Work in Planetary Health this summer

January 22, 2019

University of California students can gain hands-on experience working in the diverse fields of natural resources, agriculture, conservation, policy, outreach education and health via the Summer Work Experience Program in summer 2019, coordinated by the UC Global Health Institute Planetary Health Center of Expertise (PHCOE).

“This summer, the PHCOE will match undergraduate and graduate students with a variety of opportunities provided in collaboration with the center’s partners,” said PHCOE Co-Director Woutrina Smith.

PHCOE partners include the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension and the California Department of Conservation.  

The Summer Work Experience Program helps students gain the knowledge and experience they need to enter the competitive job market and succeed in their chosen fields. “Fellows will be co-mentored by on-site mentors and university faculty,” said Smith, adding that academic credit and/or funding is available to support students for select opportunities.

Summer fellow placements will launch in June 2019, however students are also strongly encouraged to participate in a preparatory course on science education and outreach during the 2019 spring quarter for academic credit, explained Smith. “The course is designed to introduce students to effective strategies for science outreach and stakeholder engagement and will be excellent preparation for the fellows’ placements over the summer.”

Applications for the Summer Work Experience Program are due on February 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm PST.  Applications submitted after February 15, 2019 may be accepted if placements are available.