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.

New in 2021, all student AEP memberships are FREE! A student 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. 

Interested in becoming a student member? Click here to download a comprehensive guide on how to sign up! Please contact the Student Outreach and Membership Director, Milena LaBarbiera, with any further questions about student membership and programs, or to post an internship.


As part of our student support, we offer scholarships annually. Each scholarship recipient will receive a monetary award as well as a complimentary admission to one SDAEP luncheon or networking event.

Student Scholarship

San Diego AEP supports undergraduate and graduate students who are actively engaged in the pursuit of an environmental career. For 2023, the monetary awards will be up to $2,000 per scholarship recipient. Scholarship recipient(s) will also receive a complimentary admission to one SDAEP luncheon. The winner(s) for the Student Scholarship will be announced at the 2023 Awards Ceremony.

Diversity in the Environmental Profession

Two years ago, SDAEP introduced a new scholarship, the Diversity in the Environmental Profession Student Scholarship, focused on supporting high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing an education in environmentally related topics. This scholarship is a specific action SDAEP is taking to promote and encourage BIPOC voices within our profession. The monetary award will be up to $1,000 per recipient and be awarded at the virtual San Diego Chapter Annual Awards and Scholarship Benefit. The winner(s) for the Diversity in the Environmental Profession will be announced at the 2023 Awards Ceremony.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Milena LaBarbiera at


The CEQA Student Practicum is one of the best ways to get involved with professional members of the environmental field. Multiple experts discuss important CEQA topics, such as transportation, land use, and wildfires. Join others passionate for the environment and network with field experts!

The CEQA Student Practicum will occur on September 24, 2023, at Mission Trails Regional Park - Visitor Center. Please stay tuned for further updates and reach out to Student Membership and Outreach Coordinator Milena LaBarbiera 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. Some of the great programs for students interested in the environmental field include:

  • Student CEQA Workshop
  • Professionalism Workshop
  • Resume Workshop
  • Speed Networking Event
  • CEQA Practicum Course
  • CEQA Advance Workshop Course
  • Annual Scholarship
  • Annual SDAEP Awards and Scholarship Event


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. If you are a highschool or college administrator and are interesting in establishing a Student Chapter, please reach out to Student Membership and Outreach Coordinator Milena LaBarbiera at for details and membership information.

University of San Diego
Kirstin Skadberg,

University of California, San Diego
Paula Pena,

San Diego State University
Molly Costello,

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