Sustainability Fellowship Program


We are hiring for Spring 2024! 

Application instructions:

Apply online through Handshake (UMass Handshake Job #8796542) with a resume and a cover letter addressing the following questions below...

1. Why are you interested in this particular fellowship position?

2. What do you hope to gain as a fellow?

3. What do you think you could contribute to the fellowship program?

Program Overview:

2024-2025 Campus Sustainability Fellowship Program
It is a very exciting time for sustainability on campus at UMass Amherst. This program will afford the opportunity for students to get first-hand experience working collaboratively with many stakeholders across the campus in order to help advance the groundbreaking innovative initiatives and campaigns currently happening on campus such as UMass Carbon Zero, campus zero waste initiatives, green office, sustainability communications, New2U and many other sustainability efforts. Join us!

Are you an undergraduate interested in sustainability? Do you want to gain hands-on experience in sustainability systems and change management? In this program, Fellows work on Sustainable UMass initiatives and are mentored by the Campus Sustainability Manager, Assistant Campus Sustainability Manager, a faculty sponsor, and work alongside fellow student peers. Each fellow is hired to focus on a specific aspect of sustainability on campus. Projects are determined on an individual basis to further the implementation of sustainable practices on campus in all of these areas.

In addition to responsibilities to faculty advisors and the planning and implementation of projects, fellows are required to spend six hours each week in the Sustainability office. This structured time commitment allows for collaboration between interns and a greater sense of community between all members of the program. In total, participants are expected to spend about nine hours each week on sustainability-related work.

The Sustainability Fellowship Program aims to continue to make UMass sustainable in all areas of operation while providing an enriching experience for individual program participants. Fellows will walk away with experience, knowledge, and a greater passion for sustainable change than they previously possessed.

How does it work?

First semester (Fall) Fellowship – ENVIRSCI 398 Practicum OR Other Sponsoring Department

Compensation: 3 Pass/Fail upper-level elective credits

  • Pre-Flection - submitted with fellowship contract prior to registration
  • Midterm Reflection
  • Final write-up of the projects you’ve contributed to

Second semester (Spring) Fellowship – ENVIRSCI 396 Independent Study OR Other Sponsoring Department

Compensation: 3 Graded upper-level elective credits

  • Pre-flection: submitted with fellowship contract prior to registration
  • Midterm Reflection
  • Final PowerPoint presentation of the project(s) you’ve contributed to
  • Final research paper on an individual initiative


Fellows, the sustainability manager and the sustainability engagement coordinator playing a board game called IMPACT