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Fellowships & Internships

The Environmental Studies program offers two fellowship programs that place ES majors in stipended summer internships - the Psi Upsilon Community Matters in Maine and Logan Environmental Fellowships and the Psi Upsilon Sustainability/Environmental Justice Fellowships.

Questions? Please contact the ES Program Manager, Eileen Johnson at 207-798-7157 or via email at ejohnson@bowdoin.edu 

The Psi Upsilon Community Matters in Maine and Logan Environmental Fellowship Program places students who have an interest in pursuing an environmental career in stipended summer internships with Maine non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. The Environmental Studies Program coordinates the 10-week internships. In 2014, seven positions are available with a $4000 stipend each. 

Click here to see a list of sponsoring organization and fellowship descriptions for Summer 2014. 

 *Application Due Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 12:00 p.m. by email to Eileen Johnson ejohnson@bowdoin.edu

Students who participate in the Psi U Fellowship Program are eligible for Bowdoin College's summer housing.

Requirements: Students must be rising juniors or seniors and have an interest in environmental issues. Students' academic record and financial need are all important criteria, though students not receiving aid are eligible if a paid summer job is a necessity. Preference is given to ES majors.

Environmental Studies-Psi Upsilon and Logan Fellows submit a report to the Fellowship Coordinator (the ES Program Manager) at the end of the fellowship. Fellows also present information on their experience at an end of the summer meeting to other fellows, faculty and staff, and representatives from host organizations. On-site supervisors also are asked to critique the experience. Payment is administered through Bowdoin.  Please note that fellows are expected to work 40 hours per week and cannot be employed by Bowdoin College in any other capacity during the fellowship.

Questions on the Psi U Environmental Fellowship? Please contact the ES Program Manager, Eileen Johnson at 798-7157 or via email at ejohnson@bowdoin.edu

The Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowship Program also includes the McKeen Community Fellowship program that places students with organizations addressing issues of social/civic concern at the local level and are designed for students interested in public service with experience in community service and/or service learning courses.

Community Matters in Maine Project Descriptions Summer 2014

Please note that the projects described below are indicative of the types available for each organization. Students will be matched to a particular organization based on their interests and skills and the sponsoring organization's needs. Also please note that some of the fellowship placements may require the use of a vehicle.

2014 Sponsor Organizations: 

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Bicycle Coalition of Maine

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) works to make Maine better for bicycling (and walking) through legislation and policy, advocacy, education, enforcement and encouragement.  The fellow will focus on one of two important topics for the bicycle advocacy movement: the economic impact of bicycling in Maine; or, how to increase bicycle mode share in Portland and other big towns in Maine.

Possible projects include:

  • Economic impact of bicycling in Maine.  The fellow would research existing and related studies on biking in Maine and in other states; identify a subset of bicycling--e.g. bicycle businesses, bicycle events--to focus on; design the research question and process; collect data; and summarize findings.
  • Increasing bicycle mode share in Portland. The fellow would research Portland's past efforts, strategies and performance in increasing the number of bicyclists in the City.  (S)he would also review past practices nationwide involving encouragement, education and incentive programs to increase mode-share.  Based on this research, the fellow will design a number of projects.  The successes and failures of this program will shape the final design of the program, which BCM hopes to launch in the spring of 2015.
  • Other possible projects the fellow may be involved with: Identification and creation of sustainable funding for bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure in Maine; School Location Selection (Siting) Policies in Maine and their impact on student walking/biking; Development of a pilot biking program for underserved populations; New England States Bicycle and Pedestrian Laws and Crash Statistics; Vulnerable User Laws in the US and elsewhere, and their impact on bike/ped crash rates; Two-Abreast Laws, and their Impact on Bike Crash Statistics

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Town of Brunswick Department of Planning and Development

The Fellow will be an important member of Brunswick’s Department of Planning and Development staff tasked with one or two projects to be completed by the end of the fellowship.  Tasks could include: computer research, field work, GIS mapping in the areas of environmental/natural resource planning, and/or community planning.  The Fellow will be invited to participate in meetings of various boards and commissions and will be expected to do primarily televised presentations at the completion of key project phases.  It is anticipated that the Fellow will work closely with the Town of Brunswick staff and stakeholder groups for work that may include assistance with the initial development of a new 5.5 mile trail system located upon the Kate Furbish Preserve, implementation of the Master Plan for the former BNAS East Brunswick Transmitter Site, initial field reconnaissance of natural features and any paths within the West Side properties of the former BNAS and conveyed to the Town.  Other possible projects may include ongoing implementation of the adopted Downtown Brunswick and Outer Pleasant Street Master Plan and work associated with the Town’s Zoning Ordinance Rewrite now underway.  

