Internships & Careers

Internships & Careers

An internship is required for the Environmental Science and Technology major. This means that in order to graduate, ENST students must complete ENST 389: Professional Internship.

The Senior Professional Internship is one of the four options for the ENST Senior Integrative Experience (SIE), students can choose ENST486: Senior Professional Internship.

For a complete explanation of ENST's internship
program and requirements, see:

Undergraduate FAQs Page

ENST Internship Coordinator: Jose-Luis Izursa, PhD / jlizursa@umd.edu / 301-405-1195

 

ENST 389: Professional Internship

Submit your ENST 389 internship from

ENST Internship Guidelines

  1. You must be an ENST student to register for ENST 389. 

  2. Students are responsible for finding their own internships. 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 BlogCareers4TerpsUMD Internships, and Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research. You may respond to notices you receive from your instructors and advisors, and/or approach organizations directly. Additionally, you may pursue the internship in a wide range of settings: public sector, private companies, or research labs

  3. Your internship must be off-campus but can be paid or unpaid. Consult with your advisor or other faculty members about the types of internships appropriate to your concentration and academic/career interests.

  4. Upon selection/admission for the work experience, please submit the ENST 389 internship application form which should include a work description and proposed work schedule for approval PRIOR to the start of work.

  5. At the conclusion of your internship, you will submit a: (1) a journal, including your hours worked and a record of your activities, (2) a letter or certificate from your internship supervisor to verify the work you completed, and (3) a reflection paper of your work. Your grade in ENST 389 is pass or fail and is based on the Internship Coordinator's assessment of your learning and performance in the internship.

Steps to a Successful Professional Internship

Your internship should provide you with an invaluable experience. More than classwork, it is meant to be an essential tool in directing your future by making contacts and gaining hands-on experience. To better ensure you are getting the most out of your internship, follow these five steps:

Step One: Find an internship

  • Create or update a resume with assistance from University Career Center
  • Identify opportunities on the ENST advising blog, career center resources, personal network, etc.

Step Two: Get credit for your internship

  • Get confirmation of your internship on company letterhead (Either an offer letter or a signed internship contract)
  • Complete the online ENST internship application form
  • Turn in the offer letter or a signed internship contract to internship coordinator, Dr. Jose-Luis Izursa (jlizursa@umd.edu) prior to beginning the internship
  • Once approved register for credit on Testudo

Step Three: Get prepared for the course assignments 

  • Get your assignments prepared for the semester when you register for ENST389. Course assignments will be available in ELMS. You will have to submit them through ELMS in on or before the due date:
    1. Offer letter or a signed internship contract
    2. Daily log
    3. Certificate or letter from internship supervisor
    4. Reflection Paper

Step Four: Finish your internship constructively

  • Challenge yourself to make the most out of every minute of your internship
  • Finish your required hours (135 hours minimum - 3 credits)
  • Make sure your Internship supervisor sends your certificate of completion
  • Think about how to exit your internship graciously (thank you notes, exit interviews, ask for future opportunities)

Step Five: Finish your ENST389 course successfully

  • It is part of your learning experience to follow your syllabus and take initiative to do your assignments and turn them in on or before the due date:
    1. Offer letter or a signed internship contract
    2. Daily log
    3. Certificate or letter from internship supervisor
    4. Reflection Paper
  • The internship coordinator is the course instructor and is responsible for assigning your pass/fail grade

 

 

ENST 486: Senior Professional Internship

Submit your ENST 486 internship from

Senior Professional Internship Guidelines

  1. You must be an ENST student to register for ENST 486.

  2. You must have already received credit for the Internship ENST 389.

  3. You are responsible for finding your own Senior Professional internship. You may respond to notices you receive from your instructors and advisor, utilize links through web searches, and/or approach organizations directly. Additionally, you may pursue the internship in a wide range of settings: public sector, private companies, or research labs; your professional internship could be on- or off-campus and can be paid or unpaid.

  4. Your Senior Professional Internship should be a semester-long project or work experience that is appropriate to your concentration and discipline of your internship. Being part of your Senior Integrative Experience, it should allow you to effectively communicate the application of scholarship through a final paper and a poster presentation.

  5. Upon selection/admission for the work experience, please submit the ENST 486 Senior Internship application form including a work description and your proposed work schedule for approval PRIOR to the start of work.

  6. You will spend at least 90 hours at your internship site and attend biweekly classroom sessions to discuss how the study environmental science and technology fits into your specific internship experience.

  7. At the conclusion of your internship, you will submit: (1) a journal, including your hours worked and a record of your activities, (2) a letter from your site supervisor to verify the work you completed, (3) a final paper, and (4) a poster. Your grade in ENST 486 is based on the Internship Coordinator's assessment of your learning and performance in the internship.

Resources for Career and Internship Opportunities in Environmental Science and Technology
AGNR's Agricultural Careers and Entrepreneurship (ACE) Virtual Center