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 2023, 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!
Environmental organizations interested in hosting a scholar may reach out to program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
2022 YCS-ELI Scholar Alicia Lundy (second from left) at a community with her team as part of her summer internship with the United States Fish and Wildlife, Rhode Island office. Photo Credit: Alicia Lundy
The Work Week
The duration of the internship is 9 weeks from May to July. 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.
|Campus Farm Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum||Highstead Foundation|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Huron River Watershed Council|
|City of Ann Arbor||Keney Park Sustainability Project|
|City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation||Legacy Land Conservancy|
|City of Ann Arbor, Natural Area Preservation (NAP)||Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition|
|City of New Haven - Food System Policy Division||Michigan League of Conservation Voters|
|City Seed||Michigan Sea Grant|
|Clean Energy Coalition||National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory|
|Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station||National Wildlife Federation–Great Lakes Regional Office|
|Connecticut Forest & Park Association||Quinnipiac River Watershed Association|
|Ecology Center||Save the Sound|
|EcoWorks Detroit||Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Great Lakes Great Communities|
|Fair Food Network||The Legacy Land Conservancy|
|Farm at St. Joe’s||The Nature Conservancy|
|Freshwater Future||The Trust for Public Land|
|Great Lakes Commission||University of Michigan Museum of Natural History|
|Greenwich Audubon Center||Washtenaw County Health Department|
|Groundwork Bridgeport, Inc.||Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office|
|Growing Hope||Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History|
|Hartford Food Systems|