Fellowships & Internships

Fellowship & Internship Opportunities

Updated 01/20/19:

UC Santa Cruz: Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program 

Santa Cruz, Ca

 Each March we select 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years.  Our goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water.  We focus our efforts on serving college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with two years of college left at a stage when we can support their undergraduate careers and their choices as they graduate.  Students who attend or are transferring to any four-year institution in the US, its territories and Native nations are eligible.  Although we do support DACA students, international students are not eligible.

During the first year Scholars participate in an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors.  During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies.  A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years and beyond, we work with home mentors at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support. Our Scholars receive a $4,000 stipend each summer and become part of the national Doris Duke Conservation Scholars network for life.

I hope you will share our program information with faculty, eligible students, and others in your professional and community networks. Applications for the 2019 class of Scholars are available on the website and due February 8, 2019.

Application Details

For more information email the Program Director, Dr. Justin Cummings, jacummin@ucsc.edu.

Closing Date: February 8th

RE-volv: Solar Ambassador Program

The Solar Ambassador Program is a year-long fellowship for undergraduates offered by RE-volv, a clean energy nonprofit organization. RE-volv’s Solar Ambassador Program is a unique opportunity for college students to develop key project management, outreach and communications skills while tangibly taking action on climate change through solar energy. Student teams will receive in-depth training in solar energy policy, financing, crowdfunding and community organizing while working in their community to deploy a solar energy project for a local nonprofit.

Application Details 

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Marine Mammal Center: Youth Education Internship

Sausalito, CA

The School & Youth Programs team within the Education Department is looking to hire someone who is enthusiastic about engaging with marine science content for ages Pre-K to adults with a primary focus on youth ages 6-12. Interns will have opportunities to explore and support high quality youth programs in formal and informal education environments. This role focuses primarily on supporting the Seals & Slippers overnight program for organized groups of youth, such as scout groups and select offerings for families. The intern will also support on at least one weekday to observe and develop resources for school programs and to focus on additional projects to further their own professional development.

Application Details 

Please contact the School & Youth Programs Coordinator at 415-289-7367 or smiths@tmmc.org if you have any questions about this opportunity.

Closing Date: January 24th or filled

Sacramento State: Capital Fellows Program

The Capital Fellows Programs are nationally recognized public policy fellowships offering unique experiences in policy-making and development in each branch of California state government. Fellows work for 10-11 months as full-time, paid staff members in the State Assembly, State Senate, Executive Branch or the Judiciary. The fellowships are administered by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, and are an outstanding opportunity for college graduates to engage in public service and prepare for future careers.

  • Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $2,698;
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits;
  • Student loan deferments;
  • 6 graduate units in Political Science or Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State; and
  • A graduate certificate in Applied Policy and Government upon completion of the fellowship.

Prospective Capital Fellows must have a bachelor’s degree (in any major) by September 1, 2019 and a demonstrated interest in public service, public policy, and California state government. Applicants may apply to one or more of the programs that meet their interests and qualifications. Recent graduates, graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome to apply.

Application Details

If you have questions regarding the Capital Fellows Programs, please contact Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906, calstudies@csus.edu.

Closing Date: February 11th

UC Berkeley Graduate Student/Graduating Senior Summer Research Internship

Kasese, Western Uganda | Lake Tanganyika, Western Tanzania

As part of the Academic Partnership between UC Berkeley and the Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Learning Lab for East Africa, supported by Pathfinder International, we offer two summer practicum opportunities for UC Berkeley graduate students and/or graduating seniors with the right qualifications.

Placements will be with PHE initiatives in Kasese District, West Uganda, and the Greater Mahale Ecosystem adjacent to Lake Tanganyika.  Each UC Berkeley student will be ‘paired’ with an East African University student to enhance two-way learning, future collaboration and effectiveness in the field. A total of $4,000 is available for each UC Berkeley student which is intended to cover transportation and local costs – with the remaining being a stipend.

Application Details: See Research Internship details here.
Write to robinmarsh@berkeley.edu for a full description.

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2019 Re:Generate Fellowship: Food, Health, & Ecological Well-Being Program  

Swannanoa, NC
There are too few leadership development opportunities for young faith leaders working on the issues posed by broken food systems, climate change, and ecological degradation, and yet these are issues that faith leaders and congregations need to confront head-on. Through this fellowship, the next generation of leaders will explore and deepen the inner resources needed to sustain their work. This program also provides an opportunity for emerging leaders to consider how they may further engage our pressing ecological issues, connect with their peers, and better tell the story of why this work matters for our world.

