UC3 Opportunities

UC3 University-Community Sustainability Leadership Program

The University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) University-Community Sustainability Leadership Program is announcing the availability of paid internships 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 will build and support 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.

Fall 2020 Internship Opportunity!

The University of Arizona/Tucson Community leadership program is beginning with fully remote, paid internship opportunities for the Fall 2020 semester (September - December), with a more comprehensive program anticipated to start in January. Interns accepted into the program will be paired with 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 and community members. Additionally, interns will engage in training coordinated by UC3 to develop skills related to building collaborative solutions to a range of problems. The internship is expected to require 8-10 hours per week; this may vary somewhat throughout the project duration.

The Fall 2020 internship program is accepting applications from undergraduate students, graduate students, and community members. No prior experience is required for this opportunity; applicants will be prepared to accomplish program goals through support from mentors within the program.  Undergraduate student interns may choose to pursue internship credit via the enrollment of 3 academic credit hours through university departments as appropriate, but this is not required. Stipends of approximately $1,000 are available for fall semester interns.

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.  

Faculty, staff and community members who are interested in serving as mentors or collaborators on this program should notify Neha Gupta via email at nehagupta@email.arizona.edu .


Applications for this program consist of the following:

1.    A 700-word essay containing the following:

  • a description of your current or intended study area/interests
  • motivation for engaging in climate/sustainability/environmentally-focused work
  • your commitment to meeting deadlines and completing projects, as well as your ability to work with a team and contribute to/learn from a vibrant cohort of mentors and peers
  • your interest in/experience in/commitment to social and and environmental justice issues
  • how this effort might support your educational objectives and/or degree requirements
  • how this internship can help support developing your skill-sets and/or career aspirations.

2. CV/Resume (maximum 3 pages)

3. A letter of recommendation (preferably from advisor, supervisor or a faculty/staff person familiar with your work)

Application Submission

Your application should be submitted as one document, either as a .pdf or .doc, except for the letter of recommendation. Please submit your single document directly to Neha Gupta (nehagupta@email.arizona.edu). Letters of recommendation should be sent to the same email address by the letter writer and are due the same day/time as the application. 

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

Applications for internships are accepted until the deadline of August 21, 2020, 11:59 PM MST.  Early applications are preferred. Please contact Neha Gupta, UC3 Program Coordinator (nehagupta@email.arizona.edu) with any further questions.