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 ENVS89 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 89 course.
Students who wish to gain full course credit for summer placements must enroll in the fall ENVS89a course AND meet additional summer requirements, including participation in an online group forum throughout their internship experience, submit weekly structured writing in an ongoing journal, and more. As for all interns, placement must be pre-approved TO ENSURE QUALITY AND GOOD FIT FOR YOU. Students interested in this option should review beforehand with Professor Goldin.
Internship placements may be in the Waltham area or beyond. During the summer, many students choose to do their internships in other parts of the country or even abroad.
Internship Requirements at a Glance:
- Initial meetings with Professor Laura Goldin for identifying internship placement well-suited to your interests and goals. All placement must be approved beforehand, including summer internships
- 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