Internships (ENVS 404)
Information for Students
For Information on ENVS 404 Internships during the 2020-21 academic year, contact:
ENVS Internships Coordinator and Instructor (Graduate Employee)
Fall term: Bela Sanchez; Winter term: Kyle Keeler; Spring term: Jasmine McCloskey
Office Hours: By appointment
You may also contact the ENVS Internships Faculty Adviser
Co-Director ENVS Undergraduate Program & Environmental Leadership Program
Office Hours: By appointment
**COVID-19 Update for ENVS 404 Internships**
Because UO is conducting all courses remotely during Summer 2020, students cannot earn ENVS 404 credit during Summer 2020 unless all internship work can be completed remotely. Eligible internships could include online research, social media marketing, or website design. Students cannot earn ENVS 404 credit for internships involving student travel to a site, even if social distancing measures are in place or if travel is allowed in your community. For example, outdoor internships such as farming or ecological restoration will not be approved.
- If you are graduating Summer 2020 and cannot secure a remote internship, your Area 5 Practical Learning Experience will be waived and you will not be required to substitute another course. If you have met your UO core education requirements and your other major requirements, you will be able to graduate on time.
- If you are graduating after Summer 2020, you are still required to complete your Area 5 Practical Learning Experience requirement (4 credits).
Because UO is offering limited in-person courses during Fall 2020, students may earn ENVS 404 credit for in-person internships that follow Oregon’s policies for COVID-19 safety. However, we encourage students to pursue remote internship opportunities.
You can discuss the courses needed for graduation with your Tykeson Academic and Career Advisor.
More Information about ENVS 404 Internships
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 Ashley Adelman (firstname.lastname@example.org).