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. Supporters can learn more about these opportunities by contacting ERI Development Manager Abby Henkel.