Our students get out into the world and experience environmental science careers.
We encourage internships that involve significant work with an environmental or sustainability focus. This helps you see the kind of careers available to you and identify where you may need to strengthen your skills.
Explore some of students' internship experiences below!
Campus organizations internships
- Work on environmental literacy with ASUA Students for Sustainability
- Teach women introductory outdoor skills through through Campus Recreation: Women's Initiative for Leadership in the Outdoors
Federal goverment agency internships
- Learn about marine biodiversity through The Diversity Project through the National Science Foundation
- Lead volunteer groups at Saguaro National Park
- Work on water harvesting projects and draft policy statements at the Watershed Management Group
- Monitor shorebirds in Massachusetts with The Trustees of Reservations
- Feed and observe animals at Reid Park Zoo
- Conduct grassroots petitioning and write letters to the editor with Environment America
State and local government agency internships
- Take care of wildlife like pronghorn antelope with the Arizona Game and Fish Department
- Archive critical historical information for Pima County Parks and Recreation
Private industry internships
- Learn about environmental regulations at Tucson Electric Power (TEP)
- Help document nutrient analysis for farmers at the Green Valley Pecan Company
- Conduct environmental audits of mine sites with Vulcan Materials Company
Other real-world experiences
- Conduct research on brush management with the Archer Lab (School of Natural Resources and the Environment)
- Experience international environmental policy and science firsthand in Costa Rica
- Gain environmental consulting experience with Leading for Good through LeadLocal
If you are a current student, explore our internship experience below.
To get an idea of what kind of internship you could do:
- Read student internship profiles on this website
- Watch email listservs and organizations' websites for internship openings
- Set up a meeting with an organization representative and set up a meeting (in person or over the phone)
- Provide copies of your updated resume
- Use personal documents from ENVS 195A if you enrolled your freshman year
After you have secured your internship:
- Download and submit the forms below (Application and Assumption of Risk)
- Review the Internship Syllabus (below)
- Contact our professional academic advisor to enroll in ENVS 393/493 for credit (paid and unpaid internships accepted)
You will prepare a presentation on your internship experience, along with other interns.
- Presentations will be scheduled during fall semester and will be open to all students in the Environmental Science and the Sustainable Plant Systems majors
- Invite your internship supervisor if possible
- You will be required to create a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation followed by five minutes for questions and discussion
- Summarize your internship experience
- Include tangible examples of contributions you made to the organization:
- Organizational materials
- Submit the presentation one week in advance
- Be featured on our website!