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The internship is an essential element of the Environmental Studies curriculum. It forms a bridge connecting the academic domain with the world of environmental professionals. The National Association of Colleges and Employers defines an internship as “a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.” A distinguishing feature of the internship experience is the inclusion of structured and deliberate reflection by the intern in a concluding report.
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Raising your academic sights to the graduate school level can not only offer the opportunity to dig more deeply into topics and ideas you’re passionate about in cooperation with faculty advisors and fellow students, it can also significantly heighten your career prospects. SU Environmental Studies graduates have earned graduate degrees at institutions such as the University of Michigan, Oxford University, the University of Montana, Alaska Pacific University, the University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University, Sophia University, Evergreen State College, and Antioch University, among others.
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A degree in Environmental Studies provides a broad foundation upon which to build a wide range of meaningful and productive careers. Environmental Studies graduates are employed by local, state, and federal government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, research and educational institutions, consulting firms, and corporations. Because of the diversity of options available, career planning is especially important for our majors and the Environmental Studies Program, in concert with the SU Career Services Office, is committed to providing resources and mentoring for this purpose. The process starts early in the student’s academic career, perhaps even as early as the choice of the major and a particular EVST specialization, continues with advising on internship opportunities, and concludes with the full transition from campus to career path.
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