Creating a network of sustainability

Are you a business, nonprofit, or local government that would like to advance sustainability within your organization? Host a McKinney Climate Fellow!

Applications for hosting a 2022 climate fellow are now closed.

Building Indiana’s sustainability workforce capacity

Partner Commitment

  • Mentor climate fellow during 10- to 12-week externship
  • Draft fellow job description (with program support)
  • Provide financial support for programming and student scholarships
  • Provide expertise during 3-day boot camp training (if desired) or provide a host site visit
  • Identify or provide local housing for fellow


Partner Benefit

  • Receive a highly skilled, professional, and trained undergraduate or graduate student to tackle sustainability challenges for 10 to 12 weeks
  • ERI staff will recruit, vet, and hire students on your behalf
  • Access to ERI and the McKinney Midwest Climate Project programming, including webinars, trainings, and modules.

Application Assistance: Creating a job description

When preparing your Partner Application, it is strongly recommended that you take the time to draft and submit a strong job description. The draft job description is one of the main criteria for evaluating the strength of your application and later to recruit students. Below are templates for hosting a Climate Fellow to work on a sustainability or climate action project and for hosting a Climate Fellow to assist with the development of a community-wide greenhouse gas inventory. Applicants will be contacted to finalize your job description once your application has been submitted.

Job Description Template — McKinney Climate Fellows

Job Description Template — Climate Action Planning – McKinney Climate Fellows, Resilience Cohort

Job Description Template — Urban Green Infrastructure — McKinney Climate Fellows, Resilience Cohort

Support the next generation of climate leaders

A grant from the McKinney Family Foundation underwrites a portion of the costs associated with the McKinney Climate Fellows, however, many more opportunities exist to maximize the project’s potential.

Learn more about how to support MCF