Geography & Environmental Science


Geography and Environmental Science Internships

In today's global marketplace, it's becoming more and more important to distinguish yourself from the crowd and maximize your marketability to potential employers.  College internships are an excellent way to get ahead in your field. 

Students with internships….

  • Obtain valuable real-world experience.
  • Gain an insider's glimpse into an occupation.
  • Establish networking contacts.
  • Apply knowledge gained in the classroom.
  • Further their education in their field of choice.
  • Can receive credits toward their major or minor.
  • May be offered a position upon graduation.
  • May have the opportunity to travel. 
  • May earn an income as a student.

If you are interested in an internship, be sure to talk to your academic advisor or the department chair for more information and check out the resources on UWL's Career Services page!

Follow the steps outlined in Geography Internship (GEO 450) Application to earn elective credits toward your major or minor. 

Peyton Paulson, '21

Geography with an Environmental Science Concentration

"I wanted to gain some real-world experience that was related to my field of study... The goal of this internship was to find a career that interested me and would allow me to put the skills I learned in school to use. I accomplished that goal and more."

Past Geography Student Internship Experiences


The Geography and Environmental Science Department has established relationships with many local private sector and government agencies involved with research, resource management, and spatial analysis.  The following is a list of some of the places our students have interned in recent years. 

Funding for Unpaid Internships

Internship Funding Opportunities

The Prairie Springs Fund will provide grants for unpaid internships. To be eligible for this grant, the unpaid internship must be related to environmental studies or wildlife habitat protection and conservation. Students must have already accepted the internship offer before applying for the grant. In addition to the general scholarship application, there are supplemental questions.

Supplemental Questions: 

  1. Are you registered for academic credit for an unpaid internship?
  2. Through what course number are you registered to get credit for this internship?
  3. Is your internship unpaid?
  4. Internship title
  5. Employer name and location (city, state)
  6. UWL faculty intern advisor name
  7. Beginning and end date of your internship (ex. Oct. 1, 2023 to Dec. 23, 2023)
  8. How many hours per week will you work at your internship? (average per week)
  9. Did you transfer to UWL from another college or university?
  10. Describe your duties/responsibilities/projects in the internship and the skills and knowledge that you will gain.
  11. Describe how this internship will contribute to your career goals?
  12. Describe your financial need and the impact this grant could have.
  13. Describe how this internship is relevant to environmental studies or wildlife habitat protection and conservation.

For more information on the UWL Foundation website, please follow the link.

Students must apply through the Foundation Scholarship Application Portal (use Prairie Springs as the search filter).

Connect with Us!

Join the Geography and Environmental Science Department's LinkedIn Group and Google Groups to learn more about internship and careers obtained by our majors, and to receive announcements about internship and career opportunities relevant to Geography and Environmental Science majors.

Connect with Us

To connect with UWL Geography and Environmental Science students, alumni, faculty, and staff, join our LinkedIn page.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Science utilizes the Majors and Minors Google Group to communicate important information about internship opportunities, scholarships, and undergraduate research experiences available to our students

To join the UWL Geography and Environmental Science Majors and Minors Google Group, please email Colin Belby and request access.

UWL Geography and Environmental Science utilizes the "Geography & Environmental Science" Google Group to communicate information about job opportunities, conferences, and Department activities.

Alumni and friends of the Department of Geography and Environmental Science are welcome to join the Google Group by visiting and logging into your Google account. Once on the Groups page,  search "UWL Geography & Environmental Science" and click the ask to join button.

Email Colin Belby if you need assistance.