STRAW Community College Conservation Internship

Within the environmental conservation field, it is increasingly difficult for young people in community colleges to gain meaningful internship experiences that match their interest, knowledge and skill sets. This is an even greater challenge for members of racially, ethnically, and/or socio-economically underrepresented communities in the environmental field. 

The Community College Conservation (CCC) Internship emerged from and prioritizes three central questions: 1) who is being trained for, informed of, and recruited for environmental jobs; 2) how are environmental jobs made accessible to those underrepresented in the field; and 3) what are key experiences that can prepare young people of color to become environmental leaders? 

The CCC Internship is a part of Point Blue Conservation Science’s STRAW program. Point Blue’s 160 scientists work to develop nature-based solutions to climate change, habitat loss, and other environmental threats to benefit wildlife and people. The Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed (STRAW) team works with over 50 schools throughout the academic year throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, immersing K-12 students in active restoration. Students do professional restoration technician work while learning about the importance of conservation, restoration, and community. We hope to address the growing need and scope of our work by continuing to engage young people beyond the classroom and beyond K-12th grade classrooms by creating this summer internship for motivated, local community college students! 

What We Do 

The CCC Internship aims to: 

  • Strengthen connection to local natural outdoor spaces by participating in local conservation and restoration efforts.
  • Build career pathways into the environmental and conservation field for current community college students of color and/or low socio-economic status.
  • Equip interns with knowledge, tools, and support to grow and serve as environmental leaders.

How We Do It  

This 11-week program will meet once* a week beginning June 1st , 2020  through August 14th, 2020. The day of the week will be selected once the cohort has been formed to maximize availability.

Note: We are being attentive to state and local guidance on the COVID-19 epidemic. Regardless of whether or not the Shelter-in-Place ordinance continues, we will move forward with our program through online webinars. A decision to include Field Days in our program will be dependent on the recommendations by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Weekly Seminars (9:30 am to 11:30 am) –– Topics will include:

  • Introductory concepts of applied environmental and restoration science
  • Different land management practices
  • Conservation career pathways to further develop academic and professional goals
  • Tools to navigate the predominantly- white environmental field as an environmentalist of color and/or low socio-economic status

*Potential Field Days (~8 am to ~3 pm) — Currently, field days will not be part of this internship, based on CDC’s recommendations, but this may change. If included, an additional field day per week will provide first-hand experiences in conservation and habitat restoration with nonprofit, private, and government sectors, including work at riparian and upland to tidal marsh transition restoration sites and native plant nurseries.

Learn More through Webinars

Informational videos hosted by Alba Estrada López, the internship supervisor, can be found below.

  • Webinar here [link coming soon]

1-page overviews

How To Apply   

Applicant Eligibility 

  • Come from a racial, ethnic, and/or socio-economic background that is underrepresented in the conservation field. 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Currently or planning to be a community college student, whether taking classes in the summer session or not.

Program Benefits  

  • Learn from scientists how they implement environmental efforts in local communities 
  • Be part of a supportive peer cohort of other emerging environmentalists of color and/or low socio-economic standing

Application Process & Timeline

  • Fill out and submit online application by Thursday, May 28th 11:59 pm. 
    • In application, select 30 min interview time.  
  • Accepted will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interns will receive notification of selected program weekdays by Friday, May 28th.
  • Program begins the week of June 1st and ends the week of August 14th.

Contact Information: 

Alba Estrada López


Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.