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!
The CCC Internship aims to:
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.
Weekly Seminars (9:30 am to 11:30 am) –– Topics will include:
*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.
Informational videos hosted by Alba Estrada López, the internship supervisor, can be found below.
Application Process & Timeline
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.