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Environmental Health Content Internship  |  Ingredient Specialist Internship

MADE SAFE® is the first nontoxic certification in the country to verify that products across consumer product categories, from baby bottles to bedding to personal care, are made with safe ingredients not known or suspected to harm human health, animals, or ecosystems. Products carrying the MADE SAFE seal have undergone rigorous and scientific ingredient screening to ensure they don’t contain known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, reproductive toxins, neurotoxins, behavioral toxins, flame retardants, heavy metals, high risk pesticides, insecticides, toxic solvents, VOCs, or GMOs, according to authoritative lists from around the world. Ingredients are further examined by a researcher for bioaccumulation, persistence, general and aquatic toxicity, as well as ecosystem harm screening. MADE SAFE aims to change the way products are made in this country to ultimately eliminate toxic chemicals from the marketplace altogether. Learn more about our process here.


Environmental Health Content Internship
Location: Virtual

This position is 5-10 hours/week under the supervision of the Executive Director and Screening Manager. Credit is offered. This is a virtual position. Team members are based in New York, California, and Wisconsin.

The Content Intern will gather scientific information, research products, brands, and other related topics in order to assist with content synthesis. This position also includes idea generation, writing, revising, and editing, as necessary for content-based projects. Content includes blogs, fact sheets, What’s in That Chemical Profiles, brand certification announcements, and other content-based materials.

Assist the Executive Director and Content team with translating science into easy-to-understand, useful, and actionable information for consumers. The right candidate should have interest in the ways in which human and environmental health are affected by toxic substances in consumer products, as well as an interest in building a safer and more sustainable future through the manufacture of clean products made with safe ingredients.

The right person will be a highly motivated, organized, quick-learning candidate with excellent communications skills.

Responsibilities include:

  • Researching and compiling information on standard industry processes, i.e. what materials and chemicals go into making a particular category of products, category of substances, or a specific substance in order to provide distilled information to consumers about such products.
  • Writing blogs about brands the organization is working with.
  • Reading complicated scientific information in order to compile, synthesize, and/or analyze information and research for a project. This includes scientific journals, industry reports, government and regulatory information, and more.
  • Researching and writing fact sheets, chemical and product profiles, blog posts, and other content as needed.
  • Pursuing relevant projects of interest to the intern, as approved by the Content team.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to translate complex science in a way that the average person can understand
  • Interest in environmental science, science journalism or writing, public health, environmental writing, or other relevant field
  • Proficiency in reading complicated scientific information in order to compile, synthesize, and/or analyze information and research for a project. This includes scientific journals, industry reports, government and regulatory information, and more.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Highly motivated
  • Ability to work independently and track time spent on projects
  • Desire to work with a dynamic startup.

All individuals with the skills listed above are encouraged to apply. The organization will provide training for the right candidate.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to info@madesafe.org


Ingredient Specialist Internship
Location: Virtual

This position is 5-10 hours/week under the supervision of the Executive Director and Screening Manager. Credit is offered. This is a virtual position. Team members are based in New York, California, and Wisconsin.

The Ingredient Specialist Intern will gather, synthesize, and analyze scientific and industry information and research to support the MADE SAFE (Made With Safe Ingredients™) Screening Process. This intern will be a critical part of the Screening team, contributing to our base of strong ingredient and materials science and knowledge across consumer product categories.

Responsibilities include:

  • Researching and compiling information on manufacturing processes, i.e. what materials and chemicals go into making a particular category of products, category of substances, or a specific substance.
  • Exploring categories for MADE SAFE certification expansion, including clothing, furniture, cookware, etc. This includes information on what kinds of materials MADE SAFE should review to be prepared for expansion, toxic effects associated with those materials, and other relevant information. It also includes researching, compiling, synthesizing, and analyzing available information on human, environmental, animal and aquatic toxicity for an individual substance or class of substances.
  • Researching and writing fact sheets, chemical and product profiles, blog posts, large reports, and other content as needed.
  • Assisting the Screening Manager in reviewing ingredients for MADE SAFE certification, as needed. This may include: researching specific substances, calling material suppliers to request additional information on an ingredient, assisting in screening bookkeeping and organization, etc.
  • Pursuing relevant projects of interest to the intern, as approved by the Screening team.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • Strong science background in chemistry, engineering, materials science, biology, environmental science, or other relevant field
  • Strong background in “desk” research (data and information collection from existing scientific sources). Proficiencies and skills required: use of academic databases, discerning information credibility in scientific research and general online research, literature reviews, research synthesis, proper sourcing, etc.
  • Desire to work with a dynamic startup
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Basic proficiency in Excel
  • Ability to work independently and track time spent on projects
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to translate complex science in a way that the average person can understandInterest in the ways in which human and environmental health are affected by toxic substances in consumer products, as well as an interest in building a safer and more sustainable future through the manufacture of clean products made with safe ingredients.

Highly motivated and quick-learning candidates who are not yet proficient in all of the skills listed above are encouraged to apply. The organization will provide training for the right candidate.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to screening@madesafe.org