Research Internships

Applications now closed for summer 2019, fall 2019 or spring 2020 research internships. Application will open again in late 2019.

The College of the Environment (COE) Internship Program allows students to undertake research on environmental topics under the guidance of a faculty mentor during summer or fall and spring semesters. The projects must relate to any of the broad themes covered by Environmental Studies and the College of the Environment. The scope of environmental topics is intended to be interpreted broadly; research may be undertaken using techniques, approaches, and paradigms from all majors or major programs. Internships are available to all Wesleyan students, regardless of class year or major. The internships may be undertaken at Wesleyan or off-campus.

Some examples of COE-supported internships might include: working on an organic farm in California, conducting research in a science lab at Wesleyan, undertaking an environmental justice art project in Costa Rica, researching the economics of a carbon tax with a professor at Wesleyan.

Summer 2019 internships run from May 29, 2019, to July 26, 2019, with a poster session on July 25 for on-campus internship students. Fall and spring semester internships run for the duration of the semester and typically involve working with a Wesleyan faculty member or a local organization. Fall internships may extend into the spring semester but spring internships must be completed in the spring semester. 

The student application must include two short letters of recommendation.  In addition to recommending the student, the faculty mentor must briefly (1-2 paragraphs) explain the project, its importance and relevance to her/his research program.  Letters of recommendation must be delivered to Laurie Kenney, administrative assistant, College of the Environment, by email (pdf preferred) to

All COE summer internships carry a stipend of $4,400. Fall and spring semester amounts will vary based upon duration and hours per week spent on research. 

Summer 2019 internship application due date: FEBRUARY 18, 2019

Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 internship application due date: FEBRUARY 18, 2019

Internship candidates will be announced prior to 2019 Spring Break. 

Please complete and submit your application online here by February 18, 2019 at 5 p.m.

The applications, including statements by faculty, will be judged by the oversight and awards committee. Award decisions will be announced prior to spring break.

For further information, please contact Laurie Kenney at