While there are no specific course requirements, a background or interest in the physical sciences and/or science communication is highly recommended. This internship is for undergraduate students who have completed at least their sophomore year at an accredited 4-year college or university. High school students, rising sophomores, and graduate students are not eligible. 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.
The online application will be available in late February 2021. Your application and all accompanying documents must be submitted online via Handshake. You must first create a free account on Handshake using your .edu email address before you can upload any application materials.
The deadline for submitting your complete application is Friday, March 12th, 2021 at 11:59PM PST. All materials must be submitted and/or fully completed no later than this due date, and must be submitted via the Handshake platform.
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 the end of April.
The 2021 internship will run from June 21, 2021, to August 13, 2021. Interns must be available for the full eight weeks.
3-4 interns will be selected for the 2021 internship cohort.
Because the 2021 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.
College credit is not offered for the CECS Summer Internship Program.