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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

Fellowship

Due Date

Application

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

Cooke Environmental Research Fellowship

Ezra Duplissie-Cyr - Beauds Art, Inc.

Ezra Duplissie-Cyr

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.”

Sustainability and Environmental Justice Fellowships

Connor Handy - BrightFields Development

Connor Handy

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.”

Jada Wensman - Cultivating Community

Jada Wensman

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.”

Berkeley-Tyre and Logan Fellowships

Kiran Pande - Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

Kiran Pande

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 - The Nature Conservency

Dan Lipkowitz

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.“

Emma Chow - The Nature Conservency

Emma Chow

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.”

Community Matters in Maine Fellowships

Tyler De Angelis - Brunswick Topsham Land Trust

Tyler DeAngelis

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.”

Emese Gaal - City of Bath

Emese Gaal

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.”

Courtney Payne - Friends of Casco Bay

Courtney Payne

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.”

Molly Sun - Town of Topsham

Molly Sun

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."

Emily Tucker - Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

Emily Tucker

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 - Town of Brunswick

Tristan Van Kote

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.”

Camille Wasinger - Maine Conservation Voters

Camille Wasinger

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 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)