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What are internships?

Internships are a wonderful and effective ways to connect your academic experience with the professional work arena. Internships allow you to gain valuable exposure to the workplace, provide the opportunity for skill development, and give you a competitive edge in the job search.

How can I find an internship?

There are many organizations seeking Environmental Studies students to serve as interns. Several internship opportunities are highlighted below.


EVRN 490 - Environmental Studies Internship Program

Majors in the Environmental Studies Program are eligible to enroll in EVRN 490 and receive academic credit for their internship experience. Students may request that EVRN 490 count for 1-8 credits and are required to complete 40 hours of work for each credit. The credits earned in EVRN 490 can be used to satisfy Junior/Senior elective requirements for the major. EVRN 490 is graded Credit/No Credit.

For more information about the Internship Program, view the Internship Guidelines (pdf)

To apply to the Internship Program, complete the Internship Program Application (pdf)
Applications can be returned to the Environmental Studies Program Office or submitted via email to envstudies@ku.edu.

Students who have successfully completed the Internship Program Application, including supervisor expectations of the intern, will be given a permission number to enroll in EVRN 490.


Internship Resources

Highlighted Internships

Bluestem Farm – Bluestem Farm operates on 80 acres in southwest Douglas County, Kansas. We raise grass-fed beef cattle, a few goats for meat and milk, chickens for meat and eggs, bees, fruit trees, and a garden. Our purpose is to supply food for our table and our neighborhood through a managed agro-ecosystem.  We model practices that will help conventional farms make more sustainable choices. For more information, contact: Karen Willey, Owner, Bluestem Farm, 785-979-9455, kwilley1@live.com

Diesel Health Project – The goal of the Diesel Health Project is to protect the health of the community by identifying, documenting, and taking mitigating action on environmental and health problems caused by goods movement in the Kansas City region, particularly diesel exhaust and other pollutants emitted by freight transportation, warehousing, and related activities. For more information, contact: Eric Kirkendall, Director, Diesel Health Project, 785-550-3408, kirkendall1@gmail.com

NASA DEVELOP Program – Part of NASA's Applied Sciences Program, DEVELOP addresses environmental and policy concerns through the practical application of NASA Earth observations. DEVELOP projects apply Earth observations to the application areas of Agriculture, Climate, Disasters, Ecological Forecasting, Energy, Health and Air Quality, Oceans, Water Resources, and Weather. For more information, contact: Merna Saad, New Business Developer, NASA DEVELOP Program, 757-864-5548, merna.n.saad@nasa.gov

Searchable Internship Archive

The Searchable Internship Archive lists past internship experiences of Environmental Studies students and highlights other internship opportunities. It can be searched by keyword, organization name, location, or by the Learning Pathways associated with the internship.
 

