UC3 Opportunities

UC3 Collaborative Sustainability Leadership Program

The University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) Collaborative Sustainability Leadership Program is announcing multiple opportunities to participate in an innovative new program focused on solutions to pressing climate and environmental issues that require collaborative approaches to problem solving.

The UC3 program is expanding the scope and depth of the University of Arizona’s commitment to working with the greater Tucson communities on local environmental, sustainability, and climate action issues. We are focused on building and supporting multi-disciplinary cohorts of students, community members, staff, and faculty to mobilize and accelerate efforts to achieve climate resilience, environmental protection and social equity goals.

Spring 2021 Cohort Application is Now Open!

The Spring 2021 UC3 Collaborative Sustainability Leadership Program is now accepting applications to participate as a cohort member, project mentor, and project partner. No prior experience is required for this opportunity; applicants will be prepared to accomplish program goals through support from mentors within the program.  Stipends will be provided for cohort members and project mentors.

The UC3 Spring 2021 Collaborative Sustainability Leadership program is offering fully remote, paid fellowship opportunities that generally overlap with the Spring 2021 semester (February-June). Eligible members for the Spring 2021 fellowship cohort include University of Arizona students (undergraduate and graduate), University of Arizona faculty/staff, and local residents including Tucson/Pima County/Tribal community members. 

Cohort members accepted into the program will be paired with a team of community and university mentors to develop and implement place-based projects that engage the campus and surrounding communities around issues of sustainability, environment, and/or climate action. These projects will provide service opportunities for University of Arizona students, faculty/staff, and local community members. Additionally, cohort members will engage in training coordinated by UC3 to develop skills related to building collaborative solutions to a range of problems. Student cohort members may choose to pursue internship credit via the enrollment of up to 3 academic credit hours through university departments as appropriate, but this is not required.

The UC3 program is committed to providing a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive atmosphere, and to developing a diverse workforce to tackle today’s pressing problems. Applicants representing traditionally underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply. Mentorship will be provided in a flexible manner to tailor to interns’ needs and support personal and professional development and successful project outcomes. 

Through this initial internship program, UC3 aims to build towards broader promotion of regional sustainability action, partnership building, science communication, and experiential learning opportunities for participants from the University of Arizona and surrounding communities.  

The Spring 2021 UC3 Collaborative Sustainability Leadership Program is a funded, 100% remote program with multiple opportunities for involvement (described below). Please fill out the application link below to apply to this program as a cohort member, mentor (university or community), or project partner.

The upcoming program will occur from February 1  - June 15, 2021. While there is a defined set of project milestones and expectations as part of the Program Requirements for cohort members, this is a flexible program with opportunity to wrap up projects earlier than the end date as needed.

Cohort Member - Member of the Spring 2021 UC3 Leadership Program cohort will work on a project with a team of project mentors and partner(s) and the UC3 Program Coordinator. Compensation in the form of a $1,000 stipend will be provided for UC3 Cohort Members. If you are applying as a cohort member, please fill out the application form in its entirety (3/3 sections) and refer to the detailed Cohort Member Application Submission Instructions listed below. Eligible members for the Spring 2021 cohort include University of Arizona students (undergraduate and graduate), University of Arizona faculty/staff, and local Tucson/Pima County/Tribal community members. 

Mentor - Experienced university and community members who will provide UC3 cohort member(s) with guidance and feedback on projects that align with their expertise and/or interests. Compensation is provided for UC3 Mentors in the form of a $500 stipend. If you are applying as a mentor, please fill out the first two (2) sections of the application form (Background Information and Project Discussion).

Project Partner- Project partner(s) are individuals, organizations or units of government (including Tribes) outside the University, or within specific University programs, who work with UC3 cohort members collaboratively to pursue projects to advance local sustainability and climate action. Project partners work with the UC3 cohort members (and receive services of cohort members and mentors!) to support implementation and advance projects. While compensation is not provided for this role, it is the goal of the UC3 program to bring value-added to partners' existing goals and projects, and there are opportunities for small project support grants. If you are applying as a project partner, please fill out the first two (2) sections of the application form (Background Information and Project Discussion).

The application form for those interested in participating as a cohort member, project mentor, and/or project partner is located here. 

Application Description:

The application is designed to be straightforward and simple for prospective applicants.

The first page of the application consists of basic applicant information, including contact details and role selection. The second page is focused on gauging project interest and soliciting additional project ideas. Project mentors and partners only need to fill these first two pages.

The third page (cohort applicants only) consists of a series of questions as described below.

  1. Please describe your current study or work area, interests, and/or motivation for engaging in climate/sustainability/environmentally-focused work (350 words)
  2. Please describe how this program can help support developing your skill-sets, long term goals, and/or career aspirations (200 words)
  3. Please describe your ability to work with a team and contribute to/learn from a vibrant cohort of mentors and peers (200 words)
  4. Please describe your interest in/experience in/commitment to social and and environmental justice issues (200 words)

Please ensure that you are able to fulfill the requirements of the program (including time commitments) for the program before submitting your application.

Time Commitment:

The UC3 program requires an approximate time commitment of 10 hours per week that will be split between attending cohort meetings (to be scheduled following cohort selection), conducting background research, participating in collaborative meetings, and conducting project tasks.

Additional Requirements:

1) Provide a photo and 150-word biography

2) Agree to and sign a Photo Release

3) Attend UC3 Spring 2021 kickoff event (tentatively scheduled for early Feb)

4) Attend all workshops throughout program duration

5) Participate in UC3 events, including virtual events and/or video compilations for promotional materials

6) Meet with UC3 project team and project partners (including mentors) at least biweekly

7) Update project management regularly using structure described at beginning of program

8) Meet all project milestones and complete project by June 15, 2021 (or earlier as agreed)

To submit your application to participate in the Spring 2021 UC3 cohort, please review and complete the following steps. Applications are accepted through January 17, 2021 or until positions are filled. Applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted to set up a phone or zoom interview. Please make sure to review the Program Requirements for Cohort Members prior to submitting your application.

  1. Fill out the online Application Form
  2. Have the following sent directly to Neha Gupta, UC3 Program Coordinator (nehagupta@email.arizona.edu):
    1. Resume or CV
    2. Student Applicants: Screenshot of Spring 2021 weekly course schedule
    3. One Letter of Recommendation (sent directly by letter writer)

Please use the following subject line when submitting applications and letters of recommendation: “Last Name, First Name – UC3 Application”

 Applications for the fellowship cohort are accepted until the deadline of January 17, 2020, 11:59 PM MST.  Early applications are preferred. Please contact Neha Gupta, UC3 Program Coordinator (nehagupta@email.arizona.edu) with any further questions.

We are interested in learning about additional project ideas. If you would like to suggest projects for UC3 cohort members to pursue that advance local sustainability and climate action, please contact Neha Gupta, UC3 Program Coordinator (nehagupta@email.arizona.edu). We encourage you to submit as much detail as possible, including suggested project leader(s), partners (including organizations), expected products or outcomes,  suggest forms of collaboration, and progress to-date (if applicable). 

UC3 is offering multiple informational webinars that include a description of the Spring 2021 program and opportunities to ask questions. To sign up for one of the webinar times, please fill out the attached form and the meeting link will be emailed to you.