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Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences


Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors must complete an environmental internship or directed environmental research.

Qualifying experiences are:
  • an internship at an environmental organization
  • research conducted under the supervision of a faculty member
  • the Washington Semester through American University
Remember, you need to do
  • a minimum 100 hours of work, paid or volunteer
  • work related to environmental issues, working as a barista does not count
  • meaningful work that develops job and/or life skills (more than just clerical tasks, phone canvassing, etc.)
Finding an Environmental Internship:
  • Click here for a list of organizations where other ESS students have interned. Feel free to pursue additional opportunities
  • Research conducted under the direction of an ESS faculty member can qualify. This work might be paid, volunteer, or done for units (ENVS 199B, for example).
  • Alternatively the research might be done as part of a study abroad experience, for example by completing the directed research course at School for Field Studies.
Directed Environmental Research 
Necessary forms need to be completed before your senior year: (click on links for the forms you need)
  1. Pre-Approval Form Signed by your academic advisor Must be done by May 15th of your Junior year.
  2. Completion Form Signed by your supervisor at the end of the internship
  3. Assignment Form Respond to the questions and reflect upon your experience before coming to ENVS 198

Bring your assignment and signed completion form to the first meeting of ENVS 198 Proseminar in fall quarter of your senior year. Click on the bold red words above to be taken to the appropriate link.

Students planning to complete the Washington Semester through American University complete only step #1 above.

Contact your academic advisor if you have any questions about the requirements.