Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

IBES Summer Internship Program

Applications open January 19 to February 19, 2024

The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) has partnered with environmental organizations to offer paid summer internship experiences for Brown University undergraduate students. These awards allow students to explore career options and engage in experiential learning activities outside of the classroom. Please note - IBES will provide the intern with a stipend in place of a salary paid by the organization.

Previous Interns Who Can Share Their Experiences:

Caitlyn Carpenter Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
Allyssa Foster RI DEM Office of Air Resources (OAR)
Daniel Graves RI TNC - Coastal Restoration
Will Malloy RI TNC - Coastal Restoration
Amira Haileab Univ. of Miami School of Law Cntr for Ethics
Shannon Feerick-Hillenbrand Univ. of Miami School of Law Cntr for Ethics
Faith Griffiths Orion Magazine, Digital Communications
Kylie Brewer RI DEM Bureau of Natural Resources
Mia Prausnitz-Weinbaum RWP Botanical Cntr, City of Providence Parks Dept

Internship Partners & Funding:

  • Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Stormwater Innovation Center (confirmed) – 1 opening - $4500 stipend - Handshake ID #8582266 
  • City of Providence Parks Department, RWP Botanical Center – 1 opening - $4500 stipend - Handshake ID #8582847
  • George Wiley Center - 1 opening - $4500 stipend - Handshake ID #8603164 
  • Orion Magazine (confirmed) - 1 opening - $4500 stipend - Handshake ID #8582771
  • Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
    • Office of Natural Resources (confirmed) – 1 opening - $4500 stipend - Handshake ID #8582709
  • The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island (confirmed)
    • Coastal Restoration Project – 2 openings - $4500 stipend - Handshake ID #8582425
    • Climate & Government Relations – 1 opening - $4500 stipend - Handshake ID #8582472
  • Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School (confirmed) - 1 opening - $4500 stipend +  $2000 housing allowance - Handshake ID #8581589
  • University of Miami School of Law, Center for Ethics and Public Service, Community Equity Lab (confirmed) – 2 openings - $4500 stipend + $2000 housing allowance - Handshake ID #8582816


You may apply if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. You are an active Brown undergraduate student (May 2024 graduates are not eligible).
  2. Student must file an I9 and present HR with TWO original unexpired documents in order to be able to receive a summer stipend
  3. You must be taking courses on campus in Spring 2024.  Students currently studying abroad have “away from campus” status, and are thus ineligible to apply.
  4. International students are eligible to apply, but may be subject to tax withdrawals if their nation of citizenship does not have treaty benefits with the U.S. - please contact the Brown Payroll Office if you have questions regarding this matter.

Program Expectations

  1. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 320 hours of supervised work (8-12 weeks). Experience is for the summer only, so work has to be completed by August 31, 2024.
  2. Students must collaborate with their supervisors to develop and submit a work plan to (cc to by April 30, 2024.
  3. Provide a one paragraph mid-summer check-in.
  4. Create a short  video about your experience that can be used to inform others about the program.  We’re looking for something with a format similar to a TikTok post - recordings should have a vertical format, and be about a minute or less in length.
  5. Selected students and the organizations they work with will be required to submit feedback forms at the end of the internship experience

How to Apply

  1. We will be accepting online applications via Handshake
  2. Application deadline is Monday, February 19, 11:59pm EST
  3. Students are strongly encouraged to bring their resume and cover letter to the Center for Career Exploration or The Writing Center for review before submitting their application.
  4. Hiring organizations will directly contact potential candidates they wish to interview.
  5. Applicants should send inquiries to, instead of personally contacting organizations.
  6. Students will be notified of selection status by the end of March


  • These awards may not be combined with other funding from Brown, such as UTRA, Voss Fellowships, IBES ENVS Concentrator Summer Research & Internship Awards, Royce, or Link awards.

Applications Submitted through Handshake at Brown must include the following:

  1. Cover Letter explaining your interest in the opportunity and how you believe this experience will benefit you academically & professionally.
  2. Current Résumé; you can visit the Center for Career Exploration site for résumé & cover letter tips.
  3. Provide your Banner ID number on references page, and the contact information for at least one reference (preferably a Brown faculty member, though not required). DON’T send letters of recommendation, just info on how to contact a reference in case organization chooses to ask them about you. Click here to download Reference Contact Information Form.

Hear from IBES-Funded Students


IBES funds undergraduate research and internship experiences each summer. Here are a few of the awardees' stories!