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Climate Policy Fellows Program

The Climate Policy Fellows Program is designed to support CCNY undergraduate students from the sciences, social sciences, architecture, and engineering degree programs with training, professional development, and internship opportunities that link climate-related science, engineering, and economics to public policy. Fellows participate in four intensive workshops led by a range of senior national and international climate policy leaders. The workshops prepare fellows to understand how science, engineering, and economics research affects public policy, and how policy-making shapes these fields of research.

Consider applying if you are interested in how cities, states, and countries are addressing the challenges associated with climate change!

Led by Trevor Houser, a 2006 CCNY alum who is an international climate and policy leader, the program involves workshops, a paid summer internship, and a network of students, alumni, and professionals working on climate policy.

The fellowship starts in the Fall semester each year. 

Applications for the 2024-2026 fellowship are now closed.

Program Contact

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Fellowships and Student Success Program Coordinator

Christine Garmendiz

Program Contact

Director of Fellowship Programs & Office of Student Success

Debbie Cheng


Fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend per semester for two semesters.

An additional $5,500 Summer Internship Stipend is available for approved summer internships.

Summer Internship

Fellows have the option to intern at think tanks and nonprofit organizations in New York City, Washington DC, or San Francisco that are working on climate change policy. In addition to providing internship stipends, the program pays for your housing if you go to DC or San Francisco.

Past fellows have interned at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Rhodium Group, Environmental Defense Fund, Council on Environmental Quality, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and more!


Four intensive workshops prepare fellows to understand how science, engineering, and economics research affect public policy, and how policymaking shapes these fields of research. They include a range of senior national and international climate policy leaders, as well as leadership and professional development. Each workshop takes place over two days, with the dates announced at the start of each semester. Some workshops include brief writing assignments that prepare fellows for their summer internships. These may include summaries of public events or analyses of climate legislation.


Applicants for the 2024-2025 fellowship:

  • must be full-time undergraduate students at CCNY from Fall 2024 to Spring 2025
  • can be from any school/major
  • have no GPA or citizenship requirement
  • must demonstrate interest in a climate and sustainability policy work

Application Questions

Please upload responses to the following questions through the application form. Write your name on all application materials.

1. How do your educational and professional experiences so far shape your long-term interest in working at a senior level in the climate and sustainability fields? Upload an essay that is between 250 and 500 words.

2. How would you like to see your career develop over the next decade or two? Upload an essay that is between 250 and 500 words.

3. What are three questions you would like to see addressed as part of the program?

2023-2024 Climate Policy Fellows

Adrianyeli Feliz

Adrianyeli Feliz is a second-year student majoring in political science. She is Latina born and raised in Harlem, New York by immigrant parents. She is a creative who loves to paint and create art. In addition to loving the arts, she is interested in public service and looks forward to learning more about how she can positively impact and transform her community. Her faith in God has sustained her and given her guidance. Her desire to serve others and change the world motivated her to join the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. With all the resources available at City College, she is confident that it will propel her into her next chapter in life. She plans to attend law school to eventually become a criminal attorney.

Alice Murphy

Alice Murphy is a sophomore at CCNY with a passion for climate policy work. She was born and raised on the dunes of Cape Cod, which fostered her love for the environment and highlighted the importance of care for our earth. Alice has always had an interest in fashion and in the future hopes to help find sustainable ways to improve the production of clothing. She is so excited to be a part of this wonderful program and work with others to have educational conversations about climate issues.

Anysia Ngokila

Anysia Ngokila is an undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Environmental Science and International Studies. Anysia is originally from Libreville Gabon where her family lives. Her hobbies are reading, cooking and eating African food. Anysia came to New York to have a better education. Her dream is to work on solving issues related to water conservation and consumption, as well as working for advancing climate change policy organizations. 

Atiqa Chowdhury

Atiqa Chowdhury is a second-year prospective environmental engineering major. After learning about composting processes and the importance of testing soil in high school, she was keen on understanding how to make sustainability accessible to low-income neighborhoods in the city. She also had an interest in the infrastructure and economies of developing countries. Atiqa’s dream is to work in research and provide humanitarian aid. She has always been an avid reader and has an extensive at-home library, with primarily immigrant and speculative fiction. Her family is from Chittagong, Bangladesh, and she was born in her mom’s city, Dhaka. She came to the US when she was three, and has two younger siblings

Benjamin Kalmanowitz

Benjamin is a highly accomplished Earth Systems Science and Energy Engineering Major, pursuing his education at the prestigious Grove School of Engineering located at City College. Driven by his passion for environmental conservation and sustainability, Benjamin is dedicated to making a significant impact towards a greener planet. In addition to his academic pursuits, he works as a Civil Engineer’s assistant at a renowned engineering consulting firm where he contributes to designing parks, roads, and water resiliency projects for the city of New York. Benjamin’s leadership skills are evident in his role as the President of his school’s New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) chapter, where he actively participates in organizing events and initiatives that promote sustainable living. When not immersed in academic or professional pursuits, Benjamin enjoys indulging in outdoor activities such as cycling and hiking. 

