Intro to Climate Solutions Internship

Presented by PG&E

Summer 2023 - specific internship dates TBD

Grades 9–12

Applications for the 2022 summer conservation (Intro to Climate Solutions) internship are now closed. Please feel free to look at this page to plan your summer for future years. Applications for the summer of 2023 will open up around February of that year.

About The Program

Interested in science? Concerned about the impact humans are having on wildlife and the earth? Join us this summer as a conservation intern! Over the course of 9 weeks, we will be meeting virtually over zoom as well as taking in-person field trips to explore a variety of conservation related topics. This internship is designed to be fast-paced and engaging and is a great opportunity for those who are interested in a career in ecology, conservation, environmental science or any related field.

Applications must be submitted by the May 1st deadline in order to be considered. Applicants who submit their application early will be prioritized.

Who Is Eligible?

This internship is designed for teens from demographics that are underrepresented in STEAM fields. These groups include, but are not limited to: people of color, low-income families and those who identify as LGBTQ+. We do ask applicants to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group and ask for a reference that can confirm this.

Internship Structure and Time Commitment

The internship is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and is broken into weekly themes which correspond with Project Drawdown's 9 sectors that they have identified as areas that we as humanity can have some of the greatest impact on when it comes to halting and potentially even reversing some of the effects of climate change.

Interns will be asked to complete a capstone project throughout the 2nd half of the internship that puts into practice some of the concepts/solutions we will be discussing. This process will be guided by Oakland Zoo staff and interns will be expected to submit portions of their project at various points in time to show progress before giving a brief presentation and submitting their final report at the end of the internship. We anticipate the total time commitment for these projects will be around 20 hours in addition to the normal internship meetings.

A maximum stipend of $1,000 will be provided to participants given they adhere to the expectations laid out in the application. The end value of the stipend is dependent on attendance and completion of all assignments.

Transportation Requirements

Application Process

Questions?

Please contact Nathaniel Landers at nlanders@oaklandzoo.org or by phone at (510) 632-9525 ext. 201.

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