  Possible projects include:

  • Assistance with the initial development of portions of a new 5.5 mile trail system as part of the Kate Furbish Preserve.  This project will be led by the Town’s Department of Parks and Recreation through staffing resources provided by the Maine Conservation Corps.
  • Initial GIS field reconnaissance of West Side properties of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station conveyed to the Town.
  • Potential implementation of the to-be-completed East Brunswick Transmitter Site Master Plan (66 acres).
  • Continuation of the regional trail collaborative effort, Androscoggin to Kennebec Trail.
  • Mapping assistance related to the Town’s Zoning Ordinance Rewrite. 
  • Assisting Department staff in conducting Town-held conservation easement monitoring visits.

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 Brunswick Topsham Land Trust (Brunswick)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) was founded in 1985 to conserve the remarkable diversity of the natural heritage of Brunswick, Topsham and Bowdoin. With the conservation of more than 1,500 acres of natural areas the BTLT meaningfully has addressed its mission to "identify and then protect all lands in our communities with true ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance."  The fellow placed with the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) for the summer of 2014 will have a diverse experience working in many areas of BTLT operations. In addition to learning about the day to day operations of a land trust, the fellow will be involved with two newer initatives.  The fellowship will receive experience in day to day land trust operations, an understanding of the role of a land trust in conservation initiatives such as building capacity for local agriculture, and the use of GIS for strategic planning.

Possible projects include: 

  • Assisting with coordination of Farmers’ Market and Community Garden, including staffing the land trust booth on Saturday mornings and developing and implementing educational programming at the Community Garden;
  • Assisting with stewardship, including working with GIS information, updating digital records, data gathering and management, field work (trail work and property management);
  • Developing public education materials, including information about the land trust, interpretive materials, and child-oriented activities and promotional materials relating to BTLT and its programs, such as press releases, and social media outreach;
  • Assisting with development, including membership data management, grantor prospect research, and grant writing;   
  • Assisting the Farmland Protection Specialist in various tasks related to farmland conservation and promotion of local food consumption;
  • Coordinating a BTLT-sponsored event (e.g. a trail run at Crystal Spring Farm) designed to build awareness of the land trust’s work and raise money for programs;
  • Supporting BTLT’s new Family Outing Club program and monthly community outings;
  • Reviewing BTLT property management plans and esement property baselines for compliance with LTA and accreditation standards and recommending revisions as needed;
  • Developing interpretive materials, child/family centered activities, and materials designed to build appreciation for nature and promote outdoor fun on the Cathance River Trail (which will formally open in June of 2014).   

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  Environmental Health Strategies Center (based in Portland: carpooling may be arranged)

The Environmental Health Strategy Center works to prevent cancer, learning disabilities, and other health problems through science-based advocacy and grassroots organizing around toxic chemicals. The fellow will build the orginazations base of support for statewide and national campaigns to protect families from toxic chemicals, while also helping to pressure elected officials by engaging supporters in taking action. This is a great opportunity to develop skills in grassroots organizing, environmental policy, and public health.

Possible projects include

  • Conducting public outreach and political education at events across the state
  • Coordinating events such as films and workshops, with special focus on childhood development and cancer-affected communities
  • Reaching out to supporters to take action through phone calls, emails, and social media
  • Recruiting activists to join rallies and media events

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 Friends of Casco Bay (based in South Portland) requires use of vehicle

Friends of Casco Bay (FOCB) is an independent, community-based nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay.  FOCB work involves advocacy, education, water quality monitoring, and collaborative problem solving.  Home to the Casco BAYKEEPER®, the orgianzation is a founding member of WATERKEEPER® ALLIANCE, a network of more than 200 environmental groups working to protect waters around the world. This fellowship provides an opportunity for students interested in a career in marine or environmental science to work with an organization that incorporates research and citizen science in seeking effective solutions for the health of the Bay. This summer, FOCB are looking for a fellow to focus on one of the following possible projects:  

Possible projects include:

  • Clam flat and nearshore pH monitoring: developing a community based approach Friends of Casco Bay has been measuring baseline levels of pH in our coastal waters for the past 22 years. Their data indicates that the Bay’s pH is decreasing, mirroring ocean acidification trends globally. In nearshore areas, such as clam flats, our waters are further threatened by local sources of nitrogen pollution which also contributes to increasing acidity. During the summer of 2014, a Psi U Fellow will help expand efforts to monitor pH at two “keystone” clam flats in Casco Bay and help analyze the data to determine the extent to which ocean acidification threatens our clamming resources. This work will require some field sampling as well as lab analysis. This work will be conducted in collaboration with world renowned scientists such as Dr. Brian Beal from the University of Main – Machias, and Dr. Mark Green from Saint Joseph’s College. FOCB will also continue to refine its replicable protocol for measuring pH in clam flat sediments and educate clammers about ways to remediate the effects of acidification. Given the threat acidification poses to our clamming industry, expanding the monitoring program to include clam flats may prove crucial for our community.
  • Data analysis with a regional perspective. For the past 22 years, volunteers and staff at Friends of Casco Bay have been collecting water quality data and general atmospheric conditions to better understand the environmental health of our local waters. This project will focus on applying qualitative and quantitative data to help answer questions about the health of the Bay that has not not yet been explored. Possible components of this project include;
    • As spring arrives in the Bay the water becomes stratified into layers called thermoclines (where temperatures change dramatically). One question might be to look at FOCB collected annual data from all regions to see if there are patterns to when stratification begins, at what depth, and for how long they persist.
    • Another research project could be to correlate rainfall events with FOCB salinity data to better document the impacts on coastal habitats.
    • A third question to explore might be to review FOCB volunteer synoptic data for a given date and time across the Bay to highlight regions that might be consistently different or not from other regions of Casco Bay.

