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. 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.
How To Apply
Sustainable CT anticipates posting the 2021 Fellowship position in mid-January/early February 2021. Check back to this page for more information! See below for information on our 2020 program to help you get a sense of what the Sustainable CT Fellowship is all about.
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 2020. Students of all majors will be considered.
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 email@example.com at the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University (ISE).
To apply please send the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Cover letter
- 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 2 COG locations, noting first and second preference
- Applications must be received by February 21, 2020, 5 PM EST.
- Applicants will be notified by April 3, 2020.
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, between June 1 - August 28, 2020.
- The 10-week period does not have to be consecutive, and start/end dates will be determined by the COG.
- Fellows will report daily to participating COG office location. All attempts will be made to place interns 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.
- Fellows will report daily to their COG office, and can expect offsite meetings. Transportation is not provided. Access to a vehicle is strongly encouraged.
- 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.
The Sustainable CT Fellowship Program is supported by the Connecticut Green Bank and the Innovations in American Government Award, a program of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School; Smart Seed Fund; Main Street Community Foundation, and the Connecticut Community Foundation.