External Opportunities

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The National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC) is holding its 8th California Environmental STEM Institute on June 12--21, 2022 at various sites in southern CA.  NHEC is still accepting applications from top undergraduate college STEM students, especially from people of color and underrepresented communities.  NHEC's Institute in NM will be held August 4-15 and NY/NJ later in the fall.  


As with all our Institutes over the last 18 years, NHEC covers all costs -- airfare, meals, housing, science equipment, more -- for those selected to attend.  There is no fee to apply or attend.  Students are competitively selected from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.   


Regarding eligibility -- students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA; love science and be passionate about the environment; pursuing a science degree in an environmental, natural resource, or agricultural major; possess science-relevant academic coursework; and possess relevant environmental experience(s), past or present.  As this is a federally funded program students must either be US Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents to be selected.  


The Institute will be held at various sites in beautiful southern CA, including the Santa Monica Mountains and Santa Cruz Island, 20 miles offshore; students will spend 2 ½ days on Santa Cruz, a part of the Channel Islands.  NHEC’s federal sponsors -- the U.S. Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and U.S. Geological Survey -- are actively participating in planning and on-site.  Students will explore diverse ecosystems in national forests, national parks, and other public/private lands; federal research laboratories; and more.    


NHEC Institutes are an intensive, science-heavy, hands-on, 10 day, residential environmental STEM program.  Taught by NHEC's skilled Instructors, many with Ph.D's, the Institutes feature multiple high-level presentations on environmental/natural resource issues, environmental science principles, and related field methodologies.  The Institutes are designed to give students a high-level, high-quality science experience


A core element is the Environmental Field Studies, where students conduct air, water, soil testing, plant/vegetation surveys, tree mensuration, and more, with professional-grade science equipment and instrumentation, including for example eDNA.  Other learning includes site visits/field exploration on public and private lands; learning/conducting experiments at a federal research lab; sessions on federal internships/jobs in enviro/natural resource STEM fields, and more.  Another core element is the active participation of role models--scientists and researchers, especially those of color -- from Institute sponsors and other partners who attend to engage/mentor/share information with the students.      


Overall, Institutes are designed to help build the next generation of scientists, researchers, and professionals of color in environmental, natural resource, and agriculture science fields, an area within STEM that still remains severely underrepresented for people of color.     


Students should note that the Institute’s federal sponsors will be on-site to actively meet/recruit students for new federal opportunities emerging in internships and jobs, science and technology, climate change and environmental justice, and more.   


Regarding Covid--the CA and later NHEC Institutes will be in-person, not virtual.  Therefore, to participate students must be fully vaccinated; submit a copy of their CDC card providing proof of vaccination; and follow CDC and State covid guidelines in effect at that time.


Please see the attached CA Institute Fact Sheet for more information on the Institutes, NHEC, and how to apply.  Qualified students should act promptly on this unique opportunity, as slots are going fast.











Revised May 17, 2022