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Environmental Studies Internship (ENV 3980): Requirements

An internship within Purchase College or with an organization external the College is a program requirement. The goals of any internship are to learn and apply techniques and theories learned in the classroom to a real world problem. Internships may be paid or unpaid. Above all, however, internships must be educational (i.e., not office work, typing, filing, etc.). Internships also help make informed career decisions and provide contacts for potential postbaccalaureate employment.

To clarify and strengthen the internship requirement, the ENV faculty have outlined the student obligations for a successful internship. If you have questions about any of the requirements outlined below, please see your advisor.

Internship Conditions

  1. Credits: A valid internship experience must include at least 2 credits worth of time (i.e., 75 hours completed in one semester). These cannot be split into two 1-credit internships.
     
  2. Scholarly : You must read at least two articles that provide background and help interpreting your internship activities. These articles must be either primary or secondary sources (see your advisor if you have doubts regarding particular sources). You may receive suggestions from your internship supervisor or your Purchase faculty advisor. Web-based material is not acceptable. Submit a copy of each article to your advisor at the completion of the internship (the copy may be digital and submitted via email).
     
  3. Journal: You must chronicle your activities in a journal as you conduct the work for the internship. To receive a passing grade, your journal must be submitted to your faculty internship advisor. During the same day you carry out any internship work, record in the journal what you did and then reflect upon the work (i.e., why was your work important, what did you learn, etc.).
     
  4. Internship Summary: By the start of finals week in the semester of your internship, you must submit your journal, scholarly readings, and a summary of your internship. The summary must be at least 500 words per credit (i.e., two double-spaced, typed pages) and should include information you have gleaned from your scholarly readings (above).

Updated Dec. 30, 2011