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.
Coursework: All students take a seminar in Spring 2020 that integrates theory and skills related to specific challenges faced by our organizational partners. Students selected for this program are matched with a leading regional or national organization for a paid internship during the summer of 2020. Students who already have an internship lined up for Summer 2020 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 2020); plus paid internship (Summer 2020); 1-credit TED-style talk in the fall (Fall 2020). Students are placed at organizations matching their skills and interests (national and local opportunities).
Here are experiences of the participants from summers of 2019/2018/2017:
Chantal Raguin, Wildlife Conservation Society, Montana (2019)
Emily Yu: Environmental Defense Fund, Chicago, IL
Elizabeth Villedrouin: Environmental Defense Fund, Austin, TX
Gillian Crowley: The Nature Conservancy, New Paltz, 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.
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