The Environmental Studies Internship Experience ensures that our students obtain the practical skills necessary for academic and professional success.
See below details about how to fulfill the Internship requirement in Environmental Studies.
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How to Fulfill the Internship Requirement
Internship Guidelines The Internship requirement is typically completed after the sophomore year. Its purpose is to ensure that all Environmental Studies majors have a structured opportunity to engage in the work and culture of at least one profession aligned with their major and Area of Emphasis. The Internship connects academic scholarship with development of skills and knowledge that can best be obtained through practice in a professional environment. Through the Internship, students gain perspective on their path within Environmental Studies as they apply their academic knowledge, develop new skills, and explore their professional and personal interests.
Take the following steps—IN THIS ORDER—to fulfill the internship requirement:
- Formalize your selection and provide your advisor with the name and contact information for the person who will be directly supervising your internship. At the end of the internship experience, s/he will complete an evaluation of your performance.
- Identify and secure some options for relevant professional experiences. These may take the form of an official “internship” position established by a company, organization, or governmental agency, or of a job or volunteer position. The experience must include a commitment of at least 120 hours of work.
- Complete the following courses in the EVST major:
- INTD 22500: Humans and the Environment
- EVST 21000: Interdisciplinary Readings in Environmental Studies
- Get your advisor’s approval before accepting the position. Meet with your advisor to discuss the appropriateness of the proposed experience and whether and how it fits within your Area of Emphasis.
- Fulfill the internship commitment. This includes a minimum of 120 hours of work, during which time you will maintain a journal documenting and reflecting upon your experience. The journal must include:
- daily entries documenting activities and the work you were engaged in
- meaningful weekly reflections on your experiences as they relate to professional development, life goals, personal growth, and Area of Emphasis.
- Enroll in EVST 49800 (Internship). This 1-credit hour course taught each spring is meant to help you integrate your internship experience with your academic knowledge and personal and professional goals. In this course, you will reflect on knowledge and skills gained during the experience, develop a poster (for public presentation) which communicates this, and engage in professional development activities.
Some of the Current Opportunities We Know About
Stark County Park District is currently seeking two paid Wildlife Rehabilitation interns to further their education and experience at our Wildlife Conservation Center. A great opportunity if you’re passionate about wildlife animals big and small and wish to gain some hands on experience in animal care. Go here for application information.
Alaska Center for the Environment (ACE) is looking to hire conservation canvassers for the summer season 2016. They are looking for outgoing, passionate individuals to reach out to the public to find new supporters. Canvassers work alongside Deputy Canvass Directors and the Canvass Director to interface with Alaskans on key conservation issues, with conversations taking place in person, over the phone, and at events. The goal is to identify and activate supporters onvarious conservation campaigns that protect the Alaskan way of life. See http://akcenter.org/about-us/job-opportunities/ for more info.
Crawford Park District is looking for two "Naturalist Interns," summer 2016. Full time, $8.55/hour June 6-August 12. Applicants should be pursuing a degree in one of the following fields: Environmental/Historical Interpretation, Environmental Education/Science, Wildlife Management/Biology, or any environmental related field. To apply, go to http://www.crawfordparkdistrict.org/intern-positions.html. Deadline April 8, but selection process may begin sooner.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture is currently seeking College Interns in the Plant Health Division to work with Survey Technician in our Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB) Program. Location: Clermont County, OH. Apply here by Friday, April 15 5:00 pm.
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