The program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in environmental stewardship, land conservation, historic preservation, community planning, agriculture, and other related fields. Applicants in the past have represented a variety of courses of study, including environmental science, environmental policy, government, economics, human & environmental relations, history, religion, anthropology, sociology, geography, urban planning, international studies, American studies, and many more.
Applicants that are currently enrolled in school should have completed at least two years of undergraduate work by the start of the program. Those that have recently completed an undergraduate or graduate degree are also eligible. Only US citizens or those on a path to citizenship are eligible.
Applicants that are accepted to the program are required to participate in all aspects of it, and should not make any other professional or personal commitments during the program that would prohibit full participation.
There are a number of items you will need to complete the application – so please allow yourself adequate time to prepare all of the required information. Ideally you will have everything ready when you begin the online application, however, our online system will allow you to begin the process and come back to it later if necessary.
All application materials must be submitted by noon EST on Monday, February 16, 2015 for full consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Aside from your personal contact and academic information here are some of the things you’ll need to complete the application. For the essays, you might find it easier to write them in advance, and then cut & paste them into the form.
- Your resume and cover letter (a word or pdf document that you will upload)
- 2 references one academic and one general. Please provide a mailing address, phone number, and email address for each reference.
- One short essay response of 150 words or less to the following question (which you will type/paste directly into the form): Imagine yourself ten years from today... What kind of job do you have? Where do you live and what groups and activities are you involved with? What experiences have you had?
- One long essay. Please choose one of the following quotes and write a 500 word reflection addressing the sentiment of the quote as applied to environmental stewardship and community action at a local and national level. Elaborate upon the meaning of the quote as it relates to the mission of The Piedmont Environmental Council.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” -Aldo Leopold
“Beauty draws us in. We can't stop looking or listening or touching. It takes us outside ourselves and it motivates us. It's essential to life and to happiness.” -Nancy Etcoff