Intern in Chemical Hazard Data Systems

Job posting from HBN:

Healthy Building Network (HBN) is a Washington, DC-based 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to transform the building materials market to advance the best environmental, health and social justice practices. HBN has led the transparency movement in green building with leading edge policy, research, data systems, evaluations, and collaborations with like-minded organizations.

HBN is seeking an Intern to assist with our chemical hazard data systems this summer.

This position is funded, in part, through a grant with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.


The intern will work under the supervision of the Manager of Chemical Data Systems, Michel Dedeo, to aggregate and standardize data on chemical uses, hazards, and exposures.

1. Become familiar with HBN’s Chemical Hazard Data Commons, software and protocols used to maintain and expand the data. Complete all training, education and readings; proficient enough to train new users.

2. Network with manufacturers, perform user interviews to understand their data needs and train them on how to address their green chemistry challenges with these tools. Complete 3 user interviews or trainings; present summary of results to HBN.

3. Compile and vet chemical hazard and function data, write programs to process and validate the data, perform quality control, and help integrating the data into HBN’s public-facing tools. Possible projects include

  • Design tools to help companies set chemical management priorities

  • Design search algorithms for chemical structures to populate compound groups

  • Research chemical exposure and integrate those data into our tools

Intern will be expected to add 1-2 new data sources to Tools and fill 4-5 chemical compound groups or equivalent.


  • Coursework or a degree in chemistry, biology, materials science, chemical engineering, toxicology, or related field is required.

  • Basic computer programming (Python or similar).

  • Strong problem solving and a commitment to data accuracy.

  • Experience in g-suite tools (gdoc, gsheet, gslides) and databases is a plus.

  • An ability to communicate information to a wide range of audiences, from very technical to general.

  • Experience with product, chemical, hazard and toxicity databases desirable.

  • A commitment to the principles and values that distinguish the work of the Healthy Building Network and a desire to contribute to the success of HBN's mission.


Because this position is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, ideal candidates will work and reside in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN, however, elsewhere in Minnesota is also acceptable.

Schedule and Compensation:

  • 40 hours per week June through August

  • $20 per hour

  • Work remotely (with occasional times at coworking location)

How to Apply:

HBN is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to age, race, color, religion or belief, gender identification, family or parental status.

Email in PDF format a letter of interest, resume and writing samples or other portfolio projects to Application deadline is May 10th, 2019.