Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our workspaces has become an important core value embraced by many organizations in the planning and environmental industry. In an effort to effect change within the industry, five leading California environmental and planning firms (Ascent, Dudek, Environmental Science Associates, PlaceWorks, and Rincon Consultants, Inc.) founded the Environmental and Planning Diversity Internship Program. This program is a collaborative effort designed to create opportunities for college students and early career candidates from underrepresented communities to engage with professionals in the private and public sectors and gain valuable industry work experience. You can read more about the internship program in an article published in the latest issue of AEP’s Environmental Monitor or at the link below.
We completed our inaugural year in 2022, providing internships for 10 individuals. We plan on continuing the internship program in 2023, with recruitment and the call for applications likely beginning in February. Keep an eye out for additional announcements!