Student Chapters

The San Diego Chapter of AEP is committed to supporting students preparing for careers in the environmental field. The Student Chapter offers student-specific programs, awards annual scholarships, encourages internship placement, and hosts networking events for local undergraduate and graduate students. The goal of the Student Chapter is to create and provide a better network between students and the environmental professional community.

Contact the Student Outreach and Membership Director, Kelsey Hawkins, with questions about student membership and programs, or to post an internship.


As part of our student support, we offer scholarships annually. This year, SDAEP is offering three scholarship opportunities. Requirements and application information for these are found below. Each scholarship recipient will receive a monetary award as well as a complimentary one-year student membership to AEP. This membership includes all the benefits of professional membership, including the quarterly professional newsletter, notification of networking events, reduced rates for Chapter luncheons and events, and reduced rates for the State Annual Conference and bi-annual California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) workshops.

Student Scholarship

The Student Scholarship is open to incoming or current undergraduate or graduate students attending any university or community college in San Diego or Imperial County actively engaged in the pursuit of a career with an environmental emphasis. Monetary awards are up to $2,000 per scholarship recipient.

Interested in what the application entails? Check out the 2020 application: 2020 Student Scholarship Application

Diversity in the Environmental Profession Student Scholarship

The Diversity in the Environmental Profession Scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors interesting in pursing an education in environmentally related topics. It will be awarded to a Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Color (BIPOC) recipient to promote and encourage BIPOC voices within the environmental profession. The monetary award is up to $1,000 per recipient.

Interested in what the application entails? Check out the 2020 application: 2020 Diversity in the Environmental Profession Student Scholarship Application


The CEQA Student Practicum will occur Fall 2021. Please stay tuned for further updates, and reach out to Student Membership and Outreach Coordinator Kelsey Hawkins at with any questions.


Each year, the San Diego AEP Chapter engages in several programs designed to prepare local university students for working in the environmental field. Student Chapter events are posted on the Student Chapter Facebook page as well as the Programs and Events page.

  • Fall: Student CEQA Workshop, and Professionalism Workshop
  • Winter: Resume Workshop 
  • Spring: Speed Networking Event, CEQA Practicum Course, CEQA Advance Workshop Course
  • Summer: Annual Scholarship


The San Diego Chapter of AEP supports students who are preparing to pursue careers in the environmental field. We provide an active employment assistance program which functions as an intermediary between the students and the environmental business community at large. While AEP does not guarantee employment, every possible effort is made to assist students in pursuing work experience in the diverse environmental profession. The San Diego Chapter of AEP will accept and post internship opportunities for undergraduates and/or graduate students who are actively engaged in the pursuit of a career in a field with an environmental emphasis. Visit the Student Chapter Facebook page for information regarding internship opportunities.

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Our local student chapters have strong individual and collective networks in San Diego to promote the AEP mission. The Student Chapter has their own Facebook page for student events and information. Contacts for local schools are provided below.

University of San Diego
Kirstin Skadberg,

University of California, San Diego
Paula Pena,

Point Loma Nazarene University
Natalie Kobayashi,

San Diego State University
Molly Costello,

Cal State San Marcos
Stephanie Neal,

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