Student Resources and Opportunities

The Environment Initiative is committed to supporting Georgetown University students who are interested in pursuing academic work related to our environment. Listed below are student engagement opportunities and resources for Georgetown students looking for ways to connect with peers across campus and Washington, DC.


Maryland Sea Grant's Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Estuarine Science

Since 1989, NSF has supported bringing students to conduct individual research projects with a scientist-mentor at either Chesapeake Biological Lab or Horn Point Lab of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. This is a great opportunity to conduct research with a mentor and spend a summer by the Chesapeake Bay.

- Program Flyer download 
- 12 week program: May 22 to August 12, 2016.
- $6,000 stipend plus housing and travel support to and from host institution
- Applications due: February 15, 2016
- Application and guidance 

We select undergraduates in diverse disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and marine and environmental science.

We are particularly interested in supporting talented students from institutions where access to marine science and to research projects is limited and who are from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at


Climate Reality Project Fall Internship

The Climate Reality Project is a nonprofit organization founded by former Vice President Al Gore. Our mission is to empower a global cultural movement demanding immediate action on the climate crisis using cutting-edge advertising and communications strategies to demonstrate the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis.

The Climate Reality Project Campaigns teams is working on a strategic campaigns that creates synergy throughout the organization’s various program areas and creates measurable impacts that drive towards the Climate Reality Project's mission.

The Climate Reality project is seeking a dynamic and motivated intern to join our Campaigns team this fall, working on some of our most critical and exciting campaigns including I AM PRO SNOW Global Coalition and the Climate Action Campaign.

From veteran Olympians to ski resort owners; from government officials to mountaineers, the I AM PRO SNOW community is working together to build support for real climate solutions so we can all look forward to perfect groomers, fresh powder, and enough vital resources for our communities for many years to come. This international campaign will give our intern the opportunity to do coalition outreach and development, organizing data, event planning, and much more.

The Climate Action Campaign is a domestic campaign tasked with engaging eight key states in the conversation about climate change solutions. This Campaign is geared towards securing support for EPA’s Clean Power plan leading up to COP21 conference in Paris this winter. The intern will be tasked with domestic volunteer outreach/engagement, collecting and organizing data, and power mapping. 

Core Responsibilities

Specific duties and responsibilities include, but may not be limited to the following:

• Researching and tracking Climate Reality Campaign related news
• Creating campaign updates for distribution throughout the organization 
• Assisting with campaign tactics such as volunteer recruitment, coalition building, VIP recruitment, media engagement, grassroots lobbying
• Ensure synergy between Climate Reality Project programs and campaigns
• Attend events on behalf of Climate Reality Project to raise awareness, recruit volunteers, and generate grassroots product
• Collaborate with Campaigns staff to create new campaign goals, strategies, and tactics
• Assisting with production of online and offline content for campaigns
• Create and manage systems for tracking campaign progress 

Required Qualifications
• Demonstrated commitment to solving climate change
• Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
• Creative problem solving and experience working on a team
• Excellent personal effectiveness, grit, and work ethic
• Experience with Excel. Desired Qualifications
• Experience managing organizations, campaigns, or teams.
• Experience in volunteer outreach and training
• Prior work in nonprofit advocacy, the climate movement, and/or political campaigns 

Time Commitment

This position requires a minimum of 20 hours per week. 

To Apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and dates of availability to Jameka Hodnett and Talya Tavor at and Please use this subject line: Organizing Intern Application. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

The Climate Reality Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, social and recreational activities and termination.


The Maryland Sea Grant College Sustainability Fellowship Program

The Maryland Sea Grant College is now accepting proposals for the 2015 Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Fellows Program. Graduate students enrolled in or admitted to a full-time graduate or professional degree program at a Maryland or District of Columbia academic institution are encouraged to apply.

Potential fellows should propose coastal resilience research that is relevant to Maryland and the MDSG Strategic Plan 2014-2017. Such research might include the wise use of water resources, climate change adaptation, coastal processes studies, resilience from natural hazards, resilient coastal businesses, and industries including fisheries and tourism, and other topics. Fellows must also identify an outreach or end-user mentor to help develop a plan to ensure research results are appropriately communicated and translated for end-users.

