Every student, in every academic major, is encouraged to complete an internship for academic credit by utilizing the resources available through the The Center for Career Planning and Applied Learning. In fact, all Environmental Studies seniors must complete a 70 hour Senior 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.
If you would like to search for current internships in Environmental Studies, there are a number of resources available. Please visit our Career Services Career Exploration page, our Environmental Studies Opportunities Database, or the Career Services Internship page, which includes a variety of job, internship, and volunteer listings. Contact Environmental Studies Internship Coordinator, Dr. Dave Himmelfarb with any questions.
- Boyd Hill Nature Park – environmental education (guide), community outreach (xeriscape program), exotic plant removal
- Eckerd College – solar power feasibility study, landscape design, webpage design
- Environmental Consulting Firms (various) – marine policy analyst, wetland delineation
- Florida Defenders of Wildlife – environmental education/writing (Black bear program)
- Florida Marine Resource Institute – geographic information system analyst, seagrass restoration program, sea turtle program
- Lakewood High School – environmental science teaching assistant
- Lowry Park Zoo – environmental education (zoo school), graphic artist (designed wildlife pamphlet)
- National Marine Fisheries – fisheries management analyst, ecotourism database, restoration program
- Sierra Club – policy researcher (road issues)
- St. Petersburg Planning Department – environmental planning
- Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary – bird rescue and release, veterinary care (assist with surgery)
- Tampa BayWatch – manatee/boater study, environmental education
- University of South Florida – red tide study
Senior Intern Program
To graduate with an Environmental Studies degree from Eckerd College you need to complete a 70 hour internship either the summer before your senior year or during your senior year.
- It can be paid or unpaid, but it must be environmentally related and at a well recognized organization that will make sure you have a productive and safe internship.
- It can be called a job, internship, docent or volunteer activity.
- The internship must occur over a minimum of 2 weeks.
- Internships that start in the summer and continue into the fall are fine.
- You may not double count hours for this internship with service learning hours, or hours for other classes. If your internship goes longer than 70 hours, you can use the additional hours for other purposes.
- Internships completed during your first, sophomore, or junior year, while encouraged, cannot count as your senior internship.
- Internship Approval
Once you know what internship you want to do (either locally or elsewhere), please fill out the senior internship approval form. You will be asked: your name, name and location of internship, types of things you’d be doing, rough schedule, internship supervisor contact information if possible. An Environmental Studies Faculty member will let you know if this internship is appropriate for the senior internship.
- Letter of Introduction
Please send this Letter to Internship Provider (via email or print it out) to your internship supervisor before or when you begin your internship.
- Evaluation Online Form
At the end of your internship, email your internship provider this link to an online evaluation form.
You are on your own honor to work 70 hours, you don’t list the hours on Triton Track, just in your journal. While you are doing your internship, you need to keep a daily or weekly journal of your activities, hours worked, what you learned, and any problems/frustrations. In addition to your description of your what you did each day, you will have an introductory section where you talk about the internship you worked for and your role. At the end of the journal you should reflect on whether you would consider doing something similar as a career. I would write about 1-2 paragraphs / day worked. If you have an internship you are doing all summer, you can either just journal about your first 70 hours each day, or you can do weekly journal entries.You will upload your typed journal during the semester that you take senior comps. In addition to your description of your what you did each day, you will have an introductory section where you talk about the internship you worked for and your role. At the end of the journal you should reflect on whether you would consider doing something similar as a career.
Please talk to your Environmental Studies mentor or ES Internship Coordinator, Dr. Dave Himmelfarb, if you have any questions!