Environmental Fellows Program at UM

The Environmental Fellows Program places accepted students in one of our current supporting foundations for a paid 12-week internship program. Our current partner foundations include environmental grant making organizations in Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, and others TBA. We also may place Fellows in one of our partner’s grantee organizations.

Fellows are placed at their internship sites for 12-weeks, for approximately 35 hours per week. Host sites will provide Fellows with a project that addresses a need of the organization; utilizes Fellow’s current knowledge and helps them develop new skills. Fellows will attend a 3-4 day career development and diversity training workshop on the University of Michigan Campus prior to the start of the program. Date TBD.

During the internship, site mentors will meet regularly with Fellows to discuss work progress. Over the course of the Program, Fellows will be expected to fill out bi-weekly on-line journals; complete an informational interview and program evaluation forms.

The program will culminate with the unique opportunity to attend the Environmental GrantMakers Association Annual Retreat, in Jackson, WY from September 25-28, 2016, where Fellows may engage with each other and network with leading environmental funders from across the U.S.

Accepted students will receive a $10,000 stipend and a small travel award. Travel and lodging costs to the EGA Retreat will be covered by the Environmental Fellows Program.

Program Goals and Eligibility:

The Environmental Fellows Program at UM is looking for the future leaders and decision makers in the changing field of environmental conservation and philanthropy. We want to support students who have leadership and academic potential; who are interested in diversifying the field of conservation through involvement in philanthropy; who think broadly beyond traditional definitions of conservation and have the ability to work across difference.

Members of underrepresented socio-cultural or geographic groups, including: first generation college students, veterans, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or economically disadvantaged individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must:

Be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA/DREAMers (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). International students are ineligible.
Applicants should have completed at least one year of graduate study by the start of the internship program. Graduating students are welcome to apply.
Have a record of superior academic achievement.

Strong applicants should meet one or more of the following criteria:

come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in your discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan;
have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in the academic, professional or civic realm through work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By diversity we mean efforts to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender or to improve race relations in the U.S.;
have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic structures;
are first generation U.S. citizens or first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college.