Go Green & Get Green: Eco & Environmental Scholarships, Internships & Activities

What do you do to give back to Mother Earth?

Elizabeth Hoyt

February 06, 2017

Go Green & Get Green: Eco & Environmental Scholarships, Internships & Activities

It’s not easy being green, but plenty of students still manage, treating every day as if it’s Earth Day.

Did you know that a passion for going green can become a way to pay for school? It’s true! Many students are rewarded for their efforts with awards.

In celebration of Earth Day, we’ve outlined environmental, Eco-friendly scholarships, green grants and internship opportunities for students who love the planet.

Additionally, we’ve provided you with Earth Day ideas that you can take on within your community to celebrate the art of going green.

According to EarthDay.org, every year more than a billion people across the globe take part in Earth Day activities. This year, the Earth Day 2015 theme is “It’s Our Turn To Lead.”

Here are some ideas of what you can do to make a difference, whether locally or globally, this Earth Day:

Organize an Earth Day Event

• Find an Earth Day event near you to participate in.

• Help your city “go green” with online activism.

• Discover local campaigns you’re passionate about.

Calculate Your Footprint and make life changes where necessary.

Become an Activist by signing up online to become an Earth Day supporter.

• Pledge an Act of Green to help the Earth Day Network reach their goal of 3 billion acts.

Go Green & Get Green

Here are some scholarship and internship opportunities for students who live every day like Earth day:

To help better organize your scholarship search, please note that the following eco-friendly, environmental and Earth Day scholarship and internship opportunities are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of the list.

Green Scholarships:

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/17
Available to: Ages 14-21
Award Amount: $250

The Live Deliberately Essay Contest is open to all students aged 14 – 21. You must submit an essay of no more than 750 words based on the prompts listed on the sponsor’s website. This year’s prompts will ask you to consider the different meanings of trees, cultivation and soil as Thoreau uses them in the defined passages.

Learn more about the Live Deliberately Essay Contest.

World Water Issue Scholarship

Deadline: 4/30/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,500

The World Water Issue Scholarship is open to entering and current college students. You must submit an essay on the topic of the water scarcity crisis and a possible solution in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the World Water Issue Scholarship.

Seed Grants
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

Amphibian Conservation Alliance is giving out seed grants all year.

Ranging from USD $500-$1,000 to help kick start projects or allow teams to try new innovative approaches to address conservation, research and educational challenges.

Learn more information about the Seed Grants.

San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation Scholarship is available to students enrolled in the departments or schools of architecture at the following colleges: Prairie View A&M University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Houston, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at San Antonio.

You must show an interest in historical architecture, preservation and adaptive reuse to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation Scholarship.

Charlotte Latourette Outdoor Recreation Scholarship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Charlotte E. Latourette Outdoor Recreation Scholarship is available to students majoring in outdoor education and camping at Ohio University.

You must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Charlotte Latourette Outdoor Recreation Scholarship.

Wisconsin Garden Club Federation Scholarship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore through College Senior
Award Amount: $1,000

The Wisconsin Garden Club Federation Scholarship is available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are attending a Wisconsin college or university.

You must be pursuing a degree in horticulture, landscaping, environmental sciences, conservation, or forestry to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation.

Webb Family Graduate Fellowship in Oceanography
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

The Webb Family Graduate Fellowship in Oceanography is available to graduate oceanography majors at the University of Rhode Island. You must be a U.S. citizen and demonstrate an interest in marine environmental issues to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Webb Family Graduate Fellowship in Oceanography.

Green Internships:

Summer Wildlife Intern – Wildcare Inc.
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors

The Summer Wildlife Intern position is open to students who are interested in the care and treatment of injured and orphaned wildlife.

You must be able to work 20 hours per week from the months of May to August to be eligible for this internship. This internship is unpaid.

Learn more information about the Summer Wildlife Intern – Wildcare Inc..

Sea Turtle Research Internship
Deadline: Rolling
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 3

The Sea Turtle Research Internship is available at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. You will be involved in a variety of aspects monitoring the sea turtles on the beaches around Naples.

You must be at least a college senior, with preference given to students who have earned a BA or BS, studying biological or environmental science to be eligible for this position.

Working knowledge of the care and operations of ATVs, motorboats and small engines is an asset.

Learn more information about the Sea Turtle Research Internship.

Marine Mammal Education and Research Internship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore through Graduate Student, Year 5

Sponsored by the New England Aquarium, the Marine Mammal Education and Research Internship is available to students who have an interest in marine biology, zoology, environmental education or related fields.

Intern duties may include assisting with collecting field data, customer service, research and other duties as needed.

You must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study, have knowledge of scientific research methods, strong communication skills and be self-motivated in order to be considered for this internship.

Learn more information about the Marine Mammal Education and Research Internship.

Environmental Education Internship – Stratford Ecological Center
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors

The Environmental Education Internship at the Stratford Ecological Center is open to students who are interested environmental awareness and appreciation.

To be considered for this position, you must demonstrate a love of children, a deep relationship with the land, and a willingness to learn.

Interns will work hand in hand with the director and field trip coordinator to prepare and facilitate education seasons at the Center. Also, interns will get experience teaching and learning.

Learn more information about the Environmental Education Internship at the Stratford Ecological Center.

Conservation Science Internship – Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5

The Conservation Science Internship is available to students with an interest in raptor and bird conservation.

Intern duties will include learning basic techniques in conservation science and education, monitoring wildlife and working with volunteers, visitors and school groups.

Learn more information about the Conservation Science Internship.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Internship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum offers Internships to undergraduate students who are interested working in areas of museum administration, collections, research, education, events, and marketing.

Candidates should demonstrate commitment and interest in nature and to the environment.

Interns learn about the museum field while completing at least one project that is critical to the Nature Museum’s success.

Academic credit may be available.

Learn more information about the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Internship.

Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5

The Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program is available to students with an interest in organic farming and practices of sustainable agriculture, conservation, and ecological resource management.

Interns will learn about soil fertility practices, crop rotation principles, organic pest control and other aspects of the art and science of growing great vegetables.

Learn more information about the Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program.

Conservation Photography/Biology Summer Internship Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors

Sponsored by Discover Life in America, the Conservation Photography/Biology Summer Internship is available to students with an interest in conservation.

Responsibilities and opportunities vary and may include web/brochure design, photography and editing, specimen identification, photo-documentation/direct participation in scientific research in the Great Smoky Mountains, and coordination/innovation in public outreach, awareness, and fund-raising.

Get more information on the Conservation Photography/Biology Summer Internship.

Foundation for Sustainable Development Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5

The Foundation for Sustainable Development Internship is available to students and young professionals who are able to work independently and support FSD’s growth.

A weekly time commitment of at least 16 hours is required with a total commitment of 500 hours.

Internships may be available in donor relations, university outreach and partner relations, marketing, graphic design, social media, translation, international programs or executive assisting.

Learn more information on the Foundation for Sustainable Development Internship.

Bicycle Advocacy Communications Intern Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors

Provided by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the Bicycle Advocacy Communications Intern is available to students interested in gaining experience in bicycle transportation planning and non-profit advocacy in San Francisco.

You must have strong written skills with some experience in professional and public settings to be considered for this internship.

Intern duties include drafting content for mass emails regarding advocacy campaigns and drafting blog entries for our website.

Learn more information about the Bicycle Advocacy Communications Intern.

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