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Beth Forys
Professor of Environmental Studies

Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies

Senior Internship Program

All Environmental Studies seniors must complete a 70 hour internship either on-campus or off-campus. The purpose of this internship is to:

  • Help students decide what type of careers/graduate programs they might be interested in.
  • Make students more competitive for jobs/graduate work.

Students are provided assistance with securing an approved internship. If you would like to search for current internships in Environmental Studies, please visit the Career Resources Internship site. Below is a list of internships that were completed by at least 1 student during the past 2 years:

National Marine Fisheries

  • fisheries management analyst
  • ecotourism database
  • restoration program

Florida Marine Resource Institute

  • geographic information system analyst
  • seagrass restoration program
  • sea turtle program

Tampa BayWatch

  • manatee/boater study
  • environmental education

Boyd Hill Nature Park

  • environmental education (guide)
  • community outreach (xeriscape program)
  • exotic plant removal

Lowry Park Zoo

  • environmental education (zoo school)
  • graphic artist (designed wildlife pamphlet)

St. Petersburg Planning Department

  • environmental planning

Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

  • bird rescue and release
  • veterinary care (assist with surgery)

Florida Defenders of Wildlife

  • environmental education/writing (Black bear program)

Sierra Club

  • policy researcher (road issues)

Lakewood High School

  • environmental science teaching assistant

University of South Florida

  • red tide study

Eckerd College

  • solar power feasibility study
  • landscape design
  • webpage design

Environmental Consulting Firms (various)

  • marine policy analyst
  • wetland delineation

Life After Eckerd

Environmental Studies graduates use their Environmental Studies degree to launch careers in such diverse fields as environmental education, natural resource management, parks and recreation, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture, environmental law and policy making, scientific journalism, public health, nature photography, nature filmmaking, and environmental art. Approximately 1/3 of all Environmental Studies graduates go on to graduate or professional school within 5 years of graduation.

Fiske Top Ten Environmental Studies School
Eckerd College has been selected as one of the top ten environmental studies schools in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011.