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Internships

The purpose of the internship is to provide an opportunity for students to obtain supervised experience in applying tier geographic knowledge and skills in the workplace environment.

The assigning of an S or U grade on an internship will be based on a student's timely and satisfactory submission of his/her evaluation report, on results of contacts with the student's supervisor and on the employer's evaluation of student intern form submitted to the internship coordinator.

Online Employer's Evaluation Form

The internship in geography is a 3-credit-hours course. It carries a grade of S or U reflecting a student's performance of internship requirements as described below.

Internships may be arranged on a full-time or part-time basis, so long as no less that 200 hours of working time is spent on the job during the semester enrolled. Each internship earns 3 credit hours, however, GEOG 3990 can be repeated for a total of 6 hours.

The purpose of the internship is to provide an opportunity for students to obtain supervised experience in applying tier geographic knowledge and skills in the workplace environment. Placement may be with public sector organizations and agencies or private sector business and professions. The internship may be paid or non-paying. The geography department will assist students in finding internships, but primary responsibility for locating and securing placements rests with the student. For example students interested in internships should seek leads from the University's Career Center, other intern programs like the student conservation association, former employers, and the many websites devoted to internships. The acceptability of each proposed internship for academic credit will be judged on its own merits. In all instances, there must be some geographic implications or relations in the assigned task or responsibilities. The job should not involve only menial work.

A proposed internship placement must be approved by the geography internship coordinator before a student can register for internship credit (POD required). To option this approval, a student should:

  • Consult with his/her undergraduate advisor about an internship option
  • Identify the hiring agency and direct supervisor and
  • Meet with the internship coordinator to review proposed placement

During any internship period, a student should feel free to contact the internship coordinator about any problems or questions. The coordinator will be in touch via email, phone or letter with the job supervisor periodically during the internship and may, on occasion, contact the student.

Prior to the end of the semester, the intern will sumbit a student internship evaluation to the internship coordinator. The requirements of the report are described on a separate sheet.

The assigning of an S or U grade on an internship will be based on a student's timely and satisfactory submission of his/her evaluation report, on results of contacts with the student's supervisor and on the employer's evaluation of student intern form submitted to the internship coordinator.

For more information

Internship Coordinator

PROFILE

Box, Elgene O.

Professor

Research Interests

Vegetation Science, Ecology, Climatology, Global Change, Phytosociology