was surrounded by dedicated people and learned the value of hard work and passion as a means of action.
—Izzy Mangan '19

My experience was not just task-based, but full of personal investment in developing long-term relationships, professional skills, networks, and competences. --Gab Duguay '22

I absolutely loved the people I worked with. They were all similar in age to myself, which made for a positive and friendly work environment. I ended up forming strong friendships with all of my direct colleagues. I looked forward to going to work. I was definitely respected, even as an intern.
—Emily Erdos '19