Call for student ambassadors in Planetary Health

May 25, 2018

UCGHI's Planetary Health Center of Expertise (PH COE) is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year for the Planetary Health Student Ambassador Program. This unique opportunity is for UC students interested in the environment, vulnerable populations and the nexus of science and stakeholders.

About the program

The Planetary Health Student Ambassador Program is open to all students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) who are enrolled at a University of California campus and dedicated to becoming leaders in planetary health and sustainable development. Ambassadors will develop, organize and promote planetary health activities on their campuses and across UC to expand knowledge of planetary health issues, mobilize student, faculty and staff involvement in COE initiatives and catalyze critical change. This is an opportunity to become a leader that can balance the needs of populations and the planet. Ambassadors will receive an award of $250 during the year of appointment.

Program objectives

  • Introduce ambassadors to core concepts in planetary health and how these apply to real world problems
  • Provide experience and understanding in multi-sectoral solutions for sustainable development
  • Develop ambassadors’ leadership, research, and advocacy skills
  • Enable ambassadors’ engagement with key faculty, researchers, and leaders in planetary health to further ambassadors’ understanding of the field and strengthen professional networks


Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Full-time student (graduate, undergraduate, or professional) and enrolled at a UC campus for the full 2018-2019 academic year
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • A strong desire to learn about planetary health and have a solution-oriented positive attitude
  • Ability to work with and communicate to diverse individuals (students/faculty/staff) within campus, and across UC campuses, and PH COE Leadership and staff
  • Confident, self-motivated, well-organized and able to work independently and in teams
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and critical thinking skills encouraged
  • Social media skills (e.g. Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter)
  • Commitment to meet monthly with PH COE staff/directors (in-person or online)
  • Enthusiasm for developing planetary health focused activities and dialogue on your home campus, and synergies with ambassadors at other UC campuses

Apply now!

  1. Fill out the online application form
  2. Deadline: July 16, 2018 by 5pm PT. UPDATE: Additional applications will be accepted on a space available basis
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