Christian Velez

Christian Velez is a Macaulay Honors Junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Legal Studies. He grew up in the Bronx and has an affinity for gardening when he has time off. Christian hopes to one day get a job with the EPA and help create legal legislation to safeguard the environment and help protect the people that live within it. When it comes to the creation of environmental legislation, Christian believes that safety and contingency laws should always be implemented into effect before an accident occurs rather than when an accident has already occurred, and the well-being of the environment and people have been compromised. To him, prevention is always the best solution.

Christopher Suarez

Christopher Suarez is a sophomore with an intended major in Civil Engineering. He is the youngest child of Ecuadorian Immigrants. His passion for sustainability and climate change has been deeply rooted since childhood. He hopes to implement and emphasize eco-friendly, sustainable structures through his future projects and plans to develop even more projects in his home country. As a climate fellow, Christopher hopes to learn about the bridge between engineering and policymaking to create a better future in combating climate change. In his spare time, Christopher enjoys biking with friends, attempting to bake and try new recipes but most importantly spending time with friends and family.

Dalitso Banda

Dalitso Banda is a junior majoring in Computer Engineering. As a computer engineering student, Dalitso has been exposed to a variety of topics in computing including but not limited to: software development, data analysis, hardware design, and microcontroller programming. His technical background has given him a foundation to better understanding how technological solutions are being utilized to address pressing climate issues. Dalitso hopes to use his experiences at the Colin Powell Climate Policy Fellowship to better understand how climate policy meets technological innovation in solving complex climate change problems. These include quantifying the cost of climate change and its global economic impact, or understanding how data-driven policies can be derived by leveraging data science to make better-informed decisions regarding climate change. In his free time, Dalitso enjoys playing soccer, photography, reading books and traveling to new places while enjoying the local cuisine. 

Eden Chan

Eden Chan is a third-year student in Macaulay Honors College studying Chemical Engineering at City College. Having been born and raised in the Philippines, Eden is no stranger to the detriment that hurricanes and unfettered climate change bring. She has extensive experience at the Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity (RISE), a main motivator in her interest for environmental and racial justice. Other than RISE, Eden has tried to explore sustainability in different industries: as a lab intern at ASRC’s Community Sensor Lab, as a chemical engineering intern at a start-up fashion company and as an undergraduate researcher of aluminum batteries. With the Climate Policy Fellowship, Eden wants to explore how engineering can be used to directly impact policy to create changes that are all-encompassing. Admittedly, free time is scarce in engineering, but in those rare times she likes to go thrifting. 

Esmirna Mateo

Esmirna Mateo is majoring in Political Science with a double minor in Earth System Science and Theater. She aspires to create national climate policies for the U.S. to reduce climate hazards for small islands and underdeveloped nations. One of her ultimate goals is to eliminate trash patches in the ocean. She hopes to connect with international leaders, the UN, engineers, and other ocean pollution advocates to improve the issue. An interesting fact about Esmirna is that she is also an actress! If she is not around the CPS office maybe you would see her on the third floor of Compton Goethals or in the theaters of Aaron Davis Hall. She is truly grateful and excited to be part of the climate policy fellowship and cannot wait to see where this opportunity will lead her.

Ferdinanth Freire Escobar

Ferdinanth Freire Escobar is a rising senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Legal Studies. Being raised by two immigrant Ecuadorian parents in one of the communities with the lowest air quality in New York City, he saw the impacts pollution posed to the health and environment surrounding the members of his community. To Ferdinanth, finding a way that would help his community obtain cleaner air and reduce pollutants found in the area led him to environmental groups that have aimed to address these issues long-term effects. In order to pursue his career in environmental law, Ferdinanth came to the CPS at CCNY to learn from professionals that have pushed traction in the environmental field. During his spare time, Ferdinanth indulges in multiple hobbies gardening, reading, gaming, and cooking. As a Climate Policy fellow, Ferdinanth hopes to gain a better understanding of the political and legal actions that go into climate policies.

