Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program

The highly 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.

 
 
 
  • Apply for the 2017 Fellowship The upcoming program dates are June 11-July 28, 2017. The online application for the 2017 program is now live. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • (Weeks 1-5) The academic portion of the fellowship includes a combination of classroom sessions, hands-on activities, and field trips. Find out more about this portion of the Fellowship program.
  • (Weeks 5-7) For the last few weeks, the fellows work on a collaborative practicum Each group is mentored by a PEC staff person or a professional from one of PEC’s many partner organizations.

Shaping Tomorrow's Leaders in Environmental Conservation

 

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 9th 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 highly acclaimed 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.

 

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 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 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 2016 housing costs and program expenses.

 

Subjects Covered

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

About the PEC Fellowship

2012 Fellows

Eligibility and Application

The program is designed for undergraduate studens and recent grads interested in careers in environmental stewardship, land conservation, historic preservation, community planning, agriculture, and other related fields.

Alumni Experiences

Find out what former fellows thought of the program. Hear what Fellowship Alumni had to say in their own words.
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Academic Sessions (weeks 1-5)

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 Headquarters Office in Warrenton.
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Practicum (weeks 5-7)

2015 Fellows Michael Carter and Nic Wells presenting about brook trout. Photo by Paual Combs For the final three weeks of the program, the fellows focus on a collaborative practicum, designed to meet their expressed skills and interests. Each pair of Fellows 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.

From the Piedmont View

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

Happy Anniversary PEC Fellowship!

Sep 22, 2016
Boasting 116 alumni since its inception, the seven-week Fellowship Program has helped future environmental leaders gain hands-on experience in a unique mix of topics such as land conservation, land…

Looking Ahead

Sep 18, 2013
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,…

Changing Perspectives: My time as a PEC Fellow

Sep 17, 2012
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…

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