Sustainability Pathways Fellowships
Sustainability Pathways is a fellowship program where undergraduate students merge academic learning with work experience to address the complex sustainability challenges of our time. Students apply a systems thinking lens to a paid fellowship experience where students are placed with a local organization, school, agency or business to advance place-based sustainability initiatives in the Methow and Okanogan Valleys in North-Central Washington.
The fellowship includes a cohort learning experience with provided housing and a paid 11 week work practicum. Students also develop community-engaged project management skills through the Sustainability Planning Studio course (UEPP 471).
Students spend the summer building practical skills while immersed in partner organizations that represent dimensions of sustainability including environmental quality, public health, economic development, social justice and equity, and place-based learning. Reciprocity is practiced by program partners who are committed to student learning and mentorship and the skills, energy, and innovative ideas students bring to organizations and the community.
Who Should Apply?
Sustainability is interdisciplinary and participation from diverse academic backgrounds enables dynamic systems thinking. Students of all departments and majors are encouraged to apply.
Whether you are interested in energy studies, climate leadership, urban planning, community health, food systems, youth advocacy, wildlife biology, ecological restoration, education, economic development, communications, or community art, your creativity is essential for doing cross-sector community work.
Students enroll in the 3 credit WWU Campus Sustainability Planning Studio course (UEPP 471) and may also choose to earn internship credit for their fellowship (1-8 credits, optional). Depending on your major, the Sustainability Planning Studio course may be taken as an elective or may also be applied to the Sustainability Minor (see WWU catalog for more information).
Please consult with your advisor to see how UEPP 471 fits in your degree path.
Review position descriptions and consider what professional work skills you want to develop. Complete the online application and candidates will be selected for interviews based on online application responses.
Prior to interviews, applicants will review the updated practicum position descriptions and indicate the positions most interested in.
Once offered a fellowship position, students can register for Campus Sustainability Planning Studio (UEPP 471), and if registering for internship credits, complete an internship/learning agreement for the appropriate number of internship credits.
Please direct questions about the program, your application, or any of the fellowship positions to Joshua.Porter@wwu.edu.
Students apply for the Sustainability Pathways program and are matched to positions based on the skills and interests they hope to develop and the qualifications needed from the community partners. Check out the positions and partner organizations for summer 2022 below. Many, but not all of these positions will be offered in 2023, with a few new positions being added. Look here for the updated 2023 position descriptions in early December.
Most positions also have the option of serving as Civic Leadership and Engagement Corps AmeriCorps members, earning an education award that can be applied to student loans, future tuition, and other educational opportunities.
Carefully review descriptions for position responsibilities and requirements. The fellowship is a paid work experience and housing is provided for students. The fellowship involves students living primarily in the Methow Valley with some students based in the neighboring Okanogan Valley.
Application and Program Timeline
- Review of the applications begins December 1st with the priority deadline and will continue on a rolling basis until January 11th
- Interviews and placements will be completed by the end of January
- The 2023 program dates are from June 20th -September 1st
Students apply for the Sustainability Pathways program and are matched to positions based on the skills and interests they hope to develop and the qualifications needed from the community partners. See below for the summer practicum positions.
Some positions are already filled for this summer by students participating in the Climate Leadership Certificate program.
2022 Practicum Positions
- Cascade Carnivore Project: Wildlife Biology Field Crew
- Clean Air Methow: Community Coordinator: Health & Climate / Air Quality Program
- Foundation for Youth Resiliency and Engagement (FYRE): Youth Advocate
- Lucky Shoe Farm: Regenerative Agriculture and Habitat Restoration Practicum
- Methow at Home: Sustainability Practicum Supporting Aging in Place
- Methow Valley Fire Lookouts: Fire Lookouts Practicum
- Methow Valley Ranger District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest: Forest Restoration Practicum
- Mid-Valley Hospital: Food Security & Nutrition Practicum
- Okanogan County Electric Cooperative: Energy Efficiency Program Development Practicum
- Resilient Methow: Climate Leadership Practicum
- Room One: Advocacy Practicum
- NOTE: This is the Room One position description from last year. An updated description for this year will be posted as soon as possible.
- Shafer Historical Museum: Museum Educator / Docent Practicum
- Sustainability Pathways: Land Stewardship Engagement Fellow
- Town of Twisp: Town Planning Practicum
- Town of Winthrop: Sustainable Local Planning Practicum
- TwispWorks: Events and Communications Associate
2022 Positions Already Filled by Climate Leadership Students
- Classroom in Bloom: Garden Educator
- Methow Trails: Methow Trails Practicum
- Methow Recycles: Waste Reduction Practicum