Application Deadline: Open until filled

Start date: September 2021

Pay: $15/hr. 

Hours: 10-12 hrs./wk

Description of the Internship:

The Educating Leaders for the Future (ELF) Program, a partnership between the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) and the UCSB Sustainability Program, seeks a student to develop and present lesson plans on environmental justice and civic engagement to local middle school and high school youth.

The goals of the program are to:

-Increase Access to Higher Education;

-Encourage BIPOC youth to pursue green academic and career pathways;

-Diversify the environmental movement and field of study;

-Provide youth most affected by environmental issues with a context for understanding those issues; and

-Integrate sustainability into curriculum.

The selected student should be comfortable working with students from as young as 5th grade up through high school students. Students will need to research environmental justice topics, develop interactive lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations, and lead lesson plans.


  • Develop curriculum on environmental justice topics for middle and high school students
  • Curate/update existing curriculum on environmental justice topics from previous years of the program
  • Present workshops on environmental justice 
  • Assist the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) with pre-college outreach to high school students

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Comfortable researching and synthesizing information on environmental justice topics 
  • Comfortable presenting to classrooms of middle and/or high school students
  • Energetic personality and able to captivate a room of students 
  • Basic knowledge of Environmental Justice topics 
  • Able to present multiple sides of an argument and provide a balanced view 
  • Strong professional communication skills
  • Sensitivity to the ideas, issues, and concerns of marginalized communities including students of color and  students of diverse sexual orientations, genders, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and abilities
  • Commitment to using inclusive language
  • High level of personal initiative and ability to work independently and as a high player 
  • Willing to work in person
  • Will be a student September 2021 through June 2022 at UCSB and not traveling abroad or remote during this time. 

Preferred, but Not Required or Expected

  • Eligibility for work study 
  • Deeper knowledge of Environmental Justice
  • Past experience leading workshops or presentations

To Apply

Please read all of the instructions for this program and the job posting carefully in order to ensure that you have the best chance of being selected. Submit a resume, cover letter describing your interest in the position, and your fall class schedule to by the deadline at the top of this posting. If you are likely to be eligible for work-study in Fall, please note this in the cover letter. Work-study is not required, but is strongly preferred. 

UCSB Career Services offers support and advising in writing résumés. Please consider taking advantage of their generous services, especially if this is the first time you have written a résumé.

Please ensure that when you apply the subject line of your email and your email body indicate clearly that you are applying for the “ELF”. We have several positions currently open ranging across multiple programs.