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Resilient Restoration Project Seeks 2022 Student Summer Intern

Spend your summer supporting Tribal climate resilience with the Climate Science Alliance! As a part of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals 2022 Summer Student Internship Program, the Alliance is honored to serve as a host project site with “Resilient Restoration - Advancing Resilience with Tribal Nations in Southern California” as our focus. View details of the internship opportunity and eligibility requirements on today’s blog. Applications are due February 1, 2022.

The Climate Science Alliance is honored to serve as a project site for the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) 2022 Summer Student Internship Program. Since 1994, ITEP has offered student summer internships for Native American and other college students with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). This program provides the opportunity for students to gain hands-on skills with EPA or other governmental and tribal environmental offices. The internship program provides each student intern with a $4,800 stipend, and travel and housing stipends for those that relocate for the internship.

In an effort to support Tribal climate resilience, the Alliance is offering an internship opportunity with the Resilient Restoration - Advancing Resilience with Tribal Nations in Southern California project. This collaborative project will work to promote Tribal resilience by developing knowledge and supporting actions that enhance persistence of cultural practices with a focus on preserving the ecosystems and plant species that are integral to Tribal communities impacted by climate change.

Through this project, the Alliance aims to engage our Tribal partners to lead the work with researchers and stakeholders, using Traditional Ecological Knowledge, across the region to advance understanding of climate change impacts to plant communities and strategies to conserve and protect these resources. Additionally, we provide support to Native-led pilot projects to test strategies on Tribal lands and build capacity within Tribal communities and identify opportunities to advance self-sustaining Intertribal projects for conservation, restoration, storage, and/or propagation of plants.

Ideal candidates will possess an understanding of climate change/tribal communities or willingness to learn; organizational skills, and the ability to communicate with individuals at all levels. The Alliance’s office is located in San Diego, CA, with an option to participate either virtual or in-person.

Eligible Criteria set by ITEP:

  • US Citizen

  • Identify as Native American/Alaska Native

  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate college student during Spring 2022 (12 hours undergrad,9 hours grad) at any tribal college, college or university

  • Have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA

  • Majoring in an environmental or related field like science, engineering, planning, policy, law, management, political science, anthropology, or health

  • Interested in pursuing an environmental career after graduating

  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong interest in working with Native American tribes

To apply for this opportunity, visit the ITEP internship website linked below and select the Climate Science Alliance as your preferred host site.


Resilient Restoration is supported by California Strategic Growth Council’s Climate Change Research Program with funds from California Climate Investments—Cap-and-Trade Dollars at Work.


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