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Student Opportunities

The Center for Environment & Society creates meaningful opportunities that provide graduate level and real world, hands on experiences to our students. 

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The Center for Environment & Society seeks to create meaningful internship experiences and job opportunities for Washington College undergraduates. These opportunities provide graduate level and real world, hands on, experiences to students. 

In the past, CES has offered internships for students interested in campus sustainability, climate action, coastal ecosystems, conservation, ecology, and archaeology. Some of the staple CES positions include:  

  • Bird Banding Intern at the Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory
  • Grasslands Summer Research Intern
  • Research Vessel Deckhand  
  • Public Archaeology Lab Artifact Analysis  Intern
  • Carbon Credits Research Intern 

Check JobX periodically for updated openings from CES. We will also send campus wide emails when a new job is open.

CES strives to collaborate with other organizations to provide a wide range of internships across a wide range of disciplines. In the past CES has collaborated with Echo Hill Outdoor School, Horn Point Laboratories, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, ShoreRivers, Sultana Projects, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, National Aquarium, and Friends of Eastern Neck. 

As these partnership positions become available they will be added to  JobX 

Through the Chesapeake Semester, CES provides students with hands on opportunities and vast networking that sets them up for successful internships and careers. The Chesapeake Semester engages a select group of students in a 16 credit interdisciplinary study of North America’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay. Participants study the complex history, ecology, and culture of the Chesapeake as a microcosm of the challenges and transitions confronting coastal communities around the world.

Each year, the Center for Environment & Society offers select first-year students membership into the Environment & Society Fellows program. These students must demonstrate a commitment to their academics as well as an interest in the world’s diverse environments and the people that live in them. If selected, students receive a renewable yearly scholarship of $1,500, and priority application consideration for CES internships and our flagship Chesapeake Semester program.  

To apply for the E&S Fellowship, please speak with your Washington College admissions counselor.  

Just confirmed your acceptance to Washington College? The college has some great explore orientation opportunities for incoming freshman. Why not learn more about the Center for Environment & Society by participating in one of our awesome trips! To learn which trips are led by CES staff, please contact us at environment_society@washcoll.edu 

Young Environmental Stewards Conference

At the Young Environmental Stewards Conference, rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors have the opportunity to interact with other like-minded students and explore the integration of environmental issues and social values. The 2020 YESC will be virtual and take place from July 13 - July 20. Registration is currently full, but you can get added to the waitlist by contacting cbeddick3@washcoll.edu

This weeklong virtual conference will challenge you to discover the place you call home, “who” shares the outdoor space with you, how eco-healthy is your “neighborhood”, and what can you do to become an #environmentalinfluencer? Using the Eco-Challenge as a launching pad, and Canvas as our on-line platform, we will combine real-time & on-your-own time learning and doing. The program is designed to allow you to work at a comfortable pace, but gain valuable skills and experience. 

You’ll spend the week exploring the connections between you and your space. Each day, we will begin by exploring a specific topic as a group in a short remote session. You’ll then follow this up on your own later that day, pursuing an outdoor exploration.  That’s right, you will still have the opportunity to “get in the field” with this conference! Instead of exploring our backyard and the Chester River, we will help you explore your own neighborhood and local waterways. If you don’t have access to one, we can help you find one that is accessible, or even make a river in a bottle. We’ll provide you with various tools and instruments that you’ll need to undertake these investigations. You will also be able to choose your own adventure and explore one of the four opportunities below:

  • Where do I live? What’s my Watershed?
  • How’s my neighborhood doing? Ecosystem Health and Eco-conscious land use.
  • Who shares this space with me? Biodiversity of the watershed with One Small Square of Backyard.
  • What lies beneath my local waterway? Using technology, Aquabotz, to explore the bottoms.
  • Choose your own adventure! Which topic is most interesting in your understanding of your place?
    • Social Science & Environmentalism: Environmental Justice
    • Mapping out the Stories of home: Story Mapping GIS
    • History of my place & its people: Archaeology
    • Save the World—well at least do my part: Environmental Stewardship in Action

    What do these modules involve, and how will they come together?

    Fees and Deadlines 

    Program Fee: $200 – scholarships available, more information provided in the application

    Refundable Deposit: $150

    If you decide you would like to apply and enroll at Washington College, you will receive a $1,000 Engagement Credit towards your Financial Aid package.

    June 1: Scholarship Application Submission Deadline
    June 15: Scholarship Notification Deadline
    June 26: Conference Registration Deadline

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Learn more about what you will be doing and how:

You’ll spend the week exploring the connections between you and your space. Each day, we will begin by exploring a specific topic as a group in a short remote session. You’ll then follow this up on your own later that day, pursuing an outdoor exploration.  That’s right, you will still have the opportunity to “get in the field” with this conference! Instead of exploring our backyard and the Chester River, we will help you explore your own neighborhood and local waterways. If you don’t have access to one, we can help you find one that is accessible or even make a river in a bottle. We’ll even provide you with various tools and instruments that you’ll need to undertake these investigations.

After each of these explorations, we will gather as a group and discuss your discoveries. That will lead us to the next phase of investigation, discussing another topic as a group and then pursuing it individually. Some of these explorations may be done in small teams, linking you with one or two team-mates for a joint investigation.

Toward the end of the program, we will look for common themes and links. We will develop a joint statement on how we value our own neighborhoods and environments and what we can do to protect them. Finally, we’ll look at how the skills and knowledge you have gained might help you in applying to college or in the work world. 

 As a conference participant, you will receive a kit of tools to help you accomplish the outdoor exploration components of the conference. This kit will include: Aquabotz, Binoculars, Nature Journal, activities, and of course, a t-shirt & Washington College Swag!

A deposit of $150 will ensure that your kit is sent straight to your door, with a prepaid return label. After the conclusion of the conference, we will refund your deposit as soon as your kit is returned. Once you register for the conference, we will be in contact about the best way to get you the tool kit!