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EarthLab unveils new paid summer internships for UW undergrads

EarthLab has announced a new paid summer internship program for University of Washington undergraduate students who are passionate about addressing challenging environmental issues. Currently enrolled students (as of Spring 2022) from all UW schools, colleges and campuses are eligible to apply by 5 p.m. PT on April 15, 2022.

This year’s program will run for 10 weeks between June-August, with student presentations expected in the fall. Internships will be hosted within EarthLab member organizations. Although each project is unique, interns will engage with and learn from each other while attending required training sessions and other group activities. Each student will be provided with a faculty or research scientist mentor and will receive a weekly stipend based on the hours required for the project.

“We know that if we are going to effectively and equitably address environmental issues, we must rethink how we train the next generation of leaders, researchers and scholars,” said Ben Packard, EarthLab’s executive director. “We’re excited to offer this new opportunity for undergraduate students to build capacity for interdisciplinary, community-engaged environmental work.” 

EarthLab is offering a live information session over Zoom on March 29 at 4:30 p.m. PT. Anyone interested in learning more about the program is encouraged to attend and ask questions. The session will be recorded and shared on the EarthLab website.

Register for the information session now.

While the available projects span a variety of subjects, experiences and time commitments, students may apply to more than one project. They should note that many opportunities will require some remote work and some in-person work, following all safety protocols. The number of hours per week include required mentor meetings, group discussions and professional development trainings hosted by EarthLab. 

2022 placements include:

Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE)

  • Climate Health Risk Tool Intern (15 hrs/week)
  • Grant Application Support Intern (15 hrs/week)

Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

  • Northwest Climate Resilience Collaborative (NCRC) Intern (30 hrs/week)

Nature and Health 

  • Green Schoolyards Project Intern (30 hrs/week)
  • Forest Bathing Research Assistant (40 hrs/week)
  • Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI) Intern (20 hrs/week)

Washington Ocean Acidification Center (WOAC)

  • Ocean Literacy Intern (15 hrs/week)
  • Ocean Acidification Intern (25 hrs/week)
  • Zooplankton Diversity Intern (40 hrs/week)

Learn more about EarthLab Summer Internships, including how to apply

Contact earthlab@uw.edu with any questions.


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