Resilience Internships

Resilience Internships and Student Experiences


The Arizona Institute for Resilience (AIR) and the Arizona Initiative for Resilience and International Development (AIRID) partnered to launch the Resilience Internships and Student Experiences (RISE) Program. This program connects UArizona students to internship opportunities that cross academic boundaries and international borders.

The RISE Program provides funding to UArizona students for paid internship opportunities to grow their interpersonal skills. These internships vary greatly across the program. Interns may work with UArizona departments, government agencies, nonprofits, businesses, or international organizations across the globe. The timeframes are flexible, with some internships being semester-long, summer-long, year-long, or more. The primary goal of all RISE internships is for students to get experience in a workplace setting related to resilience to gain skills they may not otherwise get in coursework.

RISE funding is flexible, and we work hard to provide students with paid experience in their field. There are many ways for students to receive pay and we are happy to work with students’ and internship supervisors’ specific circumstances to provide funding.

As of August 2023, we have allocated nearly all of our RISE budget to more than 225 interns. We are taking a pause on approving new proposals until we have more information about additional funding. Please feel free to submit an internship proposal for the future, but we will not be able to approve it until we receive additional RISE funding.

The RISE program was launched in 2022 with Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF) Workforce Enhancement funding. Our 2023-2024 program is generously funded by TRIF – Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions initiatives and the TRIF Workforce Enhancement through the UArizona Office of Societal Impact.