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 academic internship (ENVS 89a course) is open primarily to seniors and late juniors. It is designed for students who already have taken a number of courses and programs in the major and are now considering their next steps beyond Brandeis. The course is offered both fall and spring semesters. You take the course simultaneously with your internship experience in order to receive full course credit and meet the requirements of the Environmental Studies major and minor. This synchronicity also helps you make the most of your internship experience. Download the syllabus for ENVS 89a course.

Summer Internships

Students who wish to gain full course credit for summer placements must pre-register in the fall ENVS 89a course and meet additional summer requirements. These include participating in an online group forum throughout their internship experience and submitting weekly structured writing in an ongoing journal. As for all interns, the placement must be pre-approved to ensure high quality and a good fit for you. Students interested in this option should consult 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