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. Think about your upcoming schedule and consider whether a 2 or 5 unit internship will be more suitable for you given your other academic responsibilities. We recomend all first time interns pursue a 2 unit internship to ensure they enjoy a particular field of work and working with a particular organization before committing to a 5 unit internship. After emailing the contact person (who will become your agency sponsor) you will chose a member of the ENVS faculty to serve as your faculty sponsor. After attaining both an agency and faculty sponsor fill out the Student Internship Enrollment Form, and send the Agency Sponsor Form and Faculty Sponsor Form to your agency and faculty sponsors. These forms must be completed through sponsors and students personal email accounts. All forms are electronic and no paper submission is required for any of the forms above. Have your faculty and agency sponsor email you when these forms are complete. Once all forms have been completed and submitted please stop by the internship office to enroll in the internship. NOTE: Simply submitting these forms will not enroll you in the internship, you must come into the office to enroll. 

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?

The generalized difference between 184 2-unit interns and all 5-unit interns is the hour requirement with 184 interns being required to complete 60 hours by the end of the quarter and 5-unit interns being expected to complete 120 hours. However, each internship has specific requirements in terms of academic work, see below:

184 lower division 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

83 lower division 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

183 upper division 5 unit internship must complete 120 hours of fieldwork, keep a journal, attend a midterm seminar, complete a midterm report, write a 7-10 page analytical-reflective paper, and complete a project that is approved by your faculty sponsor. 

183A upper division 5 unit internship (Part 1 of Senior Exit) must complete 120 hours of fieldwork, keep a journal, attend a midterm seminar, complete a midterm report, write a 4-5 page draft analytical-reflective paper, and complete a progress report for their project that includes a summary of the work completed to date and a detailed outline of the senior project.

183B upper division 5 unit internship (Part 2 of Senior Exit) must complete 120 hours of fieldwork, keep a journal, attend a midterm seminar, complete a midterm report, revise their 4-5 page draft analytical-reflective paper into 9-10 final analytical paper, and complete their final project for the agency.

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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 BEFORE?

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 who you will contact to work out logistics of the internship. 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 perspectives on the connections that field work has with 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.