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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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:
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.
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 email@example.com
Submit all applications to Eileen Johnson, ES Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Matters in Maine Environmental Studies Fellowship
Click here to see a list of sponsoring organization and fellowship descriptions for Summer 2014
Sustainability and Environmental Justice Fellowship
Cooke Environmental Research Fellowship
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Ezra Duplissie-Cyr ’15 (Visual Arts and Environmental Studies) spent this summer working directly within an architectural studio, Beauds Art, Inc. His fellowship involved taking charge in the creative processes of designing a new residential structure. While a structure existed on the current site, the design process extended beyond simple renovation to envelop the entire redefinition of the structure’s formal aesthetic and function. Working directly with the client on design preferences and specific function requirements, Ezra had the opportunity to learn and experiment with design programs such as Google SketchUp and AutoCAD, research site zoning regulations, and explore the benefits of a structure with a modernist, contemporary design.
“My experience at Beauds Art, Inc. has been fascinating. As the firm is small, this allowed me to work intimately with an architect on an actual project. I also had the opportunity to work directly with the client on the design project—a lucky opportunity I would not likely have had elsewhere.”
Brightfields Development is a company that specializes in development of solar installations. Its sister company Renova Partners focuses on the development of solar photovoltaic arrays on landfills and brownfield sites. Through his fellowship, Connor gained a deeper understanding of the energy industry and wrote reports on energy generation and distribution in the northeast and southeast United States and conducted research in support of future projects. Connor also gained an understanding of the remediation process and potential for use of formerly contaminated sites for energy production.
“I have learned more this summer than I could ever have imagined in such a short span of time. I gained a perspective on how electricity is generated by various sources and distributed throughout the nation’s grid. I also gained an understanding of the potential for developing alternative energy projects on formerly contaminated sites and the role of distributed generation projects provided by these types of projects.”
As the Summer Youth Kitchen Intern at Cultivating Community, Jada Wensman ’15 (Environmental Studies and French) was responsible for all aspects of kitchen care and food preparation, including cooking, cleaning, shopping, and ordering produce from the New American Farmers. Each day was primarily spent with the high school Youth Growers, preparing lunch and snacks based around the produce they grew in their urban garden. As a key player in the youth summer program, Jada also accompanied the youth on field trips to local farms and assisted with their daily programming..
“This internship exposed me to both the food needs and food aid programs for residents of the low-income area of Portland. The organization’s focus on food initially drew me in, but their passion for sharing the wonder of fresh vegetables is what continues to inspire me. Working with the Youth Growers and at the Twilight Dinners has made me determined to follow their lead in working towards a future where everyone has access to fresh produce.”
Kiran Pande ’15 (Earth & Oceanographic Science and Environmental Studies) split her time between Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. Spending time at both organizations, she learned about nonprofit management at both statewide and local levels. At MCHT Kiran worked in the development department assisting with event coordination. She prepared for events by sending out mailings, communicating with members, and helping with trip logistics. At HHLT Kiran primarily worked on creating outreach materials such as trail maps and brochures, as well as assisting with HHLT’s Nature Day Camp and Sunset Cruise.
“Through this fellowship, not only was I able to learn about how statewide and local land trusts differ, but also how they work together to achieve the shared goal of land conservation. I gained a new understanding of and appreciation for the importance of land trusts in conserving Maine’s natural spaces. Whether I was mapping trails, preparing for events, or out enjoying the beautiful preserves, there was never a dull day at MCHT and HHLT!”
Dan Lipkowitz ’14 (Environmental Studies and Government & Legal Studies/English) worked as a policy fellow with The Nature Conservancy, learning how an extensive global non-profit works at the international, federal, and local level. His major project was investigating the history, function, and distribution of federal conservation funds up for reauthorization. This work provided thorough information for TNC as they were arguing for fund reauthorizations before the US congress and senate. Dan wrote policy briefings on Maine conservation legislation and researched the potential environmental effects of expanding agriculture in Maine. He participated in weekly trail and ecology work trips on land preserves run by TNC.
“I was immediately included in conservation projects that were intellectually stimulating and that I was personally passionate about. I was able to experience the multifaceted aspects of conservation and non-profit work on the local, national, and global scale. I learned about the history and future of conservation in Maine and beyond, and was able to apply the concepts I had learned at Bowdoin in the classroom and play a role in moving towards that future.“
As The Nature Conservancy’s marketing and media intern, Emma Chow ’15 (Economics and Environmental Studies/Sociology) gained exposure to the many facets of the organization by working on projects covering a range of areas. She supported the summer-long Nature is ME campaign by conducting interviews for blog posts and attending events throughout Maine. Emma also worked with the US Government Relations team on a national outdoor recreation inventory to support TNC’s lobbying efforts. Her experience provided her with extensive learning opportunities helping her to better understand the mechanics of a global non-profit at the cutting edge of environmental work.
“I am truly grateful to have had this valuable opportunity to work for TNC. During my projects I explored new areas of environmental work and developed professional skills, while getting to know the passionate, hardworking people who make it all happen. My experience has helped me to understand the real impact of The Conservancy’s work and the important roles media, marketing, and policy play in successfully furthering a non-profit’s conservation efforts.”
