Environmental Studies Internship Program (ENVS 404)
Information for Students
Read the information below first!
- What is the Internship Program?
- Who is the Internship Coordinator?
- How do I locate an Internship opportunity?
- Environmental career listings (for national/international listings)
- Information for Community Partners (Internship Sponsors)
Initial Forms: Required to Register for Internship Credits
Turn all forms into Peg Boulay via email boulay [at] uoregon.edu or to her mailbox in 144 Columbia by Friday of Week 1
- Internship – Agreement Form
- Internship – Registration Form
- Assignment #1 Internship Description (Taken from course syllabus)
Internship Syllabus and Other Forms
What is the Internship Program?
The ENVS Internship Program is designed to help you connect your academic studies to real world applications by offering academic credit for environmentally focused work experience. Internship possibilities range from public interest non-profits to campus groups, federal and local government agencies (Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Lane Council of Governments, etc.) to private corporations.
The internship program is intended to be flexible, having been designed to meet students’ needs and interests while affording opportunities for practical hands-on experience in a variety of environmental fields. Positions must involve significant work with an environmental focus. Students are expected to be self-motivated and arrange their own positions in areas of particular interest, although if a student has trouble finding an appropriate position program, the Internship Coordinator is willing to help identify possible opportunities.
This Internship Program emphasizes that earning academic credit for work experience requires more than just showing up for work and doing a good job. You will be required to complete a series of assignments designed to encourage thoughtful reflection on your internship experience. You are expected to be self-motivated and able to complete these assignments without reminders.
The ENVS Internship satisfies the “Practical Learning Experience” requirement (Area 5) for ENVS and ESCI majors.
Please feel free to contact the Internship Coordinator throughout the term with questions, conflicts, or concerns should they arise.
How do I locate an internship opportunity?
An internship folder with current listings is located in the Environmental Studies office (144 Columbia), a list of some local internship sponsors is accessible here on the Environmental Studies website, and a number of other resources for local, national, and international internship opportunities can be found online. The University of Oregon Career Center, 244 Hendricks Hall, also is a good resource for internship opportunities. Watch for an internship fair during the initial registration weeks in fall, winter and spring quarters at which representatives from some local groups will be present to describe possible internship opportunities.
Talk with someone in the ENVS office to sign up for the ENVS listserve “econews” which will give you up-to-date information on current internship and job opportunities.
Information for Community Partners (Internship Sponsors)
Sponsoring an intern through the Environmental Studies Program allows you to gain assistance, expand your job application pool and train potential future employees. The Environmental Studies Program does not match students to particular internship opportunities nor recruit students for community partners, but we can promote opportunities through our website, listserve, academic advising and internship bulletin board.
We ask community partners to provide clear duties, supervision and an evaluation of the student’s performance. We ask you to complete an agreement with the student outlining expectations. We also ask you to sign the student’s timesheets.
Students can sign up for 1-12 credits. They need to complete 30 hours of work for each 1 hour of academic credit. Most students sign up for 4 credits (120 hours of work completed). Internships can occur during any term, including the summer. For an academic term, a student would need to work ~12 hours a week to achieve his or her 120 hours for 4 credits. Internships should be completed within a single term, but can occur over multiple terms with prior approval from the Internship Coordinator.
To advertise your internship opportunity, we recommend that you create a position description or announcement that includes: application instructions and contact information, brief description of goals and duties, timeline including expected start/end dates and hours per week, preferred qualifications, and what knowledge or skills students will gain from the internship experience. To email your announcement or to learn more, contact Peg Boulay (boulay [at] uoregon.edu).