Fellowship Program

Each summer, twelve students are selected to spend seven weeks in the Virginia Piedmont, studying with seasoned professionals in land conservation, land use planning, sustainable agriculture, habitat restoration and more.

UPDATE: Due to Covid-19, the 2021 Fellowship is being planned as a remote curriculum. The program dates will be June 7 – July 23, 2021. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Feb 23.


Shaping Tomorrow’s Conservation Leaders

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Fellows with a few staff from PEC

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 15th annual Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) Fellowship program! Twelve students will be selected for this unique opportunity to spend seven weeks learning from and working 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. PEC covers all program-related expenses and provides a stipend to cover living expenses.

Eligibility and Online Application


What’s Provided

Members of the 2020 PEC Fellowship program participate in a classroom session and group activity.

Classroom facilities: Meetings will take place via Google Hangouts or Zoom.

Stipend: For each of the seven weeks, fellows receive a stipend to help with meals and expenses. Stipend amount is $200 per week.

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
  • Resume-Building and Job Search Tips


Eligibility and Application

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

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Alumni Experiences

Find out what former fellows thought of the program. Hear what Fellowship Alumni had to say in their own words.

Fellows learn more about native plants

Academic Portion

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.

Practicum

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.


Fellowship Blogroll

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A Few Highlights from 2020

Our work is about showing up, speaking out, and empowering communities to show up and speak out. Read more ...
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Welcome 2020 Fellows!

Our 2020 Fellowship program is going digital this summer. Eleven college students from around the country are participating in our 14th annual PEC Fellowship Program ...
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Eligibility and Application

Applicants that are currently enrolled in school should have completed at least two years of undergraduate work by the start of the program. All application materials must be submitted by the appointed date for full consideration. Incomplete applications will not ...
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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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Happy Anniversary PEC Fellowship!
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Happy Anniversary PEC Fellowship!

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 use, sustainable agriculture, energy policy, habitat stewardship, historic preservation, transportation planning ...
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Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders in Environmental Conservation

This summer marks our ninth Summer Fellowship Program, an annual seven-week educational program for college students and recent graduates ...
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Looking Ahead
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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 ...
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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)
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Practicum (weeks 5-7)

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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