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Undergraduate Fellowships

Fellowship in Environmental & Sustainability Communication: From the Lab to the World

Open to Juniors and Sophomores in communication or sustainability-related fields 

From Thought to Action: Translating knowledge into application is often a big leap. How do we take what we have learned in courses and apply it in real-world situations? This is the test of a true education. Our partners are leaders in the environmental and sustainability arena seeking to improve the world. They need help decoding and solving pressing communication challenges. This 7-month fellowship program will provide you with the theoretical foundation, and the necessary skills, to create effective solutions to concrete communication issues in our local and national community.

Our Leadership Team: This fellowship is led by a team of communication faculty, campus sustainability leadership, and national and local environmental and sustainability organizations. Partner organizations include the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Environmental Defense Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Lab of Ornithology, Office of Campus Sustainability, and the Environment and Sustainability major

Engaged Learning: Students gain classroom and hands-on experience with new and traditional media, including understanding and applying effective messaging that bolsters pro-environmental attitudes and engagement, developing sustainability messages to reach audiences with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, and crafting social media strategies for the modern digital age.

Fellowship and Coursework:  All students take a seminar in the spring  semester that integrates theory and skills related to specific challenges faced by our organizational partners. Students can apply for the portion of the program that matches them with a leading regional or national organization for a paid internship during the summer. Students who already have an internship lined up for summer with an environmental or sustainability organization can take the course to learn applicable communication theory and skills but will not be placed in an additional internship. 

COMM 3080/3081 - 2-credits Environmental Sustainably Communication Seminar (Spring); plus paid internship (Summer); 1-credit TED-style talk in the fall (Fall). 

Contact Jonathon Schuldt or Lauren Chambliss for more information. 
Application is available here.      

Here are experiences of the participants from summers of 2019/2018/2017:

Graham O'Donnell, Cornell Sustainability Office, Ithaca, NY (2019)
Liz Davis-Frost, Cornell Sustainability Office, Ithaca, NY (2019) 
Robert Sanchez, Environmental Defense Fund, Austin, TX (2019)
Jessica Biggott, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Ithaca, NY (2019)

Chantal Raguin, Wildlife Conservation Society, Montana (2019)

Elizabeth Serrano, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY (2019)
Winny Sun, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY (2019)
Juliette Bentolila: Cornell Sustainability Office, Ithaca, NY 

Carly Shonbrun-Siege: Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Ithaca, NY
Anita Tendler: Environmental Defense Fund, Austin, TX
Caroline G Dodd: The Atkinson Center, Ithaca, NY 
Elizabeth Yardley: Wildlife Conservation Society, Saranac Lake, NY
Carley Eschliman: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY 

Emily Yu: Environmental Defense Fund, Chicago, IL

Dora Tan: Environmental Defense Fund, New York, NY

Elizabeth Villedrouin: Environmental Defense Fund, Austin, TX

Gillian Crowley: The Nature Conservancy, New Paltz, NY

Jeremy Wegener: Office of Campus Sustainability, Ithaca, NY

Emily Sullivan: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, NY

Kyrie Ransom: LEARN@EcoVillage of Ithaca, NY

Certificate in Engaged Leadership

The Certificate in Engaged Leadership acknowledges a student’s commitment to leadership with a public purpose, with financial resources, mentorship, and micro-certificates.

Learn more here.