Fellowships & Internships

Fellowship & Internship Opportunities

Updated 01/26/2020: 

Center for Biological Diversity: Population and Sustainability Internship

Washington D.C. 

The Center for Biological Diversity’s Population team creates and manages creative campaigns, outreach projects and educational materials to raise awareness about the impact of human population growth on wildlife and the planet. The intern will work with our Population Campaigner based out of Washington, DC. This paid internship will assist in creating a toolkit to be shared with other groups to help them bring the topic of population and consumption’s impact on habitat and wildlife into their work, campaigns, messaging and strategies. Additional related research, writing and other duties may be assigned as needed.

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UC Berkeley Labor Center: Labor Summer Internship

Berkeley. Ca. 

Have you ever organized a meeting? Researched an issue? Volunteered in your community? Taught a class? Do you have the courage to knock on a door and listen to someone’s story? Can you imagine a better future for the working poor? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes” or if you want to learn how to do these things, then Labor Summer is for you! 

Become a part of a 20-year legacy of students that have worked alongside our union and community allies, addressing challenges in the workplace and fostering positive change. 

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Closing Date: February 26th

Updated 01/19/2020: 

Breakthrough Initative: Breakthrough Generation

Oakland, Ca. 

Breakthrough Generation is the young leaders initiative of the Breakthrough Institute, a paradigm-shifting think tank committed to ensuring a future where all the world’s inhabitants can enjoy secure, free, and prosperous lives on an ecologically-vibrant planet. 

The Breakthrough Institute is dedicated to building and identifying technological solutions to environmental problems, particularly regarding energy, climate, and agriculture. The world faces many great challenges – from managing climate change and ensuring clean and affordable energy access for all to protecting animal populations and ecosystems to growing abundant food for a growing population. We believe that young intellectuals are crucial to addressing these challenges. Each year, Breakthrough Institute offers paid and highly competitive fellowships to analysts, writers, and thought leaders from around the world.

Fellowships are based in Oakland, California and run for ten weeks from mid-June through mid-August. They pay $600 USD/week. Fellows will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing Breakthrough research, join for our annual Breakthrough Dialogue, and maintain a long-term collaborative relationship with Breakthrough’s research staff. Additional travel and housing assistance stipends are available upon acceptance on an as-needed basis.

Final-year undergraduates, current Masters and PhD students, and recent graduates are eligible to apply for the fellowship. For eligible students, we also sponsor international visas. 

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Closing Date: February 11th

SFO: Sustiainability & Environmental Policy

San Francisco, Ca. 

The Sustainability & Environmental Policy student intern will conduct data collection, analysis, reporting, and outreach tasks associated with the Airport’s Zero Waste, Zero Carbon, and Zero Net Energy initiatives, and provide support to the Airport’s Green Business program, tenant sustainability certification, and environmental compliance efforts. This position will provide experience and mentorship in data-driven approaches to sustainability, environmental policy, green business certification, energy management, carbon accounting, and waste materials management, as well as opportunities to interface across a wide variety of airport staff, tenants, and contractors. Desired qualifications include strong skills in technical and conversational writing, quantitative analysis, and some knowledge of marketing and communications. The intern should also have a strong interest in environmental science and data and policy analysis.

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Closing Date: February 28th

University of New Hampshire: Sustainability Fellowship

UNH Sustainability Fellowships pair exceptional students from across the U.S. with host partners in New England to work on transformative sustainability initiatives that lead to integrated solutions.

Sustainability Fellows, mentored by the UNH team and dedicated individuals from our partner organizations, undertake challenging site-specific summer projects,  achieve high-impact results, and receive a competitive stipend for their contributions. Since 2008, 162 students have participated in the Sustainability Fellowship program – they are now working in a variety of sectors across the U.S.

