Student Environmental Internship Program

Project Leads: Katherine Walsh, Claire Kaufman

Sponsor: Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC)

TGIF Grant: $44,117

Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change

Project Location

2014 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: SEIP will annually create an intentional learning community for 10 students and 10 staff mentors. The program aims to provide leadership training, professional development, and critical thinking skills to UC Berkeley’s student environmentalists. It also aims to cultivate further student-staff partnerships in the campus sustainability community. Students will complete paid work hours on campus sustainability projects and unpaid educational hours on course curriculum.

Goals

  1. Create an annual intentional sustainability and leadership learning community for 10 students and 10 staff mentors, and an alumni network of past program participants.
  2. Provide leadership and professional development training to UC Berkeley’s student environmentalists. Develop learning outcomes and year-long curriculum.
  3. Develop learning outcomes and year-long curriculum. 
  4. Offer required educational trainings and events that explore the 3 E’s (Equity, Economy, Ecology) and help participants to develop “eco-consciousness” and values of environmental stewardship.
  5. Cultivate further student-staff partnerships in the campus sustainability community.  
  6. Support students and staff mentors in the completion of 10 annual campus sustainability projects and record quantitative and qualitative metrics.

Proposal PowerPoint

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.