REDI Off-Campus Internship Opportunities
Fitchburg State Students — Gain important credit hours toward your degree (in your major) by performing a REDI Research Internship On-Campus and off-campus at the following places!
- Architectural Design & Technology
- Siting Renewable Energy Facilities
- Calculating the Creative Economy
- Database assistance with the Economic Development Coordinator (see description below)
- Database assistance for the Small Business Coordinator (see description below)
- Leominster Housing Authority — property research (* See description below)
Contact: Ms. Lauren Goulet
Phone: (978) 353-7600, x222
Position: Architectural Design & Technology
Seeking a Fitchburg State University architectural technology student to aid and assist with creating streetscapes, designing potential public works projects on existing places, primarily within the regions' core areas of revitalization.
Goal: To allow architectural students to put their design skills into practice, working on real areas of future re-development in the North Central MA region.
Position: Siting Renewable Energy Facilities Challenges of local and regional zoning.
As a response to the lack of statewide siting standards for renewable energy resources (MA Gov. Energy and Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts Wind Energy Siting Reform, Wind Energy Siting Reform Act, Senate Bill 2260, 2011), pending Senate bill 2262, Massachusetts is working to streamline the location permitting process for potential renewable energy production.
Through MRPC, this internship requires a selected Fitchburg State student in a related field to:
- Research up to date state regulations along with local zoning codes, bylaws, and amendments in North Central Massachusetts relating to sites for future renewable energy facilities.
- Use recorded data to determine feasibility of potential sites.
Goal: Streamline the process of determining potential renewable energy sites within North Central MA, while providing Fitchburg State intern with the opportunity to address real-world zoning challenges for green energy production.
Position: Calculating the Creative Economy
Culture and economic development — Massachusetts is recognized as having an active and prominent cultural community and is home to many artists and creative businesses. These activities and enterprises are a significant source of employment and income for the region (Douglas DeNatale and Gregory H. Wassall. "The Creative Economy: A New Definition." New England Foundation for the Arts. 2007). It is the task of this internship and research project to calculate the number of jobs in North Central MA within the creative economy.
In 2007, the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), working multilaterally with similar organizations, released a publication, "The Creative Economy: A New Definition." This important document established a research framework and new methodology for calculating the "creative economy" in New England.
In 2009, the Pioneer Valley region published a report of their region's creative economy, using the 2007 NEFA standards.
Goal: By using the 2007 NEFA publication as a methodological framework and comparing the 2009 Pioneer Valley publication that utilized these standards, the goal of this internship's research project is to determine:
- What businesses, programs, and resources define the creative economy in North Central MA.
- How do these data compare to MA (other regions) and the U.S.
Position: Database assistance
Lisa Vallee, Economic Development Coordinator for the Leominster Office of Planning and Development, is seeking a student intern to help in updating her accumulative vacant properties list to provide potential business owners and investors with locations available for doing business.
Goal: To formulate a system that will streamline current property vacancies to the Office of the Leominster Economic Development Coordinator.
Position: Database assistance
Sandy Chacon, Small Business Coordinator, is seeking a student intern to produce a database of all small businesses in the City of Leominster.
Goal: To collect data so that small businesses can be better connected, be informed about city initiatives, and increase involvement with city events and opportunities.
Position: Leominster Housing Authority (LHA) — Property Research: Future Housing Projects
Gene Cappocia, Executive Director for the LHA, seeks a student intern to aid LHA with property research relating to city development and future public housing projects.