Internships and fellowships are an important part of forming a professional network, building skills, and learning about different fields. Whether you’re in STEM, the arts, public policy, or as-yet undecided, there are opportunities to get involved in environmental research and practice while still a student.


Arts, Science + Culture Initiative Graduate Grants & Fellows

Programs such as the Graduate Collaboration Grants, the Graduate Fellows, and Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide support and orchestrate exchanges between students in fields as diverse as art history and evolutionary biology, music and neuroscience, anthropology and the visual arts. In addition to the financial support awarded to graduate grantees and fellows, the Initiative provides staff support, monthly dinner forums, and exhibition, publication and presentation opportunities for the graduates’ collaborative projects and independent research.

College Center for Research and Fellowships

The College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) supports undergraduates as they pursue transformative, educational experiences through scholarly undergraduate research and nationally competitive fellowships. CCRF promotes meaningful connections between faculty and students, encourages mentorship, provides high-impact, developmental advising and educates the UChicago community about opportunities for all College students and alumni.

Environmental Research Network

Doing research can be a capstone event for undergraduates and master’s students, but projects and positions are often developed informally with faculty members. The Center for Robust Decision Making in Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP), the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, and the Program on the Global Environment have collaborated on the Environmental Research Network, a new resource to facilitate connecting students with faculty and staff who can offer research positions.

EPIC fellowships

EPIC’s fellowship programs provide hands-on experience to students and early-career researchers interested in pursuing a career in energy and environmental research. There are three main fellowship programs: 1) Pre-doctoral Fellows, 2) Bartlett Fellows, and 3) DRW Fellows. Additional internal and external internship opportunities are searchable on EPIC’s website.

Green Data

The Green Data Program is training a new generation of professionals to help leaders in government and the private sector make data-driven decisions on climate, energy, and the environment. With a two-year immersive curriculum, the program prepares students for careers using the power of data science to chart humanity’s path to a sustainable future.

Jeff Metcalf Internships

The Jeff Metcalf Internship Program is the flagship internship program for the University of Chicago undergraduate students, and seeks to provide students with substantive, project-based summer internships. For current opportunities, log in to your UChicago Handshake account, click “Jobs”; click “All Filters”; in the dropdown menu, scroll down to “Labeled by Your School” and select “2021-22 metcalf”.


Lawrence A. Kimpton Fellows Program

The Kimpton Fellows Program provides employment fellowships for recent graduates of the College in a wide variety of career fields. These full-time positions are paid at a salary level and benefits commensurate with the job sector, location, and a host of other variables. Interested students can apply to join the next cohort of Kimpton Fellows through UChicago Handshake.

PME Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The University of Chicago hosts a Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in molecular engineering that offers undergraduate students attending non-research colleges or universities the opportunity to gain authentic research experience working in the research labs of Pritzker Molecular Engineering (PME) faculty members. Possible research project areas include self-assembling polymers for nanomanufacturing, immune system engineering to prevent and treat diseases, quantum material development for next generation information and sensing technologies, and molecular-level energy storage and harvesting tools and techniques.

UChicagoGRAD Fellowship Database & Advising

UChicagoGRAD offers assistance for students navigating the complex process of applying for competitive fellowships. Meet with a fellowship advisor to identify tailored funding opportunities and search the fellowship database for opportunities.

Up on EHS - Institute for Population and Precision Health

Up on EHS is an environmental health research training program for college students interested in careers in the environmental health sciences (EHS). For two consecutive summers, trainees work full time in the laboratories of established EHS researchers, including Chicago Center for Health and the Environment (CACHET) members, at the University of Chicago or the University of Illinois at Chicago. Rigorous research training is complemented with an EHS-based summer lecture series, year-round career development and skill-building workshops, CACHET seminars and workshops, and a network of faculty mentors dedicated to trainees’ success.


Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) Fellowships

CELI’s signature Fellowship Program attracts emerging leaders with diverse backgrounds and equips them with technical knowledge, leadership development training, and a passionate community dedicated to building an equitable, decarbonized, and resilient energy ecosystem.

Clean Water Action Positions

Clean Water Action is currently accepting applications for multiple paid positions.

West Michigan Environmental Action Council

All WMEAC internships include a one-time stipend, with all the benefits of hands-on experience in an environmental nonprofit. Opportunities range from journalism, social media & communications, business & marketing, biology and resource management, environmental education, fund development, event planning, sustainability, policy and more. Apply at Careers – WMEAC.

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