Gregory Sanchez

Gregory Sanchez is a third-year undergraduate electrical engineering student. He was born and raised in Bronx, New York. Growing up in a district commonly referred to as “asthma-alley”, he was constantly aware of the effects of industrial pollutants on communal health. This drove his passion for sustainable engineering and climate change, which was further fanned by his internship experiences in atmospheric remote sensing. Gregory believes that his pursuit of a career in Electrical Engineering will allow him to realize positive change in communities that suffer from the effects of air pollutants.

Jackaria Hossain

Jackaria Hossain is an aspiring Electrical Engineering major with a keen interest in pursuing a career in the field of renewable energy. He has a strong passion for the development of smart grid technology and large-scale renewable infrastructures. Driven by his desire to make a positive impact on the environment, Jackaria was intrigued by the prospect of joining the Climate Policy Fellowship. He believes that the program will provide him with valuable insights and knowledge about how to effectively implement renewable energy solutions on a large scale.Throughout his academic career, Jackaria has demonstrated a deep commitment to his studies and a desire to excel in his field. He is highly motivated and dedicated to using his skills and expertise to help build a sustainable future for generations to come. With his passion and drive, Jackaria is poised to make a meaningful contribution to the renewable energy industry.

Jannatul Ferdous

Jannatul Ferdous is a junior at CCNY Grove School of Engineering, majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Studio Art. She comes from a family of hard-working parents who have instilled in her a strong work ethic and passion for education. Jannatul was drawn to CCNY and CPS because of their commitment to diversity and access to higher education for all. She is particularly interested in issues related to energy efficiency and sustainability and hopes to pursue a career in this field. During Jannatul’s internship with the Building Department Lab, which focuses on renewable energy and sustainable practices, she had the opportunity to work on several projects to reduce carbon emissions for city buildings that made a positive impact on the environment. Outside of her academic pursuits, Jannatul enjoys painting, working with ceramics, and exploring the vibrant cultural offerings of New York City.

Jumana Dhanerawala

Jumana is a fourth-year student at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. Her interest in public policy began in her high school years where she participated in several organizations to advocate for legislative change for issues her community faced. Proceeding her entrance into architecture school, Jumana recognized the inefficiencies in current building practices. As a Climate Policy Fellow, Jumana hopes to enact change in increasingly dense cities where the need for energy efficient buildings is especially dire. She is motivated to contribute to changing not only the domestic inefficiencies in construction and design, but to also address these issues on a global platform. 

Sage Perea Hernandez

Sage Perea is an undergraduate student majoring in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Major. Born and raised in Harlem, Sage comes from an immigrant family and is a first generation college student. She was brought to CCNY due to its close proximity to home and the areas of study it has to offer. She is planning on attending graduate school and obtaining a degree in Urban/Environmental planning and policy. Sage hopes to contribute in the creation and planning of a sustainable city that does not displace minority groups as they are often overlooked. She wishes to aid in climate policy decision making, advocating for much needed environmental change. As well as, wanting to see her future self educating and advising other cities and nations on how to transform urban and rural areas into sustainable infrastructures. Sage enjoys spending her free time going to museums, attending concerts and traveling.

Kathryn Gioiosa

Kathryn Gioiosa is a Macaulay Honors student majoring in Political Science and minoring in Community Change Studies. She was born and raised in Queens where she saw how issues like climate change impact the most marginalized and disadvantaged communities in New York. During high school, she studied renewable energy and biodiversity in Costa Rica, and was part of several climate organizations. Kathryn is currently the Co-Executive Director of Treeage where she works with hundreds of high school and college students across New York City to fight for environmental justice through legislative and political organizing. She serves on the Steering Committee and as Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee for the NY Renews coalition. 

Kazi Ahmed

Kazi is a highly motivated and enthusiastic student pursuing a major in Economics with a concentration in Finance. Kazi chose to go to CCNY because it is an inclusive and diverse institution located in the heart of New York City, offering a wide range of academic programs and opportunities for personal and professional growth. CPS has a strong commitment to social justice and community engagement, providing a supportive and welcoming environment that fosters academic excellence and personal development. He consistently seeks opportunities to enhance his skill set and engage in challenging tasks that provide valuable experience. Kazi has gained valuable experience in the financial industry through his internship as a finance intern at the MLBPA. His aspirations include pursuing a career as a Financial Analyst or Consultant at a prominent consulting firm. In addition to his academic pursuits, Kazi has a keen interest in the real estate industry. He also loves to travel and his favorite sport is soccer.

