Sustainability careers start here

Prepare yourself for a career in sustainability by serving as a McKinney Climate Fellow.

The McKinney Climate Fellows program is a workforce-development program focused on providing real-world, hands-on experience for both undergraduate and graduate students interested in the sustainability field. Fellows tackle climate, sustainability and community resilience projects and challenges across the state of Indiana.

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New fellowship opportunity: IU students are encouraged to apply to be a McKinney Climate Fellow with the Indianapolis Airport Authority for academic year 2024-25. Read the position description on Handshake and apply by August 16, 2024.


Professional experience in sustainability

Student eligibility

  • Be a current undergraduate or graduate student from any IU campus of good academic standing, including international students, enrolled at IU for the duration of the placement
  • Possess valid US work authorization
  • For summer positions, available to work full-time (40 hours/week) for 10 - 12 weeks between May and August. For fall or spring positions, available to work part time (12.5 - 15 hours/week) between August and April
  • Able to relocate to the location of the organization
  • Able to attend Climate Camp (tentatively scheduled for May 11, 2024)

Student benefits

  • Get paid: $5,200 for undergraduate students; $6,400 for graduate students
  • Gain hands-on work experience and grow as a professional in the field of sustainability in an immersive, real-world setting
  • Access professional development and resources in the environmental field
  • Meet and learn from a network of peers passionate about sustainability across the state through Zoom sessions, weekly Climate Connection groups, and discussions with MCF alumni
  • Highlight your work at the IU Sustainability Symposium, the annual MCF Celebration, or other ERI-hosted events
  • Earn internship credit (optional)

Interning as a McKinney Climate Fellow was one of the best experiences of my life. I had the opportunity to give back to the state of Indiana while staying connected and learning from other students and experts in the field of environmental sustainability. Through this experience, I was able to gain practical skills that are crucial for my professional and academic goals.

Isioma Nwayor, fellow with the City of Goshen