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.

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.


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 their paid Environmental Advocate internship and Environmental Advocacy Leader position. Environmental Advocate Interns will work in-person alongside their outreach team to inform and activate the public about their national and state campaigns to protect clean water, fight climate change, expose the impacts of oil and gas production, find safe alternatives to toxic chemicals, and more. The application deadline for the Environmental Advocate Internship is January 28, 2022 9:40 PM CST. As an Environmental Advocacy Leader, you will work on grassroots campaigns as a Field Manager or on the organizing team as a Canvass Director. The application deadline for the Environmental Advocacy Leader position is February 25, 2022 11:40 AM CST.

TRC Environmental Scientist Intern

TRC is a global consulting, engineering, and construction management firm that provides environmentally focused and digitally powered solution. Applications for the Environmental Scientist internship are open until May 31, 2022 10:50 PM CST. The position entails working under the supervision of Project Managers and Team Leaders and partnering with engineers, scientists, and technologists to perform construction documentation, prepare work plans and proposals, evaluations, conceptual designs/plans, and other environmental engineering tasks.

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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