Become a DDCSP @ UW Mentor This Summer

Are you:

  • Committed to providing a work environment that affirms lived experiences of young conservationists?
  • Excited to provide professional mentoring to students and receive their knowledge and perspectives?
  • Able to co-design an 8-week internship project with a student that delivers a tangible product or outcome?
  • Willing to engage colleagues and co-workers on the topics of equity and inclusion in conservation?

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program @UW is seeking mentors for the 2022 summer cohort! DDCSP@UW supports scholars in finding a conservation practice and career path that is right for them. They promote interdisciplinary, biocultural conservation of lands, waters and species that is responsive to the needs and values of all communities.

Download the flyer (PDF)

students in sunset light on mountain

2022 Mentor Timeline & Commitments

Mar. 7-11 • Prospective mentors will host informational interviews for scholars and review scholar interest forms (~2 hr)
Mar. 28 • Prospective mentors are informed if matched with interns
Apr-May • Three pre-internship calls with interns (~ 5 hr)
• DDCSP Mentor Orientations (~ 3 hr)

Jun. 20-Aug. 14

Core of Mentorship

• Provide scholar with mentor support over 7 weeks
(~5-10 hr/week)
• Support scholar in finalizing internship capstone and presentation for host organization (~5 hr)
• Attend Conservation Summit Aug 13 (~8 hr)
Aug. 15-30 • Follow-up call with DDCSP@UW staff (~ 1 hr)

Interested in being a mentor for the 2022 summer?

Re-thinking conservation: student leaders are changing the face, practice and future of environmental stewardship

Doris Duke Scholars engage underserved communities around environmental sustainability

Pheng Lor enjoying dim sum with ECOSS staff. Photo Credit: Will Chen / ECOSS.

Dedication. Passion. Determination. Resilience. Pride. The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars exuded these feelings and many others during the Conservation Scholar Summit, where individuals shared connections with their communities, cultures and environment. Most significantly, they planted their banners of belonging to the environmental movement — a fitting conclusion to the scholars’ summer.

ECOSS was fortunate to host two Doris Duke scholars this summer: Pheng Lor, a UC Berkeley student focusing on conservation and LGBT studies, and MaKail Crawford, hailing from Wesleyan University working on classics and Latino studies.


Changing the faces and future of conservation

The scholars tour South Sound Prairies.

One morning in July, Sierra Campbell awoke in a tent and unzipped the flap to a view of mountain prairie bathed in sunlight. Though she’d been exploring Washington for weeks, the scene touched the UW sophomore from Fife in a way that reinforced her desire to make a difference in the environment.

It was one of many impressions Campbell collected through the summer as she and a diverse group of undergraduates took a crash course in the region’s natural resources. At the start of the season, Campbell and UW classmate Hannah Wilson packed their backpacks and laced up their boots to join about 20 students from around the country for an eight-week intensive survey of the state, seeing industrial sites and wilderness ecosystems and meeting a range of people from park rangers to urban activists.

They toured a Superfund site with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and learned about grassroots efforts there to protect fish, wildlife and human health. They studied salmon and dams on the Skagit River, wandered through a landscape managed for thousands of years by the Quinault people, and visited exposed areas of the Elwha River that had been underwater behind a dam for more than a century.