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Maine Coast Fishermen's Association (based in Topsham)

The Maine Coast Fishermen's Association (MCFA) is an environmental non-profit organization founded by commercial fishermen who, as stewards of the marine ecosystem, promote and advocate for the restoration of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem while balancing the needs of Maine’s iconic fishermen and fishing communities. MCFA works to enhance the ecological sustainability and the long-term environmental restoration of the Gulf of Maine through advocacy, education, outreach, and collaborative research projects.  The MCFA works in the policy arena and is increasingly becoming involved with innovative business plans to sustain, both ecologically and economically, the community-based fishermen living along the coast of Maine from Kittery to Mount Desert Island. These fishermen typically target groundfish, but also participate in other fisheries including shrimp, scallops and lobster. Interning with MCFA would involve policy research, seafood-marketing outreach with fishermen and local restaurants, and supporting project development on an innovative spatial information application aimed at helping fishermen avoid at-risk fish species. The summer is the busiest part of the fishing season, so there will be a mixture of meeting with fishermen, computer time and attending meetings with organizational partners such as The Nature Conservancy, the Island Institute, and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. The scope and definition of a summer project will be determined by common interests of the student and MCFA.

Possible projects include:

  • Local Seafood Initiative.  The farm-to-table local food movement has increased dramatically in the last decade and has resulted in access to locally produced food year-round in the Brunswick area. However, aside from lobsters, seafood is rarely included. We are finding that there is little awareness among coastal community members that they can influence the health of the oceans by choosing what seafood to purchase. MCFA working to create a Local Seafood Initiative to raise awareness of local seafood in coastal Maine, and connect community members with their local fishermen through the shared experience of food. The student’s involvement in the project will include compiling information from local chefs, and restaurant managers on the perceptions and knowledge of consumers regarding seafood and the fishermen that harvest it, and meeting with fishermen and increasing awareness among community members about the availability of locally and sustainably harvested seafood. Additionally, this information can be used in state wide local food initiatives being conducted by the University of Maine and by the Maine Food Strategy. 
  • Increasing community awareness through Oral Histories of Gulf of Maine Fishermen. The Maine Coast Oral History Initiative aims to strengthen connections between coastal community members, the marine environment and our fishing heritage through fishermen’s stories. The project is focusing on sharing working knowledge through oral histories to increase our understanding of changes within the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the cultural importance of fishing in coastal communities. For individual fishermen and their communities, the particulars of their geography and fishery often determine how they relate to each other up and down the coast. The unique ways in which fishermen relate to their homeports gives each harbor a distinct set of characteristics that demonstrate the local diversity along Maine’s coast. The internship will include organizing and creating exhibitions and multi-media displays of the fishermen and their recorded oral histories. Partners for exhibitions and outreach development include The Island Institute, Salt, and the Maine Maritime Museum.

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The Nature Conservancy (Brunswick)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a science-based international, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy has been working in Maine for 56 years. With partners TNC has conserved more than one million acres of forests, wetlands, ponds, streams and over 100 coastal islands and have restored miles of rivers and work within marine systems.  The Fellow will assist the External Affairs (policy) team at The Nature Conservancy in Maine. (It is possible that there will be two fellow positions). Fellows will be given significant time to work (weekly) with land crews, so that field experience is gained.  In addition, opportunities to work on national policy platform items with our DC based staff (remotely) and with the marketing team is an option.  The fellow will work on a policy campaign related to source water protection in all aspects of campaign planning. In addition, this summer the fellow will help to further develop a key contacts program to allow TNC staff to educate specific members on key policy issues.

Possible projects include:

  • The fellow will work with the policy team on all aspects of the CleanWater and Safe Communities Bond which is a statewide funding initiative.  The initiative will relate the value of clean water to meeting human and ecological needs.  This will give the fellow significant policy campaign experience, coalition building and outreach experience. 
  • The fellow will work with the TNC US Government Relations team remotely to conduct significant research on a major conservation policy issue. This will allow the fellow to learn how a large NGO works both locally and nationally.  In addition, there may be significant opportunity to work with the TNC media team and to have field work time – trail work etc.

