Internship Program

INTERNSHIPS Summer and Fall 2021

NEW message from Vice-Chancellors Kletzer and Latham about re-opening of campus for the Fall. Everyone MUST have proof of vaccination and all internships will be in-person! 

July 16, 2021

Dear UC Santa Cruz Community,

The UC Office of the President has released the final systemwide policy requiring COVID-19 vaccines of all UC employees and students with some limited exceptions. Answers to frequently asked questions are also available for employees and for students.

This new policy is intended to support the health and well-being of our university community including students, trainees, faculty, staff and all others who work, live or learn in any of our locations or participate in person in our programs. If you have yet to receive your vaccine, we encourage you to do so promptly — several convenient options are available for you. Vaccine information is also available on our Student Health Center website.

The systemwide policy requires employees and students to provide proof of vaccination or to request an exception or deferral based on a medical condition, religious belief, disability or pregnancy prior to the start of fall instruction. Beginning today, UC Santa Cruz students and employees can provide proof of vaccination online via the campus health portal. Instructions on the process are below. If you received your vaccine through the Student Health Center, we already have that record, and you do not need to provide proof.

Employees and students will need to upload proof of vaccination by Sept. 9. We will be sending out instructions next week on the process that will be used for requesting an exemption.

Steps to take if you have been vaccinated

  1. If you have already been vaccinated at UC Santa Cruz, we have a record of that vaccination and no further proof is required of you. If you would like to review your vaccination records, log into the Health e-Messenger system and select the Immunization History link on the menu.

  2. If you received a COVID-19 vaccination elsewhere, you must submit proof of vaccination by using our campus Health e-Messenger system, which is managed by Student Health Services. The Health e-Messenger system, which meets the stringent requirements for maintaining the security of medical records, has been serving our student population for many years, and has now been expanded to take in and maintain employee proof of vaccination.

    1. Instructions for employees to log in and submit your proof of vaccination can be found here.
    2. Students can log in and go to Medical Clearances, then COVID-19 to add your information.

Steps to take if you have not been vaccinated and plan to request an exception from the vaccine mandate

We will be sharing instructions next week for those individuals who plan to request an exemption.

Stay informed

Our next COVID-19 Information Forum will take place 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, Aug 13. This will be an opportunity to get an update on our COVID-19 response efforts, including the vaccine policy. If you have a question that you would like addressed at the forum, whether it be about the new policy or any other COVID-19-related topics, you can submit it online. Additional information with the forum link will be forthcoming.

Lori and Sarah

Lori Kletzer
Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Sarah Latham
Vice Chancellor, Business and Administrative Services




Do not submit this form until you have received confirmation that you have an internship placement and are pursuing a sponsorship from an ENVS faculty member. If you know you want to do an internship but unsure of where to start please VIEW THE REMOTE ONLY OFFERED INTERNSHIPS or email us at

*** Summer & Fall 2021 IMPORTANT DATES! ***


Monday, June 21st Instruction Begins
Monday, June 28 and Monday July 5th Holidays
Friday, July 23th Last day to enroll in an internship
Monday, July 26th Drop deadline (tuition reversed)

Friday, August 13th

Last day to drop a course without a "W"

Friday August 27th     


 Last day of class, all work due to Canvas,

all evaluations from agency sponsors due 

Sept. 2nd

Grades are due by faculty


Thursday, September 23rd

Instruction Begins

Friday, October 5th

Last day to enroll in an internship

Wednesday, October 13th

Last day to drop a course without a "W"
Thursday, October 14th

Add by Petition Deadline

Friday, November 5th Midterm report due by 5pm
Thursday, November 11th Holiday
Thursday & Friday, November 25th-26th Holiday

Friday, December 3rd

Last day of class, all work due to Canvas, all evaluations from agency sponsors due





Chris Krohn
 Environmental Studies Internship Co-Coordinator

Chris Krohn's Office Hours on Zoom

Please email me to set up and a Zoom or phone appointment.
If there is something you need immediately please text
Chris Krohn with your name and dept. affiliation at: 


UCSC Environmental Studies students intern for a variety of local, state, national and international organizations. These organizations and businesses include educational, agricultural, non-profit, for-profit, government and non-government internship positions. Many of our more than 100 internships can be found on our web site but unfortunately because of the Covid-19 pandemic, many will not be available until next Fall, or available remotely.

Internships and your education:

Internships allow students to apply the concepts and theories they learn about in academic settings to workplace settings. As an intern, you can see how people relate with one another, test out the theories you've learned in classes, and observe the inner workings of the work environment in a myriad of different fields and disciplines. Work done outside the classroom brings new depth and meaning to the work done inside the classroom, and enlightens the student to the importance of their academic work. Internships can be as much about finding out what you really like as encountering what it is you do not like.

Help you define your interests:

Many students look at internships as a way to confirm their interest in a given field or discipline. An internship is a way to "taste" a type of work before you've committed to graduate school or working in a full-time position. Internship experiences can help you hone in on your area(s) of interest and focus on the type of work for which you are best suited for and work that you find most interesting.

The Environmental Studies Internship Office is committed to providing students with the necessary resources for finding the best placement for each student.

Interested? You can start the process by communicating directly with the agency, or emailing our office, You can also drop by the office beginning (we hope) in the Fall of 2021 during the hours posted above if you would like a more thorough explanation. We placed students in more than 300 internships this past Covid-19 year. And, perhaps we have one waiting for you too!

Prospective Agencies, interested in providing an internship opportunity to UCSC Students? Please fill out the link here!

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