The Thrive Environmental Justice Summit Fellowship, a Cardinal Quarter opportunity, supports undergraduate interested in environmental justice in the bay area. The fellowship provides a base stipend of $5,500 for nine consecutive weeks of full-time service/research. Additional financial aid is available to students who qualify, as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
Thrive Alliance strengthens people, organizations, and communities of San Mateo County through nonprofit capacity building, cross sector collaboration, and policy and advocacy. Through the Environment & Sustainability (E&S) community, Thrive convenes cross-sector E&S leaders and organizations to address challenges and solutions through a lens of equity.
The San Mateo County Environmental Summit, planned to be held in late August, will be an all-day, in-person event. The Summit, led by Environmental Justice organizations, would be an opportunity to bring the entire environmental community in San Mateo County together and create a space for organizations to collaborate with each other, identify ways to increase aid, and select a few specific projects to work on. In addition, the Summit will support and deepen cross-sector relationships across the environmental sector in San Mateo County between nonprofits, government, and businesses through collaboration and partnerships.
- Attending planning committee meetings with 6-8 environmental organizations
- Establishing and maintaining communication with sponsors, speakers, facilitators, and participants
- Assisting with outreach for the Summit (including emails & social media)
- Preparing the facility and providing logistical support for the Summit
- Assisting in any additional background research
- Interest in local Environmental and Environmental Justice issues and organizations
- Passion for environmental justice and advancing equity
- Past experience in community engagement and event coordinating preferred but not required
- High attention to detail and ability to work in a fun, fast-paced environment
Undergraduates from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and applicants may vary in academic interests, public service involvement, and experience. Priority will be given to students who have completed fewer than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Graduating seniors will have lower priority. Students who have begun their coterm programs are not eligible to apply.
Note: Students are only eligible for one Stanford-funded full-time experiential learning opportunity during the 2021-22 academic year (inclusive of summer).
Selected fellows are expected to begin service no later than July 5, 2022. All fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows are expected to work on-site but may have some remote options with their host organization, and have a designated full-time professional staff member on-site as their supervisor/mentor. Please review the complete program policies for additional requirements. Other commitments include the following:
Quarter Before Fellowship
- Complete the program orientation.
- Attend the Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Design a personal learning plan for the summer and share the plan with community partner and academic mentor.
- Submit a brief preliminary report.
- Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.
Quarter After Fellowship
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer experiences.
- Participate in outreach activities to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
For those who seek assistance, advising is offered to help students develop their applications and/or to identify potential partner organizations.
This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate
- an integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals
- prior demonstrated interest or involvement in the subject area, including related coursework
- a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and the organization’s work and needs
- strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge
Applicants whose application demonstrates a structural understanding of social and racial inequalities as they are reproduced through schooling, will be privileged.
Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships early Spring quarter. Applicants should respond promptly (within 48 hours) via email to a fellowship offer, or the offer will be rescinded. Once an applicant accepts a fellowship offer, the student should promptly notify all other Stanford and non-Stanford programs to which they have applied that they have accepted another offer and to withdraw their candidacy.