President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR) Summer 2018 internship in Washington DC Internship in DC
Environmental Footprint of Textile Industry
Open to undergrads after sophomore year or grad students (may not be graduating W18)
About the internship: The overall goal of the internship project is provide an opportunity for a University of Michigan student to learn about environmental issues in apparel supply chains, and, working with a leading environmental group (NRDC), to assess the particular environmental footprint of manufacturing UM licensed apparel goods. A licensee’s supply chain would be a collection of firms that contribute to the production and sale of a licensed garment at one of many retail outlets. Licensee supply chains typically include garment manufacturers, textile mills, spinning mills, and raw material (cotton / synthetic) suppliers. The heavy environmental footprint of the textile industry, which supplies fabric used in apparel, is well known and will be the focus of this study. The main goal of the Summer 2018 internship is to map the university apparel supply chain to understand the sources (companies / locations) of UM fabric supply and estimate the environmental footprint of the products that use these fabrics, using various sources of data and supplementing it with surveys and interviews. Key deliverables include a detailed written report and presentation.
The student will work in collaboration with the U-M President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR), the University of Michigan Licensing office, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
The internship will be located at the NRDC office in Washington, DC.
Suggested start date: May 15, 2018 (negotiable)
Duration of internship: 10 weeks
Funding: Funding for this internship includes cost of travel to the internship site from U-M (DTW airport), lodging and a stipend
Desired qualifications / skills: • Graduate student or Undergraduate student with at least two years of college education completed; • Strong computer skills (Office, Excel, ability to learn mapping software, etc.) • Strong analytical abilities • Ability to deal with a high quantity of data, turning that data into useful information • General business understanding – successfully completing basic business classes would be beneficial; • Interest in Environmental issues; • Ability to communicate at a high level; Ability to track, manage and assess details.