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Summer Internship

The application period for the 2021 Summer Intern Cohort has closed. Please check back in Feb. 2022 for opportunities for Summer 2022.

Interns will join our team for eight weeks, focusing on communicating CECS’s scientific research and technology products to stakeholders, including federal, state, and local agencies; NGOs; community groups; and more. This work will involve:

  • Distilling complex research into accessible, engaging content for blogs, social media, videos, and more
  • Interviewing and working with stakeholders to develop tailored science communication products for a range of audiences
  • Collaborating with other CECS interns, scientists, engineers, and technical experts to create brief reports of research products and findings

Interns can expect to gain skills related to:

  • Written and verbal communication for diverse audiences
  • Emerging strategies for science communication, particularly using digital media 
  • Stakeholder engagement and outreach
  • Project management
"In just 8 weeks, my internship with CECS has taught me so much about California's forest ecosystems, land management for climate resilience, and how to communicate science to diverse audiences. I am so grateful to have joined this exceptional team of passionate and driven environmentalists this summer, and know I will bring the skills I've learned with me forward to future academic and professional endeavors."
- CECS Intern, Summer 2020

Internship Logistics

The internship will be conducted remotely and is open to motivated and inquisitive undergraduates majoring in earth science, environmental science and policy, communications, ecology, natural resource management, or other related fields. 

Only current students in the University of California (UC) system are eligible to apply. Applicants should be currently enrolled undergraduates who will have completed at least their sophomore year by summer 2021; high school students, rising sophomores, or graduate students are not eligible.

Interns will be compensated $15/hr. and will work 40 hrs./week for eight consecutive weeks. Interns must be available for the full eight weeks (June 21 – August 13).

Required application materials: 

  • A current Resume/CV
  • Statement of Interest outlining how your skills and interests align with the position description
  • Transcript (can be unofficial)
  • 2-3 References (contact information only)

To apply, send your materials to with “Summer Internship” in the subject line by 5pm PST on Friday, March 19th, 2021.

Please see our Internship FAQs page for more information.