Summer Internship Opportunities: 2021

Yale 2021 Summer Internships and Fellowships Opportunities
  • Biking for Science and Health. This Yale Collaborative research initiative will deploy smart environmental sensors for monitoring and mapping heat stress and air quality in urban environments.  These sensors will be Installed on public and private bicycles, to measure health-related environmental variables (temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, ozone and particulate matter) and tag the measurements with spatial coordinate information. Use of bicycles as an environmental monitoring platform contributes to efforts of building a culture of health in urban communities. Participating cyclists will collect data as they travel city streets. The project is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a Leitner Award for Uncommon Collaboration. Students must provide there own funding, can work full or part time, will be provided with sensors, and can collect data from anywhere in the world (travel restrictions apply).
  • Yale Center on Climate Change and Health (YCCCH) Summer Internship Program. Matches EVST students with meaningful internships related to climate change and health research and practice. Initial application deadline: January 15, 2021.
  • Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Summer Internship Program. Interns will  will work on a semi-independent project with one or more advisors. Unless otherwise indicated, all internships have an in-person and a remote version. Please only apply to an internship if you would be happy to pursue either version.  The cohort of students selected for YPM summer internships will convene twice (virtually this year) before the end of the spring semester for an orientation and introduction to the program, and to discuss expectations. During the summer, weekly group check-ins will be a chance to share progress and insights. All internships are 8 weeks long unless otherwise noted. The internships are for Yale undergraduate students; seniors graduating in May 2021 are not eligible. Apply by February 15, 2021.
  • Yale Program on Climate Change Communiction (YPCCC)/Pulitzer Center Fellowship for Climate ReportingThe YPCCC has a “Campus Consortium Partnership” with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in order to nurture quality journalism on climate change, one of the most urgent issues of our time.  The partnership offers Yale students support and training to undertake their own reporting projects focused on global warming, and brings journalists reporting on the subject to campus to present their work and meet with students. Deadline:  January 22, 2021.
  • Yale Undergraduate Summer Ecology Internship. For an undergraduate looking for both field and lab experience on a series of projects exploring the role of large mammals in nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems over the summer of 2021.  
Outside Summer Internship Opportunities
  • Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Conservation Internships. Designed to provide a meaningful learning experience while directly contributing to Alaska conservation issues.  Internship placements can be at nonprofit conservation, environmental justice and Alaska Native organizations as well as government agencies. In 2021, ACF is offering 17 internships across Alaska.  2021 CIP Position Descriptions.Internships are 12 weeks in length and will begin on June 1, 2021. Intern stipend of $6,000.  Will also reimburse intern travel costs to and from Alaska up to $1,200 for those with intern positions outside Anchorage, $1,000 for those in Anchorage.Host Organizations will assist interns in finding low-cost housing for the summer, but interns are ultimately responsible for their own housing. Apply by February 22, 2021.
  • American Public Health Association. The Environmental Health program in the Center for Public Health Policy offers interns an opportunity to work on issues impacting the public’s health, including environmental health systems, the built environment, water quality and security, environmental justice and health equity. Internships are unpaid. Students can apply for a Summer Environmental Fellowship to fund this internship. 
  • Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies REU program. The Cary REU program trains a new generation of environmental scientists to advance and translate ecology - science for the future of the planet - through research, application, communication and education. Applications accepted until midnight EST Friday January 29, 2021. Note: contingent upon the success of a grant proposal to the National Science Foundation currently in review. Adjustments to the program may be warranted due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Citizens’ Climate Higher Education. Empowers students, educators, administrators, and others in higher education to build political will for carbon pricing legislation. CCL offers internships with its staff both remote and onsite. 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. 
  • Conservation Job Board. Career website in conservation, ecology, forestry, wildlife, and fisheries. Internships and jobs in the ares of consulting, ecology, environmenal education, non-profit development, policy and law, wildlife and more!
  • CTSG Undergraduate research fellowship opportunity for summer 2021. Seeks to broaden participation of underrepresented/underserved students in marine and coastal professions by providing early career experience, training and mentorship to the next generation of scientists, decision makers and marine industry professionals. Up to two fellowships, each with a $5,000 stipend. Apply by March 15th, 2021.
  • Doris Duke Conservtion Scholars Program, UCSC. Exposes early-career college students to the field of environmental conservation through field research, leadership and professional training. 
  • Idealist: Environmental internships in non-profit organizations.
  • NASA DEVELOP National Program: open to current students and recent college graduates. Projects focus on helping local and international communities address their environmental concerns while utilizing NASA’s Earth observing fleet of satellites. Operates at eleven locations across the country at NASA Centers and other regional locations. Great opportunity for students interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Participants will work with NASA scientists, partner organizations, and science advisors to learn about the use of NASA Earth science data for use in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. The position is paid on an hourly basis that is determined by education level and location. Apply by February 26th, 2021. Starting June 7th and lasting through August 13th. Fall and spring opportunities available.
  • National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Supports active research participation by undergraduate students research funded by the National Science Foundation. There are two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research and (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.  Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, see the directory of active REU Sites.
  • NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship. Academic award of $9,500 per year, and a 10-week, full-time, paid summer internship opportunity at any NOAA facility nationwide. Scholars also receive funding to present their NOAA research projects at two national scientific conferences. Application closes February 1, 2021. EVST student Danielle Losos is a current scholar.
  • NOAA William M. Lapenta NOAA Student Internship. Targeted towards current 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students to work in areas that will provide robust research and/or operational experience that will prepare the student for further study in NOAA fields, for application to fellowships or for the NOAA-mission workforce.  Projects may be focused on research areas or development of operational products such as decision support tools, climate and weather forecast models, data analysis methodologies and social science strategies to communicate climate and weather information.  Applications are due February 1, 2021
  • Overland Summers.  Exciting adventure, great people, important commitments, endless challenges, a supportive community, and a vibrant network—but there’s more, too. There’s the chance to deepen and broaden your leadership skills while discovering just how beautiful and exciting, how full of promise the world is. The 2021 leader application deadlines are: November 20th, January 15th, and March 12th, 2021.
  • Pathways Program. Federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree.
  • Prime Impact Fund Intern – Investment Operations. Location: Cambridge, MA (likely remote) 
    Apply here by Friday, January 29, 2021 at 9 pm ET.
  • Pulitzer Center Internship Program. The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting seeks general and education interns to get the word out about their international reporting projects.
  • Scientists in the Parks (SIP) Intern Opportunities | This new program is offered via the Geological Society of America and provides immersive, paid work experiences in natural resource fields so the next generation of park stewards—especially those underrepresented in science—have a unique opportunity to work on important real-world projects while building professional experience and a life-long connection to America’s national parks. Dozens of paid projects in the West with the National Park Service and USGS.  Applications due January 24, 2021. A Letter of Recommendation is required. Note: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change and evolve, project timelines and structure remain flexible and it may be necessary to postpone start dates, begin work remotely, or reformulate the project’s description. 
  • Student Conservation Association (SCA). Paid conservation and field internships primarily in U.S. Government Agencies (National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife, USGS, etc.).
  • Business and environmental jobs and internships with sustainable employers.

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