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Proposal

The UNC Institute for the Environment proposes the establishment of an Environment Internship Scholars Program. The program will provide exceptional students at UNC with meaningful hands-on experience in business, non-profit and government organizations in the environmental sector. The program would be open to all continuing (i.e. non-graduating) UNC students.

Partners

The program would be a partnership between the Institute for the Environment and selected environmental small businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies throughout the Southeast including entities affiliated with the UNC Clean Tech Summit. Depending on the size of the gift, one to 10 scholars will be selected each year for a summer internship.

Students

The scholars will be drawn from across the University and could be any student in degree programs that stress interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the environment. Students will be matched based on their interests and academic field of study. For example, a student majoring in environmental science who participated in UNC’s Sustainable Triangle Field Site in Chapel Hill may have an interest in working in the financial sector and can be matched with an internship program at a personal finance company in an area that works with sustainable investing. Becoming a scholar will provide students both hands-on experience and a benchmark to plan their future careers. Additionally, students who have financial need and are unable to work without pay will be able to benefit from this valuable internship opportunity that will prepare them well for their future career.

Process

The scholars Internship Program will be added to the Institute for the Environment’s website and prospective scholars will submit applications at the beginning of the spring semester. The Institute for the Environment’s internship staff will work with the students and organizations/businesses to ensure the match process will be rewarding for the participants and the host organizations/businesses.

Endowments

  • A $1 million endowment would be payable over five years in installments of $250,000 annually. Once fully endowed, the fund would yield approximately $50,000 per year and would provide $5,000 stipends for as many as 10 scholars each year in perpetuity.
  • A $500,000 endowment would be payable over five years in installments of $100,000 annually. Once fully endowed, the fund would yield $25,000 per year and would provide $5,000 stipends for as many as 5 scholars each year in perpetuity.
  • A $200,000 endowment would be payable over five years in installments of $40,000 annually. Once fully endowed, the fund would yield $10,000 per year and would provide $5,000 stipends for 2 scholars each year in perpetuity.
  • A $100,000 endowment would be payable over five years in installments of $20,000 annually. Once fully endowed, the fund would yield $5,000 per year and would support one scholar each year in perpetuity.