Category: Internships

Material Life Cycle Research Intern – 2019/2020

Application Deadline: September 15th, 2019 

Start date: September 23, 2019 

Required Hours: 120 hrs per semester

Position for credit and max $1000 honorarium per semester


Send a letter of intent, including any research experience to Anna Timm-Bottos at reuse@concordia.ca


Are you knowledgeable life-cycle assessment/research? Passionate about sustainability? Want to apply your academics in a practical way? Curious to learn about creative reuse and get involved with our team? We want to meet you!

Concordia University’s Centre for Creative Reuse or CUCCR, is a Concordia wide initiative that collects and diverts usable materials from the university waste-stream, making them available to the Concordia Community in one central location. By carefully sorting and displaying these previously unwanted materials we open up creative possibilities, intersections of imagination and innovation for all. 

We are looking for a student-researcher to carry out Life-cycle assessments of materials commonly seen in CUCCR. As part of the position you will assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling. 

This residency is in partnership with Sustainable Concordia and directly linked to their mandate of institutionalizing sustainability. As such, part of this work involves critically examining the university’s material purchasing strategies that currently includes many unsustainable materials.  We believe that universities have a crucial role to play in developing an ecologically aware, socially just, and economically responsible society.

Goal of the internship: 

As the research resident you would be responsible for researching the material flow of specific materials common to CUCCR including (but not exclusive to) foam core, dyes, plastic, wood. In addition, you would develop a map and analysis of the environmental and social impacts of the materials from extraction, through production and consumption, ending in waste with a specific reflection on reuse. 

This would provide an opportunity for CUCCR users and the community at large to learn more about the (un)sustainability of common materials and the impacts of their reuse. This research would ideally allow for a deeper reflection on the materials being used and reused, which has been a main goal of the project but so far unrealised due to capacity restraints.

In addition, the position would entail coordinating the sharing of their research to Sustainable Concordia. This would directly benefit the organization by providing content for their workshops, exhibits, zines as well as contribute to the education and engagement component of their mandate. 

Related Tasks:

  • Life-cycle Assessment Research on 1-3 materials per semester over school the year (2 semesters)
  • Produce a small informational zine about their research on each material, which will be added to a growing series about materials that may be commonly purchased at Concordia
  • Develop Sustainability Governance Framework (SGF) Advocacy content — ideally, the research will result in action taken at the SGF level. This could be a policy decision, changes to purchasing, or other advocacy points that will change the institution to be more environmentally and/or socially sustainable in terms of materials.
  • Depot Presence – be present in the CUCCR space for 2 hours per week in order to answer questions from users, work on their didactic and/or other regular depot tasks. 

** Optional element: the resident may choose to recruit a small team of people interested in the subject to engage in different activities throughout the year. This could be art builds, conversations, a SustainabiliTea, etc. and would offer an opportunity to engage more than just one person. This would require specific skill sets in the candidate and would not be a requirement for selection.

Requirements:

  • Basic understanding of material life cycle research and access to the needed research materials. 
  • Self-starter able to work both independently and with a team
  • Must be enrolled at Concordia as a student (undergraduate or graduate) 

Deliverables:

  • Develop three to five personal learning objectives
  • Deliver 1+ didactic per semester – a permanent informational display of the research outcomes (using all/mostly CUCCR material). The display could be designed in partnership with a graphic design student and will be installed inside the depot space to educate members. 
  • Participate in a mid and end of the internship evaluation related to personal learning objectives and deliverables
  • Two to three presentations for general audiences explaining and outlining the research process and findings ie. SustainabiliTea,
  • A document or website describing the findings of the research
  • If timing permits, create a mock Materials Action Plan to be used to inform and influence institutional purchasing

Personal Learning Objectives:

Tasks will be completed in addition to personal learning objectives, decided upon by the successful candidate.

Internship Schedule: Schedule will be decided upon by the successful candidate and their supervisor.

CUCCR and Sustainable Concordia acknowledges that our society does not value and respect all people equally. We value and are seeking applicants with different perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences to join our organization.

SHED
– Circular Economy Intern –
2019/2020

Application Deadline: August 23th 2019

Start date: September 3rd, 2019

Required Hours: 120 hrs per semester (approx. 10 hrs per week)


Send your CV and letter of intent to Anna Timm-Bottos at reuse@concordia.ca


Are you interested in living and promoting a zero waste lifestyle? Keen to share your knowledge with others and make stuff using reusable materials? This is for you! 

Concordia University’s Centre for Creative Reuse or CUCCR, is a Concordia wide initiative that collects and diverts usable materials from the university waste-stream, making them available to the Concordia Community in one central location. By carefully sorting and displaying these previously unwanted materials we open up creative possibilities, intersections of imagination and innovation for all. 

This coming fall we are expanding CUCCR’s services to include the SHED making space and Tool Library in addition to our used material depot. This position will focus on the operational side of the SHED making space as well as how it fits within the CUCCR operations.

Goal of Internship:

The goal of the SHED making space internship is to assist in general operations of the space while also conducting self-directed social research into community-based making spaces similar to that of the SHED and CUCCR. This research will consist of general information regarding collective resources as well as insights into the challenges and barriers associated with them. 

This research would provide a framework for actionable changes that could be implemented into the overall CUCCR Tool Library and SHED making space operations. In this sense the SHED intern would both assist in the current operational scheme while creating insights on how collective making spaces and similar types of services can be more efficient and better implemented. 

 Learning objectives:

  • Develop interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Explore new making opportunities and model experimentation 
  • Promote reuse and other sustainable practices
  • Generate low-risk learning opportunities for our community
  • Apply course content and share knowledge with others

Related Tasks:

  • Assist the SHED coordinator with making space operations which includes ensuring members are following safety protocols, assisting members with project problem solving and providing assistance and guidance with tool operation and safety. 
  • Ensure making space tools are organized, clean and in good working condition. 
  • Analyze and research SHED making space operations as well as other similar services with the goal of streamlining operations.
  • Design, plan and Implement changes based on research conducted in accordance with overall CUCCR operations.

Requirements:

  • Knowledge and hands-on experience in tool operation and safety
  • Interest in collective resource sharing, circular economies and reuse
  • Organizational skills and creative problem solving
  • Self-starter, able to work both independently and with a team
    Must be enrolled at Concordia as a student (undergraduate or graduate) 

Deliverables:

  • Assist SHED Coordinator during all three open shifts during the fall and winter semesters which would consist of 15-18 hours.
  • Develop three to five personal learning objectives for the term
  • Use remaining hours to conduct analysis and research with the goal of creating an actionable plan for positive changes to the operation of the space.
  • Present self-directed research to CUCCR team in a creative format.
  • Provide recommendations for changes to SHED making space operations using action plan and a scheduled implementation process.
  • Produce or update your bio for our website.
  • Participate in a mid and an end of internship evaluation related to personal learning objectives and deliverables.
  • Final report

Personal Learning Objectives and Perks:

Successful applicant will be offered individualized training and access to workshops related to tool literacy, DIY making, and basic woodworking.  Student will receive a year membership to the Tool Library and be able to work on personal projects in the SHED space during open hours. Students will identify their own learning objective that is aligned with the overall CUCCR mandate and be supported to access additional resources as needed. These could include topics such as; material life cycle, circular economies, resource sharing and reuse.

Internship Schedule: CUCCR open hours are currently T, W, TH 1 – 5 pm. Schedule will be decided upon by the successful candidate and their supervisor but applicant should plan the majority of their hours during open.