Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies Internship Guide

Internships provide supervised work experience through which students can relate environmental studies principles, academic work, and practice. Student, faculty, and advisors agree on the scope of the study, its components, and methods of evaluation.
 

 
REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS:
 
See the course syllabus for ENS 490: Internship to review detailed requirements and expectations.  
 
STEP 1: Find an internship
 
Contact organizations you are interested in interning with and form an idea of a project or the type of work you would like to contribute to 
  • When approaching a company or organization, be sure you are able to articulate what you would like to get out of the internship as well as what you can contribute 
     
  • Some places and sites to check for leads are listed on the Volunteer and Internship Resources page
     
  • Experience Matters! - www.gvsu.edu/experiencematters - is a site where students write about their internship experience. While this is not an internship posting site, it does provide ideas of places and projects you may be interested in pursuing 
     
  • Idealist.org - www.idealist.org - provides many opportunities with non-profit and grassroots organizations
Meet with a Career Advisor 
 
Staff at the GVSU Career Center - http://www.gvsu.edu/careers/ - are happy to help you identify or prepare to apply for an internship opportunity. You can schedule a one-on-one appointment by calling 616-331-3311. Career Center staff also holds walk-in hours in STU 206, Monday thru Thursday, 10-noon and 1-3. Call the Career Center for dates and times. 
 
Talk to your peers and faculty 
 
Your classmates who have already completed an internship can often make great recommendations and referrals for internships 
 
Many faculty members are connected within the community and may have ideas of potential internship sites 
 
 
STEP 2: Complete the online Internship Agreement Form 
 
At this time, students may not participate in for-credit internships in the following states: Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and West Virginia. 
 
Login in to the GVSU Internship Management System at http://www.gvsu.edu/careers/ims-login.htm
 
You will need to know your interning site supervisor’s contact information (name, email, phone, and address) 
 
You may request 1-6 credits for your internship. 1 credit hour is equivalent to 50 hours of work on your internship. This includes time spent working at the internship, as well as time spent writing journal entries, a summary report, assembling examples of your work (such as pictures), writing a reflective essay, or fulfilling other requirements for internship credit. 
 
In the “Description of Internship” field, be sure to identify your key learning objectives for the internship. Learning objectives should include duties, responsibilities, and activities for meeting each objective. 
 
You need to specify 3 learning outcomes that you and your site supervisor agree to achieve during the internship. For example:
  • To develop and advance clear, thorough and professional patient/provider communication skills 
     
  • To learn to design staged plans of care for patients and staff members 
     
  • To produce spread sheets documenting levels of care for patients and staff members 
Meet with your internship coordinator to review additional requirements
 
Please note that you cannot access your form once it has been submitted. If you need to make changes to it, please contact Dr. Kelly A. Parker, ENS Director <parkerk@gvsu.edu>.
 
 
STEP 3: Register for ENS 490 
 
Once you have submitted your Online Internship Agreement Form, it will be reviewed by your internship site supervisor and your faculty internship coordinator. 
 
After your faculty coordinator has approved your internship (based on the information provided in the Internship Agreement Form) you will receive an email indicating you are able to register for your internship “class,” ENS 490. Your section number will correlate with the number of credit hours you indicted on the Agreement Form. 
 
Your grade for the internship will be based on the work you turn in for the internship, as well as your site supervisor's evaluation. We strongly encourage you to register for the internship course on a Credit/No Credit basis. The Credit/No Credit Request Form is available here.
 
 
STEP 4: Complete the internship 
 
There is no “class” to attend - you will be learning on the job. 
 
 
STEP 5: Submit your ENS 490 Assignments 
 
Evaluations: About 3 weeks prior to the end of the semester, you and your internship site supervisor will receive an email with a link to your online evaluation. Both you and your site supervisor must complete the evaluation. 
 
The evaluations are part of the requirements to receive credit for the course. Other requirements and expectations are detailed in the ENS 490 Course Syllabus.

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