Biology 4800 - Environmental Studies Internships
Hands-on experience outside the classroom is critical for your future
success in Environmental Science. At a minimum, we require students to complete
one formal internship prior to graduation. Steps to completing your formal
- At the start of your Junior year, see the faculty advisor (Dr. McCarty).
- You are responsible for finding an internship placement. The
faculty advisor will help with suggested contacts and places to look for
positions but ultimately it is your responsibility to find an internship.
See the Job Hints page for additional tips.
- Leave yourself plenty of time to find a good placement. For summer
internships, you should start the process during the fall semester.
- The minimum requirements for an internship are 125 hours of experience
in an approved placement, followed by a written report submitted to the
- Experience can be paid or volunteer. You can work on your internship
during any semester. Some students put in a few hours a week over an entire
semester while taking other courses, while others work at their internship
full time (typically over a summer).
- Once you find a possible internship, visit with the faculty advisor
and obtain his or her approval. Provide information on what you will be
doing and contact information for your supervisor.
- At this point the advisor will give approval for you to enroll in Biology
4800. YOU MUST ENROLL IN BIOLOGY 4800 FOR 3 CREDITS IN ORDER TO COMPLETE
THIS REQUIREMENT FOR GRADUATION.
- After you complete your 125 hours of work, you need to submit a written report to the faculty advisor. This report should consist of: 1) a description of the mission of the organization you worked with, 2) what your role within the organization was, 3) how this experience will help you in meeting your career goals, and 4) a description of the next steps you plan to take in your career. Aim for five to ten pages of text. You will not receive a grade in Biology 4800 until a satisfactory report is turned in.
Advisor: Dr. John McCarty
(554-2849); Biology Department, (402) 554-2641.
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