MNIPL is proud to sponsor a robust internship and fellowship program. It is vitalizing to work with and support emerging climate and environmental professionals and people committed to the fight for climate equity and racial justice.

Introducing our 2022/2023 cohort:


Anokhi Valia

Climate justice affects us all, especially women. This inspired me to focus my efforts on the research and development of global educational programs and content to create a more sustainable world. After successfully completing a master’s degree from Babson College in Massachusetts, I am currently working as a Loss and Damage Project Fellow alongside a passionate team at MNIPL and NCIPL.


Multifaith Organizing Intern

This internship focuses on grassroots, interfaith activism with Muslim and Catholic communities, given the intern's faith tradition and university enrollment.

Aiesha Osman

I am a student at the University of St. Thomas and from Minneapolis. I am passionate about protecting and saving this Earth. This Earth is home to so many beautiful and interesting people, animals, trees, wildlife, etc., and it is our job to protect it. I am also passionate about spreading the message of environmentalism through interfaith and my own faith while also strengthening both of those aspects of myself.


Solar & Equity Interns

Students from the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) will be learning about the intersections of solar and equity through research and support of the Duluth and Arrowhead Solar Coop, which MNIPL co-sponsors with Solar United Neighbors. By reviewing interviews from past participants, the interns will work to identify barriers and bridges to solar adoption and communication. They will also serve as an information resource for current participants.

Gale Helke

I am a senior at UMD majoring in Environment, Sustainability, and Geography. I am originally from the north shore, but grew up primarily around La Crosse, WI, and Minneapolis. In my free time, I like to sew or do other crafts, learn about plants, go hiking, and spend time with friends and family. Mostly I spend my time studying and snuggling my cat, Loki.


Zeshaan Sarwar

I was born and raised in Lakeville although my parents are from England and Pakistan. This is currently my third year at UMD as a junior studying Environmental Sustainability and Geography. With this internship, I hope to gain a greater understanding of the sustainable world and possible clean energy building and infrastructure solutions. I hope to experience how communities can become more sustainable through clean energy solutions with resources needed for a functioning home, and with that knowledge to then help communities and citizens become sustainable and healthy.


Ella Stewart

I am a senior at UMD studying Environmental Sustainability and Political Science with the hopes of pursuing a career in environmental justice and policy. I am from Forest Lake and enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking.