Solar Ambassador Fellowship FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the RE-volv Solar Ambassadors fellowship program?
The RE-volv Solar Ambassador program is a year-long fellowship for college and university students who are passionate about climate change. Ambassadors gain experience in community outreach and solar project development. Solar Ambassadors also organize solar education and climate justice events on their campus and can connect with renewable energy employers.
- Who is eligible to apply for the fellowship program?
Any college or university student in the United States is eligible to apply to the Solar Ambassadors program. We are looking for students who have a passion for climate justice and sustainability and are interested in solar jobs.
The Solar Ambassador Program is an opportunity for any student, regardless of the available courses at their school, background, race, or gender, to access solar education and career connections. RE-volv makes an intentional effort to recruit a diverse cohort of Ambassadors each program year and partners with employers who share our values.
- I am not enrolled in a STEM major, but I am interested in environmental justice and climate advocacy. Is there a place for me in this program?
Yes! The Solar Ambassador Program is open to college and university students at all levels and of any major. The program covers a range of solar topics, including environmental justice, policy, finance, and technology. We’ll provide you with the basics of solar technology, no prior knowledge is required.
- How long does the fellowship program last?
The Solar Ambassador program is an academic year-long fellowship, and Ambassadors must be able to commit to approximately 2-3 hours a week or 120 hours of programming throughout the school year (August- May). Ambassadors attend monthly webinars hosted by RE-volv and meet with their teams regularly to conduct nonprofit outreach and plan events.
- What are the benefits of participating in the fellowship program?
We provide our Solar Ambassadors with professional development opportunities, including training in solar energy, project management, technology, sales, and finance, event planning, communications, and community engagement. As part of the Solar Ambassador program, Fellows gain the skills needed to be a competitive candidate for a variety of sustainability and climate change careers. Solar Ambassadors also have the opportunity to meet industry leaders and other Solar Ambassadors to begin building their network to support their future careers. At the end of the program, every Solar Ambassador receives a certificate of completion to add to your résumé and LinkedIn profile!
- What types of projects or activities will fellows be involved in?
Fellows find nonprofits in their area and help them learn about going solar with RE-volv. When a project moves forward, the Ambassadors will shadow the RE-volv team, learning about the solar project development process. Ambassadors are also required to host at least three events throughout the academic year and attend monthly webinars hosted by the RE-volv team.
- Can I participate in the fellowship program while studying full-time?
Yes! The program is largely self-paced, but most Ambassadors spend approximately 120 hours, or 2-3 hours a week on Solar Ambassadors throughout the academic year. Most program activities can be done on a flexible schedule around your coursework. The majority of fellows are full-time students.
- What is the application timeline and process?
To apply, fill out the Solar Ambassador interest form. Once you’ve submitted the interest form you can start going through our free online bootcamp. RE-volv staff will be in touch with next steps.
- Do I need to recruit a whole team to participate in the program?
While we encourage Ambassadors to form a team of students on their campus and can provide recruitment materials to help you find members, single person teams are allowed. Our program manager will work closely with you to meet the program goals.
- What are the goals of the Ambassadorship? What skills will I gain by the end?
The main goal of the program is to ignite a solar revolution in your community and across the country! To get us there, each individual Ambassador will have a goal of reaching out to nonprofits, participating in RE-volv-lead programming, and contributing to their team. In doing this, Ambassadors gain experience in community outreach, solar development, project management, event planning, and communication.
- This is a remote position. How will I receive training during the program?
Ambassadors attend RE-volv-lead programming and check-ins over zoom and meet with their teams and nonprofit partners locally.
- Is the program eligible for academic credit?
Whether or not the program is eligible for academic credit will depend on your school. RE-volv is happy to work with schools to complete any requirements for academic credit.