Internship Program

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The Environmental Studies Internship Program offers students the opportunity to experience environmental challenges firsthand in government, industry, public interest organizations and scientific research institutions.

Students in the program tackle current environmental issues alongside professionals in the environmental field, experiencing the real-life context and application of their course work. Weekly discussion groups and assignments provide perspective and a substantive basis for the internship experience. 

Internship placements are individually tailored to support each student's academic goals and experience. All placements require the use of research, writing, analytical and presentation skills in a supervised setting to accomplish a specific project or goal within a designated time frame. Weekly discussion seminars and assignments provide perspective and an opportunity to analyze the internship experience. 

The ENVS 89a course, offered both fall and spring semesters, must be taken simultaneously with your internship experience in order to receive full course credit and meet the requirements of the Environmental Studies major and minor. This also helps you make the most of your internship experience. Download the syllabus for ENVS 89a course.

Optional summer internships: Students have the option of gaining full course credit for summer internships by enrolling in the Summer School ENVS89a course if offered. This course is conducted remotely so students my do their internships in any in any part of the country or abroad; however summer students must also participate in the fall Environmental Internship Symposium preparation and presentations at the end of the fall semester.  As for all interns, placement must be pre-approved to ensure quality and a good fit for you. Students interested in this option should review beforehand with Professor Goldin.

Internship Requirements at a Glance:

  • Initial meetings with Professor Laura Goldin for identifying internship placements well-suited to your interests and goals. All placements must be approved beforehand, including summer internships. You should meet with Professor Goldin at least a few months before your planned internship since finding the right internship can take time.
  • Preparation of Resume and cover letter
  • At least 100 hours of on-site internship work
  • Participation in Weekly Seminar
  • Final paper 
  • Presentation at the Semi-Annual Environmental Internship Symposium, with participation in prior mandatory training and practice/critique sessions