2018 Environmental Fellows
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The Environmental Fellows Program (EFP) at the University of Michigan (U of M) School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) is a summer fellowship opportunity that seeks to diversify the environmental field by cultivating the career aspirations of master’s and doctoral students from historically underrepresented groups through providing work opportunities in environmental nonprofits, grant makers, and government sectors. 

This program arose out of a collaboration between U of M SEAS, the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), and the C.S. Mott Foundation. The collaborators recognized the need for a program to identify and train diverse students to work in environmental and philanthropic sectors. This fellowship is supported by several philanthropic organizations.

The Environmental Fellows Program is looking for future leaders and decision-makers in the rapidly changing fields of conservation, justice, equity, and philanthropy. We are looking for graduate students who:

  • want to broaden their environmental knowledge and perspectives;
  • want to build their leadership and communication skills; 
  • who want to gain valuable work experience;
  • are passionate about diversifying the environmental field; 
  • are committed to supporting and advocating for the principles of equity and inclusion;
  • are interested in learning about environmental grantmaking and its impacts on local, national, and international environmental work;
  • want to be a part of an emerging network.

If this sounds like you, we hope you will consider applying!

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Why EFP?

  • We offer a competitive $10,000 stipend plus travel support for your 12-week summer internship.
  • We provide an orientation to help participants navigate their work sites.
  • Fellows are placed across the nation at nationally recognized nonprofits, social justice organizations, philanthropic organizations, environmental media outlets, policy think tanks, governmental institutions, and grassroots environmental organizations. 
  • EFP opens the doors to networking opportunities with environmental professionals at host sites, at the annual Environmental Grantmakers Association Retreat and at the annual New Horizons in Conservation Conference.
  • Upon graduating from the program, alums gain access to and help build a robust alumni network of young professionals in the environmental field.
  • During and after the program, fellows participate in diversity, equity, and inclusion training in the environmental field.
  • As a fellow, you gain access to mentoring, career counseling, and advise on navigating the job market.
  • Fellows and alums receive information about jobs and updates about other program alumni

For inquiries regarding the Environmental Fellows Program please call: 734-936-0900 or email: seas-efpoffice@umich.edu.