Planetary Health Summer Work Experience Program

Thank you for your interest in the Planetary Health Center of Experience (PHCOE) Summer Work Experience Program! This program offers students a unique hands-on opportunity to work on projects related to natural resources, agriculture, climate change, and environmental and health policy.

About

Fellowships start in June 2019. Selected students are also strongly encouraged to participate in a seminar during the 2019 spring quarter for academic credit. The seminar is designed to introduce students to effective strategies for science outreach and stakeholder engagement.

This program is coordinated by the UCGHI Planetary Health Center of Expertise in partnership with the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) Cooperative Extension and California Department of Conservation (DOC).

Apply

To apply for a summer fellowship, please submit the applicant information and supporting materials requested below to planetaryhealth@ucdavis.edu by February 15, 2019 at 5:00pm PST. Applications will be reviewed in February. Following submission of their applications, applicants will be asked to review and rank (based on preference) specific fellowship opportunities at DOC and UC ANR Cooperative Extension. Interviews will be conducted and successful applicants will be matched to the fellowship opportunities based on interest and best fit.

Applications submitted after February 15, 2019 may be accepted if additional opportunities arise. Further information about the program as well as the desired skills, experience, and qualities of the fellows can be found below. Please direct any questions about the fellowship program or application to planetaryhealth@ucdavis.edu.

Applicant Information:

  • Name       
  • UC home campus    
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Degree program 
  • Current GPA
  • Years completed and expected graduation date                                                             

Support Materials Requested:

  1. Resume including education, employment, honors, and publications
  2. Contact information for three references
  3. Personal statement that describes your interests, career goals, which institution(s) (DOC and/or UC ANR Cooperative Extension) you would be interested in working with for your fellowship, and what you hope to gain from a summer fellowship (1 page maximum)

Opportunities 

UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension

Fellowship Location: UC ANR Cooperative Extension Field Offices in California

Examples of activities that the fellow may be involved in:

  • Developing and delivering outreach and educational material for ANR’s youth, families and communities programs.
  • Assisting with research to assess resource utilization and improve farming practices in California.
  • Providing support to programs evaluating the benefits of integrated pest management in agriculture.

Desired skills, experience, and qualities of the fellow:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student status at a UC campus.
  • Minimum GPA 2.8 to be eligible for the fellowship.
  • Strong desire to learn, proactive and solution oriented attitude, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and critical thinking and analytical skills. 
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex information from various sources. 
  • Ability to prepare reports, factsheets, and other public communications tools.
  • Ability to work and communicate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Confident, self-motivated, well-organized, and able to work independently and on teams.

California Department of Conservation

Fellowship Location: Sacramento, CA

Examples of activities that the fellow may be involved in:

  • Analyzing legislation, engaging with stakeholders, and developing natural resource policy solutions.
  • Assisting with research and outreach related to natural resources and agricultural land conservation.
  • Developing talking points and presentation materials related to state policy initiatives.
  • Assisting with educational outreach initiatives, including organizing workshops and compiling materials for online education resources.

Desired skills, experience, and qualities of the fellow:

  • Graduate student status at a UC campus.
  • Minimum GPA 2.8 to be eligible for the fellowship.
  • Strong desire to learn, proactive and solution oriented attitude, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and critical thinking and analytical skills. 
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex information from various sources. 
  • Ability to prepare reports, factsheets, and other public communications tools.
  • Ability to work and communicate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Confident, self-motivated, well-organized, and able to work independently and on teams.
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a plus.

Apply by February 15, 2019 at 5:00pm PST 

Learn about last year's cohort of summer fellows!