Layla Xholi

Layla is a third-year engineering student. She was born and raised in France and was a pastry chef until the pandemic. While everyone started baking bread, she studied math. She wants to learn more about how things work to develop new methods of energy storage. She loves hiking, doing yoga, paddle boarding, and doing anything outdoors. She always loved nature and decided at a very young age she wanted to take care of it the best way she could. She considers this recent career change the best thing she has ever done.

Miguel Samuel

Miguel is a chemical engineering major and will be entering his junior year during the 2023-2024 academic year. He is from Saint Lucia and came to the United States of America four years ago. He decided to come to the City College of New York because the STEM programs are well known and many Nobel laureates are alumni of the institution. He indicated that the Climate Policy Fellows will provide him with vital knowledge on how to provide engineering solutions that limit the impact on the environment. He is interested in hydrogen fuel cells for electricity generation. Prior to being a Climate Policy Fellow, Miguel has most recently taken part in programs such as the Data Science Scholars, Louis Stokes Association for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and the Braven Accelerator Course. In his free time he loves to watch anime, read and swim. 

Mohammed Hasan

Mohammed Hasan is a Political Science major with a minor in Anthropology. He was born on a tiny little Island called Sandwip in Bangladesh and Immigrated to the U.S. in November of 2009 when he was only 5 years old. Being from Bangladesh, a country at the forefront of rising sea levels and the intensification of natural disasters, he quickly gained interest in the discourse around anthropogenic climate change at a young age. He wanted to understand why countries like his own face the heaviest burdens of climate change despite contributing the least to the problem. That’s why he chose CCNY to study Political Science at the Colin Powell School in order to understand the systems at play that contribute to this global injustice, and what he can do about it! With his interests in politics coupled with his passion for the arts and humanities, he hopes to make his country and his people proud by tackling the injustice that is climate change.

Mona Alhadaaee

Mona Alhadaaee is a transfer student from Queens College. She transferred to The City College of New York in her second year. Now Mona is a junior at CCNY majoring in political science and planning on minoring in Earth and atmospheric science. Mona attended Frederick Douglass Academy II high school. She graduated with honors and was the valedictorian of the 2020 class. Mona makes portraits, writes poems, and has performed at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She also won awards such as the Jay Kriegel Scholarship and the Goddard Riverside Options Center Scholarship. Mona now works as an Admission Ambassador at CCNY, showcasing the campus to graduate and undergraduate students. Mona moved to the U.S in 2015. She is a first-generation student and comes from a big family. However, not everyone in her family completed high school due to circumstances and traditions. Therefore, Mona highly values education.

Natalia Nieto-Wire

Natalia is a senior Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student at the Grove School of Engineering. She is passionate about ensuring a just and equitable clean energy transition that promotes the development of marginalized communities and wildlife conservation. Natalia has participated in environmental advocacy with the Sunrise Movement while campaigning for more climate forward city council representatives in the South Bronx. As a Climate Policy Fellow, she hopes to learn more about how policies impact mitigation goals and drive innovation in renewable energy. In her free time, she enjoys figure skating and hiking around upstate New York.

Nathaly Cepeda

Nathaly Cepeda is a senior pursuing a degree in International Studies and a minor in Economics. Born and raised mostly in the Dominican Republic, Nathaly is passionate about working on immigration and global issues. During her study exchange in Chile (2019), Nathaly developed an interest in sustainability and climate change when she experienced the implementation of measures to reduce plastic waste. After taking a course on global issues, she better understood the adverse effects of climate change and the importance of sustainable practices. Nathaly looks forward to making a meaningful impact in developing sustainable solutions for global issues by expanding her professional skills and experiences. Nathaly enjoys reading, playing badminton, and watching blogs about foreign cultures during her free time.


Vividha Bhaskar

Vividha Bhaskar, a Biomedical Engineering major, is passionate about designing smart and sustainable healthcare solutions. She is a researcher studying a low-cost medical ventilator designed at The Grove School of Engineering and closed-loop spinal cord stimulation at the Neural Engineering Group of CCNY. Growing up in the socioeconomically diverse neighborhoods of NYC, she believes accessibility is a big step towards sustainability in medicine and hopes to innovate economical and low-waste clinical technology. Vividha aims to guide and consult new technology entering healthcare to accelerate the implementation of eco-friendly bioprocesses and biomaterials. As a climate policy fellow, she seeks to advance her knowledge of public policy to integrate with her biomedical expertise and spearhead environmentally conscious solutions in medicine. Vividha strives to facilitate her interactions with environmental experts and climate policy leaders to continually learn how she can spark conversations on green biotechnology throughout her career. Outside academia, Vividha enjoys composting at community gardens, hiking, and exploring ethnic cuisines around the city.