How is the program structured?
There are two main components of the Greenpeace Semester:
Classroom Training: Students participate in workshops including environmental campaign strategy, the history and principles of non-violence, and fundamentals of grassroots organizing. Students can expect to learn myriad skills including public speaking, basic media writing, campaign planning, working with volunteers, facilitating meetings and group dynamics, and basic budget management. Through their work with Greenpeace staff, participants gain insight into organizational structure and the professional culture of a non-profit organization. Learn more about the training.
Real-world experience: Through projects and travel to work on campaigns with Greenpeace, students get real world application of skills they learn in the classroom including grassroots organizing, event planning and recruitment, and generating media coverage of an issue or event. Read more about our campaign trips and Expedition.
Students do the majority of their work as a team or in small groups, with some independent learning components. They meet one-on-one with Greenpeace Semester coordinators regularly to receive feedback and support on their development and have the opportunity for additional mentorship from various Greenpeace staff. Other volunteer opportunities are also offered throughout the program as they arise.
Click here for our summer program syllabus and here for our spring/fall syllabus.
How do students secure credit for the Greenpeace Semester?
We encourage students to work with an advisor or professor to obtain credit as soon as they are accepted to the program. Students are provided with a course credit guide upon their acceptance to the program, and Greenpeace Semester staff work with students and faculty to provide any needed information. Please review the credit guide for an outline of Greenpeace Semester hours and our suggestions for receiving credit for the program.
What have Greenpeace Semester students done after the program?
After the Greenpeace Semester, many students join the Student Network, our national network of student activists who take on significant leadership roles when they return to campus.
Many students stay involved with Greenpeace and gain leadership experience by securing internships or fellowships, volunteering in one of our many offices, or participating in actions. Several have launched their careers in environmental advocacy by getting a job with Greenpeace, working on our administrative, campaigns, grassroots organizing, research, actions, and development teams. Many have also secured jobs with other non-profit organizations.
Read some of our testimonials from graduates.
I know a student who is a good fit for the program - what can I do?
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Can I get materials to have on hand when I meet with students?
Yes! Please requesting materials. We'll send you electronic documents and if you provide an address, we'll mail you a packet with posters and brochures.
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