The Office of Sustainability’s Fellowship offers a recent graduate an invaluable opportunity to gain experience as a sustainability professional. Post Baccalaureate Fellows undergo a year of mentorship, while also serving as a mentor to undergraduate students. They support various efforts and initiatives as well as serve as a lead on certain projects. Additionally, Fellows work on a self-selected project based on his/her interests within the field of sustainability. This fellowship is designed to position young professionals for successful careers in sustainability while also utilizing their skills and talents to further sustainability efforts at the University of Mississippi. The Sustainability Fellowship is a temporary position with a minimum term of one year and maximum term of up to two years. It is an entry-level position but successful applicants will have some experience in and knowledge of the field of sustainability.
Current and Past Fellows
Kendall McDonald, Post Baccalaureate Fellow, 2015-2016
In May of 2015, Kendall graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Leadership and minors in Environmental Studies and English. As Fellow, she is interested in change agent education and empowerment, as well as understanding how attitudes, organizational structures, and networks shape sustainability within a community. She is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where her interest in sustainability began as a love for the outdoors.
“This fellowship represents a unique opportunity to be mentored in professional sustainability, while still providing the latitude to plan independent projects and explore different topic areas. As Fellow, I am trusted to take leadership and responsibility over initiatives while still inhabiting a safe space for learning the ins and outs of life as a young professional. I continually look forward to new experiences as this year’s Fellow, and hope to make the absolute most of this opportunity.”
Sara Douglass, Post Baccalaureate Fellow, 2014-2015
Sara Douglass graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in environmental studies. During her time as Post Baccalaureate Fellow, Sara engaged students, faculty, and staff through events and projects relating to active transportation education. In addition to playing a key role in the establishment of the university’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee, Sara managed the office’s first-ever Complete Streets pop-up project and implemented programs and projects that helped the university achieve bronze level Bicycle Friendly University status from the League of American Bicyclists in fall 2015. Sara currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she is pursing a Master’s of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech.
“This fellowship was the perfect opportunity for me right out of school. It provided me with a stepping stone to launch my professional career by providing me with valuable experience. This fellowship is unique in that I was able to broaden my understanding of environmental sustainability, while also delving into a specific topic of sustainability. I would recommend this fellowship to young professionals who are eager to develop professional skills and passionate about environmental sustainability.”
The Office of Sustainability typically begins the candidate search for Post Baccalaureate Fellow in May, with the intended start date to fall on August 1. If you are interested in consideration for the Post Baccalaureate Fellowship position, visit the Department of Human Resources jobs page, or email email@example.com for more information.