The Internship Program

Scholars complete a nine-week internship in a research laboratory, at a field site, in an environmental nonprofit or governmental agency. The nonprofits vary in size from local grassroots organizations to national and international institutions. Similarly, scholars have interned at local or regional government offices or with federal agencies.  
Scholars work directly with and are mentored by professors, research scientists, and environmental professionals during and after the internship. Program participants also develop networks with each other, program alums, and environmental professionals.   
In 2022, internships will be in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Internship sites may also be located at Yale professors’ field stations in Africa or the Western part of the U.S. Fellows working with professors will travel to and work at their field stations. At the end of summer, scholars make presentations about their summer experiences at the Annual Capstone Symposium.  
Scholars who return for a second year will intern in a different organization, laboratory, or field site than in their first summer. Past internships have focused on conservation research, environmental policy, conservation finance, environmental education, environmental justice, energy justice, water pollution, food insecurity, community action, and much more!  

2016 DDCSP-UM Scholar Danielle Moni-Zo’obo (far right) joins a meeting with U.S. Senator Gary Peters as part of her 2017 summer internship with the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

The Work Week

The duration of the internship is May 31-July 30, 2022. Scholars work at their internship site four days per week (Monday-Thursday for a maximum of 30 hours per week. In addition, scholars spend each Friday in professional development webinars, sessions with speakers, workshops, and mentors. Scholars will spend eight hours per week on these activities. 

Select Past Internship Sites*

*Please note: Internship sites change year to year, and previous sites are not guaranteed in the following years.