Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program

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Are you an undergraduate, graduate student or recent graduate interested in learning more about PEC’s work in the Virginia Piedmont? If so, you should consider applying for the 8th Annual PEC Fellowship Program, based in Warrenton, Virginia! Twelve students will be selected for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a summer in the Virginia Piedmont, while studying with seasoned professionals in land conservation, planning, agriculture, and more.

The highly acclaimed PEC Fellowship is much more than an internship. For the first four 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 final three weeks, the fellows work on an individual 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.

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2014 Program Dates: June 15th - August 1st

Subjects Covered

  • Land Conservation
  • Water & Air Quality
  • Wildlife Management
  • Energy Conservation & Policy
  • Historic Preservation
  • Agriculture & Best Management Practices
  • Land Use Planning
  • Working with State & Local Government
  • Transportation
  • Communications and Development


Academic Sessions (weeks 1-4)

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Field trip to the State Capitol Building
in Richmond

The academic portion of the fellowship includes a combination of classroom sessions, hands-on activities, and field trips. Most classroom discussions take place in Fellows Hall at PEC’s Main Street Office in Warrenton. Though most sessions are taught by PEC’s staff, a number of other professionals and community members lead discussions or serve as panelists.

The classroom sessions provide background information on each of the main subjects. The hands-on activities give participants a chance to apply this knowledge and develop practical, real-world skills. The field trips further illustrate the topics presented in the classroom - sometimes showing sound environmental practices in action, or in other cases, showing the negative results of inaction, poor planning, or bad policy.

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Practicum (weeks 5-7)

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Fellows learning how to do an
energy audit

For the final three weeks of the program, the fellows focus on an individual practicum, designed to meet their expressed skills and interests, and based largely on the first four weeks of classroom and field trip activities. Each fellow is mentored by a PEC staff person or a professional from one of PEC’s many partner organizations. At the end of the final week, the fellows present their work to PEC’s staff and board of directors.

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What's Provided

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. 

Classroom facilities: Meetings take place at our Main Street 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 all admission fees and travel expense. 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 general living expenses. Stipend amount TBD, based on 2014 housing costs and program expenses.


The following articles appeared in PEC's Membership Newsletter -- The Piedmont View

Sep 18, 2013

Looking Ahead

PEC’s Fellowship Program, which just finished its 7th year, gives college and graduate students a comprehensive look at the work PEC does in this region. Through classroom discussions, field trips, hands-on activities, and a final project—participants gain practical knowledge and skills to transition into careers in conservation, urban planning, agriculture, historic preservation, public policy, and other related fields. PEC’s staff obviously thinks the Fellowship is a great program, but don’t take our word for it! Check out what some fellows said after completing the program this summer: Read More
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Sep 17, 2012

Changing Perspectives: My time as a PEC Fellow

PEC’s Fellowship Program, which just finished its sixth year, gives college and graduate students a comprehensive look at the work PEC does in this region—with the hope that the participants will take what they learn in the program into their future careers and communities. Read More
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Nov 29, 2011

Fellowship Program - Five Years In

This summer marked the fifth year of the PEC Fellowship Program, which is becoming a nationally known educational program for students with an interest in environmental work. Each year, twelve college students, graduate students, and recent graduates spend seven weeks with us, gaining hands-on experience in a wide range of environmental fields Read More


Eligibility and Application

Deadline to Apply:
March 3, 2014