Menu Close

Summer Internship FAQs

Only currently enrolled students at a University of California (UC) institution are eligible to apply. Applicants must have completed at least their sophomore year by June 2022. High school students, rising sophomores, and graduate students are not eligible.

While there are no specific course requirements, a background or interest in the physical sciences and/or science communication is highly recommended. Applicants should be considering applying to graduate school or considering a career in ecology, land management, environmental communications, or a related field.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

You will be asked to prepare and submit a:

  • Current resume/CV
  • Statement of interest
  • Transcript (unofficial is okay)
  • 2-3 academic and/or professional references (contact information only)

Your statement of interest should address why you’re interested in this internship and how your skills align with the position description. You may also include some information about your interests and your background that may not be immediately apparent from your resume/CV. For assistance with your statement of interest, we suggest utilizing resources on your campus, which may include a Career Center or Writing Center.

The statement of interest should be no more than 500 words, or roughly 1 page, single-spaced in Microsoft Word.

If you are selected as a top candidate, your references may be contacted via email and may be asked to provide information about your work ethic, academic and/or research background, and general thoughts about your fit for this program. We highly recommend that you ask your references if they would be willing and able to provide this information on your behalf before you list them on your application.

Interns are paid $15 per hour, for 40 hours of work per week for 8 consecutive weeks.

Applications are now open through 5pm PST on Friday, March 18th, 2022. Your application materials must be submitted via Handshake, or via email to with “Summer Internship” in the subject line.

The deadline for submitting your complete application is Friday, March 18th, 2022 at 5PM PST. All materials must be submitted via email to with “Summer Internship” in the subject line.

Select applicants may be called or emailed to schedule a virtual interview. All applicants will be notified of their final  selection status by email by mid April, 2022.

The 2022 internship will run from Tuesday, June 21, 2022, to Friday, August 12, 2022. Interns must be available for the full eight weeks.

3-4 interns will be selected for the 2022 internship cohort.

Because the 2022 internship will be held remotely, it will not involve fieldwork. However, there will be a number of opportunities to collaborate with other CECS interns, PIs, and scientists. There may be an opportunity for a field visit, depending on COVID restrictions during the time of the internship.

College credit is not offered for the CECS Summer Internship Program.