Application Details

Closing Date: March 1st

Updated 01/13/19: 

Berkeley Air Monitoring Group: Analytical Internship

Paid| Berkeley

Berkeley Air Monitoring Group, a social venture incubated at UC Berkeley focused on air quality, human health, and climate change mitigation through technical monitoring, impact evaluation, and extensive consulting services.
Berkeley Air is looking for an analytical intern to assist in analysis of air quality, human health, climate mitigation, and impact evaluation data; instrument management and calibration; literature review and internet research; and other miscellaneous data-related and technical tasks. This is a paid position from Spring 2019 and beyond, including summers.
Inquires at  jobs@berkeleyair.com.
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Human Rights Center Fellowship Program 2019
The Human Rights Center Fellowship provides $5000 awards to UC Berkeley undergraduate, graduate, or graduating students to conduct human rights-related projects with a partner organization over the summer and to participate in the year-long fellowship. Since 1994, we’ve enabled more than 315 fellows to work on human rights defenders in 80 countries and territories.
Application Details or email Fellowship Coordinator Audrey Whiting at hrcfellowships@berkeley.edu
 Closing Date: February 19th
Human Rights Center: Indigenous Scholar Fellowship 2019
The Human Rights Center Fellowship provides $5000 awards to UC Berkeley undergraduate, graduate, or graduating students to conduct human rights-related projects with a partner organization over the summer. The year-long fellowship provides students with training and enables students to carry out clearly defined fieldwork, domestically or internationally, with organizations working on human rights issues related to a student’s area of interest.
Thanks to Full Circle Fund, we are offering to indigenous-identified students working on indigenous issues in our 2019 cohort. These fellows will spend 6-8 weeks working with an organization of their choosing during 2019 summer. Fellows will also produce a written or documentary piece for publication and present at our annual Fellowship Conference.
Application Details or email Fellowship Coordinator Audrey Whiting at hrcfellowships@berkeley.edu
Closing Date: February 19th
Occupational Health Internship Program 
Various Applications| Paid

Are you a student who might be interested in learning more about occupational health? Are you currently in a public health, nursing or medicine track or energetic and curious about economic and social disparities or environmental issues?

You should consider applying for the Occupational Health Internship Program – OHIP.  This is the 15th year of our very successful summer program that is designed as a field-based learning experience in occupational safety and health. Students work with labor unions or community-based organizations on a variety of issues of major importance to workers and occupational safety and health professionals.

Students can apply to work in any of the following cities, regardless of where they now reside: San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago (graduate students only), Boston, New York City, New Orleans, Metro Washington, DC area, and Wyoming.

Application Details

Closing Date: February 15th
University of Alaska, Fairbanks: Farmer Training Program
 Fairbanks, AK| College Credit
Start a Farm. Run a Homestead. Build Community. Get the skills and hands-on experience you need to make it happen. Calypso Farm and Ecology Center’s 5 month, residential  Farmer Training Program immerses participants in all aspects of farming: production, creativity and business planning.
2019 Program Dates: May 4th – September 29th
  • Gain the farm production skills necessary for farming success: building healthy soil, greenhouse growing, irrigation, composting, animal husbandry, field planning, cultivation, harvest, CSA operations, farm infrastructure, farm equipment use, and using your working body safely.
  • Weekly Whole Farm Planning sessions lead you through the process of building a comprehensive business plan for a future farm, from choosing land and areas of production to marketing and creating a budget.
  • Build creativity and homesteading skills through exposure to green wood carving, birch bark, food preservation, blacksmithing, wool processing, construction, printmaking, and more.
  • Have your own special interests? Calypso’s staff will work with you to gear the program to your specific learning goals.  Participants will have the opportunity to be involved in Calypso’s farm-based education programs, explore value-added product production, and work with Calypso’sfood justice initiatives.
College credit for this program is available through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
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Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research
The Institute of Governmental Studies will award up to four research grants in the amount of $500 each to U.C. Berkeley undergraduate students who are conducting research on an aspect of American politics, including public opinion, electoral behavior, civic participation, government institutions, social movements, and public policy. We encourage students from all majors to apply. The grant is made possible by a generous donation by Bill and Patrice Brandt. For more information click here!
Application Details
Closing Date: January 30th

Updated 01/06/19:

