ESE Internship

Environmental Science and Engineering students complete a doctoral dissertation while working in an internship conducted at an outside institution such as a government agency, national laboratory, non-profit organization, or private company.

The internship provides practical experience in environmental analysis and management, as well as the opportunity to conduct a dissertation research project under the supervision of a UCLA doctoral committee.

Host Institutions for Current ESE Interns



Abdullah, Khadeeja


Alvarado, Erica

Tetra Tech

Bear, Todd

Ecokai Environmental Incorporated

Chan, Valerie

NOAA, Pacific Islands Regional Office, National Marine Fisheries Services

Estes, Stephen

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles

Farrar, Corice

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles

Fong, Lisa

Southern CA Coastal Water Research Project (SCCRWP)

Ha, Un Sam

Central Contra Coastal Sanitary District (CCCS)

Leavey, Shannon


Pankratz, Shannon

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles

Pham, Tuyet-Le

South Coast Air Quality Management District

Prabhu, Setal

Edison (pending)

Quiros, David

CA Air Resources Board, Sacramento

Sias, Glenn

Southern California Edison

Vasquez, Victor

Sacramento Regional Water Quality Control Board

Yap, Tiffany


ESE News

IoES Researchers Fight a Salamander Apocalypse

North America’s salamanders could soon face an apocalypse — from a deadly pathogen making its way here through the pet trade.

But who’s leading the charge to protect them through quick action? ESE doctoral student Tiffany Yap, who credits the program with helping her interdisciplinary approach to the problem — and the frame for her new article in Science that’s getting lots of press. Read more »

For more info contact

Myrna Gordon
ESE Program Administrator
(310) 825-9901

2014-2015 Fellowship Awardees

Charles F. Scott Fellowship
Tiffany Ann Yap

Dissertation Year Fellowship
Shannon Louise Leavey
Setal Sridhar Prabhu
Amity Gayle Zimmer-Faust

Dr. Ursula Mandel Fellowship

Michelle Angela Thompson

Malcolm R. Stacey Fellowship

Kazue Kelly Chinen
Michelle Angela Thompson

National Water Research Institute

Khadeeja Abdullah