ESF Career Fellowships
- Overview and Eligibility
- Amount of Support
- Application Tracks and How to Apply
- Program and Application Timeline
- Final Reports and Additional Commitments
- Past Recipients of ESF Career Fellowships
The Office of Career Services is excited to be able to offer annual ESF Career Fellowships to students. We strongly encourage you to learn about Fellowship opportunities, review examples of what past selected recipients have used Fellowship funding for, and to submit an application this upcoming year. You can learn more about the ESF Career Fellowships online, at monthly information sessions (see Application Timeline below), and through meeting with a Career Advisor.
The ESF Career Fellowships are intended to promote the career and professional development of students at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. These Fellowships are made possible by the generous donations of alumni and supporters of the college, who are committed to solving environmental challenges, and supporting students who strive to do the same.
The ESF Career Fellowships support internships and independent exploration for undergraduate and graduate students. ESF Career Fellows are exceptional students who seek to pursue experiences that can truly shape their development. With the help of the ESF Career Fellowships, the chance to pursue career dreams can become a reality.
Fellowship applicants must demonstrate:
- Dedication to the environment and their field of study;
- Passion and enthusiasm for their proposed experience;
- Demonstrated promise in pursuing their career goals; and
- Ability to plan and follow through with a professional experience.
Applicants must provide evidence of their exceptional engagement in their field of study, as well as their intention to pursue a career in it.
The ESF Career Fellowships provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students who have completed at least one full semester at ESF. Students must be full-time, in good standing with the College, and be returning to campus for at least one semester following the experience.
Amount of Support
The ESF Career Fellowships process provides funding to students based on merit and identified need. Support will vary depending on the experience proposed. Awards can range, but typically cap at $6,000.
Fellowships to be Awarded in 2020
We are excited to offer the following Fellowship opportunities this year:
- Cotton Fellowship
- Fink Fellowship
- Robert M. Sand '50 Internship Fund
Multiple awards are given as a part of each Fellowship. It is also possible that additional Fellowships may be added to the process depending on time of the donation. Students submit one application per experience to appropriate category to be considered for all available Fellowships in that year.
Application Tracks and How to Apply
Which Fellowship application is right for you? Read below to learn more about the different application tracks to decide which your experience aligns best with. You can always meet with a Career Advisor to further discuss your ideas and seek recommendation on which application would be best to use. Examples of previously funded experiences can be found after the application timeline below.
The internship application is used to provide an hourly payment for students wishing to complete an unpaid internship in collaboration with a host organization. Students work directly with host sites to determine when the internship will be completed and what will be done during that time frame.
Download and complete the ESF Career Fellowships Internship Application and submit along with two letters of support (one from Faculty Member - typically the Faculty Sponsor - and one from the Internship Host Site Supervisor), a copy of your unofficial academic transcript, and your resume/CV to the Career Services Office, 105 Bray Hall, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Independent Exploration application is used to supply financial assistance for students looking to create or complete an independent or group project. This application is broad by nature to encompass entrepreneurial endeavors, multi-disciplinary group competitions, professional development workshops, student experiences that are not internships, and more.
Download and complete the ESF Career Fellowships Independent Exploration Application (below) and submit along with one letter of support from a Faculty Member/Mentor, a copy of your unofficial academic transcript, and your resume/CV to the Career Services Office, 105 Bra Hall, or via e-mail to email@example.com.
Program and Application Timeline
|Date||Time and Location|
|Friday, September 20, 2019||Final reports due from 2019 ESF Career Fellowships recipients (submitted as MS Word docs via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Thursday, October 24, 2019||Information Session, 11 am - 12 pm, 110 Moon Library|
|Thursday, November 14, 2019||Information Session, 11 am - 12 pm, 110 Moon Library|
|Tuesday, December 3, 2019||Information Session, 11 am - 12 pm, 110 Moon Library|
|January 2020||Information Session|
|February 2020||Information Session|
|Friday, March 27, 2020||ESF Career Fellowships Applications due to the Career Services Office, 105 Bray Hall or via e-mail to email@example.com)|
|March 23-27, 2020||ESF Career Fellowships Committee will convene to review applications and narrow the pool of applicants to a group of finalists|
|Early April 2020||ESF Career Fellowships recipients will be chosen and notified of their selection|
|Friday, September 18, 2020||Final reports due from 2020 ESF Career Fellowships recipients (submitted as MS Word docs via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Mid-April 2021||ESF Career Fellowships recipients for summer 2020 will be invited to the Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon hosted by the [ESF] College Foundation|
Final Reports and Additional Commitments
ESF Career Fellows must submit a digital copy of a final report to the Office of Career Services following the internship, project, or conference. A lengthy final report is unnecessary; generally 3-5 pages is sufficient. Pictures, videos, blogs, and other forms of media of produced during the experience will also requested.
Returning Fellows will also be asked to serve as representatives at on-campus events (such as the Internship and Engagement Expo) and at future Information Sessions depending on their schedule and availability.
Student Career Links
Events and Programs
- Betsy and Jesse Fink Career Development Program
- Career and Internship Fair
- Internship and Engagement Expo
- Career Development Series
- Graduate and Professional School Fair
- Personality Traits, Interests, Skills, Values & Interests
- International Students
- Students with Disabilities