The fellowship provides a total award of up to $45,000 in Sea Grant funds budgeted over 12 to 24 months (additional matching funds required). In addition to supporting some of the student’s academic expenses, the fellowship will provide additional professional development opportunities in science communication, the science-to-management process and other relevant Sea Grant activities. Proposals are must be submitted through MDSG's website by March 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

For more information, please visit our website and download the full request for proposals ( Questions may be directed to Dr. Mike Allen at or 301-405-6372.


22nd Annual Morgan State University Undergraduate & Graduate Symposium

Morgan State University will be hosting its 22nd Annual Undergraduate and Graduate research Symposium on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. This is an all day event that features oral and poster presentations, a luncheon and a keynote speaker. All poster and oral presentations  will be judged and are eligible to receive an award. 
We cordially invite you and your students to participate. Attached is a "save the date" flyer that we ask for you to distribute to your faculty and undergraduate and graduate students.  More information regarding submission of abstracts and registration will be available in the beginning of February. 


Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Summer Instructor/Teaching Assistant

John Hopkins University is offering an excellent opportunity for summer employment as an Instructor or Teaching Assistant with the Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world. We are currently seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates to work in our summer programs. Information regarding employment and our summer programs can be found at

Why teach for CTY?

      · opportunity to teach motivated and talented students a subject they love

      · limited class size (maximum of 18 students) ensures a low student-teacher ratio

      · all classes are taught by both an instructor and teaching assistant

      · opportunity to work in an environment with colleagues who share similar interests

      · competitive salary plus room and board at our east and west coast residential sites

      · science instructors are allotted a generous lab budget

We are currently seeking individuals to teach the following Biology-related courses:

      · Be a Scientist

      · Science Spoilers

      · Through the Microscope

      · Examining the Evidence

      · The Sensory Brain

      · Anatomy and Physiology

      · Zoology

      · Fast Paced High School Biology

      · Introduction to Biomedical Sciences

      · Neuroscience

      · Biotechnology

      · Genetics

      · Genomics

      · Bay Ecology

     · Whales and Estuary Systems

For more detailed information about our courses, please visit:


New Course Listing: Environment Consortium Course Database

Access as a Google Doc here!

Georgetown University is part of DC-area consortium agreement. This means that Georgetown students can register to take courses at partnering universities that count towards credit for the Georgetown degree. Make sure to check with your academic advisor before registering to take a consortium course. 

Environment-Focused Study Abroad

Study Abroad, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

Looking for a unique study abroad or internship opportunity in Israel? Come discover an experience that combines cutting-edge environmental academics and research with coexistence. The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies brings together students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and North America, and provides them with the skills to become the next generation of environmental leaders. At the Arava Institute, we say that “Nature Knows No Borders.” This motto reflects the belief that the best way to reach sustainable solutions to environmental issues is to work on a regional cooperative basis.

Interested in applying? Learn more at Learn about our internship opportunities here:

Please contact Sarah Rubin, Program Manager, at for more information.


Costa Rica Study Abroad, Strategic Decisions and Partnerhips (SDP)

SDPUS is a global network of Professors who have begun working as academic "citizens of the world" on university campuses and in the field of the quickly developing world of Latin America. Professors teach, mentor, and conduct local research as they internationalize K-12 & university faculties within their host countries. Strategic Decisions & Partnerships is an innovation, inspired in large part by current trends towards globalization.  Our organization is beginning our 8th year serving the local Costa Rican community.

We are:

  • working to meet the higher education faculty needs around the world.
  • helping less developed countries in Latin America improve domestic educational opportunities.
  • spreading by cultural diffusion, with each participating K-12 District or University making its own cultural, social, ideological, ecological, and technological contributions.
  • providing academic, organizational, and financial support needed to make the above possible 


Get Involved with your Community

Volunteer with DC EnvironMentors

DC EnvironMentors is recruiting high-quality mentors to work with high school students as they develop and implement their research projects. The commitment is only 15 hours over the course of the program year, and we simply ask you to attend one of our events per month. This is extremely flexible, and you will be able to schedule where and when to meet your students in order to best meet your time demands. You will be supported by program staff and will be provided useful resources as you mentor. 

About DC EnvironMentors: DC EnvironMentors is the result of a partnership between the University of the District of Columbia and the National Council for Science and the Environment. Currently, funding is being provided by NOAA. At its heart, DC EnvironMentors is a college-access program geared towards getting our students interested in environmental issues and scientific research.

Contact: If you are interested in making an impact on a student’s life, please contact Douglas Loesch, program coordinator, at or at 202-274-7146.


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