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Closing Date: February 10th

Islamic Developent Bank Scholarship

In partnership with selected reputable universities in the world, the Islamic Development Bank is providing prestigious fully-funded scholarships for highly skilled candidates.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students, scholars, researchers and doctors to pursue their studies successfully in undergraduate, master, PhD and post-doctoral degree level with a special focus on “Sustainability Science.

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Closing Date: February 28th

Updated 01/12/2020: 

Kupu: Hawai’i Youth Conservation Corps

Muliple Locations, HI

Kupu is looking for individuals to take part in the Hawai’i Youth Conservation Corps this coming summer. This seven-week opportunity provides meaningful field service experience for those who want to explore the world of conservation in Hawaiʻi and give back to their community. This year, the program will run from June 8th through to July 24th, with positions available on Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, and Hawaiʻi Island.  If selected, applicants will be paid for their service and connect with other like-minded young adults that are making a positive impact to their community and local environment.



There are two ways in which to participate, either as a Team Member (17 years and older) or as a Team Leader (21 years and older). No prior environmental experience is necessary, instead the ideal applicant is someone with a positive attitude, that displays an interest in learning, is curious about nature and has a desire to assist their community through hands-on service. Successful members are partnered with a team of 5-7 others, and serve alongside one another for the duration of the 7-week program. Locations of will change weekly, bringing with it a new adventure, challenges and opportunities for personal growth. Participants will serve alongside environmental and culturally focused organizations within a range of ecosystems. Including wetlands, dryland forests, taro patches and ancient Hawaiian fish ponds to name a few. They can expect to experience, everything from trail maintenance and invasive species removal to beach clean-ups and camping trips.

Individual team members will be awarded a Volunteer Service Award of $500, an Education Award of $1,289.95, and receive a CPR/First Aid Certification as well as on the job training. While Team Leaders can expect to receive a Living allowance of $4000, an Education Award of $1289.95 and take part in 8 days of training on O‘ahu with workshops specializing on improving their leadership abilities, team safety and logistics.

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Closing Date: February 28th

Updated 01/05/19: 

City & County of San Francisco: Fellows Program

San Francisco, Ca. 

The mission of the San Francisco Fellows program is to foster community stewardship by preparing recent college graduates for roles in public service and administration. 

The Fellows program is a unique opportunity to work and learn about public administration in local government while working full time as a City employee.  Fellows work on various programs and projects that have a direct impact on City operations which spans a broad range of City functions and departments, involving analysis, planning, and program development. 

In addition to gaining valuable full-time professional work experience and skills such as leadership, communication, technical skills and other professional development, the cohort experience includes weekly learning sessions built into the Fellows’ work schedule to provide a well-rounded, thorough introduction to San Francisco government operations, policies and strategies. 

Competitively selected applicants will join a cohort of up to 18 Fellows for an 11.5-month full-time work experience as City employees. Fellows will earn an annualized salary of approximately $57,000, plus health, dental, retirement and other benefits. 

We invite people who have had an undergraduate degree conferred within the past 5 years to apply for this highly selective program. Specific areas of study are not required. We are looking for enthusiastic, creative, hard-working individuals who are interested in experiencing public administration in service of the City and County of San Francisco.

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Closing Date: January 29th

Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.: Combustion Safety Intern

Emeryville, Ca. 

The objective of this position is to capture and create a master database of combustion safety testing data points in order to better quantify the benefits of repairing or replacing gas appliances. Final deliverables include: master database of combustion safety testing data points; a tool to populate historic data and capture future data points; and energy savings of repairing and/or replacing gas appliances.

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Closing Date: Febuary 7th

Regeneration Field Institute: Internship

Through education work and demonstration, our mission is to support farmers, builders, entrepreneurs and designers to conduct socially and ecologically regenerative work. 

Join Regeneration Field Institute: a network of students, researchers, scientists, and leaders. Together we can take action for the regeneration of our world.  

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Updated 12/23/19:

Fung Fellowship

Are you a rising UC Berkeley junior? Do you have a passion for health, wellness, social impact, design, and/or technology? If the answer is yes to both, consider applying to the Fung Fellowship!

