Internships

Internships offer students the opportunity to experience firsthand environmental challenges in government, industry, nonprofit organizations and scientific research institutions.

Recommendations and Standards

Students wishing to complete an applied learning experience by participating in an approved internship should follow the recommendations and standards outlined below.

Making the Most of Hiatt

The environmental studies program shares internship listings with Hiatt. Students are encouraged to begin their search for internships by accessing the Handshake platform. Within Handshake you will find a library of career-related resources, just for Brandeis students, to help you learn more about yourself, explore your field(s) of interest, prepare for interviews and more.

Login to Handshake using your UNET username and password to unlock all of these resources and have immediate access to job and internship postings from employers, including alumni, that are looking to hire Brandeis students. Use keyword searches to look specifically for opportunities in the environmental studies field and use the phrase "posted by faculty/staff" to find positions shared with Hiatt by the environmental studies faculty.

For additional information and tips on how to make the most out of your Handshake profile, visit the Handshake Student Help Center. For more information about your Handshake account, please contact Kim Airasian at the Hiatt Career Center.

Funding Your Internship

Students will discover that organizations hosting internships will vary widely in how they compensate interns for their work. Students seeking external funding to support an unpaid internship are encouraged to apply for Brandeis funding such as the World of Work fellowships offered through Hiatt, or additional university funding opportunities.

Eligibility

Environmental studies majors are eligible to submit an internship for approval through the environmental studies program once they have completed ENVS 2a (Fundamentals of Environmental Challenges) as well as five additional courses that count toward the environmental studies major.

Minors are eligible once they have completed ENVS 2a along with three additional courses that count toward the environmental studies minor. You may complete an internship to fulfill a graduation requirement in more than one major/minor as long as the internship has been preapproved and the other program will also accept it.

Ensuring Success

Once your internship has been secured, you will need to communicate with us on your progress so that we can help support you. Please follow these guidelines:

Sharing and Presenting Your Experience

Students who have successful internships will be requested to share their experience with their peers during the environmental studies applied learning experience symposia, which are held twice a year.