Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I GET AN INTERNSHIP?  WHAT ARE THE COURSE NUMBERS?

Your first step is to find an agency you would like to work with.  You can find an extensive list of opportunities at Available Internships or stopping by the Internship office, located in ISB 491.  After emailing the contact person you will fill out a learning contract, find a faculty sponsor, and bring your contract to the Internship office to receive an enrollment code.   You can follow the steps in the Internship Handbook.

ENVS 83 – lower division 5 unit internship

ENVS 184 – lower division 2 unit internship

ENVS 183 – upper division 5 unit internship

ENVS 183A – first quarter of senior exit, upper division credit

ENVS 183B – second quarter of senior exit, completes senior exit.

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HOW MANY HOURS DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE FOR MY INTERNSHIP?

A 2-unit intern must complete 60 hours by the end of the quarter (about 6 hours a week).  A 5-unit intern must complete 120 hours by the end of the quarter (about 12 hours a week). 

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 WHAT IS REQUIRED OF A 2 AND 5 UNIT INTERNSHIP?

2 unit interns must complete 60 hours of fieldwork, keep a journal and time record, attend a midterm seminar, complete a midterm report, and write a 4-6 page analytical- reflective paper.  5 unit interns must complete 120 hours of fieldwork, keep a journal, attend a midterm seminar, complete a midterm report, and write a 7-10 page analytical-reflective paper.  

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DO ENVS 160, ENVS 179, AND IDEAAS STUDENTS HAVE DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  Students enrolled in Restoration Ecology, Environmental Interpretation or IDEAAS will follow the syllabus of their course.

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DO I HAVE TO GO TO THE ORIENTATION SEMINAR IF I HAVE ATTENDED AN ORIENTATION SEMINAR DURING A PREVIOUS QUARTER?

No, if you have completed an Internship through the ENVS Internship Program and attended an Orientation Seminar before; you are not required to attend an Orientation Seminar.   If, however, this is your first internship, you MUST attend an orientation seminar at the start of the quarter. 

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DO I HAVE TO GO TO THE MIDTERM SEMINAR IF I HAVE HAD AN INTERNSHIP BEOFRE?

Yes, the midterm seminar is a requirement for both 2 and 5 unit interns. 

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN AGENCY AND FACULTY SPONSOR?

An agency sponsor is the mentor who you work with at your Internship Site. Agency sponsors are the listed contacts on internship postings and . Each faculty sponsor has a unique way of sponsoring undergraduate internships.  They not only grade your internship course, they are a great source to bounce ideas off (this is incredibly important for those doing their senior exit), and can offer unique perspective on the connections that field work has to academia and research.  Having worked with you throughout the quarter, they could potentially write a letter of recommendation.  

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DO I HAVE TO TAKE AN INTERNSHIP FOR CREDIT?

No.  If you do not need or wish to earn academic credit for your work then you can volunteer with an agency. 

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CAN I DO AN INTERNSHIP FOR UPPER DIVISION CREDIT? ARE THERE DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS?

Yes, ENVS 183 is a 5-unit upper division internship course and can count as an upper division elective for SINGLE ENVS majors.  Only one upper division internship course can be used to fulfill ENVS upper division course requirements for completeion of the major.  If you complete an internship as your ENVS senior exit requirement, ENVS 183A can fulfill an upper division elective requirement and 183B can fulfill the senior exit requirement.  Upper division internships require you to complete a project.  This is something to be discussed with your agency and faculty sponsor at the beginning of the quarter.  Be sure to visit the ENVS Advising Office to ensure that a senior internship fits in your academic plan. 100/L is a prior or concurrent requirement.

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CAN I DO AN INTERNSHIP FOR MY SENIOR EXIT? HOW?

Through careful planning and a 2 quarter commitment, YES.  If you do an internship as your senior exit, 183A will be an upper division elective during the first quarter.  183B will be the completion of your project and documentation for senior exit credit. Be sure to visit the Academic Advising Office to ensure that a senior internship fits in your academic plan.

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DO LOWER DIVISION INTERNSHIPS COUNT TOWARDS MY GE?

Yes, ENVS 83 and ENVS 184 count towards your PR general education requirement.