The Environmental Science Program encourages our students to complete one or more internships to gain work experience and develop research interests. Typically, students apply for an internship with a business or institution, or develop an idea and approach a supervisor.
The U of I Career Services has many internship resources, information about career fairs, employer contacts, vacancy listings and student services available.
Internship credit is available through the Environmental Science Program with the permission of the academic advisor. Follow the steps below to complete an internship:
- Submit a proposal to your academic advisor detailing your project and who has agreed to supervise your work.
- Register for EnvS 498 to receive credit
- Complete 40 hours of work per credit
- Submit a report describing your internship (approximately 3 pages per credit) to receive a final grade
Regular participation in service-learning activities is a great way to gain hands-on experience and build your resume. The U of I Sustainability Center (UISC) provides numerous opportunities each year to engage in fun activities and events that benefit our campus and community. For example, UISC enlists volunteers for Game Day Recycling, a program in which students coordinate and administer recycling efforts at football and basketball games. To learn more, visit the website, email email@example.com, or call 208-885-0125.
The U of I Center for Volunteerism & Social Action is another great resource for getting involved. They coordinate numerous service events, such as Alternative Spring Break, and provide a database of service opportunities throughout the community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-885-9442.