Call for Applications: Undergraduate Public Research Interns, 22-23 Academic Year

My Climate Story teachers and summer interns

L: Cover of the My Climate Story workbook. R: My Climate Story public school teachers, summer interns, and Faculty Director Bethany Wiggin gather in Williams Hall for a workshop in June 2022.

The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for academic year undergraduate public research interns

Undergraduate Public Research Interns participate actively in the Program’s signature public environmental humanities projects, in Philadelphia and beyond. In consultation with program faculty, staff, and graduate fellows, interns will engage with our My Climate Story initiative to work with nine Climate Classrooms in eight Philadelphia School District high schools as well as to cultivate emergent national and international climate storytelling partnerships. Interns will collaborate with current and prospective community partners, including high school teachers, and develop public engagements, including lesson plans and field trips. Interns will also help plan and facilitate My Climate Story workshops, including “Listen Up! Climate Stories and Philadelphia Youth” during October’s Climate Week at Penn as well as “Our Climate Story: Philadelphia Youth Speak Out on Climate,” a major storytelling festival during Earth Week, in April 2023. 

Application materials should include a cover letter that clearly explains the candidate’s qualifications and reasons for application (maximum of 750 words), an unofficial academic transcript, and one reference letter from a Penn faculty member. All applicants will be reviewed for academic excellence, potential or proven experience in public-facing projects, and how your work addresses the program's four core commitments:

  1. broadly interdisciplinary, collaborative inquiry across the arts and sciences
  2. arts-driven inquiry into place, particularly our campus and the City of Philadelphia as well as urban ecology in other global contexts
  3. public engagement, particularly in and with environmental justice communities and concerns
  4. the creation and growth of “living archives” via practices of “urgent collection”

Interns will have a weekly in-person meeting with project lead, PPEH’s Faculty Director, Dr. Bethany Wiggin.

Compensation: $15.00 an hour

Commitment: 3-5 hours weekly for the academic year

Requirements for this application:

Cover Letter addressing qualifications and purpose

Unofficial Academic Transcript

Letter of Reference from a Faculty Member

Questions may be addressed to


Submission Instructions:

Cover letter and transcript must be collated into a single PDF and emailed to with a subject line to read “PPEH Public Research Intern Application.”

Letters of Reference may be emailed directly by faculty members to with a subject line including the applicant's name.

Apply by Sep 23, 2022