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About the Opportunities

Do you want to make a difference in your community?
….apply what you have been learning in the classroom to real world situations?
….gain hands-on experience in the field?
If so, you should check into the ELP more closely! This program is designed for you!

What you should know:

  • This is a very demanding program. ELP students must be highly motivated, independent and very interested in practical solutions to real-world environmental problems. You’ll develop research and professional skills by working in an intensive, team-based experiential learning environment.  Whether you are collecting data on turtle habitat or leading environmental education programs – you will be providing a valuable service to your community partner.  A graduate student will serve as you project manager.  She or he will be your direct supervisor.  You’ll be expected to dedicate at least 10-12 hours per week to your project.  Occasionally there will be weeks that demand more of your time.  Most projects build directly to courses that are part of the ENVS/ESCI major requirements – see individual project descriptions for information on prerequisites.

By participating in the Environmental Leadership Program, you gain:

  • Academic credit (4 credits/term)
  • Credit toward your major (for ENVS and ESCI majors). Participation in ELP fulfills the Area 5, practical learning experience requirement, and generally the winter term prerequisite fulfills the Area 4 requirement as well.
  • Hands-on, field experience
  • An excellent experience to put on your resume

You will also develop:  

  • Leadership and collaboration skills
  • Public presentation skills
  • Website/wiki development skills
  • Report preparation skills
  • Networks with regional organizations and potential future employers
  • Confidence!

Depending on the specific focus of your project, you may also gain:

  • Data collection and analysis skills (e.g. GIS and survey design skills)
  • Environmental education development and facilitation skills
  • Social science research skills (e.g. interviews, participant observation, surveys)
  • Event planning skills