Institute at Brown for Environment and SocietyIBES

IBES Summer Internship Program

February 2, 2017

Applications may be submitted through BrownJIB or BrownConnect beginning February 2, 2017.

Application Due Date:  Tuesday, February 28, 2016.

The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society has partnered with three Rhode Island environmental organizations and one in Florida, to offer paid summer internship experiences for Brown 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. 

2017 Summer Internships:

  • Audubon Society of Rhode Island - Brown JIB ID: 50398
  • City of Providence Office of Sustainability - Brown JIB ID: 50446
  • Rhode Island Nature Conservancy - Brown JIB ID: 50447
  • University of Miami School of Law Center for Ethics - Brown JIB ID: 50445


  • $4,000 stipend (some of the positions have an additional $500 housing 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 2017 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: You are eligible to apply, but may be subjected to tax withdrawals if your nation of citizenship does not have treaty benefits with the US - please see the Brown Payroll Office with questions about this.

Program Expectations

  • Internships must be 8-12 weeks and students are expected to complete a minimum of 320 hours of supervised work. Experience is for the summer only - work must be completed by August 31, 2017. 
  • Students and supervisors will develop 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 be live on February 02, 2017
  • Application deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 11:59pm EST
  • Applicants 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 March 23, 2017.
  • Interns will meet with their supervisor and begin to develop work plan that must be submitted to Professor Dawn King by May 10, 2017. 


  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 BrownJIB or BrownConnect 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
For a PDF of the application guidelines, please click here.
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