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Internships (ENVS 404)

Information for Students

Syllabus for ENVS 404: Internship (updated with COVID-19 adaptions for Summer 2020 and the 2020-21 academic year)!

Students interested in registering for ENVS 404 must send their paperwork to envsinternships@uoregon.edu


For Information on ENVS 404 Internships during the 2020-21 academic year, contact:

ENVS Internships Coordinator and Instructor (Graduate Employee):

envsinternships[at]uoregon[dot]edu

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:

Peg Boulay
Co-Director ENVS Undergraduate Program & Environmental Leadership Program
boulay[at]uoregon[dot]edu
Office Hours: By appointment

More Information about ENVS 404 Internships

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.

How do I locate an internship opportunity?

It is up to you to secure your own internship. Look for an internship that fits with your career and academic goals, as well as your schedule. To help you begin your internship research:

How do I register for ENVS 404?

Complete the following forms and return them to the Internship Coordinator.

By Wednesday of Week 1 of the term you intend to intern during, all forms need to be submitted to the Internship Coordinator via email, PDF’s andWord Doc’s are preferred. You may submit photos (clear photos) of your registration and agreement forms, if necessary.

If, you are unable to email the forms you may put them in the Internship Coordinators mailbox in 144 Columbia, HOWEVER, you must follow up with an email to envsinternships@uoregon.edu notifying the Internship Coordinator that you’ve left documents.

 You cannot count hours until your internship has been approved and you have registered!

Additional Documents:


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 Ashley Adelman (aadelman@uoregon.edu).

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