ALPINE Summer Institute

The ALPINE Summer Institute is a program for students interested in exploring careers in land conservation.  Students must have an internship that involves some aspect of land conservation in New England to participate.  The Summer Institute takes place over two weekends in June and August and features presentations by leaders in the conservation arena, field trips to conserved sites, and guided reflections by the students on their conservation internships. Students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with leaders and educators in land conservation organizations.

 Requirements to apply:

  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Students must have a summer internship on a project involving land conservation in New England
  • Students must provide their own transportation to the weekend gatherings

To apply, students must submit a resume, a description of their summer internship, a writing sample and a letter of recommendation from a professor or work supervisor.

Applications for summer 2018 will open in early November 2017. Please check back for updated information.

Summer Institute 2017

For two weekends during the summer of 2017, Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE), an effort of the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative, hosted a Summer Institute focused on leadership in land conservation for twelve undergraduates, graduate students and young professionals. 

The twelve ALPINE Summer Institute participants came from institutions across New England – two participants living, working or studying in each of New England’s six states. Furthermore, each of the young people participating in the ALPINE Summer Institute held internships or were employed for the summer by land conservation organizations based in New England.

The participants came from a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience in land conservation; all of them wanted to learn more about the theory and practice of large landscape conservation, and have a chance to carefully think through what role they individually might play in the future of conservation in the region.

Read student bios here. To read the full report on the 2017 ALPINE Summer Institute, click here.

Quotes from Summer Institute Participants

The ALPINE Summer Institute inspired me to think critically and act intentionally in all aspects of my work in the conservation field. My participation reinforced my passion for conservation, and confirmed my decision to pursue a career in this work. I couldn’t imagine doing anything more meaningful.” – Shea Flanagan, Dartmouth College - Shea Flanagan, Dartmouth College

Without the Summer Institute, I am not sure that I would have had the space or inspiration to articulate these ideas as clearly. The Summer Institute helped me articulate not only the fact that I care about land, but also the reasons why I care about land.” – Katie Michaels, Middlebury College

Through ALPINE, I have been able to make numerous connections in the field of land conservation that I would otherwise not have. I was also able to enhance my understanding of land conservation while being surrounded by similar peers.” – Matt Brewer, University of Maine

Between my studies at Middlebury College, my work at The Nature Conservancy, and my participation in the ALPINE Summer Institute, I have seen again and again how important it is to take a multi-disciplinary approach to conservation that focuses on creative and collaborative solutions based upon a place’s unique history, culture, socioeconomics, and particular environmental landscape.” – Caroline Colan, Middlebury College

I knew I wanted to get into conservation as a career before coming to the ALPINE program, but I think my ideas about what that really meant were vague. I now have a clearer picture of what conservationists are, and we are not all crazy people tied to trees, or research scientists trapped in labs.” – Amanda Bunce, University of Connecticut