Social and Environmental Justice Cohort

Social and Environmental Justice Cohort

The Social & Environmental Justice Cohort provides an opportunity for Lawrentians to explore social and environmental justice impact careers, gain professional experience, and develop as leaders.  Students complete a full-time summer internship with an identified social and/or environmental justice impact organization in Milwaukee or Appleton, while participating in regular academic and career reflection with fellow students, Professor Jason Brozek, and other partners.

(Do not apply on individual partner websites; apply on Handshake.)

Internship sites for Summer 2022 include

Summer 2022 Program Details


Any first year, sophomore, junior or returning senior.  Students must be enrolled and planning to complete the Fall 2022 term at Lawrence.  (Some sites will have specific qualifications. Please read the internship descriptions thoroughly). 

Summer Dates

June 20, 2022 – August 28, 2022 (approx.) with a goal of 300 internship hours over the course of the summer. 

Application Process

  • Submit application materials (resume and cover letter) for any SEJ internship position that interests you (you can apply to more than one position). A separate application should be prepared for each position.
  • Students must meet with a Career Advisor or Career Peer Educator for a resume review prior to applying to any of the SEJ partner organizations. Please make an appointment through Handshake here.
  • Application Deadline: February 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CST

Selection Process

  • Internship sites will reach out to applicants to set up an interview and make selections by March 4. Please watch your email, spam folder, and voice messages during this time, as partners may be trying to contact you!
  • Site partners will notify Mandy Netzel that they have made a selection.  
  • Students should also notify Mandy Netzel in writing that they have accepted the position as soon as possible.
  • Students will be accepted into the SEJ cohort only after a formal offer has been made by a partner organization and accepted by the student.


The first half of the awarded stipend will be issued upon receipt of a written confirmation of internship acceptance.  The second half will be issued mid-summer, upon completion of a short mid-summer survey and proof of continued participation in internship and weekly cohort sessions.  

The $5,000 stipend is determined using a base rate of pay of $10.40 an hour, and allows an additional overage that can be used for travel, lodging, food, and living expenses. If an internship host site offers pay less than $5,000, the student will be funded in a supplemental dollar amount to meet the $5,000 dollar amount. No student will be funded in excess of $5,000.


Students selected for SEJ internships are responsible for finding their own housing.  In the past, UW-Milwaukee and Wisconsin Lutheran College have offered summer housing opportunities to Lawrence students.  You may contact those colleges if interested.  Otherwise, you may explore other housing options on your own.

Summer Programming

More details on summer programming for the cohort coming soon.

Questions? Contact Mandy Netzel, employer and alumni relations in the Career Center, or Jason Brozek, Stephen Edward Scarff Professor of International Affairs and Associate Professor of Government.   

Learning more about our SEJ partners for Summer 2022