Sustainability Internships

Ecolab Sustainability Internship Scholarships

Ecolab Scholarships for Sustainability Internships

These Ecolab Scholarships provide financial support for students with demonstrated financial need who are interested in an unpaid internship focused on sustainability studies and/or environmental grand challenges.

Click on the drop-downs below to learn about opportunities for the academic year and the summer.

SUST 4096 – Fall Internships

Fall internships are coordinated through the course, SUST 4096 (Sustainability Internships). Internship start and end dates will align with the academic semester (at least 13 weeks, approximately September 6th to December 14th).

Award: Up to $2,070 (~$15.90/hr)

  • 4 credits + 130 hour internship (10hrs/wk) – $2,070 scholarship award
  • 3 credits + 91 hour internship (7hrs/wk) – $1,450 scholarship award
  • 2 credits + 52 hour internship (4hrs/wk) – $830 scholarship award

Application opens: July 13, 2023, 8 am
Priority deadline:* August 14, 2023, 6 pm

*Note on deadline: If there are remaining funds after the priority deadline (see above), the application will remain open. After the priority deadline, applications will be processed on a rolling, first come first served basis until we’ve spent down the remaining funds allotted for the semester.

Eligibility: Please visit the eligibility page for Ecolab Scholarship program requirements

  • Applicants must be undergraduate students on the UMN Twin-Cities campus registered full-time in the Fall.
  • All interns are required to take SUST 4096 (Sustainability Internships) to deepen your experience. 
    • Students need to have enrolled for the class before applying for the scholarship. 

Application Process

  • Scholarship candidates will need to work with the course instructor/assistant to identify and secure an unpaid internship position by the first week of class to be eligible for the scholarship.
  • Scholarships are only available to students selected into unpaid internships. 
    • You are not receiving a salary for your internship work. Small benefits such as occasional lunches, free tickets, and parking privileges, do not count as salary. Modest stipends (less than $100 total) also do not count as salary.
  • Scholars will receive the award at the beginning of the internship.

Apply: Applications have closed for fall 2023.

* Paid Internships are not eligible for scholarships or stipends funding 

* Scholarship Recipients will also be invited to the Ecolab Scholars Cohort Program for the 2023-24 school year!

SUST 4096 – Spring Internships

Spring internships are coordinated through the course, SUST 4096 (Sustainability Internships). Internship start and end dates will align with the academic semester (at least 13 weeks, approximately January 18th to May 12th).

Award: Up to $2,070 (~$15.90/hr)

  • 4 credits + 130 hour internship (10hrs/wk) – $2,070 scholarship award
  • 3 credits + 91 hour internship (7hrs/wk) – $1,450 scholarship award
  • 2 credits + 52 hour internship (4hrs/wk) – $830 scholarship award

Application opens: November 16, 2023, 8 am
Priority deadline: December 15, 2023, 6 pm 

*Note on deadline: If there are remaining funds after the priority deadline (see above), the application will remain open. After the priority deadline, applications will be processed on a rolling, first come first served basis until we’ve spent down the remaining funds allotted for the semester.

Eligibility: Please visit the eligibility page for Ecolab Scholarship program requirements

  • Applicants must be undergraduate students on the UMN Twin-Cities campus registered full-time in the Spring.
  • All interns are required to take SUST 4096 (Sustainability Internships) to deepen your experience. 
    • Students need to have enrolled for the class before applying for the scholarship. 

Application Process

  • Scholarship candidates will need to have secured an unpaid internship position by January 12th to be eligible for the scholarship.
  • Scholarships are only available to students selected into unpaid internships. 
    • You are not receiving a salary for your internship work. Small benefits such as occasional lunches, free tickets, and parking privileges, do not count as salary. Modest stipends (less than $100 total) also do not count as salary.
  • Scholars will receive the award at the beginning of the internship.

Apply: Applications have closed for spring 2024.

* Paid Internships are not eligible for scholarships or stipends funding 

* Scholarship Recipients will also be invited to the Ecolab Scholars Cohort Program for the 2023-24 school year!

Sustainability Corps – Summer Internships

Summer internships are coordinated through the Sustainability Corps program. Internships in this program are with our community partners and affiliate researchers doing environmental work; with special attention to energy and climate, clean drinking water, and sustainable land use. We match students with paid and unpaid summer internships. Unpaid internship recipients will receive either a stipend or a scholarship. Students receive training prior to and during their internships. 

Applications typically open in February and close in March. Check the Sustainability Corps webpage to learn more.

Questions about any of these scholarships can be sent to ionescholarship@umn.edu.

See responses to common questions on the FAQ page.

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