University of Vermont

Office of Undergraduate Research

Energy-Climate award

Energy-Climate Public Impact Research Fellowship

Student Eligibility

Only first-year, sophomores, and juniors in RSENR or CEMS are eligible to apply (graduating seniors are not eligible). Students must 1) show proof of applying for/receiving an internship with a not-for-profit organization working on energy and climate; and 2) complete at least two pre-professional training sessions with the Career Center, which include:

  • Resume workshop
  • Internships 101
  • LinkedIn workshop
  • Wednesday Lunch & Learn
  • Job Fair
  • Internship Hop
  • UVM networking events in Burlington, Boston, NYC, or Washington, D.C.
  • An individual advising session with a UVM career counselor

Read the remainder of this web page for the application timeline, selection criteria, recipient obligations,&; and much more!

Go directly to the application webpage at UVM Internship Scholarship 

What is this fellowship? The Energy-Climate Public Impact Research Fellowship helps students defray the costs of accepting a research internship (or one with significant research component) in the non-profit sector, with a non-governmental or governmental agency focused on energy and climate mitigation through energy system change.

The Energy-Climate award offers a $4,000 summer stipend to support undergraduate students in either the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources or the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. The summer stipend is intended to support students working on energy-climate related projects with organizations including municipal utilities (e.g. Burlington Electric Department), government offices (e.g. the Vermont Department of Pubic Service or Agency of Natural Resources), and environmental advocacy organizations (e.g. VPIRG).

Internship Eligibility & Verification

Eligible internships are those that provide a substantive learning experience related to energy system change and responding to climate change. A student should have the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom, and to attain new knowledge or skills that are transferable to other employment settings. There should be clearly defined learning objectives/goals and consistent supervision and feedback from an experienced supervisor. The Career Center can help students determine if an internship fits these criteria. Feel free to stop in at drop-in hours in the Hub (100 Davis) with any questions.

A student does not need to have a confirmed internship to apply, but distribution of the scholarship will be contingent upon the applicant submitting some proof of internship which details:

  • The organization name and address
  • Confirmation of the internship offer to the student
  • A brief outline of the student's responsibilities as an intern.

Internship verification must be received within three weeks after the Energy-Climate application's interview period.

Application Timeline & Deadline

General Information Sessions for Internship funding at the Hub: Wed, Feb 15, 2:15-3:15; Tues, Feb 23, 1-2; Mon, March 6, 2:30-3:30.

March 21, 2017: Deadline to submit resume to Catamount JobLink is 5:00 p.m.; resume must be approved by the application deadline (which may take upwards of 48 hours).
mid-April: Applicants receive final award notification.

Selection Criteria & Selection Process

A competitive selection process will take the following into consideration:

  • A Professional sense of purpose: Selection committee members will evaluate the benefits a student will gain from the internship, and ow the internship aligns with a student's career/professional goals.
  • Energy-Climate Public Impact: Selection committee members will evaluate the public impact of the proposed internship and the organization. The proposed organizations will be assessed based on reputation and record of innovative energy-climate work.
  • Academic trajectory: Selection committee members will evaluate a student's academic experience as well as how their current academic trajectory will be enhanced through the proposed internship(s). Committee members will look for coursework and research experience relevant to the proposed internship.
  • Financial need: Selection committee members will expect students to articulate why they need financial support in order to pursue an internship, as well as how financial support to do the proposed internship better enables them to meet their goals for their internship experience.
After the application deadline, short-listed candidates will be asked to interview with the Award Selection Committee. Based on the interviews, the committee will then offer selected students the award. Once the award offer is made, students will have up to three weeks to confirm that they have received an internship offer from the organization with whom they will work.

Scholarship Recipient Obligations

The following are required from award recipients at the end of the internship experience:

  • Two-page, double-spaced summary answering the following questions: How did this internship help you grow personally and professionally? How did this internship opportunity affect your career goals? Did it help you explore options, gain skills, or refine a plan as it relates to your career plans?
  • Presentation of internship experience during the fall semester at a joint Rubenstein-CEMS event which is meant to foster increased connections and collaborations between the two colleges.

Materials from an awardee's internship application/experience that they affirm may be shared with other UVM students (e.g., photos, videos, other stories) may be used by the Office of Undergraduate Research, RSENR, CEMS, or other UVM offices or social media sites.

Financial Aid & Tax Information

The monies received from the fellowship are not compensation for hours worked. The fellowship is intended to cover food, transportation, housing, and cost of living expenses. There may be financial aid and/or tax implications associated with this award. Students who have questions about the impact of this fellowship are strongly encourage to consult with Student Financial Services or a tax professional before accepting the award.

Application Requirements

A complete application will include:

  • The general application form
  • Make sure to indicate the Energry Climate Public Impact Award and any other awards for which you wish to be considered
  • Current resume (submitted through Catamount JobLink)
  • Letter of recommendation from a UVM faculty member (e-mailed directly to the Office of Undergraduate Research,, by 5 p.m. on the due date)
  • Unofficial transcript (provided to the review committee by the Office of Undergraduate Research; students need not submit)

For technical assistance or other questions related to submitting the application itself, please contact the Career Center at 802-656-3450.

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