Institute at Brown for Environment and SocietyIBES

IBES Summer Internship Program

January 29, 2018

Applications may be submitted through Handshake beginning February 2, 2018.

Application Due Date:  Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

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

7 Dedicated Internships for 2018


  • $4,000 stipend (some positions also provide a housing or travel allowance)
  • Department Summer Earnings Waiver (DSEW) awards for students who qualify


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

  • You are an active Brown undergraduate student (May 2018 graduates are not eligible).
  • If you are studying abroad or on leave from Brown: You may apply provided you maintain an active, registered status at Brown.
  • 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 US - please contact the Brown Payroll Office if you have questions regarding this matter

Program Expectations

  • Internships must be 8-12 weeks with students expected to complete a minimum of 320 hours of supervised work. Experience is for the summer only - work must be completed by August 31, 2018. 
  • Students must collaborate with their supervisors to develop and submit a work plan prior to the start of the internship. 
  • Participants are required to present a poster about their experience at the Brown Summer Research Symposium held in August.
  • 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

  • Online application will open on Friday, February 02, 2018 via Handshake
  • Application deadline is Wednesday, February 28, 11:59pm EST
  • Students are strongly encouraged to bring their resume and cover letter to CareerLAB for review before submitting their application
  • Hiring organizations may interview potential candidates
  • Students will be notified of selection by Wednesday, March 23, 2018.
  • Interns need to meet with their supervisor and begin to develop a work plan that must be submitted to Professor Dawn King by May 10, 2018. 


  1. These awards are designed to fund substantive summer experiences that involve full-time commitments over an 8-12 week period.
  2. These awards may not be combined with other funding from Brown, such as UTRAs, 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 CareerLAB site for résumé & cover letter tips. There are also many sites that provide advice, such as Forbes, The Economist, and The NY Times.
  3. Contact info for at least one reference (preferably a Brown faculty member, but not required). Click here to download References Form
Click here for summaries of the internship opportunties
For a PDF of the application guidelines, please click here.
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