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Stantec Environmental Consulting (Topsham)

Stantec’s Environmental Services group is dedicated to managing environmental issues professionally and proactively and includes specialists in wildlife biology, wetland science, botany, habitat restoration, permitting, GIS, and Information Management. Stantec focuses on collecting accurate field data following scientifically defensible protocols and helping clients navigate the constantly shifting landscape of environmental regulations and policies. The Stantec Summer Intern, based in the Topsham, Maine office, will support staff in the office and field and will be involved in a variety of tasks that may include wetland characterizations, wildlife assessments at wind projects, endangered species surveys, literature review, data management, and technical writing. Stantec is seeking talented and enthusiastic individuals with a keen interest in the natural sciences and an appreciation for the importance of quality fieldwork and attention to detail. The internship will be office based but may include periods of remote fieldwork, for which transportation and lodging would be provided. The intern will be exposed to several different projects in the field and office over the course of the fellowship. Likely office-based projects will be creation of a database of results of publicly available bird and bat mortality studies conducted by Stantec and others at commercial wind projects in North America and creation of annotated bibliographies of recent literature on bird and bat impacts at wind projects. Likely field-based projects will include operating a GPS for wetland delineations at one of several potential remote projects in Maine, or conducting post-construction bird and bat mortality surveys at an operational wind project in the northeast.   

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Topsham Department of Planning and Development 

This fellowship position will involve working with the Town of Topsham's Natural Resource Planner, Planning Director, and Economic Development Director on natural resource inventories, economic development planning and mapping.  The fellow will work with local citizens from the Town's Conservation Commission, Tree Committee, Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee, Historic District Commission, and Economic Development Committee.  Topsham is a growing community where there exists the challenge of balancing growth and protecting valuable natural areas.  The position will provide hands-on experience for students interested in municipal planning, conservation/natural resource planning, economic development and creative solutions to address growth pressures.

Possible projects include:

  • Research all Town owned parcels, conservation easements, and other protected areas in Town, and continue the development of an “Open Space” GIS database.
  • Assist the planning office in updating all natural resource mapping data within the town.
  • Help the Conservation Commission in all trail planning efforts (to include mapping, as well as field work).
  • Local Business database and mapping- working with the economic development director in developing Topsham’s first business directory database and corresponding maps.
  • Urban Impaired Stream Watershed Planning – working with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, further field studies as determined by DEP, implementation of watershed plans.
  • Update Historic District architectural survey data and mapping
  • Vernal Pool Project – working with MDEP and Army Corps of engineers as well as UMaine professors to develop strategies on vernal pool protections (Mapping, surveys)
  • Street Tree Inventory – working with the planning office to continue development of field data.
  • Assist in the Design and Development of Park Facilities and Interpretive Amenities

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The Psi Upsilon Sustainability and Environmental Justice Fellowships provide students with the opportunity to explore the topic of sustainability or environmental justice by working directly with a business, at the government level, or through a nonprofit organization.  The Environmental Studies Program will award one Sustainability and one Environmental Justice Fellowship in the summer of 2014. 

*Application Due Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 12:00 p.m. by email to Eileen Johnson ejohnson@bowdoin.edu

Sustainability Fellowship
: The Psi Upsilon Sustainability Fellowship provides students with the opportunity to explore the topic of sustainability by working directly with an organization, agency or company that is focusing on the transition to a more sustainable society. Examples of projects that students might engage in as part of this fellowship include green design, calculating metrics of sustainability, or developing systems for conversion to alternative energy systems. The students should select an organization that is working at the cutting edge of sustainability. Placements could be with a community that is actively implementing a climate action plan, a business engaged in green design, a nonprofit organization that is implementing weatherization or community energy systems, or a state agency that is developing alternative transportation systems.  

Environmental Justice Fellowship: The Psi Upsilon Environmental Justice Fellowship provides students with the opportunity to explore the intersection of the environment with race, class and gender by working with a nonprofit organization or agency that is working creatively with stakeholders in these areas. Examples of topics that students might address include green housing, green jobs, or urban environmental education programs. Placements could be with an organization or agency that is engaged in one of the following areas: managing an environmental education program in an urban area, raising awareness of urban agricultural systems, developing green, affordable housing, or addressing the role of green jobs as an approach to workforce development. 

Students who are considering applying to the program are strongly encouraged to set up a meeting with Eileen Johnson, Program Manager, Environmental Studies Program.  108 Adams Hall, 798-7157, ejohnson@bowdoin.edu

Award amounts are based upon the employers' ability to provide partial renumeration, with combined total not to exceed $4,000.  Award amounts are considered taxable scholarships and must be declared by the recipients when filing their tax forms.  Students will be responsible for travel and other living expenses, which may be negotiated directly with the sponsoring organization. 

Eligibility:  Current first-years, sophomores and juniors; graduating seniors are not eligible.  Preference given to rising juniors and seniors and Environmental Studies majors.

