The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Climate Change Research and Education Fund

The Climate Change Research and Education Fund (CCREF) will support unpaid summer opportunities for student leadership, research, education, and engagement on issues related to climate change and climate change mitigation. This fund can support:

  • Internships in Reed College offices and departments which create opportunities for students to contribute to college infrastructure in support of climate change mitigation.
  • Internships which support students working in nonprofits or governmental agencies focused on climate change.
  • Student research opportunities in collaboration with Reed professors, or advisers at another institution, on topics related to climate change.

Award amounts will be up to $4,000 for a minimum of 320 hours over 8-10 weeks during summer break. Both in-person and remote opportunities will be considered. Please note that we have updated our travel guidance as of March 1st.

This fund has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Henner Family. The award is administered by the Center for Life Beyond Reed.

Application Deadline

Wednesday March 31st, 2021 at 12 PM noon.


All currently enrolled students in good academic standing are eligible to apply, including graduating seniors.

To Apply

All applications will be submitted in Handshake. If you are selected for funding, a letter or email of confirmation from your opportunity (internship supervisor or research adviser) will also be required.

There are three documents to upload: A resume, a cover letter, and a budget. Please include your name in the file name and upload all documents as pdfs.


An up-to-date one page resume summarizing any work, volunteer, and course experiences relevant to the opportunity for which you are applying.

Cover Letter

At the top of your cover letter list answers to these four questions:

  1. What is your host organization’s name (who are you working with or for?)
  2. What are the start and end dates of your opportunity?
  3. Are you applying for funds from another source for this opportunity? If yes, indicate the source.
  4. Are you also applying for funding for another full time opportunity this summer? If yes, what else are you applying for?

Then respond to these prompts in 1000 words or fewer:

  • One-paragraph introduction that succinctly summarizes your proposed internship or research opportunity, and its impact on issues related to climate change

  • Description of the mission and purpose of your host organization (if internship), or main research focus of your intended adviser or lab (if research)

  • Description of the work/project/activities you anticipate doing

  • Description of your interest in examining or working on climate change

  • Summary of the skills, knowledge, or other relevant preparation you will bring to this position

  • Outline of the desired educational outcomes of this experience and how they apply to your goals

  • If your opportunity will be in person, note what precautions you and your host will take to accommodate likely pandemic conditions and restrictions

  • Describe the outreach that you’ve made, and with whom you’ve connected. Please give the contact information (names, telephone numbers, and email addresses) for your host organization contacts

Other Document - Detailed Budget

Upload an itemized budget of your expenses and an explanation of how you will cover any expenses that exceed the award amount. Please use CLBR’s budget template. Please consult the section on budgets in CLBR’s Summer Internship Awards FAQ first if you have questions about the budget.

  • Important: If your project includes spending funds on domestic or international travel, please explain the COVID-19 protocol you will use to conduct your travel safely. Funding will not be released until your COVID-19 plan has been approved by the Director of CLBR. Please include your COVID-19 protocol at the bottom of your budget in the "Budget Explanations" section.


Proposals will be judged on a competitive basis on:

  • Relevance to climate change and climate change mitigation
  • Connection to your field of study or career goals
  • Previous experience that will help you be successful in the internship or research experience
  • Thoughtfulness and feasibility of your proposed plan and adherence to CCREF guidelines
  • Articulation of learning outcomes and the ability of the organization to support your learning

Successful applicants will respond fully to each of the essay prompts and provide a coherent and compelling narrative outlining their motivation to pursue the proposed plan as well as the anticipated outcomes.

Travel Restrictions

College-funded travel to support summer opportunities through the CCREF requires approval from the Director of CLBR. Please follow the application directions above to apply for this approval if your opportunity involves college-funded travel.

Additionally, international travel to countries with a level 3 or 4 travel advisory from the Department of State, or a warning level 3 travel notice from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is generally restricted from being paid for by college funds. COVID-19 travel recommendations from the CDC will also be used when evaluating funding requests for international travel.

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