Other Learning Opportunities

offered by non-Johns Hopkins programs



blueEnergy, an international nonprofit that works to bring renewable energy, clean water, and other related services to communities living beyond the edge of the market, provides travel abroad internships for students interested in sustainable development initiatives. Several internship programs are offered, ranging from a 1-12 week program, programs that run several months to a year and a graduate student research program. 

Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program holds an annual Summer Institute on Global Food Security on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. This two-week learning program is for graduate students who are interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world development challenges.

Clean Energy Leaders Fellowship Training Program

The Clean Energy Leadership Institute offers a 14-week fellowship program that provides education and leadership training for young working professionals with strong potential and commitment to advancing the clean energy economy. The program offers a fundamental overview of key market and policy principles taught by top clean energy experts in the field on a variety of topics, including:

  • Fundamentals of the electricity system, wholesale and retail electricity markets, and rate design;
  • Energy technology innovation and integration;
  • Clean energy project finance;
  • Federal, state, and local policy levers;
  • Innovative business models;
  • Clean-energy specific leadership development training

Conservation Leadership Program (Conservation Leadership Through Learning)

The Conservation Leadership Program offered by Colorado State University is a 24-month Master of Science degree that will prepare students to be a part of the next generation of conservation leaders who will tackle challenges related to climate change, biodiversity loss, energy security and beyond. Also referred to as Conservation Leadership Through Learning (CLTL), this program merges transdisciplinary university education with real-world action to train leaders who can deliver on-the-ground benefits for conservation and communities. 

Eco Practicum Programs

Eco Practicum is an environmental sustainability and action program for college students and recent graduates led by a Columbia University professor and is co-facilitated by a team of educators committed to promoting social and environmental justice through empowering learner-centered programming. They offer hands-on programs that are part think-tank, part action-workshop, part travel-adventure that strives for intellectually rigorous activities and help maintain an open and healthy community. Programs areas include: sustainable agriculture and food systems, urban ecology, social and environmental (in)justice, and more. 

Environmental Leadership Program's National Fellowship Program

Environmental Leadership Program's (ELP) National Fellowship Program offers intensive leadership and skills training, access to ELP's network of over 700 Senior Fellows, and time for personal and professional reflection. Through two immersive retreats, ELP's curriculum helps emerging leaders hone their leadership styles, improve their strategy and organizational development, and strengthen their outreach to diverse constituencies. With the assistance of professional coaching and peer learning, each Fellow develops a Personal Leadership Plan. 

GREEN Educational Programs

The GREEN (Global Renewable Energy Education Network) program bridges the gap between textbook learning and real-time industry experience by taking students behind the scenes of the world’s leading clean energy and sustainability initiatives.They offer short-term immersion programs in several countries, including Iceland and Peru, which are epicenters of innovative technologies as well as bucket-list travel destinations. Areas of focus include renewable energy, sustainable design, and water resource management. 

GRID Alternatives' Solar Spring Break 

GRID Alternatives' Solar Spring Break gives college students from around the country the opportunity to spend their winter or spring vacation week installing solar in underserved communities. Each project hosts 10-12 college students travelling to one of GRID Alternatives' regional offices in California, New York or Nicaragua. GRID Alternatives will teach your team how to install a residential solar panel system through hands-on experience and trainings. The week will also involve other volunteer activities, field trips, and guest speakers.

Saha Global Leadership Program

Saha Global’s three-week Global Leadership Program trains volunteer Field Representatives during their fall, winter, and summer programs, which all take place in northern Ghana. Once in Ghana, the Field Reps participate in a vigorous and comprehensive training program designed and led by the Saha Global team. Groups of four are then partnered with a rural community where they first introduce the business concept and its particular health, social and economic benefits, and then train local women to launch either a clean water or solar business. 

SDG Academy

The SDG Academy is an initiative of the SDSN Association, an independent non-profit organization that was set up to support the work of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The SDG Academy brings together the world’s foremost experts on sustainable development – including health, education, climate change, agriculture and food systems, sustainable investment, and other related fields – to offer a comprehensive core curriculum, equipping the next generation of “Sustainable Development Practitioners” to take on the complex challenges facing our planet.

Smithsonian-Mason Semester in Conservation Studies

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation offers two 16-credit semester-long programs for undergraduate students who are committed to the study of conservation. They offer a range of residential, hands-on, interdisciplinary programs in conservation biology for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals at their facility on the grounds of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

The Summer Institute onSustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week boot camp for future decision makers eager to join the sustainability and energy revolution happening around the globe and held annually at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Senior-level undergrads, grad students, postdocs, and professionals in the fields of sustainability and energy who are living, working, or studying in the United States are eligible to apply. There is no charge to attend the institute, lodging is provided and transportation support is typically offered. 


uVolunteer provides volunteer experiences for individuals looking to make a difference in the lives of other people. Volunteer opportunities focus on conservation, community development, national park operations, and many more disciplines. uVolunteer makes their programs affordable by focusing their efforts in only three countries - Costa Rica, Ghana, and Thailand - and by helping participants raise funds for their experience.

When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.
— John Muir