Environmental Studies Fellowships -
Sustainability and Environmental Justice

The Environmental Studies Fellowships provide students with the opportunity to explore the environmental studies field by working directly with a business, at the government level or through a nonprofit organization of their choosing.  The Environmental Studies Program expects to award 1-3 fellowships in the summer of 2018. 

We encourage students to seek out opportunities within the environmental studies field that will enhance their environmental studies academic experience. Although there is a preference for fellowships that fall within Sustainability or Environmental Justice, we will consider applications from a wide spectrum within the field of environmental studies.  Students are encouraged to explore working for Maine based organizations.  We have listed several organizations that have hosted fellows in the past below.

*Application Due Date: Monday, February 26, 2018 at noon

Click here to fill out an application for an Environmental Studies (Sustainability/Environmental Justice) fellowship.

Sustainability: The Environmental Studies program encourages students 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: The Environmental Studies program encourages  students 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 $5,000.  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 proposective ES Majors and current ES majors who have completed 2 or more ES core courses (ENVS1101, ENVS2201, ENVS2403, social science core course numbered ENVS 2300-2333). Preferences 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 in by March 9th.

Application Requirements: The application is now online.  We have provided a copy of the application as a PDF for informational purposes only. You will be asked to fill out the online application and upload the following documents: a current resume; unofficial transcript (obtainable from Polaris); a personal statement (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 information about your proposed host organization. Students who receive an award will be required to submit a letter of support from the sponsoring organization within two weeks of notification in order to receive funding.

Information for Prospective Employers: Please see the link below for information for your employer.  Please share a copy of this PDF with your prospective host organization.

Information for prospective host organizations.  

Looking for some great organizations to work for this summer?  Here are organizations that are interested in hosting a summer fellow:

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) is seeking a Bowdoin Environmental Fellow to help us connect with local communities on regional trails and water quality.

  • Our regional trail project is the Capital to Coast Trail, a 40+ mile off-road multi-use trail.  KELT is working with seven local towns to build support for this trail.  The fellow would support our outreach and advocacy for this trail project.
  • Our citizen science water sampling programs test water for pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, salinity, and phytoplankton.  The fellow would take part in the sampling, support our volunteer samplers, and help develop ways to share sampling results through methods like GIS, story maps, and our website.

The Fellow will also have the chance to take part is other aspects of our active non-profit land trust that they find interesting, like land conservation, trail building, development, fundraising, or outreach and education. 

For more information contact: Ruth Indrik, rindrick@kennebecestuary.org

Maine Mobile Health Program

Maine Mobile Health Program is Maine’s only farmworker health organization. Our collaborative model involves folks who carry the commitment to make a difference in the lives of Maine’s farmworkers. By linking agricultural workers to care and services, we aim to reduce health disparities and inequities of access for this workforce. Putting fruits and vegetables on ALL of our tables is not only vital work; it positively impacts our collective health.

We are looking for a summer fellow who will support field staff who provide language assistance in medical settings to patients across the state. They will work in the Augusta office providing research support by gathering and analyzing data, and writing up results. They will also assist at the Rakers’ Center and in the mobile units during the harvest season in Aroostook, Hancock and Washington Counties.

The fellowship will begin in mid-June, as the fellow will be needed during most of August. A driver’s license is required. Travel to Augusta 3-4 days a week is required. The fellow will be asked to stay in Washington County with other team members in a shared house for 2-4 days at a time mid-week during the month of August.

Spanish or Creole language ability is required, and interviewees will be screened for ability to work with patients in a clinical setting prior to receiving an internship offer. 

For more information contact Ben Kohler, bkohler@mainemigrant.orgg

Town of Topsham

The Town of Topsham is seeking a summer fellow who will work with the Town of Topsham’s Assistant Planner, Planning Director, and Economic Development Director on GIS mapping projects, pedestrian and bicycle facility inventory and assessments, municipal climate action planning, grant writing and project management. The fellow will also work with local citizens from the Town's Conservation Commission, Tree Committee, Comprehensive Plan Committee, Historic District Commission, and Economic Development Committee. Topsham is a growing community where the challenges of balancing growth, enhancing public facilities in the developed area, and protecting valuable natural areas is a primary goal. This position will provide hands-on experience for students interested in municipal planning, conservation/ natural resource planning, economic development and creative solutions used by towns to address growth pressures.

The Topsham Planning Office strives to have our fellows develop planning career skills to serve them in their future endeavors. Much time is spent in the field, as well as learning or advancing their GIS mapping skills. The other aspect to this fellowship is working with local citizens largely revolving around the community sustainability theme. The fellow will have the opportunity to present their work in front of public audiences.

For more information contact Rod Melanson, rmelanson@topshammaine.com

Bicycle Coalition of Maine

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is Maine’s statewide bicycle and pedestrian advocacy and education organization. Based in Portland, we offer a fun, dynamic and varied experience to our Fellowship recipients. We are seeking a fellow interested in biking, and walking; policies that promote environmentally sustainable transportation; urban planning and design; outdoor recreation; and community mobilization.

Tasks will include, but not be limited to:

  • helping to create a statewide inventory of 'complete streets' policies
  • helping with site visits, public forums and tasks related to the Maine DOT's Pedestian Saftey Initiative
  • helping to deliver bicycle and pedestrial safety education
  • helping to plan and install tactical urbanist demonstration projects

This Fellowship will provide a basis for research projects and ongoing work dedicated to exploring how, in particular, Complete Street policies might impact a variety of environmental conditions, including air and water quality, wildlife and plant habitats, and climate change. (Complete Streets policies are transportation guidelines that seek to ensure that all modes—not just automobiles--have safe and convenient access to public roadways.) 

A critical research study might explore not just how Complete Streets improve safety and live-ability, but also how the design features of a complete street might be more environmentally beneficial. Such research would support municipalities in efforts to adopt and implement such poilcies. BCM will train as needed. The idea candidate is a self-starter who has strong research, communication and organizational skills.

For more information, contact Jim Tasse, jim@bikemaine.org