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Environmental Studies and Sustainability

ESS 4850: Community Internship

Course Description

Students work in environmental studies and sustainability internship placements that match the students’ academic program, interests and skills. Internships can be arranged across a wide array of public and private organizations focused on environmental policy, business, research, regulation, enforcement, ethics, education or other areas in the student’s interest. Internships are overseen by the ESS Program Director. Typically taken in the junior/senior year.

Internship Guidelines

Internships are opportunities for ESS Majors and Minors at Merrimack College to learn about and apply their study of the environment outside the classroom in the work place and/or field.

  • Internships can pertain to any aspect of environmental concern (e.g., conservation organizations, government agencies, relevant businesses, etc.)
  • Students must work a minimum number of 100 hours at the placement site and/or doing the work required by the internship.

Registering for the Course

To register for the course, you need clearance from your academic advisor.

Internship Requirements

Students enrolled in ESS 4850 will be required to complete the following:

  • Submit a work log:  this may take various forms, but should be a chronicle of the kinds of activities you performed in your internship each week. View it as a record for your own use while writing the required paper.
  • Write a reflective essay: Each internship student will write a 5-page paper (12-font, double-spaced) with two components: (1) a critical description of the work you were involved in and (2) a reflective component demonstrating how the internship influenced your personal, professional, and academic interests.
  • Provide a supervisor review:  Your on-site supervisor should submit a letter to the ESS Director at the end of the internship briefly outlining the scope of the work you did and recommending a grade. The ESS Director will use this information in determining a grade for the course.

The work log, essay, and supervisor review must be submitted by the last day of exams for the semester in which the student has enrolled in the course. All of the above should be sent to Bryan Bannon, bannonb@merrimack.edu.