Creating a network of sustainability

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

The application period for hosting a 2023 climate fellow is now closed. Check back here in Fall 2023 to learn more about the 2024 MCF program.

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 week-long 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 is a job description template for hosting a climate fellow to work on a sustainability or climate action project.

Job Description Template — McKinney Climate Fellows


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

Past host organizations

Nearly 100 business, local government, and nonprofit organizations in Indiana have hosted McKinney Climate Fellows during the program's history. See the list:

August Mack Environmental

Barnes and Thornburg


Gnarly Tree Sustainability Institute

Great Dane


Indiana Furniture

Indianapolis Motor Speedway



PSG Energy Group

Whole Sun Designs

City of Bloomington

City of Carmel

City of Columbus

City of Elkhart

City of Evansville

City of Fishers

City of Fort Wayne

City of Gary

City of Goshen

City of Huntingburg

City of Huntington

City of Indianapolis

City of Jasper

City of Kokomo

City of La Porte

City of Lafayette

City of Logansport

City of Merrillville

City of Michigan City

City of New Albany

City of New Castle

City of Richmond

City of South Bend

City of Terre Haute

Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Planning Commission

Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization

Kentuckiana Area Development District

Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District

Michigan City

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commissions

Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments

River Hills Economic Development District

Town of Culver

Town of Zionsville

U.S. Green Building Council Indiana

Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Bertrand Farm

Bloomington Food Policy Council

CDFI Bloomington

Center for Sustainable Living

Citizens Action Coalition

Conservation Law Center

Cope Environmental Center

Deaconess Hospital

Earth Charter Indiana

Girl’s Inc. of Monroe County

Great Lakes Research & Education Center

Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition

Growing Places Indy

Habitat for Humanity Clark and Floyd Indiana

Hoosier Environmental Council

Hoosier Interfaith Light and Power

Indiana Forest Alliance

Indiana Nature

Indiana Recycling Coalition

Indiana Sports Corp

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Indianapolis Airport Authority

Indianapolis Art Center

Indianapolis City Market

IU Health

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Kheprw Institute

Lost River Market


PACE Community Action Agency

People for Urban Progress

Prosperity Indiana

RATIO Design

Rethink 65-70 Coalition

Rethink Inc.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter

Solar United Neighbors

Sycamore Land Trust

The Patachou Foundation

The STEM Connection

Thrive Michiana

Uplands PEAK Sanctuary