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An internship is a great way to gain experience, make contacts and increase your knowledge of the environmental career sector. Although there are certainly exceptions, it is generally easier to obtain the most desirable internships after a significant amount of college coursework has been done, usually between your junior and senior years.

Internships are most commonly done in the summer, although internships during the fall and spring are also possible. The position must relate to the environment and must involve at least 70 hours of work, which averages to five hours per week over the course of a 14-week semester. You are responsible for obtaining the internship and for getting prior approval from the program coordinator. When contacting the coordinator for approval, please include as much information as possible about the position. Paid internships generally cannot count for academic credit.

Career Services also offers helpful information on searching for a summer experience.

Application deadlines for summer internships are typically in late winter. After securing the internship and getting approval from the program coordinator, you must enroll in ENVR 388 for the fall semester following your internship. If you complete an internship during the academic year, take ENVR 388 during the same semester you complete the internship.

You will need to get a signed statement from your supervisor confirming the time of employment and the nature of your work. You should also talk to your co-workers as much as possible. Get details about their education and career path; ask about their career plans and how they plan to achieve them. Get advice. Eventually, in the ENVR 388 class, you will share information about your experience with fellow environmental studies majors.

Past Internships

Students have interned at a variety of organizations, based on their areas of interest. Below is a sample listing of recent internship placements.

New England Aquarium
De Beers Ecology Division and Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Defenders of Wildlife
Ecosystem Services LLC
Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation
Chesapeake Conservancy
Gibsons Energy
Meadows and More
Izaak Walton League
Mounce & Associates
Save the Bay


Presentations from previous internships and career exploration are available online. Below is a sample presentation. View more presentations from University of Richmond - Environmental Studies.

Internship Sea Turtle Conservation In Costa Rica from University of Richmond - Environmental Studies

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