Requirements for Sustainability and Environmental Justice fellowships:

  • Hours: All fellowship programs require a minimum of 350 hours and a maximum of 400 hours of work during the summer break.  This can be full-time 35 hours/week for 10 weeks or part time, 22 hours/week for 16 weeks or any combination in between as long as the total hours worked is between 350 and 400 hours.  No fellowship may exceed 40 hours per week
  • Sponsoring organization.  All programs require submission of information on the organization with which you have requested your fellowship placement, a detailed description of your responsibilities, and the name and title of your summer supervisor. 
  • Reporting requirements.  A learning agreement and mid-summer evaluation to be completed by the award recipient and the supervisor at the sponsoring organization will be required to be mailed to the ES Program no later than July 8, 2014.  Award recipients are required to submit a final report no later than September 6, 2014.
  • Presentation.  The recipient will make a presentation to the ES Committee no later than October 11, 2014.  The recipient will help with promotion of the fellowship to prospective student applicants.

Selection Process: Applicants must secure a commitment from the sponsoring organization prior to receiving notice of funding.  The applicant should be clear in this expectation when discussing the fellowship with the sponsoring organization.  Awards will be announced by March 8, 2014.

Application Requirements: Please submit an original packet consisting of the following: attached completed application form; a current resume; unofficial transcript (obtainable from Polaris); a personal statement (on a separate sheet of paper - no more than one page) describing the organization, your internship responsibilities and how this internship fits in with your personal career goals; the names of two references, one of which should be a faculty member; and a brief letter from the employer outlining preliminary internship responsibilities and the organization's willingness to participate in this program. 

Please note that the following organizations are interested in hosting an Environmental Justice or Sustainbility Fellow for the summer 2014. If interested, feel free to contact the person listed with each organization.

  • City of Bath.  Contact:  Andrew Deci email adeci@cityofbath.com, phone: 443-8363.  Possible projects include: collection and collation of information on Bath's downtown including physical, economic, environmental, and social qualities using GIS, economic research data, development of electronic and physical models of the downtown using Sketchup or other 3-D software, participation in day to day operations of the Planning and Development Department.  
  • Boothbay Regional Land Trust.  Contact: Nick Ullo email: nullo@bbrlt.org, phone: 633-4818.  Possible projects include: working wwith the Executive Director and board members to coordinate details of BRLT's annual major fundraising event, develop new trail guides for recent preserves and update all existing trail guides with current information.
  • Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.  Contact: Carrie Kinne email:  ckinne@kennebecestuary.org, phone: 442-8400   Possible projects include: assisting with ongoing outreach and educational activities with the land trust and plan events associated with 25th anniversary, assist with roll out of Strategic Plan, Conservation Plan, Educational Projects, Local Farm-Local Food projects, research economic impacts and tax ramifications of conservation lands.
  • Maine Audubon.  Contact: Laura Minich Zitske email: lzitske@maineaudubon.org, phone: 781-2330 x 226.   Possible projects include: monitoring and managing two endangered species on beaches across southern Maine, identifying active plover breeding areas and locating nests, monitoring nesting activity and chick development, and identifying causes of nest loss, protecting nesting areas with fencing and signing, researching piping plover-rearing habitat, designing and carrying out research that would evaluate effectiveness of outreach activities to change people's behaviors while visiting beaches where endangered piping plovers and least terms nest.

The Cooke Environmental Fellowship provides an opportunity for a student to conduct community-based research with a faculty mentor within the field of environmental studies.  The fellowship can be based at Bowdoin College or at an off-campus location.  For projects based off-campus, students must identify a community organization that will act as host for the fellow and are asked to submit a letter of support from the organization.  Preference is given to Environmental Studies majors or minors or members of Quinby House. For summer of 2014, projects that have a focus on the built environment, or topics of current research focus for the Environmental Studies Program will be given higher priority.  Current research topics of interest include Maine Rivers, Estuaries and Coastal Fisheries, public health, agricultural conservation and food security, and coastal resilience in response to climate change

 *Application Due Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 12:00 p.m. by email to Eileen Johnson ejohnson@bowdoin.edu

 Submit all applications to Eileen Johnson, ES Program Manager at ejohnson@bowdoin.edu


Due Date


Community Matters in Maine Environmental Studies Fellowship

Click here to see a list of sponsoring organization and fellowship descriptions for Summer 2014

Friday 2/12

Download 2014 Application

Sustainability and Environmental Justice Fellowship

Friday 2/12

Download 2014 Application

Cooke Environmental Research Fellowship

Tues 2/25, noon

Download 2014 Application

Community Matters in Maine Fellowship


Audrey Phillips - Maine Coast Fisherman's Association

The Maine Coast Fishermen Association gave Audrey '16 (Earth and Oceanographic Science and Environmental Studies major / Education Studies minor) the project of compiling the oral histories of ground fishermen in Maine. She listened to hours of interviews previously recorded, where fishermen discussed how the fishery of Maine had changed due to technology, the environment and regulations. She completed 15 videos where a fisherman’s oral history was highlighted in a 3 minute YouTube video. Audrey also researched local seafood, compiling a list of where to buy local seafood from within the greater Brunswick, Topsham and Freeport area.
“I’ve learned so much from working at the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association. My perception of fishermen has greatly changed, and it has been an honor to listen to ground fishermen explain how the fishing industry has changed due to technology, the environment and regulations. It is important for the oral histories of the ground fishermen to be preserved because their job and the coastal communities they support are constantly changing.”

