Wednesday, October 26, 2016

NOAA Summer Internships and Programs

Explore the 2016/2017 semester or summer internship opportunities within NOAA!  Many offices have proposed summer research projects that would benefit greatly from student interns.  For more information about the opportunities available, visit:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Beyond the Classroom
Now accepting applications

- Do you want to make an impact for a better world?
- Are you interested in acting on social issues important to you?
- Do you want to gain practical skills through service projects and internships?
- Will you have 45 credits by the end of this semester?

If you answered yes, join Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom is a living learning program that exposes you to the world's leading problems and engages you through service, activism, and research to address these challenges.

Learn more at:
Application Deadline: November 11
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

INTERNSHIP LOCATION: NOLS World Headquarters, Lander, Wyoming.

DATES OF INTERNSHIP: January-May 2017 (start and end dates are flexible)

INTERNSHIP OBJECTIVE: The NOLS sustainability intern will assist the environmental stewardship & sustainability director and sustainability coordinator with a variety of tasks related to sustainability initiatives at NOLS, community outreach, and public policy.

INTERN QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma. Current college students and recent graduates preferred, majoring in a related field. Familiarity with NOLS is a plus. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to have prior experience with sustainability concepts and Microsoft Excel. On the job training will be available as needed.

PROFESSIONAL/EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: The sustainability intern will have opportunities to work with other departments and participate in educational activities, including:
  • Participate in a course issue day(s).
  • Develop content for the blog and social media with guidance from the NOLS marketing and creative departments.
  • Coordinate a community event.
  • Attend the NOLS Faculty Summit.
  • Participate in a NOLS seminar, space allowing.
  • College credit may be available.
  • Interns should not expect a paid position at the conclusion of the internship.

TIME COMMITMENT: 20 hours/week

STIPEND: A bi-weekly (every two weeks) stipend of $125 is provided to help defray expenses incurred during the internship.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Projects may include the following:
  • (40%) Manage carbon data.
  • (20%) Work with various NOLS campuses to research sustainability opportunities specific to that location (i.e. alternative fuels, farming, renewable energy, etc.).
  • (15%) Organize an Earth Day outreach event.
  • (10%) Create engaging outreach material for NOLS sustainability.
  • (10%) Participate in broader NOLS activities.
  • (5%) Perform administrative tasks as needed.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: A criminal background check is required.

E-VERIFY: NOLS participates in E-Verify.

HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to:
NOLS Sustainability Coordinator - Kara Colovich  
(307) 335-2318

Spring Internship
Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar
The Washington, DC office of Senator Amy Klobuchar is currently accepting internship applications for the 2017 spring session. An internship with the Senator’s office is a terrific chance for students to gain first-hand experience with both the legislative process and constituent services in the United States Senate.
Washington interns assist the office in a variety of legislative and administrative capacities. Interns support legislative staff by conducting policy research, attending briefings, and preparing for hearings. They are also asked to give tours of the U.S. Capitol to constituents and assist with constituent correspondence by letter, email, and phone. During your time in the office, you will learn your way around Capitol Hill and become familiar with the daily operations of a Senate office.
The spring internship runs from January to May and is available both part time and full time. If you will be attending classes while you are here we ask that you note that on your internship application, as well as what days and times you are available to work. We are happy to coordinate with educational institutions and students to develop internships for academic credit.
Materials required for consideration:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three References
  • Short writing sample (from a previous internship or academic experience)
Internship application form (available at
If you would like to be considered for the Washington program, please send your application materials
The deadline for application materials is November 9, 2016. Students and recent college graduates with ties to Minnesota are strongly encouraged to apply, but all applicants are welcome.
E-Lunch Series
Department of Anthropology

Please join students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Anthropology for our monthly E-Lunch series! E-Lunches are informal brown bag lunch discussions, featuring different topics and presenters each month that focus on ecological and environmental themes (emphasizing the social-environmental interface). The intent of the series is to foster a relaxed discussion space to share current work, solicit feedback, and promote communication and collaboration within and outside of anthropology. 

