Sustainability and Environmental Justice Fellowship

Kappa Psi Upsilon Environmental Fellows (sustainability and environmental justice) work at a fellowship site of their choice to explore themes of 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 one to three fellowships in the summer of 2019. 

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.


Current first-years, sophomores, and juniors; graduating seniors are not eligible. Preference given to proposective ES majors and current ES majors who have completed two or more ES core courses (ENVS1101, ENVS2201, ENVS2403, or ENVS 2330).

Preferences given to rising juniors and seniors and environmental studies majors.

Feb. 24, 2020 at noon


Note: All applications must be submitted through the online application site.

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 résumé
  • 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 whom should be a faculty member
  • 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


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 6th, 2020.


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.


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.  

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.  

 Potential Placements.

A few organizations have expressed interest in hosting a fellow.  You can consider applying for funding through the Sustainability and Environmental Justice Fellowship program for funding for the following placements:

Invasive Plant Biology Summer Intern – 

The Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP) within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) seeks adventurous biology or environmental studies students (or related majors) for an Invasive Plant Biology Internship in summer 2020. The intern will assist with mapping, treatment, and monitoring of invasive terrestrial and wetland plants. Fieldwork occurs throughout Maine in beautiful State Parks, Public Lands, and private working farms and woodlots, and includes: searching for invasive plants and documenting infestations using field forms, maps, and GPS; manual removal of invasive plants; and assisting with invasive plant workshops. Office work in Augusta includes data entry and records management, creating maps using iMapInvasives and/or ArcGIS, assisting with invasive plant management reports, preparing for outreach events, and general office projects. Applicants must be able to work outdoors for long periods of time under a wide variety of conditions, including long days on foot in hot weather. The intern will be cross-trained with other MNAP and DACF ecology and forest monitoring projects. The internship requires a strong interest in invasive plant ecology and land stewardship, attention to detail, and enthusiasm for addressing invasive plants. The ability to identify common invasive and native plants, familiarity with handheld GPS units, and prior fieldwork experience and/or coursework (vegetation surveys, plant ID, etc.) are preferred, but training will be provided. The Internship is 40 hours/week from approximately late May through mid-August 2020. Some overnight travel will be required.

For more information about MNAP, visit:

If you have questions about the internship, please contact Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist, or 207-287-8046. To apply, email Nancy and attach your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position. Preference will be given to applications received by Friday, February 7, 2020.

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) is a non-profit located in Bath, ME. The land trust conserves land, provides trails that are open to the public, carries out restoration projects to improve tidal marshes and fish passage, and provides education programs to connect people to nature in nine midcoast Maine communities. The Bowdoin Fellow would be primarily focused on KELT’s citizen science and trail programs. During the summer, they would support a volunteer water testing program that looks at salinity, temperature, pH, and phytoplankton. They would also help to monitor a tidal marsh where a restoration project is planned. The Fellow would help KELT to develop new citizen science programs. Additionally, the Fellow would have the opportunity to support KELT’s community and youth education programs and help with trail work to steward KELT’s preserves. There will be opportunities to learn about the needs and management of a small non-profit.

For more information, contact Ruth Indrik at

 City of Bath

The fellowship includes expanding the City's Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventory, Climate Action Plan, and Council Resolution completed by the previous Bowdoin College fellows. The fellow will work with the Environmental Commission, a new committee created by the Bath City Council, to help Bath move toward meeting to goal of a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030. This role will assist City Staff and the Commission in developing a vision for protecting our future environment. Tasks could include: developing community education and outreach materials or programs,  connecting with schools and non-profits to coordinate environmentally-minded projects; working with businesses or other groups to suggest ways to reduce their carbon footprint; assisting with the Comprehensive Plan update to ensure the CAP and Comp Plan are in alignment.

Contact Erika Helgerson