Sample cover letter for Internship position at Sustainability Hub
Internal Relations Officer
I am writing to apply for the volunteer position of Internal Relations Officer at the Erasmus Sustainability Hub currently posted on SIN-Online. I have been following the development of the Erasmug and I am very interested in supporting this and other projects throughout the upcoming year. I believe that my curiosity, motivation and excellent communication skills make me suitable for this position.
Having studied in an international environment my whole life, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with a great variety of people and cultures. This has not only taught me how to communicate a message across to individuals and work efficiently within diverse groups but also aroused a sense of curiosity in me that allows me to connect easily with people. In addition to this, my education has enabled me to strengthen my language capabilities. I am fluent in Czech, my native language, as well as in English. I also have a good command in French and German.
During my Geographical studies at the European School of Luxembourg, I developed a strong environmental awareness. I learned about the impacts of human industry on the environment while studying global warming and tourism. During these classes I realized how important sustainability is for us to preserve the Earth for future generations and believe that one way to achieve this is to help businesses adopt sustainable environmental practices. I am also interested in sustainability because it is one of the key drivers behind innovation. This innovation is important for businesses because it not only includes inventing green products but also improving the business operations to become more effective by reducing costs and waste and also enhancing the brand image.
Another reason for my interest in this position is the fact that the Sustainability Hub has opened just recently and therefore I could directly contribute to its creation and growth. For this reason, and for the fact that the team is made up of volunteers, I also believe that the team will be passionate and enthusiastic about the different projects and therefore it will be fun working at the Hub. As a communicative person, I enjoy working in teams. I particularly appreciate the diverse opinions and perspectives that can be learnt from other group members.
As a quick learner and someone who enjoys learning through experience, I am eager to gain more hand on experience and practical knowledge offered by the position at the Sustainability Hub.
In closing, I am excited about the possibility of working at the Sustainability Hub and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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With world oil production approaching a plateau, energy demand soaring, growing talk of global warming, and fossil-fuel habits under scrutiny, you may be worried about the employment outlook for traditional energy industries like oil. But according to Kevin Doyle, author of The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century, there is a bright side for job hunters: Renewable energy.
Once more, this trend toward renewable energy appears more than a fad among both consumers and providers. Not only are subsidiaries of fossil fuel companies, like BP Solar and GE Wind Energy, industry players now, but their very involvement means the favorable federal and state tax treatment of related technologies won't go away, Doyle says.
For job seekers, that all translates into opportunity in a wide range of niches, including wind, solar, hydrogen fuel cells and bioenergy.
Wind Will Power Thousands of Careers in the 2000s
Wind will supply a small but significant fraction of the nation's energy needs in the coming decades, if advocates have their way.
"In the short term, wind energy is our best bet for domestic job creation in alternative energy," Doyle predicts. From 1999 to 2004, the global wind power industry grew 26 percent per year, he says.
Most jobs at wind plants are in turbine installation and maintenance. "Installers with a two-year degree can come in earning $40,000 or more," Doyle says.
Solar Energy's Future Is Bright Across Specialties
"(Solar power) companies hire a wide array of technicians and engineers," Doyle says. This variety reflects the technological diversity of the industry, which ranges from solar heating and passive solar architecture to the design of photovoltaic cells that convert the sun's radiant energy into electricity.
Significant employers in the solar industry include BP Solar, GE Energy, Kyocera, Mitsubishi, Sanyo, Sharp, Shell Solar and Siemens.
Hydrogen Fuel Cells Hold Promise but Remain Controversial
Fuel cells, clean and efficient producers of electrochemical energy, are considered by some to be the holy grail of sustainable energy.
"A fuel-cell economy based on hydrogen generated by atomic energy -- that would be a revolutionary change away from fossil fuels for transportation," Doyle explains. Of course, the A-word -- atomic -- makes fuel cells as controversial as they are promising.
"Fuel cells and hydrogen are a huge challenge to engineers," Doyle says. Fuel cell R&D requires top research talent, not run-of-the-mill engineering. And the creation of a national network of hydrogen fueling stations would be an enormous undertaking.
Hundreds of firms are involved in the development or manufacture of fuel cells, their components and the infrastructure necessary to deliver hydrogen to vehicles across the country. These employers in the high tech fuel cell industry include BASF, Boeing, Delphi, DuPont Fuel Cells, Honeywell, Motorola and Toshiba.
Bioenergy and Biofuels Focus of Bush Administration Investment
Some say America's energy future should belong in part to biofuels, which are derived from recently living biomass, as opposed to fossil fuels, which are from the remains of ancient creatures. Yes, among other forms of bioenergy, we're talking about cars that run on derivatives of cow patties.
Biofuels are one of the alternative energy initiatives championed by the White House. "We're investing in…alternative fuels for automobiles like ethanol and biodiesel," said President George W. Bush in his February 18, 2006, radio address.
Government Jobs in Alternative Energy
As in many sectors, abundant federal and state government opportunities in alternative energy are often overlooked by job seekers.
"The Department of Energy has specific programs in biomass, geothermal, hydropower solar, wind and nuclear," says John Palguta, vice president for policy and research at the Partnership for Public Service. "Much of the work is actually carried out in laboratories owned by the federal government but operated by private contractors."
But federal employees such as program managers and budget analysts are still needed to oversee these research and development efforts. The research jobs include roles for engineers, physical scientists, geophysicists and hydrologists.
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