E-Lunches are open to all to attend and typically take place on Wednesdays from noon to 1 in 1102 Woods Hall. E-Lunches are also broadcast as webinars using AdobeConnect -- to participate via webinar RSVP to

Upcoming E-Lunch: November 2nd, noon to 1 pm, 1102 Woods Hall
Presentation title: “Tools for integrating traditional environmental science and local knowledge: Promoting collaborative learning with conceptual diagrams, report cards and citizen science”

Additional info, including the full 2016-2017 schedule can be found here: To subscribe to the E-Lunch listserv and receive updates about upcoming presentations, email

Friday, October 21, 2016

Collaborative Service Event
Guilford Run Restoration Project

UMD's Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, ENSPire, and the Arboretum Outreach Center are teaming up for a collaborative service event . They will be cleaning up the Guilford Run bioretention area near Lot 3 on October 29 from 10am-1pm. Tools and training will be provided on-site. Volunteers should wear long pants and a shirt that can get dirty, along with closed-toed shoes. Bring plenty of water!

Please register by Tuesday, October 25 by NOON so they can assure the Arboretum will have enough supplies. To sign up, click HERE.
SWS Multicultural Mentoring Program (SWaMMP)
Applications Now Open
The Society of Wetland Scientists hosts an annual, internationally attended conference to which we have available travel awards for undergraduate students. The mission of the Society of Wetland Scientists is to promote understanding, scientifically based management, and sustainable use of wetlands. Our society is a voice in Washington DC on matters of wetland science and policy through affiliation with the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). SWS offers benefits such as:
  • An active awards program that recognizes outstanding wetland scientists, outstanding service to the profession, and outstanding student papers at our annual meeting, and
  • A means of formal and informal outreach to wetland colleagues around the world
This program is over 10 years old and has been well-received by students who have participated. The award represents a great opportunity to participate in a professional meeting and to benefit from a formal mentoring program. We provide various activities related to career development that are valuable experiences for all students. 
If you have further questions, please contact:
Vanessa Lougheed, Ph.D.
University of Texas, El Paso

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Ag and Environmental Law Conference
UMD Agriculture Law Education Initiative

The University of Maryland’s Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) has recruited a dynamic panel of presenters to discuss the intersection of environmental regulation and agriculture in Maryland at the upcoming 2016 Agriculture and Environmental Law Conference. The conference is geared toward both the farming and environmental communities, including farmers, students, attorneys, regulators, agriculture professionals, environmental associations, and elected officials. ALEI hopes the conference will advance the dialogue about the system of environmental laws that affect farmers across Maryland. Some topics of discussion this year are water quality and the Chesapeake Bay, Food Safety and Modernization Act, and on-farm alternative energy production.

The conference will take place from 8 am to 4 pm on Friday, November 18th at the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland.

Please register here: -- there are 15 FREE student spots available!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Geographical Sciences Career Fair

Friday, 10/21 - this Friday!
9:30-12:30 p.m.
1158 Lefrak

This year, 15+ on- and off-campus employers and graduate programs are coming – and there may be more! If you are interested in the geographical sciences, GIS, or ENSP -- Be there or be square :+)

  • Dress to impress -- Wear business casual or business attire.
  • Bring copies of your updated resume
  • Do your research -- Gain background insight on the agencies, corporations and organizations to which you will apply.
  • Prepare an elevator pitch – i.e., a 30-second introduction of yourself, your skills, and why you are interested in a particular agency/company.
  • Demonstrate your interest -- Bring questions to ask employers of interest. 

NOAA Hollings Scholarship for Sophomores

Attention SOPHOMORES studying atmospheric and oceanic sciences, environmental engineering, environmental science and policy, and other majors with a strong environmental focus or interest.  In the last two years, 13 Maryland students have won scholarship awards worth up to $9,500 annually and paid summer research internships – and over half of them were ENSP majors!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program is designed to: (1) increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; (2) increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; (3) recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and (4) recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.  US Citizenship, sophomore (2nd year) status, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 are required to apply.

The award: The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful SOPHOMORE applicants up to $9,500 per year for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) at a NOAA facility 
during the summer following junior year and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. 

The internship provides Scholars with a hands-on research experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education project. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

For more information about, and for assistance preparing, a NOAA Hollings application, please contact the National Scholarships Office ASAP at

Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2017

The Boren Scholarship

The Boren Scholarship is aimed at undergraduates (US citizens) who want to study abroad for one or two semesters (preferred) in 2017-18 in non-traditional regions and countries, and who are interested in learning the languages of those areas.  Eligible regions include Africa, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Republics, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

The Boren Scholarship is a U.S. government-funded award that seeks applicants who have a strong interest in future Government service; and the award carries a one-year service expectation.   Maryland has ranked # 1 in the nation in Boren Scholarships awarded for the past 5 years!!!  You can learn more about the Boren Scholarship program here:

A Boren Program representative will make a presentation on campus Wednesday, October 26 at 4 pm, in Marie Mount Hall Room 1310A - RSVP at to learn more!

