The Governor’s Energy & Environment Fellowship seeks to develop the next generation of energy & environment leaders in Colorado, reflecting academic and geographic diversity, who can be empowered through experiential learning to impact positive change across sectors. This is an unpaid opportunity, with a Fall/Spring program designed for graduate and professional students and a Summer program that is also open to advanced undergraduates. Fellowships offer a placement in either the Governor’s Office or a State Agency. Recent graduates and energy & environment professionals seeking government experience are also encouraged to apply.
Fellowships will be offered within the Colorado Governor’s Office (Legal Counsel, Legislative Affairs, and Policy & Research) and State Agencies (Department of Agriculture, Department of Local Affairs, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Health and Environment, Office for Outdoor Recreation, and Colorado Greening Government Initiative). Applicants located outside of the Front Range may have the opportunity to be based instead at regional offices.
The Governor’s Energy & Environment Fellowship will offer:
- Placement with designated mentor-supervisor, with substantive daily assignments and meaningful long-term projects
- Participation in cabinet-level working group, with final capstone project deliverable to Executive Leadership as a collaborative effort with fellowship cohort
- Monthly brown bag lunches with Governor’s Cabinet and senior staff, state legislators, regulators, industry partners, academics, and community officials
- Quarterly field visits to industry sites
- Process improvement training, with white-belt lean certification
Requirements for participation:
- Commitment to consistent weekly hours based on individual schedules
- Fall/Spring Program: Commitment to minimum 16 hours/week, though flexible with hours as determined with your supervisor.
- Summer Program: Commitment to a consistent weekly schedule of a minimum 20 hours/week, working at least 3 consecutive hours per day in the office, for 12 weeks, during the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
- Excellent writing, communication, and proofreading skills
- Strong individual initiative/work ethic
- Interest in public service and issues relating to energy and the environment (including but not limited to environmental health, climate action, electricity, extractive industry, water policy, sustainability, and outdoor recreation)
- Ability to responsibly handle and participate in confidential work
- Strong commitment to good government and nonpartisanship
We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2018.
We are now accepting applications for Fall 2018.
HOW TO APPLY: Submit a complete fellowship application, cover letter, resume, and a two-page essay on why this fellowship program aligns with your background, future professional goals, and interest in energy and environment policy and management via email as separate pdf files to Jason Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the Energy & Environment Fellowship application