The Fung Fellowship is a unique opportunity for rising juniors to create innovative health and wellness solutions to address real-world challenges alongside our community and industry partners. Fung Fellows utilize the iterative human-centered design process, public health principles, and emerging technology. 

As a Fung Fellow you will:

  • Explore the Health + Tech space
  • Experience the design process from prototype to product
  • Embed in communities to co-create with them
  • Establish yourself as a young leader in an emerging field

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Closing Date: February 21st

Harvard Forest: Summer Research Program in Ecology

The 2020 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program is now accepting applications from a diverse group of undergraduate students to join an immersive research experience.

This 11-week paid residential internship (May 18 – July 31, 2020) is located at Harvard’s world-class ecological research hub in Petersham, Massachusetts.  

The program seeks to support students in conducting research and building their careers through Research, Education, and Community.

Undergraduates from all U.S. colleges and universities are eligible to apply but must be U.S. Citizens or Resident Aliens.

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Closing Date: Febuary 7th

SFO: Student Design Trainee Internship Program

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and the City & County of San Francisco offers a citywide STEM internship program for students interested in gaining experience and industry exposure and local government environment.  As an SFO intern, you will gain on-the-job experience under the guidance of experienced professional engineers, architects, planners, biologists, environmental planners, surveyors and ITT staff.  Interns will work on special projects and participate in various activities to support SFO’s Capital Improvement Plan.

SFO is building remarkable new structures designed to elevate the air travel experience. We are bringing excitement back to air travel while keeping our commitment to being green. Modern materials, technologies and practices will help us achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) status for our new airport structures and ensure that SFO remains a comfortable and healthy place to work, visit and travel through.  As a STEM student you have many choices and we encourage you to be begin your work experience in a leading airport recognized globally.

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Closing Date: Febuary 12th

Updated 12/9/19:

Citizens’ Climate Higher Education: Internships

Multiple Locations

Internships with CCL are enriching learning experiences working with our dynamic and passionate staff and volunteer leaders. Our interns go on to top graduate schools and careers in environmental, political, or nonprofit fields. Internships are usually unpaid but receive free registration to CCL’s national conferences in Washington DC and are also eligible for lodging and transportation support for the event.

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UC Natural Reserve System: Field Science Fellowship

 Field Science Fellowship, a new undergraduate research program sponsored by the University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS).

The NRS Field Science Fellowship provides financial support to UC undergraduate-faculty teams conducting scientific research in the field at NRS reserves. The fellowships enable students to focus on gaining valuable hands-on research experience under the guidance of a faculty researcher. Each $6,000 award consists of a $5,000 student stipend and $1,000 to cover project costs. A maximum of $24,000 will be awarded annually.

Projects enabling the student to perform full-time research over the summer are preferred. However, we will also consider proposals that explain why the research must be conducted during another season, and how the student will be able to accomplish the research while enrolled in classes during the academic year.

Funding for the Field Science Fellowships are made possible through the Samuelsen Conservation Scholars Initiative.

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Closing Date: February 7th

Civicspark: Fellowship 2020-2021

Multiple Locations

Are you passionate about tackling the biggest environmental and social equity challenges facing communities today while launching your social purpose career? If so, CivicSpark, a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program, is right for you! CivicSpark is dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address community resilience issues such as climate, water, housing, and mobility. During the 2020-21 service year, 90 CivicSpark Fellows will support over 100 cities, schools, and other public agencies to implement local sustainability projects on topics including sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, climate action planning, water conservation, drought response, equity and affordable housing. Fellows gain exceptional career experience, training to become future leaders in California’s response to community resilience issues.

CivicSpark is looking for upcoming and recent college graduates who want to gain real-world experience, start their career in the sustainability and resilience fields, and make a lasting impact! 

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Closing Date: February 29th

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