The NSO has also scheduled a number of information sessions to help you learn more about the Boren Scholarship and its application process. Please write to to let us know which session you plan to attend. (If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled sessions send a note to the same address).

  • Thursday, October 27 at 12:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
  • Thursday, October 27 at 4:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
  • Friday, October 28 at 12:30 – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
  • Friday, October 28 at 4:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall

All Maryland applicants for the Boren Scholarship must take part in a required campus review process which is designed to help you strengthen your application. The deadline for Maryland¹s review process is JANUARY 25, 2017.

All other internships

National Aquarium in Baltimore

College internship positions are available year-round in many departments throughout the Aquarium. The Aquarium makes every effort to match interns to work that complements their studies, interests, and skills. Internships at the National Aquarium provide hands-on and minds-on experiences that add value to any college education. Applying classroom knowledge, interns obtain valuable job experience and establish professional contacts.

Applicants must:
  • Be registered at a two- or four-year accredited college or university
  • Be able to work a minimum of 120 hours within the chosen semester
  • Receive college credit for their work at the Aquarium. 

nternships are unpaid. However, interns receive free parking during hours of work and a 30% discount at our cafe and gift shop. Interns that are certified divers are eligible for a SCUBA dive in one of our exhibits.  

Animal Rescue Internship - apply by 11/1

National Aquarium in Baltimore

National Aquarium Animal Rescue interns assist in the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of stranded marine animals and sea turtles, as well as in outreach efforts of National Aquarium Animal Rescue. This internship is only offered  fall and spring.

Essential Functions:
  • Animal care: Participate in rescue and release trips, daily feeding, medical treatments, facility maintenance including cleaning and water changes, behavioral observations, and record keeping
  • Outreach: Interpret the National Aquarium Animal Rescue artifacts and conservation messages, and participate in seasonal outreach and public education programs both at the Aquarium and off-site
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Are college juniors or seniors majoring in environmental science or a related field, with course work in biology and ecology
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term, eight hours per day, one day per week.
Application Deadline - November 1 for spring term.  Go here for more information about application requirements.

Internship/Volunteer Opportunities

The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society internships are designed for undergraduate or graduate students; please see individual postings for semester-specific information and application deadlines.  Unless otherwise noted, all internships are unpaid.  Spring Semester 2017 internships include:

Save America’s Forests

Washington, DC

Save America's Forests is a nationwide educational and organizing campaign working to change United States policy to protect and restore America's last wild and natural forests. We provide support to environmental and citizens groups and business in our coalition, and represent their views to Congress, the Administration, and the national press. We promote legislation that will end logging in the last Ancient Forests on our federal forestlands, end clearcutting and restore the native biodiversity of these forests, and protect places like the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

In addition, we work to protect forests around the world and the indigenous peoples who live in them. We have a major campaign to protect forests of the Napo Moist Forest Region in the Amazon of Ecuador and Peru. These forests are not only the most biologically diverse forests in the world, but they also are inhabited by thousands of indigenous people of different groups, including some who are uncontacted and live as traditional hunter-gatherers with no modern tools of any sort.

Internships are available for students with a background in ecology, forest protection, and politics. 

Preference -- is given to candidates with experience in environmental or legislative organizing.  Applicant must possess excellent writing and typing ability, a desire to learn and improve skills, and a strong personal belief in forest protection. Advanced skills in web design, science writing and research, and/or publishing a strong plus. Fluent Spanish is important for work on the Amazon project. Both teamwork and independent initiative will be important aspects of this position. 

Assignments vary -- from lobbying Congressional staff and research projects to data base management and membership mailings. Opportunities to meet and assist U.S. forest activists and indigenous forest people from all parts of the United States and overseas. Minimum work commitment: one semester, spring, summer, or fall, with minimum attendance of three days per week.

To apply -- please email Word documents or pdf attachments for the following to

  • a cover letter
  • your resume
  • one or two recent writing samples, one preferably about the environment
  • a list of 2 or 3 references