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.

Scroll down for information about current opportunities.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Complete the following courses in the EVST major:
    • INTD 22500: Humans and the Environment
    • EVST 28000: Interdisciplinary Readings in Environmental Studies
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6.  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.

Current Opportunities  


Science Education and Activism Internship  The National Center for Science Education is seeking one full-time summer intern to work on science education activism, with a particular focus on climate change education. This is a temporary position based in Oakland, California.  Applications due March 1, 2016.


The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at Northern Arizona University is a multi-year program that serves to strengthen the conservation profession by training students who can make significant contributions to conservation and increase participation by groups that are currently underrepresented the field. The program creates opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in mentored research experiences in conservation biology and other disciplines relevant to land, water, and wildlife conservation.  The program includes four essential elements:

  • A five-week summer immersion program in the Grand Canyon region that provides exposure to authentic, compelling environmental issues and builds community among the students.
  • Paid annual research internship experiences with conservation scientists and managers who are enthusiastic about their work and about mentoring young people.
  • Winter conservation workshops on scientific, career, and leadership topics.
  • A strong support network that will help students transition from college to career.


DDCSP@NAU is looking for 18-20 first- and second-year undergraduate students with a passion for conservation. Doris Duke Conservation Scholars must be U.S. citizens or "dreamers" enrolled at four-year colleges or universities anywhere in the United States. The program is open to students from ANY major.  

How to apply

To apply for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at Northern Arizona University, you will need to fill out an online application.  You will also need two letters of recommendation and college transcripts.  If you have trouble with ANYTHING about the application, you can email or call DDCSP@NAU Director Angie Moline at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 928-523-0361. Application deadline is Feb 8, 2016.  Hiram's own Zach Nemec is a successful alumnus of this program...he loved it!


The Urban Water Innovation Network is offering opportunities with their Undergraduate Research Program (URP) for summer 2016. Ten students will be given the opportunity to perform cutting edge, transdisciplinary research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas. Students will work with mentors in one of five study regions in the Network: Mid-Atlantic, South Florida, Phoenix-Tucson Sun corridor, Front Range of Colorado, and California. Our goal, where possible, is to pair studentsone in the social sciences and one in environmental science or engineering – to tackle an urban water problem from different perspectives. Go here for information.  Application deadline: Feb 5, 2016.

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