Grace Butler - The Bicycle Coaltion of Maine

At the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Grace Butler ’16 (Sociology and Environmental Studies major / History minor) undertook a research project to determine the impact that bicycling has on Maine’s economy. During her time at the BCM, Grace conducted three surveys to find the economic benefits of bicycle businesses and bicycle tourism in Maine. She also used economic reasoning to find the dollar value of bicycle sales in Maine from mass merchants, learned GIS, and collaboratively wrote historical and environmental pieces about rural Maine. Grace’s experience provided her with extensive learning opportunities on social research, economics, and the daily operations of a non-profit.

“I have loved having the opportunity to study the economic impact of bicycle businesses and tourism in Maine at such a passionate organization. I’ve gotten to learn so much about Maine, bicycling and social research. Designing and executing the pieces of this study has been a very challenging and rewarding process. I know that my deepened understanding of this type of critical thinking and research will help me in future endeavors. As the summer comes to an end, I feel more connected to this beautiful state.”

Madeline Davis - Environmental Health Strategy Center

This summer Madeline Davis '16 (Psychology and Environmental Studies major / Spanish minor) interned at the Environmental Health Strategy Center, a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to examining the effects of toxic chemicals on the body and pressuring the chemical industry and retailers to phase out the use of such chemicals in products. The EHSC's 2014 campaign focuses on phthalates (pronounced thal-lates), a plasticising endocrine disrupter found in vinyl and cosmetics that has been linked to reproductive issues, birth defects, asthma, and much more. Currently companies don’t have to disclose if phthalates are in their products, so the EHSC is currently working to change that by fighting for the right to know what products are safe for families. In addition, EHSC has founded a sister organization called Prevent Harm that seeks to change environmental policy by electing responsible and dedicated representatives to office.

"The fellowship allowed me to travel around the state to farmers’ markets, festivals, and other events to spread knowledge about toxic chemicals in everyday products, help build networks in key political areas, and gather postcards and petitions expressing support of the right to know what goes into our household products. Not only was I able to experience working in the nonprofit sector of environmental policy, but I got to experience Maine and its beauty in the summertime for the first time as well."

Elizabeth Szuflita - Town of Topsham

As part of her fellowship with the Town of Topsham, Libby '15 (Sociology and Environmental Studies major) helped the town to complete a “Rural Active Living Assessment,” that measured Topsham’s capacity for active living based on it’s available programs, policies and infrastructure. She coordinated volunteers to complete “street segment assessments,” evaluating the walkability of main streets and  created maps for volunteers and cataloged responses in ArcGIS. Independently she took the walkability project further, collecting and mapping field data, and making recommendations, collecting GPS data with an iPAD.  As a second aspect of her work, she focused on economic development, working with the town Economic Development Director to analyze the value per acre of commercial lots to highlight  areas of town that are most lucrative for investment and creating a map of town businesses. Working with the Conservation Commission, Libby updated  information on town-owned land for use in assessing conservation value and developing a site map for the Head of Tide Park.

"Working with the Town of Topsham has opened my eyes to the great amount of care and consideration that is put into town decision-making, and the multitude of factors – be they environmental, economic or legal – that a planner must assess.  Learning about the history of Topsham town planning, and getting familiar with the area through fieldwork and GIS mapping, has given me a real connection to the local area.  I look forward to further exploring Maine and learning about its history during the remainder of my time at Bowdoin."

Hugh Ratcliffe - Stantec

This summer Hugh '15 (Earth and Oceanographic Science and Environmental Studies major) interned at an environmental consulting branch of Stantec Consulting in Topsham, ME. Over the 10 week internship he was involved in four different projects: wetland delineation for a wind project in northern Maine, data logging for a national database on bird and bat mortality rates at wind energy facilities, the installation of radio-telemetry antennas for tracking bats, and an acoustic bat survey of The Nature Conservancy’s Basin Preserve. The latter project Hugh designed and implemented himself as way to collect valuable data for Stantec and TNC that could help influence how future bat surveys are conducted.

“It’s great to be a part of such a large company with an environmental focus. I’ve gotten exposed to many facets of the environmental consulting industry while at the same time improving my technical science skills. This was certainly a useful experience from both an education standpoint and in regards to my life post-Bowdoin.” 