University of Illinois at Chicago: Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy
Chicago, IL
The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week “boot camp” for future decision makers eager to join the sustainability and energy revolution happening around the globe. Held annually since 2011, the program boasts over 400 alumni. During weekdays, SISE’ers participate in high-level talks, visit energy and sustainability sites, and network. During evenings and weekends, they work collaboratively on a research project and enjoy exploring Chicago.
This year’s theme, Implementation, moves beyond the “what” to the “how.” Building on the research of previous years, 2019 SISE Fellows will engage with Chicago communities and collaborators to develop critical strategies to help local neighborhoods realize their vision for their future. They will engage with theory and case studies, and then move to the streets and homes of our Chicago neighbors and communities where real change is made at the ground level.
Closing Date: May 30th
Harvard Forest: Summer Research Program
Petersham, MA

The Harvard Forest in Massachusetts is looking for two highly qualified undergraduate interns for our 11-week paid summer internship.  The students would be using their GIS or regional planning skills to help us understand how to balance land conservation, development, agriculture, and economic interests in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts.  The students will be part of our well-respected internship program along with ~25 others.

Beginner GIS skills are OK as long as the student is very interested in learning GIS, spatial analysis, and cartography and has an interest in land conservation.

 Closing Date: February 1st 

Nico Linesch Boundary Crossing Scholar’s Award

Apply annually for this $4,000 award, which is funded by Nico’s loved ones in his memory. He was one of our important leaders who died in January 2017 just as he was finding himself professionally at the intersection between data informed urban planning and public health.  His dream was to incorporate public health data in transportation strategies for the planned environment. He loved to engage communities in articulating a vision that was safe, healthy and environmentally sustainable, especially in marginalized areas of Los Angeles, the city where he was raised and which he loved.

Application Details

Closing Date: January 23rd

Updated 12/30/18:

ReGrained: Brand Development and Social Media Internship

The brand development and social media intern will help raise ReGrained’s voice on social media platforms. Further details provided in the link.

From a previous intern: I interned with ReGrained this last semester and can speak to how amazing this company is ~really good people, flexible schedule, and lots of opportunities to gain skills.~ If you are passionate about working towards solutions in the food system and want more hands-on experience, I encourage you to apply!

Application Details

Closing Date: January 20th 

Updated 12/23/18:

Point Reyes National Seashore: Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program

The Mosaics in Science Program is focused on persons that are under-represented in STEM fields. Students and recent graduates that are African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native American are encouraged to apply for these internships. In order to be eligible for a MIS intern position, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 35 years old. A Mosaics Intern within the Mosaics in Science Diversity Program is an entry level natural resource science internship that focuses on career exploration and building fundamental natural resource science skills. Each Mosaics Intern will receive a weekly stipend of $400, park-provided housing or a housing allowance and paid travel expenses. Interns who successfully complete 640 hours of work in one or more eligible internships and are under the age of 30 will be eligible for the Public Land Corps Non-competitive Hiring Authority for two years following the completion of the internship. Successful completion of a Mosaics in Science internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired in to a federal position.

Application Details

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NPS Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Program: Internship Opportunities

Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) matches college students and recent graduates between 18-35 years old with short-term, paid internships with the National Park Service.

The National Park Service (NPS) actively seeks students and professionals in the geosciences and other natural resource fields who want to use their expertise to help the agency to better understand and manage its natural resources. The program provides participants a unique opportunity to contribute towards the conservation of America’s national parks.

Application Details

Closing Date: January 20th

Berkeley Lab’s Earth & Environmental Sciences Area: Internship Opportunities

We are looking for exceptional students (undergraduate, Masters, and PhD) who would welcome an opportunity to intern with us during Summer 2019.

To aid students in applying to these opportunities, we have identified several specific EESA student projects: http://bit.ly/eesa_2019_summer_internship. As noted in this document, students will need to apply to the appropriate internship programs by the relevant deadlines (the first one is Jan 10th, 5pm Eastern). The internship programs are competitive and have different eligibility and application requirements.  The summer program dates are June 3 – Aug 9, 2019.
If you or others have questions or would like to learn more, please ask them to contact Sandy Chin, EESA Postdoc and Early Career Development Lead, at schin@lbl.gov.
Closing Date: varies from position to position
Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change: Internship Opportunities
And several internships around the US through Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change, including one in Golden Gate National Recreation Area for developing a shoreline monitoring protocol to inform climate adaptation.
Closing Date: varies from position to position

 SFO’s Sustainability & Environmental Policy: Internship Opportunity

The Environmental Policy & Sustainability intern will conduct data collection, analysis, reporting and outreach tasks associated with the Airport’s Zero Waste and Zero Carbon initiatives. This position will provide experience and mentorship in carbon accounting, lifecycle impact analysis, green business certification, environmental policy, community-based social marketing, and waste materials management. The intern will regularly interface with airport staff, tenants, and contractors to collect data and administer surveys. They will also update air quality emissions inventories and databases for solid waste hauling and ground support equipment. The desired qualifications include strong skills in technical and conversational writing, quantitative statistical analysis, and marketing and communication. The intern should also have a strong interest in environmental science, engineering, and policy and strong commitment to supporting organizations in achieving their sustainability, adaptation and resilience goals.

