Student Opportunities

The Volt Energy Utility Environmental Justice Ambassador Fellowship for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) students addresses the lack of HBCU students entering sustainability careers and invests in environmental justice community organizations.
At this time, fellowships are awarded on an invitation only basis. HBCU students interested in this opportunity can subscribe to our newsletter for updates and announcement. 

Fellowship overview

The Volt Energy Utility Environmental Justice Ambassador Fellowship

Fellowship Goals

This fellowship aims to equip HBCU students interested in environmental wellness with the skills, experiences, and networks necessary to pursue environmental careers. By gaining experience working with grassroots environmental justice organizations, HBCU students will build a strong environmental justice analysis that they can apply to the career pathways they choose.

Career Development Seminars

HBCU students will receive leadership training and experience through paid summer internships at an environmental justice organization.

Paid Full-time Intership

Students receive an $8,000 stipend for the Internship and a $10,000 Academic Scholarship.

Environmental Justice Ambassadors

Following their internships, students will serve as on campus Environmental Justice Ambassadors.

Interview with
Aissa Dearing-Benton

2022 Environmental Justice Ambassador Fellow
Howard University Class of 2022

Watch Interview

Student Resources

Scholarships

Udall Foundation Scholarship

  • The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations OR to the environment. Every year, the Udall Foundation awards 55 scholarships of $7,000 each. Applications open in November and are due in late January.

NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship

  • Must be a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior with demonstrated interested in oceanic and atmospheric science research. Awards up to $9,500 per academic year. Includes a 10 week paid internship with NOAA during the summer. Application period opens in early September.

EPP/ MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program

(José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions) 

  • Students must be a rising junior at a minority-serving institution. Includes a 10 week paid internship with NOAA and additional funding for attending conferences. Awards up to $45,000 per academic year. Applications open in early September.

Internships and Fellowships

Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the National Science Foundation

  • The National Science Foundation  funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location. Students should apply in the fall.

Greening Youth Foundation: HBCU Internship Program

  • The Greening Youth Foundation is effectively changing the face of the environmental sector by introducing diverse youth and young adults to conservation careers. All students are welcome to apply, opportunities available year-round. Students should apply for the internship program in the fall. 

Global Sustainability Scholars Program

  • The Global Sustainability Scholars program brings together talented undergraduates for a paid summer immersive experience, where students travel abroad, conduct research, and build their professional network in real-world sustainability issues. Applications open in late October.

Professional Associations

The National Black Environmental Justice Network

  • Looking for a network where you can find leaders working on environmental justice, racial and economic justice, food justice, health equity, political power, civil rights and human rights? The National Black Environmental Justice Network is (NBEJN) is the network that you have been searching for. NBEJN is the Network that is working on important issues for Black People, across the United States and if there was a time that a Network like ours is needed it is right now. 

American Association of Blacks in Energy

  • The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) is a national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies regulations, research and development technologies, and environmental issues.

Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation

  • At WCAPS, we believe global issues demand a variety of perspectives. That’s why we created a platform devoted to women of color that cultivates a strong voice and network for its members while encouraging dialogue and strategies for engaging in policy discussions on an international scale. Through our dedication to mentorship and partnerships and our passion for changing the global community landscape, we remain committed to achieving our vision of advancing the leadership and professional development of women of color in the fields of international peace, security, and conflict transformation

Other Opportunities

HBCU Climate Change Conference

  • The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in collaboration with Texas Southern University hosts the HBCU Climate Change Conference annually. The purpose of the conference is to bring together HBCU faculty and students, researchers, climate professionals and environmental justice and coastal community residents impacted by toxic facilities and severe weather events related to climate change in order to bridge the gap between theory and the experiential realities of climate change. The conference will address issues related to climate justice, adaptation, community resilience, global climate issues, and other major climate change topics (i.e. transportation, energy sources, carbon emissions, green jobs/green economy, just transition, and community economic development).

2022 FELLOWS

Aissa Dearing Benton
Howard University
Nijai Dixon
Clark Atlanta University
Reagan Russell
Howard University
Zoe Landers
Clark Atlanta University
Camryn Millon
Virginia State University
Keturah Tamar Caldwell
Virginia State University