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The Mentorship for Environmental Scholars (MES) Program

Piloting undergraduates towards gainful employment in various research and management positions within the Department of Energy

The MES Program is a collaborative effort between Pre-College University and the U.S. Department of Energy to increase minority awareness and participation in the environmental science disciplines. While enhancing the retention of underrepresented students in the environmental science fields, the program also seeks to provide talented undergraduate students with exposure to the numerous research and educational opportunities that are available within the agency. The MES Program encourages applications from undergraduate students traditionally underrepresented in the areas of biotechnology, computer science, environmental science, business administration, public administration, physical science and engineering.

The MES Program consists of a 10 - week paid summer internship at one of several participating Department of Energy sites.

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • All U.S. citizens, including residents of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories may apply;
  • Applicants must be rising sophomores, juniors and seniors attending an accredited Minority Institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and be a member of an underrepresented group including ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities; and
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 on a 4.00 grading scale (B average and above) is required.

Application Guidelines:

Before starting the online application please take your time and prepare the following:

  • Personal statement that describes your career interest
  • Description your current research interests and goals
  • Explanation of how your participation in this program will impact your future STEM career
  • List any relevant computer hardware and software capability
  • Description of any related activities that demonstrate your interest/commitment to your chosen discipline. (e.g. memberships in related organizations, special skills, etc.)
  • Most up-to-date resume
  • Official or unofficial transcript (Allowed formats: PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, HTML; Maximum file size: 5MB)
  • Contact information for three recommenders

The application period for the fellowship program has closed.

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