Engineering internships available at SFO – we have a number of colleagues in Engineering who work closely with us on net zero energy, green buildings, and other projects: http://sfstudentintern.org/

Feel free to reach out to Ben Gould if you have any questions!

Application Details

Closing Date: February 13th

Updated 12/12/18: 

Sierra Pacific Industries: 2019 Seasonal Botanical Technician Position

Sierra Pacific Industries has posted a Seasonal Botanical Technician Position for the 2019 survey season. It is a great opportunity to see new areas and plants.  They have positions based out of Anderson and Camino, CA but will be surveying for rare plants in forests through much of northern California between May and August. Start and ending times are flexible with your schedules.

Application Details

Closing Date: February 1st 

Pesticide Action Network: Farmer Justice Fellow 

Sacramento, CA| Part Time|Paid

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) North America seeks one farmer justice fellow – based in Sacramento – to advance the power of farmers of color in California policy spaces and reclaim the future of food and farming. In particular, we seek strategic and collaborative fellows grounded in farming communities to document farmer stories, support policy trainings and connect farmers of color with the California Farmer Justice Collaborative.

PAN fellowships are crucial to our goal of building a pipeline of leaders for our movement(s) that is rooted in communities of color and communities most affected by the injustices promulgated by the dominant model of industrial agriculture. We therefore support the program with substantial investment of time, energy and resources. We expect fellows to invest similarly: to commit to challenging themselves; to do their utmost to leverage this opportunity to develop their own leadership skills; and, most importantly, to bring all of themselves to the fellowship.

See Farmer Justice Fellow position details here.

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Sea Grant California: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellowship

The graduate fellowship program generally awards three PhD fellowships each year to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources.

Application Details

Closing Date: January 30th

Sea Grant California: Marine Resource Economics Fellowship

The graduate fellowship program generally awards one Ph.D. fellowship each year to a student interested in a career related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources.

Application Details

Closing Date: January 30th

Updated 12/2/18:

Mammoth Site Internships, Summer 2019

Hot Springs, SD

The Mammoth Site is a sinkhole of late Pleistocene fauna. Over 10,000 vertebrate and invertebrate fossils have been uncovered at The Mammoth Site from its initial field season in 1974 to present. These bones belong mostly to Columbian mammoths; more than 2,000 specimens are preserved in-situ.  At least 29 other vertebrate species are found at the site, and specimens of 53 invertebrate and botanical species, help explain a long ago ecosystem.

Application Details: Contact Dr. Sharon Holte
Email: sharonh@mammothsite.org
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, Inc.
P.O. Box 692; 1800 Highway 18 Bypass
Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747

Closing Date: February 28th

University of Virginia:  Mountain Lake Biological Station 

 Now accepting applications for the 2019 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (NSF-REU) Become a National Science Foundation REU. Join undergraduates from around the country for a unique 10-week learning and living research experience in the southern Appalachians. Students conduct independent research in field ecology, evolution, behavior, and physiology under the supervision of resident scientists. REUs are internships that include all station costs, travel, and a $5,500 stipend.
Program dates:  May 27 – August 2
Application Details
Closing Date:  February 20th

Updated 11/11/18:

Noble Research Institute: Summer Agriculture Internship

National| Full Time|Paid

The Noble Research Institute is accepting applications for its 2019 Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture program, which provides students with the opportunity to work alongside agricultural professionals at one of the nation’s foremost agricultural research organizations.

The Noble Research Institute offers opportunities in its core areas of expertise: animal science and livestock management (emphasis on forage-based ruminant systems), agricultural economics, agronomy, horticulture, range management, soils and crops, and wildlife and fisheries. Scholars work alongside agricultural researchers and consultants who assist farmers, ranchers, and other land owners operating in the cattle belt of the Southern Great Plains to attain financial, production, and quality-of-life goals.
See Summer Agriculture Internship details here.

Closing Date: February 6th

Updated 11/4/18:

John Gardner Fellowship

The John Gardner Fellowship selects six Fellows from among the graduating classes at UC Berkeley and Stanford University and provides each a $32,500 stipend to work in a governmental or nonprofit organization for 10 months after graduation.
Information Session:
January 23rd, 4:30 p.m.
119 Moses Hall

If you have questions, please email Terri Bimes at csr@berkeley.edu

Application Details.

Closing Date: February 13th

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