“I got to be involved in the behind–the–scenes work that actually shapes a city.”
—Marcus Grubbs, ’09, on his environmental studies internship with the City of Hoffman
A practical internship is one of the hallmarks of environmental studies at Morris. Your required internship in a professional, research, or field setting will let you put theory into practice. You’ll gain valuable work experience and job skills. You’ll have opportunities to network with others in your field. And many students report that their internship helped them define their career goals.
Your environmental studies adviser will help you plan for and find an internship that meets your educational and professional needs. Paid and unpaid internships are available, both during the summer and during the academic year. Internships must be approved in advance.
Here are some examples of recent environmental studies internships:
- Agriculture internships at USDA North Central Soil Conservation Research Lab, Clark Fork Organics, Winterthur American Country Estate, Pride of the Prairie
- Renewable energy internships at Morris biomass gasification plant, West Central Research and Outreach Center
- Natural resources management internships at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, United States Geological Survey, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Environmental education internships at Fergus Falls Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, Quarry Hill Nature Center, GreenCorps
- Water quality internships at West Central Environmental Consultants, Maryland SeaGrant, Clean Up the River Environment (CURE), Pomme de Terre River Association
- Environmental policy internship at Sierra Student Coalition
- Urban planning and emergency management internships at West Central Environmental Consultants, Southeast Como Improvement Association, the City of Hoffman, Center for Small Towns