The acclaimed PEC Fellowship is much more than an internship. Each year, twelve students are selected for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend seven weeks in the Virginia Piedmont, while studying with seasoned professionals in land conservation, planning, agriculture, and more.
Are you an undergraduate or recent graduate interested in learning more about a career in environmental conservation? If so, you should consider applying for the 11th Annual Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) Fellowship Program, based in Warrenton, Virginia! Twelve students will be selected for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend seven weeks in the Virginia Piedmont, while studying with seasoned professionals in land conservation, land use planning, agriculture, habitat and more.
The PEC Fellowship is much more than an internship. For the first five weeks, the program combines classroom discussions, field trips, and hands-on activities to give participants a comprehensive understanding of the work that PEC does. For the last few weeks, the fellows work on a collaborative practicum, focused on their interests as well as a particular aspect of PEC’s work in the Piedmont.
Through this personalized experience, participants gain the practical knowledge and skills necessary to successfully transition into careers in conservation, urban planning, agriculture, historic preservation, public policy, and other related fields. In addition to providing fellows with local housing, PEC covers all program-related expenses and provides a stipend to cover living expenses.
Local housing: Housing is provided at no cost by PEC supporters who live in the Warrenton area. Though we try to find housing as close to town as possible, accommodations are typically located 20-30 minutes away from the classroom location. Personal transportation is required.
Classroom facilities: Meetings take place at the PEC Headquarters Office in Warrenton. The classroom also serves as a workspace for fellows during the practicum portion of the fellowship.
Activities and special project expenses: For all group outings, PEC covers admission fees and travel expenses. Expenses associated with practicum projects may also be covered.
Stipend: For each of the seven weeks, fellows receive a stipend to help with meals and expenses. Stipend amount TBD, based on 2017 housing and program costs.
The following articles appeared in PEC's Membership Newsletter -- The Piedmont View