A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. —A. Leopold
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
The State of Michigan is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, which allows students to earn internship credit in most other states. As of September 2016, however, we cannot arrange internships in Kentucky or New York.
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
STEP 2: Complete the online Internship Agreement Form
As of March 2017, students are allowed to participate in internships in any state.
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:
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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.