Environmental Internship Program (EIP)

About EIP

2019 Application Process Opens November 7, 2018! 

At UEG, we believe that participating in an internship is an invaluable opportunity to gain hands-on work experience. Unfortunately, internships offered through a number of organizations often come at a price, whether monetary or otherwise.To re-enforce our commitment to providing equal access to such opportunities, UEG's EIP offers several benefits to offset or eliminate many common costs of taking part in an internship.

  • There are NO fees to apply for or participate in EIP.
  • All EIP internship positions are PAID.
  • EIP will arrange housing in the internship location (optional).
  • Travel to and from the orientation and/or work site can be arranged at no cost to EIP interns.
  • Free professional development activities are offered throughout the course of the program

How to Apply

EIP applications are free. The application process is two steps. You will first submit your resume, unofficial transcript, and letter of interest to the EIP committee via email or through your college campus career website if available. Currently, we are posting positions to Handshake career center as schools approve our program. The letter to the EIP committee should explain: 1) why you are interested in the program, 2) your preferred location, 3) what skills you hope to develop during the program, and 4) how you intend to use your experience in the program to improve your community. A list of agencies, corporations, and NGOs participating in EIP will be provided on this page before UEG begins accepting applications.

Second, candidates will participate in a brief interview with EIP staff. The interview will be conducted in person or via Skype. Candidates should set aside 30-40 minutes for the interview. Send all EIP materials to uegnow.eip@gmail.com

Congrats to Our 2018 EIP Students

Class Overview

Out of the 37 students that applied this year from Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan and Georgetown, we chose eight. Student GPAs ranged from a 3.61-4.0. 

Class Majors: 

  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Business Energy Management
  • Economics 
  • Political Science 

Special thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy for hosting STEM students at sites across the United States for 10 weeks.

EIP Snapshot


To be eligible for EIP students must:

1) be enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program,

2) have either a minimum 3.3/4.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or a minimum 3.45/4.0 GPA for the past two semesters, and 

3) be authorized or eligible by law to work in the U.S.


EIP participants will be paid $1000/week for the 10-week program ($10,000) and receive a $5000 scholarship for tuition and books upon successful completion of the 10-week program. 


EIP participants will be placed in STEM-focused federal agencies, corporations, and environmental NGOs. The participants will be responsible for carrying out day-to-day activities that are expected of full-time employees working in the same position. 

Potential field placements include:

  • Regulatory agencies, 
  • Utility companies
  • Various industries in the technology sector,
  • Environmental NGOs


1. Q: How long does the application process take? 

A: We will begin evaluating 2019 applicants in January 2019. All applicants should expect to hear back from EIP in March 2018.

2. Q: If I do not Identify as a minority, can I still apply for EIP?

A: Yes, in accordance with state and federal law, UEG will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment because of race, disability, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, or non-job related factors.

3. Q: Who pays for my travel expenses?

A: UEG pays for round-trip airfare.  If you wish to drive, UEG will reimburse you for pre-approved expenses (not to exceed the cost of a ticket purchased through our travel agency).  Original receipts must be provided.

4. Q: If I have family or friends in the area of my internship, can I live with them instead?

A: Yes.  Interns have the option of making their own housing arrangements.  If you choose this option, we will ask you to tell us as soon as you are accepted for an internship and to provide us with the address and phone number of where you will be staying.

5.Q: If there are organizations that I would prefer to work with, should I mention it in my essay?

A: We suggest that you write about the work that you would ultimately like to accomplish in an internship rather than specific organizations at which you would like to work. In doing so, you keep your options open and will not miss out on a perfect match between your own goals and those of varying agencies. Internship positions in human resources, accounting, policy, and public relations, to name just a few, are available at most of our partner organizations.  

List of Participating EIP Agencies, Corporations, and NGOs

U.S. Department Of Energy

Placement Locations

Laboratories & Offices



Washington, D.C.