Working for the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Tyler De Angelis ’15 (Biology and Environmental Studies/Teaching) experienced all sides of their mission— to preserve, protect and steward the rich natural resources and land in Brunswick, Topsham, and Bowdoin. Through conservation and outreach programs the BTLT provides support for local agriculture, recreation and other traditional land uses. Tyler worked on outreach projects such as conducting a Farmers’ Market survey, creating trail signage, helping volunteers in the community garden, joining site walks at potential properties in order to GIS data, and writing trail maintenance plans.
“My time at the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust has been a great opportunity for me to learn how this land trust functions as a non-profit to preserve our local lands and promote local agriculture. It has been amazing to see the passion that many in our community have for the environment and how a small, dedicated office staff and wealth of volunteer support can come together to achieve great results for local agriculture and land conservation.”
This City of Bath fellowship was an opportunity for Emi Gaal ’15 (Environmental Studies and Government & Legal Studies/French) to explore the realm of municipal governance while assisting the Department of Planning with the presentation of online GIS data, as well as with a host of other projects. Projects often required significant individual work, though many were collaborative efforts allowing her to work together with her co-workers, community members, and other Bowdoin fellows.
“This fellowship allowed me to stay and explore all the nooks and crannies of Maine I think I would never have found on my own. Furthermore, it allowed me to establish a personal relationship with Bath’s community, an invaluable connection that has made my work for the City all the more fulfilling. Finally, I gained a host of skills ranging from proficiency in GIS to refined communication with community partners.”
Friends of Casco Bay works to protect and preserve Casco Bay through scientific research, local outreach, and educational efforts. Courtney Payne ’15 (Earth & Oceanographic Sciences and Environmental Studies/Latin American Studies) worked with a myriad of different programs that the organization runs, focusing on several different research projects, one being a study on how coastal acidification is affecting clam flat productivity. She studied pH repeatedly at one clam flat to gain a greater understanding of how pH shifts through time. Courtney helped to design a study to better understand how lowered pH levels are affecting shell growth in juvenile clams.
“Working with the many different aspects of the organization was a great way to understand how an NGO acts as an advocate while conducting scientific research. My main project focused on monitoring pH levels in one clam flat, and I developed my own project dealing with clam spat dissolution in the field. This research is crucial to understanding the effects of coastal acidification on shellfish health, and will help to preserve Maine shellfish in years to come.”
At the Topsham Department of Planning and Development Molly Sun ’15 (Economics and Environmental Studies) worked with the Natural Resource/Assistant Planner to gain experience in environmental field work. In collaboration with the Town’s Conservation Committee, town arborist, local volunteers, and biologists from the University of Maine, Molly was involved in a street tree inventory, mapping locally significant vernal pools, and an open space inventory. She developed a methodology for creating a natural resource inventory using the Town iPad, and led a training session for volunteers.
"This has been an eye-opening experience. I gained insight into both municipal planning and environmental protection. Projects, such as the vernal pool prioritization, deepened my understanding of the challenges towns in Maine face, balancing growth and protecting natural resources. Working in Topsham has increased my awareness and appreciation of the communities that surround Bowdoin and the challenges these communities face."
The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is tasked with protecting one of the most vital and dynamic series of ecosystems in northern New England. Emily Tucker ’15 (Earth & Oceanographic Science and Environmental Studies) was provided with a first-hand look at local and regional land conservation and contributed to a wide variety of projects, including: sampling and testing for water quality with volunteers, assisting with land stewardship on potential and current properties, leading hikes on preserves, designing nature-based curricula for children's school trips and summer camps, collaborating with other Bowdoin fellows on regional conservation projects.
"This fellowship has allowed me to spend the summer working to preserve one of Maine's most valuable ecosystems while gaining first-hand experience with outreach, scientific research, land stewardship, recreational programming, and nonprofit management. Working at KELT has shown me what regional-level land conservation really looks like, and has allowed me to explore the work that goes into preserving our natural heritage in all its facets."
Tristan Van Kote ’15 (Environmental Studies and Government & Legal Studies) worked for the Town of Brunswick’s Planning and Development Office on a range of projects including monitoring conservation easements and preparing reports on town-held easements, providing support in the form of GIS to map town resources, and preparing a baseline inventory for a new preserve. He attended and presented at Town Council meetings, and town committees including the Conservation Commission and Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee. Tristan worked in collaboration with other fellows to develop a framework for the promotion of regional trails and contributed to the project by mapping many Brunswick town trails.
“This experience has helped me understand the inner workings of municipal governance. Working with the Conservation Commission and the Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, as well as the Parks and Recreation Department, I learned about their respective responsibilities and mandates.”
At Maine Conservation Voters Camille Wasinger ’15 (Environmental Studies and Government & Legal Studies) got an inside look at daily life at an environmental policy organization. Each day was different and exciting, and provided an opportunity to see how MCV works to build its membership base, support environmental legislation passed in the State House, and elect the officials that will do the most for the health of Maine’s people and environment. Political accountability and preservation of the vitality of Maine’s land, air, water, and wildlife, all of which the state relies on for jobs and leisure, are the cornerstones of MCV’s mission.
;This fellowship has afforded me a close look at what environmental political advocacy looks like on a state level, and helped me realize that this is undoubtedly the type of work I would like to do after college. I have learned invaluable lessons about how a public interest non-profit works and about the perseverance and commitment it takes to make political progress fighting climate change and protecting the environment and public health.”
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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 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.