Violet Ranson - Town of Brunswick, Planning and Development

At her internship with Brunswick Planning and Development Violet Ranson '16 (Sociology and Environmental Studies major / Japanese minor) participated in various site walks, town meetings, and worked closely with GIS mapping software. Throughout her fellowship Violet learned about municipal ordinances and the processes involved in land development. Violet completed 6 Conservation Easement visits and presented her findings in written reports, GIS maps, and a televised presentation to the Conservation Commission. She visited 12 historic cemetery sites and mapped their location for the use of Brunswick’s Assessing department. Lastly, Violet mapped the proposed Zoning Districts for the Town of Brunswick’s new Zoning Ordinances which is due to be released to the public today!

“Through my internship with Brunswick Planning and Development I was able to get acquainted with Brunswick in the most beautiful way, through its building structures, abandoned historical cemeteries, and preserved easement properties along the coast, deep within the forests, and near ponds. Even on the days that I was in the office sketching town boundaries, I was surrounded by light-hearted, supportive, and highly-skilled professionals who constantly had my future in their best interest. I could not have asked for a better summer.”

Wilder Nicholson - Brunswick Topsham Land Trust

Wilder Nicholson ’16 (Economics and Environmental Studies major / Classical Studies minor) performed a variety of work as he helped the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust fulfill their mission­ to preserve, protect and steward the natural resources and land of the community. Wilder blazed trails, built a foot-bridge, and designed an interactive trail map for the website using GIS and Google Earth.  In addition to these conservation and recreational efforts, Wilder filmed and photographed events, researched grants, created posters, and worked at the Farmer’s Market and Community Garden. Wilder’s other major project was filming a short documentary about how the Land Trust’s trail system builds community.

"I really enjoyed the variety of tasks and projects I could be doing on any given day. As a result, I was exposed to all aspects of the organization—from trail work to marketing to outreach programs. Working with the small number of staff and volunteers felt like a team effort and completing projects was especially rewarding as we geared up for our fundraising campaign. I was also fortunate in being able to apply some of my other interests such as film."

Marisa Browning-Kamins - The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is an international, science-based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting ecologically important places for both nature and people. During her fellowship at TNC, Marisa Browning-Kamins '16 (Visual Arts and Environmental Studies major) was able to gain an understanding of the realities and intricacies of environmental policy and conservation by participating in a variety of projects, ranging from monitoring nature preserves in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area to assessing potential changes in Senate committees and how these changes will affect future conservation efforts. Marisa also gained marketing experience through writing several TNC project summaries and descriptions that were used for both publicity and outreach.

"As a summer fellow at TNC I was able to explore both the woods of Northern Maine and the complexities of environmental policy, sometimes within the same week! The diversity of projects and issues that were tackled by this organization each day was both eye-opening and inspiring, and it was a pleasure to observe TNC’s dedicated and passionate staff in action. I felt that even during my short time at the organization I was able to make a personal difference—an invaluable reward."

Sustainability and Environmental Justice Fellowships

Simon Pritchard - Environmental Health Strategy Center

As a member of the Environmental Health Strategy Center’s summer intern team, Simon Pritchard ’16 (Government and Legal Studies and Environmental Studies major / German minor) got an in-depth understanding of a small non-profit environmental advocacy group. Simon worked on the EHSC’s summer campaign against phthalates, going to farmers’ markets and other events to recruit activists and raise public awareness all over the state.  He coordinated an in-district meeting between constituents and their State Representative in Camden, and helped edit the website for EHSC’s newly launched sister organization Prevent Harm, compiling a scorecard of legislators’ voting records on chemical bills.

"Working at the EHSC this summer has allowed me to see what it is really like to work in a driven non-profit advocacy environment. Even though we had a small team, we have led the charge on changing state chemical policy. Working with the nuances of Maine’s regulation processes allowed me to apply concepts that I have learned to real actions, and allowed me to see the impacts of public support, volunteer activism, and media coverage on the growth of policy issues."

Cailey Oehler - Pio Pio Cultural Center for Sustainability
This summer at cultural center for sustainability Pio Pio, located in Reñaca, Chile, Cailey Oehler '15 (Spanish major / Art History minor) had a variety of responsibilities including work on the construction of a straw-bale office building, website development, invasive species removal, workshop teaching, and more. The primary focus of her fellowship, however, was a study on fine finishing techniques in raw earth construction, such as fine clay-loam plasters, clay-based natural paints, and waterproofing earthen walls with both fermented prickly pear paste and a linseed oil-beeswax blend. In addition to applying these techniques she studied casein paints, lime and gypsum plasters, and eco-brick, super-adobe, cob, and wattle-and-daub construction methods, and the theoretical background and practical application of living roofs.

“My experience at Pio Pio was exciting, challenging, and truly unforgettable. I was able to participate in several of the organization’s ongoing projects as well as my own thorough study of earthen building techniques and was exposed to new ideas and perspectives almost constantly, both through my work and through friendships I made in the eco-village where I was living. My neighbors made me feel like a real member of their community and though the work was both intellectually enriching and physically demanding I also enjoyed spending my free time getting to know the and the nearby coast, surrounding dune scrub habitat, and eucalyptus forest where I lived.”

