ENTS Summer Internships

Rocky Mountain Institute Internship

The ENTS Summer Internship program currently supports one student per summer to work at the Rocky Mountain Institute, an internationally-known and highly respected think-and-do tank located in Snowmass and Boulder, CO, and devoted to pursuing and implementing research-based solutions to our various energy and natural resource challenges. During the summer of 2015, the successful intern will work, under the direction of RMIs senior team, on a major project to research the development of a technically and economically viable low-carbon electric system for the United States with a target implementation date of 2050.

For more information on Rocky Mountain Institute, click on http://www.rmi.org/rmi/.

This internship is available to sophomores and juniors with a strong interest in energy and environment-related issues. Core skills that will likely be helpful include facility with basic economic theory and an informed familiarity with energy issues. Excellent quantitative skills are strongly desirable. Letters of application should speak to: (1)why you are interested in this position and (2)relevant academic and professional experiences.

Interested students should submit a resume, transcript, and THREE names of references, including contact info (NOT letters of recommendation) from academic and/or professional references to the Career Center, (tbd-Winter 2016). For the Career Center website, click: http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/career/, and then click The Tunnel quick link.

Other Summer Internships

In addition to the RMI internship, ENTS provides financial support for students who have arranged or applied for unpaid summer internships with outside organizations. The stipend provided by ENTS can be used for opportunities that an organization has advertised or that the student works with the organization to create. Students may also request partial funding for short-term internships or partially-funded internships.

Eligible organizations include, but are not necessarily confined to:

  • Environmental non-government organizations
  • Private companies with substantial environmental focus
  • Environmentally-oriented research think tanks
  • Federal, State or Local governmental agencies

Research Assistantships:  In addition, ENTS will consider requests for support for research assistantships with Carleton faculty or with faculty at other institutions, provided the research has a strong relationship to environmental studies. Assistantships with faculty at other institutions can be funded only if the student can demonstrate that there is no other source of funding.

These internships and research assistantships are normally available to first-year students, sophomores, and juniors. Preference is given to ENTS majors, but all students who provide significant demonstrated interest in environmental studies are eligible for an ENTS summer internship. Applicants should demonstrate that the proposed internship/assistantship complements their academic program and/or career goals.

Things to keep in mind:

  • You DO NOT need to have been accepted for an internship by the application deadline in order to be able to apply for ENTS support. But actual funding by ENTS is contingent on your actually receiving the internship.
  • If it is unclear whether an internship involves compensation paid by the hosting organization, you may still apply for ENTS support. You should inform Tami Little if you find out that there will be compensation, and then your financial support from ENTS may be reduced accordingly.
  • You may submit multiple applications for ENTS support for different internships. However, you will only receive ENTS funding for one of the internships.

Note: It is your responsibility to ask faculty for letters of recommendation. Faculty can submit the Faculty Recommendation Form or write a letter of support and send it to Tami Little.

  • Two letters of recommendations are required for internship proposals.
  • If you are applying for a research assistantship, you must submit a letter from the faculty member you will be working with, describing the research project and what the research assistant will be doing.  No other letter of recommendation is required.


Printed applications, including faculty letters of recommendation, are due to Tami Little by February 12, 2016. Click on the link on the right side of this page to download a Summer Internship Application form.


  • Be entrepreneurial!
  • Talk to faculty members for ideas and contacts; they are great resources for finding groups.
  • Consider smaller organizations where you could make a huge difference.

Contact Tami Little.