Leadership & Education

The Institute on the Environment is shaping the next generation of environmental leaders by providing undergraduate, graduate, professional and postdoctoral students from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines with a wide range of cohort programs, leadership training and events, and funding.

Sustainability Studies Minor

The Sustainability Studies Minor immerses undergraduate students in the exploration of real-world problems from a variety of academic perspectives. IonE provides administrative support for this interdisciplinary minor.

Additional Courses

Learn more about interdisciplinary environmental courses, including learning abroad, internship and Acara courses, as well as courses taught by IonE Affiliates.

Ecolab Experiential Education Scholarships

Ecolab Experiential Education Scholarships fund $1,200 – $2,500 scholarships for students who need financial aid to participate in environmental sustainability programming.

Programs for Graduate and Professional Students

The Institute on the Environment offers a number of interdisciplinary cohort programs, workshops, courses and resources to help graduate, professional students, and postdocs play a critical role in creating a sustainable future for Minnesota and the world.

Clean Energy Leaders

Are you a UMN-TC undergraduate who wants to ensure our energy transition is successful? Looking for environmental work experience within your discipline? Members receive $2500, a summer sustainability internship in your area of study, and more!

IonE Undergraduate Leaders Program

Want to expand your skills and experience as a sustainability leader? This year-long program engages students in meaningful leadership projects coupled with training with an equity lens.

Sustainability Corps

Are you an UMN-TC undergraduate looking for a summer internship or research opportunity? Have an interest in sustainability and the environment? Apply for IonE’s Sustainability Corps!


Acara is a leadership incubator program open to students from any discipline who want to be part of solving real-world challenges, like equitable access to clean water, health care, energy, and healthy food. We support students with a passion, project, or idea as they take it to the next level – whether that be developing an app or student group, starting an advocacy campaign, or developing a social enterprise.