EI Internships for 2023 now released. Application windows open on a rolling basis (check back often).

Real-world experience combatting climate change with world-class organizations

The EI Summer Internship Program is an opportunity for undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. students to explore career opportunities and engage in real-world applications of environmental research.  

Internships run for ten weeks, typically from June to August each summer.

Positions are primarily located in Virginia and Washington, D.C., with a range of approaches represented. Interns in the past have worked with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and companies in the field. Internships are full-time positions and are appropriately compensated.  

The Institute partners with the UVA Career Center to create this opportunity for students.

To Apply

Applications are open to students in good standing at the University of Virginia. Requirements for applications are specified in the information for each individual posting.

To get started: Click on the company of interest below to learn more about the EI internship specific to the organization. By clicking, applicants will be sent directly to the posting for that internship, where application requirements are posted. (Note that Handshake is required.)

Applicants may apply for no more than two internships.

Applications for Summer 2023 are due March 13, 2023.

Additional Requirements

Upon successful completion of the internship, participants must submit a one-page reflection.

For Questions

For questions regarding any aspect of the internship program, including requirements, qualifications, and expectations, email environment@virginia.edu.


Summer 2023 EI Internship opportunities in climate and environment are currently available at the following locations:

Decarbonization Internships

This year, UVA's Environmental Institute is proud to announce a partnership with UVA's Darden School of Business to offer Decarbonization Internships.

Building on ideas generated during the 2022 Jefferson Innovation Summit, selected UVA students will have the opportunity to work with organizations on strategies and projects to look for new ways to reduce or eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from any of the following:

  1. the organization's footprint,
  2. a product or service offered by the organization, or
  3. society more broadly through the adoption of the organization’s product or service.

These summer internships will be ten weeks long, are full-time, and are appropriately compensated.

This program is made available through a grant from The Jefferson Trust

Interested in a Decarbonization Internships? Check back regularly for new and updated opportunities.

Want to know more about Internships in the climate change field?

For companies, organizations, and individuals interested in offering internships in the environmental field(s) to students, please contact environment@virginia.edu.

Jasmyn Photo at UVA

Read Jasmyn's reflections on her internship with the Department of Energy.

Achana in DC

Read Archana's first-hand account of her internship with the Environmental Defense Fund.