Sustainable CT Fellowship Program

The Sustainable CT Fellowship Program will place highly qualified fellows across the state’s nine Councils of Governments (COGs) to assist with the uptake and implementation of Sustainable CT during the summer of 2021. Sustainable CT will follow all current COVID-19 safety guidelines, and it is unknown at this time if the 2021 program will be held in-person or virtually. 

The COGs serve as Connecticut’s regional planning organizations. Click here for more information on COG locations.

Fellows will assist cities and towns within the COGs’ territories, and will assist on COG projects that align with Sustainable CT goals. Listen to the vision the 2020 Sustainable CT fellows have for CT communities.

Fellows will gain valuable experience working within a professional setting and will be directly engaged with cutting-edge sustainability initiatives, local government operations, and regional coordination and operation. Hear from former Fellows about their summer experience.

View past Sustainable CT Fellows.

How To Apply



Students must be enrolled in a post-secondary degree program. Students must be either enrolled in a Connecticut college or university or a permanent resident of the state. Students must have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or above and be registered to take classes in the fall of 2021. Students of all majors will be considered.


Technical Skills


Candidates must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, and be familiar with Microsoft Office applications.

If you have any questions about your application please call Jessica LeClair at 860-465-0258, or email at the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University (ISE).




To apply please send the following documents to

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for 3 references (must include a phone number for each reference)
  • Writing sample (no more than 3 pages/1500 words)
  • Copy of unofficial transcript
  • List of top 3 preferred COG locations


  • Applications must be received bya date TBD.
  • Applicants will be notified by a date TBD.

Fellowship Job Duties

Sustainable CT Fellow duties include:

  • Research sustainability initiatives in Connecticut municipalities.
  • Inform municipalities of resources, grants, success stories, for implementation of Sustainable CT actions.
  • Assist municipal staff and leaders in performing and documenting sustainability initiatives for Sustainable CT certification.
  • Maintain open communication channels with relevant municipal staff and elected officials.
  • Assist with writing municipal assessments that can be used as program recruitment tools.
  • Identify opportunities for multi-town collaboration between Sustainable CT municipalities.
  • Research implementation strategies and resources for towns pursuing different actions.
  • Identify potential partners/resources, i.e. in-town non-profits or organizations.
  • Participate in Sustainable CT Fellow trainings, events, and conference calls.
  • Assist with COG projects that align with Sustainable CT objectives.
  • Produce and end of internship report that documents successes and areas for improvement.
  • Other, as directed and mutually agreed to by the COG and ISE.

Other Important Information



  • The fellowship program will run approximately 10-weeks during the summer.
  • The 10-week period does not have to be consecutive, and start/end dates will be determined by the COG.

Work Location

  • Sustainable CT will follow all current COVID-19 safety guidelines, and it is unknown at this time if the 2022 program will be held in-person or virtually. 
  • If in-person, Fellows will report daily to their assigned COG office. All attempts will be made to place Fellows at their preferred COG location.
  • A list of CT COG locations can be found here.
  • Housing is not provided.


  • This is a paid fellowship ($13.50 per hour).
  • Fellows will work up to 40 hours per week.


  • Transportation is not provided.

Equal Opportunity

  • Sustainable CT, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  Sustainable CT, Inc. will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity or expression, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, criminal record, intellectual disability, mental disability or physical disability, including, but not limited to, blindness, unless it is shown by Sustainable CT that such disability prevents performance of the work involved, in any manner prohibited by the laws of the United States or of the State of Connecticut.

We are grateful to the following supporters of the Sustainable CT Fellowship Program.