An internship is required for the Environmental Science and Technology major. This means that in order to graduate, ENST students must first find an internship, fill out the Internship Approval Form, and then complete ENST 389. While students are required to find an internship themselves, the university and ENST department offers plenty of resources to help such as the ENST Advising Blog, Careers4Terps, UMD Internships, and Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research. Advisors and professors also may know of additional opportunities for internships on or off-campus.
What types of experiences would count toward my internship requirement? Here are a few examples!
Grant Intern, Chesapeake Bay Trust
Kyle Runion, environmental science and technology student, has always been interested in how the human race affects its surroundings. He says that it seems most people prefer to ignore the environment simply because it’s more convenient to do so, “But we as a people and world must put forth effort to ensure the vitality of our Earth.” As an intern for the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT), he is working to do just that. Learn More>>
Peer Education Intern, UMD Green Dining
ENST junior Ben Golding has loved learning about nature since he was a child. “I was basically raised in family's plant nursery, and I used to go up to Shenandoah National Park every fall,” says Golding. Now, through the experience from his recent internship with Green Dining, he hopes to channel that love of learning into a career of teaching. Learn More>>
Wetlands Restoration Intern, South River Federation
When Josh Gaimaro, senior environmental science and technology student, looks toward his future career, he doesn’t see just a job. He takes to heart the motto, do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. “I want to get paid to do what I love, and that is to enjoy nature and understand our ecosystems,” Gaimaro said. Learn More>>
Volunteer Intern, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
Senior Ellen Fuss has always been passionate about conservation and environmental science, but her internship at the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection helped her explore what she wanted to do with that passion. Learn More>>
Biological Science Aide, Agriculture Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture
40 hours a week, 15-20 miles per hour winds, temperatures often below freezing; the conditions were not always ideal for senior Nicholas Gilbert but the experience he gained at the Agriculture Research Service (ARS) was worth it. Learn More>>