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STRAW's Community College Conservation Internship

It is challenging for students 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 and ethnically marginalized communities.

CCCI aims to empower Black, Indigenous, and other students of color to see themselves as environmentalists with agency to inform community decisions and experiences.

The Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed (STRAW)’s Community College Conservation Internship emerged from three central questions: 1) Who is being trained for, informed of, and recruited for environmental jobs? 2) How are environmental jobs made accessible? 3) What are key experiences that can prepare the next generation of environmentalists 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. Point Blue’s STRAW team works with over 50 schools throughout the academic year throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, immersing K-12th grade students in active restoration. Students implement 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 grade school students and young people beyond the classroom 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 learning about local conservation and restoration efforts.
  • Build career pathways into the environmental and conservation field for current Black, Indigenous, and other community college students of color.
  • Equip interns with knowledge, tools, and support to grow and serve as environmental leaders.

How We Do It

This 7 week program will entail 2 weekly meetings. While most meetings will be virtual, we will gather in person for 2 focused sessions- one in the beginning of the internship, and one at the end. The internship begins June 7th and culminates Thursday July 21st, 2022.

Seminar Days (Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:00 am) — Facilitated lessons presented by guest experts of applied environmental and restoration science in land management practices.

Community Days (Thursdays 9:00 – 11:00 am) —  Discussion based sessions of environmental justice issues in the context of conservation efforts and an exploration of identity and passions to inform career pathways.

In-person Gatherings (Week 2 & 7, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm) — Housing accommodations will be provided for students with long commutes; more information about house accommodations will be given at the beginning of the program. In-person gatherings are dependent on the progress of the pandemic.

  • Week 2 (June 15th – June 16th, 9 AM – 4 PM): An opportunity to explore active habitat restoration sites and other conservation science sites.
  • Week 7 (July 21st, 9 AM – 4 PM): Culmination Day in which we will reflect, share community and celebrate our shared experiences.

A summary of the hybrid program can be found below:

Tuesday 9 – 11 AM Thursday 9 – 11 AM
Seminar Day Community Day
June 7th, 9th Week 1 Online
June 15th, 16th Week 2 2 Days In-person
June 21st, 23rd Week 3 Online
June 28th, 30th Week 4 Online
July 5th, 7th Week 5 Online
July 12th, 14th Week 6 Online
July 21st Week 7 1 Day In-person

 

How To Apply

Eligibility — You must be a current or incoming community college student, have the ability to work in the U.S., and identify as a member of a racially and/or ethnically marginalized community. No prior experience in the environmental field or science is required, it is welcomed!

Program Benefits — Gain meaningful experiences learning with scientists implementing environmental efforts in local communities while earning an internship stipend of up to $730 in a supportive peer cohort. Students who have completed their internship will have the opportunity to apply for a paid position as a STRAW Apprentice in active restoration sites for the Fall of 2022.

Application Timeline

  • Application Opens – Tuesday, April 1st
    • Form to apply is linked here. Application will be through Google Forms.
    • No letter of recommendation or cover letter is needed.
  • Application Deadline – Thursday, May 12th, 11:59 PM
  • Interviews- Monday, May 16th – Thursday, May 19th
    • Thirty minute interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.
    • Interview questions will be shared beforehand.
  • Notification of Application Status – Friday, May 27th, 2:00 PM

Go to Application!

Program Flyer

Click here for a descriptive flyer for the program.

Informational Webinar

Meet your internship coordinator and more details about the internship program through this webinar. Link coming soon!

More Questions?

We welcome any further questions and strongly encourage you to reach out if you have any hesitations applying due to any barriers you perceive having, such as scheduling conflicts, being an undocumented student, and technology access.

Feel free to contact Alba Estrada López at aestrada@pointblue.org.