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
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