The Diana Natalicio Environmental Internship
Through gifts from President Diana Natalicio and the Rockefeller Foundation, an endowment has been created at UTEP to support environmental education through funded internships for UTEP students. The goal of the internship program is to provide UTEP students a professional experience in research, education, and/or outreach focused on environmental science and/or “real life” environmental issues, especially in the border region. The long-term intended outcome is that the number of UTEP students choosing to undertake graduate studies or a career in environmental science or related fields will increase, and/or that students will be better prepared to enter graduate school or professional careers in environmental science and related fields (i.e. engineering, social sciences, health sciences, policy, and communications).
Recruitment and Selection
The Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM) is managing the funds and the selection process. CERM is conducting an open solicitation during the fall semester. Deadline for application is November 30, 2018 for the coming calendar year (spring and fall semester, 2019 and summer, 2019). We aim to fund at least four internships in 2019, either half-time internships (20 hrs/week during spring or fall) or full-time internships (40 hrs/week) in summer, 10 weeks long). Students with the following academic backgrounds are eligible to apply: a) environmental, natural, health, social, or agricultural sciences; b) environmental engineering; or c) policy/political science. Topical areas of interest include: water resources, climate change science, air quality, desert ecology, wetland ecology, natural resource management, environmental health, environmental justice, environmental communications, water and wastewater treatment, environmental policy/law, resilience to environmental stressors, and sustainability.
Applicants must be registered at UTEP as a junior or senior undergraduate or a graduate student pursuing a Masters degree. Students working on a Ph.D. degree ae not eligible. To be considered, applicants have to have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or more. Applicants will be reviewed by a committee of faculty members plus Director of CERM to choose the successful candidates. Successful candidates will be chosen based on academic background and performance and their personal statement of why they are interested in the internship and how it will contribute to their professional goals. Preference will be given to students with interest in resilience/sustainability issues in the U.S./Mexico border region.
Stipends: CERM will be responsible for paying stipends from the Diana Natalicio Environmental Education Endowment, $3200/semester for the half-time interns and $4000/summer term for the full-time interns. In addition to local opportunities, internship experiences will be available from locations outside of El Paso (i.e. Washington DC or other cities in Texas, etc.). In such cases where students will be required to travel to locations outside of El Paso or will need lodging and subsistence, CERM will solicit support from hosts or provide additional funding for these circumstances through grants or gifts, on a case by case basis.
CERM will provide a half-day orientation/preparatory workshop for the successful candidates who are chosen for an internship. Participation in this workshop will be required before students start an internship.
Students who complete an internship will have an annual meeting with President Natalicio to share their experience.
How to Apply
Electronic applications only will be accepted. A complete application includes: 1) a cover letter summarizing your training and skills, professional goals, and how an internship will contribute to your goals; 2) a one to two page resume including education, experience, and names and contact info for three references (academic and/or former employers); and 3) a copy of your UTEP transcript. Deadline for applications: 5:00 pm MST, Friday, November 30, 2018. Submit to W.L. Hargrove, Director of CERM, at: email@example.com Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.