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Environmental Studies Internships

Ready to build your resume?  Working for an employer or organization off-campus (either paid or unpaid) gives you critical on-the-job skills, connections, and the opportunity to try out a type of job for a short time.  Internships are by far the best way to make your resume more competitive. 

Lots of flexibility is possible within the ENV-450 internship credit option.  Earn one course credit per 40 hours of work, typically up to 3 credits (120 hours of work).  Sign up for summer or any semester - just make sure to register for the credit before completing the work. 

Alysa Remsburg (Centennial Hall 4106, or aremsburg@uwlax.edu) serves as the academic sponsor for Environmental Studies internships.  

Process

Here’s the process:

1.  Find an organization or employer who will direct your work.  Talk with that person about your goals and skills, your availability, and ask how you could be helpful to the organization.  Some students find their internships posted on Eagle Opportunities, the Sustainable Agriculture website, www.indeed.com or the Sustain UWL Facebook page, but many times students just ask about opportunities at an organization of interest.  Listed below are examples of previous student internships.

2.  Meet with Alysa Remsburg to discuss your internship plan and turn in the following on this Internship Approval Form:

  • Name of supervisor
  • Job description
  • Weekly schedule
  • Description of how the internship helps you achieve one or more of the Environmental Studies Program learning goals
  • List of personal and professional learning goals that you will work on during the internship
  • Brief explanation of how the internship fits with your professional aspirations
  • Supplemental interviews or readings that will help deepen your learning experience
  • Planned deadline for completion of the internship reflection essay

3.  Register for credits in the Career Services office by meeting with Karen Durnin.

4.  Turn in monthly work progress reports through the Eagle Opportunities system

5.  After completing your work hours, turn in a 2-3 page reflection paper on:

  • Lessons and surprises from the internship
  • Assessment of how well you met each of your stated learning goals

6.  Meet with Alysa Remsburg in a practice interview format to explain what you gained from the internship experience.

Cooperating Organizations

The following organizations have worked with Environmental Studies student interns recently or expressed interest in having student interns.  Feel free to pursue options at a completely different type of organization too.

  • Clean Wisconsin (Madison)
  • Clearwater Farm (Onalaska)
  • Coulee Region Ecoscapes (La Crosse)
  • Deep Roots Farm (La Crosse)
  • Echo Valley Farm (Ontario, WI)
  • Hillview Urban Agricultural Center  (La Crosse)
  • Hoch Organic Orchard & Garden (La Crescent)
  • La Crosse County Solid Waste Department
  • Minnesota Zoo
  • Mississippi Valley Conservancy
  • Sustainable La Crosse Commission
  • Wiscorps (La Crosse and beyond)
  • Xcel Energy (La Crosse)
Environmental Studies Field Trip