Logan Fellowship

Mariana Guzmán Márquez - The Nature Conservancy

This summer Mariana Guzmán Márquez '16 (Earth and Oceanographic Science and Environmental Studies major) interned with The Nature Conservancy, the leading worldwide conservation organization that protects ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. As such, this nonprofit focuses on the scientific and political work involved in ensuring the quality of life for all of Earth’s living beings. The fellowship itself presented opportunities to research conservation issues, work remotely with staff in DC, partake in data collection, work in tandem with affiliated agencies, and learn about the operation of a large NGO on state, national, and international levels. Possible topics of study included freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, national clean water policy, and environmental education.

"I’m overjoyed and grateful to have had the opportunity to work at TNC this summer. Not only have I gotten hands-on experience in a wide array of skills, including communications, field work, and government relations, I have done so alongside experts who welcomed me whole-heartedly into their team. I still can’t decide if I’ve spent more time learning or having fun, but at TNC there’s not really a difference!"

Cooke Environmental Fellowship

Nora Hefner - Penobscot East Resource Center

As a Cooke Environmental Fellow, Nora Hefner ’16 (Biology and Environmental Studies major / Visual Art minor) spent this summer researching Gulf of Maine cod fisheries in collaboration with the Penobscot East Resource Center in Stonington, Maine. The focus of her research was on the impact of the relationship between cod, alewives (a species of anadramous river herring), and the damming of Maine’s rivers on the collapse of the coastal cod fishery. She worked to create maps using ArcGIS that will allow the relationships between cod and alewives to be analyzed spatially and statistically. Nora’s faculty advisor was Professor John Lichter, Biology and Environmental Studies.

"Studying Gulf of Maine cod fisheries through the Cooke Fellowship not only gave me an opportunity to develop skills in GIS, collecting data, and collaborating with others in the field, but it also helped me gain a greater appreciation for the complexity and challenge of studying the ecological, economic, and historical interactions that affect a natural resource system."

National Audubon Fellowships

Claire Schollaert and Lila Wright - Project Puffin Claire SchollaertLila Wright

Interning for Project Puffin consisted of both research and management of four species of tern and various other sea birds. The goal on the islands is to protect the nesting bird species and to research their breeding and rearing habits in order to further enhance Project Puffin’s effort to maintain the population of breeding migratory seabirds off the coast of Maine. During the breeding season, interns live on one of seven islands with up to four other interns/supervisors. Residence on the island is crucial to the protection of the colonies from predators, invasive plant species, and human contact.

Claire '16 (Biology and Anthropology major) - "Working for Project Puffin taught me invaluable field research techniques that can only be learned by getting out in the field and actually working with a conservation project. Living off the grid and working hands on with various seabird populations this past summer has made me want to pursue my own independent study next summer, hopefully utilizing research methods that Project Puffin has familiarized me with."

Lila '16 (Earth and Oceanographic Science and Government and Legal Studies major) - "My day would begin at 6:30 AM where I, along with the other researchers on the island, would head directly into the nesting colony to conduct productivity on tern chicks. This entailed searching under vegetation and rocks to find chicks, at first, no bigger than a fluffy golf ball. We would band, weigh, measure (and cuddle!) them. After, we would convene in our open air "kitchen" where we would enjoy a cup of coffee and then disperse throughout the island to conduct three-hour long stints in small wooden blinds. There we would observe feeding activity, re-sight band numbers, and search for chicks through spotting scopes. The afternoon would be spent informing mainland visitors of the research being conducted on the island and aid in identifying sea birds. I have gained valuable field and research skills and, now, this semester (Fall 2014), I am working on an independent research project from the data I collected this summer."


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The Fellowship and Scholarship page provides an updated listing of major sources of undergraduate and graduate funding in environmental fields.

Bowdoin College Stipended Internship Program. (Career Planning Center).  

Bowdoin students are eligible for a range of fellowships that provide funding for internships, many of which are directly applicable to the environmental field. Many ES majors have received funding for internships through these programs.

  • David Projects for Peace (deadline is January 29, 2014 at noon): Summer volunteer and public service outside of US
  • Preston Public Interest Career Fund - funds students to work wtih organizations serving the needs of underserved of disadvantaged
  • Nikauradse-Matthews Summer Public Interest Fellowship - funds students tow work for organizations that serve the needs of underprivilidged
  • The Thomas McKinley Entrepreneur Grant Fund - funds students to pursue entrepreneurial or community service projects of students' design
  • Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund - funds students to work with businesses
  • Richard B. '62 and Sabra Ladd Government Internship - funds students to work in US federal government or a national public policy institute
  • The Anwarul Quadir Fellowship - supports an internship at a business in Bangledesh
  • Bowdoin College Alumni Council Internship Fund - funds students to work in a career field of their choice
  • Strong/Gault Social Advancement Internship Grant - funds students to work for nonprofit, federal and local agencies serving economically underdeveloped areas 

External Environmental Fellowships

Scholarships (Undergraduate & Graduate)