Career Exploration Programs in Sustainability and Environment

Paul Knight Internship Program in Conservation. The program is designed to fund projects that further the protection of the environment or provide ecologically sound outdoor recreational opportunities.  Undergraduate students from any major and law students interested in the environment are eligible for the Knight Internship

The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, and pest and pathogens. Researchers come from many disciplines, and projects center on community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, soil science, atmosphere-biosphere exchanges, ecophysiology, landscape modeling, and data provenance.

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) offers summer internships for Native American and other college students. The program provides the opportunity for students to gain hands-on skills with the EPA or other governmental and tribal environmental offices.

Semester at WHOI (SAW) is an undergraduate residential “study-away” opportunity at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA, on Cape Cod. The program features a for-credit, semester-long research experience directly advised by a WHOI scientist or engineer as well as the opportunity to take graduate-level courses modified for undergraduate credit. The combination of research project and coursework constitute a full semester of credit that is transferable to the student’s home institution. SAW is particularly well suited for students who are considering an advanced degree in ocean science or engineering and related fields in the earth sciences.

Climate Corps Bay Area Fellowship   A Climate Corps Bay Area (CCBA) Fellowship offers 10 months of experience implementing climate change resiliency projects with community partners such as government agencies and non-profits. Along with extensive personal development and training, Fellows receive a modest stipend and other benefits. The Fellowship will start in late September and end in August. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis: submit applications as soon as possible in order to receive priority placement consideration.

Sustainability Fellowships at UNH pair exceptional undergraduate and graduate students from UNH and other universities across the country with municipal, educational, corporate, and non-profit partners in New England to work on transformative sustainability initiatives. Each summer, Fellows undertake challenging sustainability projects that are designed to create an immediate impact, offer an extraordinary learning experience, and foster meaningful collaboration.  While working with their mentors and partner organizations, Fellows are supported by their Fellowship peers as well as an active network of partners, alumni, and the UNH team, as they emerge as the next generation of sustainability leaders.

Green Corps Program  The mission of Green Corps is to recruit and train organizers, provide field support for today’s critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament and commitment needed to fight and win tomorrow’s environmental battles. Green Corps’ one-year, full-time, paid Field School for Environmental Organizing includes intensive classroom training, hands-on field experience running urgent environmental campaigns, and career placement in positions with leading environmental groups. Salary for this position is $25,000.

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is a diverse, committed, and creative community from around the country that aims to change the face, practice and future of conservation. They are looking for 20 undergraduates who reflect cross-cultural perspectives with an emphasis on students from underrepresented groups in the conservation field.

SolarCorps Fellowships The national SolarCorps Fellowship Program is an opportunity for highly motivated and enthusiastic people to join GRID Alternatives for a one-year, paid term of service to their community. The Corporation for National and Community Service has provided partial funding for the program through AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA since 2006. Positions are available in areas such as construction, client outreach, and volunteer engagement, and include a stipend and healthcare. Apply for specific positions with rolling deadlines at the website.

To search for additional programs, here are several internship and fellowship databases to assist you in your search  :

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