 
Organization Learning Pathway Contact
Organization Learning Pathway Contact
Vajra Farm Permaculture Center
Oskaloosa, KS
Food & Agriculture, Sustainable Development Steve Moring
785-691-7305
moringse@gmail.com
Margie Wakefield Campaign
2nd District, KS
Environmental Policy Kyle Gardner
kyle@wakefieldforkansas.com
Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts
Worchester, MA
Food & Agriculture Diana Ramos
508-799-9147
schoolgardens@recworcester.org
Road’s End Farm
Dundee, NY
Food & Agriculture Contact Page
607-243-5234
organic87@frontiernet.net
Rodale Institute
Kutztown, PA
Food & Agriculture Megan Kintzer
610-683-1443
megan.kintzer@rodaleinstitute.org
Southwest Organizing Project
Chicago, IL
Environmental Justice, Environmental Policy Jeff Bartow
505-247-8832 x116
jeffbartow@sbcglobal.net
Chugach National Forest
Anchorage, Alaska
Conservation Science 907-743-9500
chugach@fs.fed.us
United Farm Workers
Various Locations
Environmental Justice, Food & Agriculture, Indigenous Studies Contact Page
(661) 823-6250
execoffice@ufw.org
Urban Servant Corps
Denver, CO
Environmental Justice Krista Kilgus
303-894-0076
Association of Volunteers for Service in Protected Areas
Costa Rica
Conservation Science Biól. Roberto Solano Cordero
+506-2258-4430
rsolano@asvocr.org
Conservation Volunteers
Australia, New Zealand
Conservation Science Contact Page
info@conservationvolunteers.com/au
The Golondrinas Foundation
Ecuador
Conservation Science Contact Page
+593-6264-8662
rnaturaleza@yahoo.com
Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador
Washington, DC
Environmental Justice,
Environmental Policy, Indigenous Studies
Jacob Blickenov
202-521-2510 x202
Concern America
Santa Ana, CA
Environmental Justice, Indigenous Studies Contact Page
714-953-8575
info@concernamerica.org
Department of Homeland Security
Oak Ridge, TN
Environmental Security Contact Page
dhsed@orau.org
Eco-Escuela Spanish Language School
Guatemala
Conservation Science +502-5498-4539
Cross Border Network for Justice and Solidarity
Kansas City, MO
Environmental Justice, Environmental Security Contact Page
info@crossbordernetwork.org
ECHO
North Fort Myers, FL
Food & Agriculture, Sustainable Development Beth Doerr
239-543-3246
bdoerr@echonet.org
Folkway Institute
Portland, OR
Conservation Science Folkways_Institute@msn.com
Children’s Eternal Rain Forest
Costa Rica
Conservation Science Rosibel Fallas
+506-2645-5003
info@acmcr.org
Nicaragua Center for Community Action (NICCA)
Berkeley, CA
Environmental Justice, Food & Agriculture 510-525-5497
nicca@igc.org
One World Workforce
Various Locations
Environmental Justice FirstNameLastName
416-979-5674
Save the Earth Network
Ghana
Conservation Science Eben Mensah
+27-7743139
Tillers International
Scotts, MI
Food & Agriculture Lori Evesque
800-498-2700
Trees For Life
Wichita, KS
Environmental Justice Jeffrey Faus
316-945-6929
World Neighbors
Oklahoma City, OK
Indigenous Studies Contact Page
405-752-9700
Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice
Lawrence, KS
Environmental Justice, Environmental Policy lcpjinfo@lcpj.org
Student Conservation Association
Various Locations
Conservation Science Internship Initiatives
Contact Page
888-722-9675
UN Volunteers
Various Locations
Environmental Justice Contact Page
+49-228-815-2000
US Forest Service
Various Locations
Conservation Science Contact Page
800-832-1355
Vista Environmental Inc.
Ashland, VA
Geospatial Analysis John Peffer
804-752-4815
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Various Locations
Environmental Justice Ethan Vesely-Flad
828-575-9753
editor@forusa.org
Work Group for Community Health and Development
Lawrence, KS
Environmental Justice, Environmental Policy, Sustainable Development Christina Holt
785-864-0533
cholt@ku.edu
Michaela Farm
Oldenburg, IN
Food & Agriculture Joan Miller
812-933-6417
Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism (SOLVE)
Portland, OR
Conservation Science, Environmental Justice Maureen Fisher
503-844-9571
maureen@solve.org
Southern Environmental Law Center
Various Locations
Environmental Justice 434-977-4090
contact@selcva.org
Sustainable South Bronx
Bronx, NY
Environmental Justice, Sustainable Development Rhonda James
646-400-5430
info@ssbx.org
The Aspen Institute
Aspen, CO
Environmental Policy Contact Page
970-925-7010
Barr Foundation
Boston, MA
Climate Change Science, Environmental Justice Heiner Baumann
617-854-3500
info@barrfoundation.org
The George Gund Foundation
Cleaveland, OH
Environmental Justice Contact Page
216-241-3114
Info@GundFdn.org
Majora Carter Group
Bronx, NY
Environmental Justice Contact Page
718-874-7313
info@majoracartergroup.com
League of Conservation Voters
Various Locations
Conservation Science, Environmental Policy Contact Page
202-785-8683
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Various Locations
Environmental Policy, Water & Soil Resources Contact Page
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, WA
Environmental Security Contact Page
888-375-7665
Pinchot Institute for Conservation
Various Locations
Conservation Science, Environmental Policy Contact Page
202-797-6580
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
Springfield, MA
Land Use & Planning Contact Page
413-781-6045
info@pypc.org
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Various Locations
Climate Change Science, Geospatial Analysis, Water & Soil Resources Contact Page
507-212-8031
fellows@si.edu
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Knoxville, TN
Climate Change Science, Environmental Science, Sustainable Development Contact Page
865-637-6055
The Greening of Detroit
Detroit, MI
Food & Agriculture, Land Use & Planning, Sustainable Development Contact Page
313-237-8733
info@greeningofdetroit.com
The Wilderness Society
Various Locations
Conservation Science, Environmental Policy Contact Page
Louise Tucker
louise_tucker@tws.org
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
New York, NY
Environmental Justice Contact Page
212-961-1000
World Resources Institute
Washington, DC
Climate Change Science, Environmental Policy, Water & Soil Resources Contact Page
202-729-7600
Mother Earth News
Topeka, KS
Environmental Policy Rebecca Martin
785-274-4347
rmartin@motherearthnews.com
Olsson Associates
Olathe, KS
Soil & Water Science Kellen Petersen
913-829-0078
kpetersen@oaconsulting.com
Tetra Tech Inc.
Kansas City, MO
Soil & Water Science David Zimmermann
816-412-1788
dave.zimmermann@tetratech.com
TradeWind Energy
Lenexa, KS
Climate Change Science, Sustainable Development Matt Jacobs
913-322-7429
mjacobs@tradewindevergy.com
Kansas State Representative
Topeka, KS
Environmental Policy Tom Sloan
785-841-1526
tom.sloan@house.ks.gov
Coalition for a Liveable Future
Portland, OR
Sustainable Development, Environmental Justice Kathy Hammock
503-294-2889
Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internships
Washington, D.C.
Indigenous Studies Teresa Bravo
520-901-8561
Literacy for Environmental Justice
San Fransisco, CA
Environmental Justice Anthony Khalil
415-282-6840
Louisiana Bucket Brigade
New Orleans, LA
Environmental Justice Anne Rolfes
504-484-3433
Oxfam International
Various Locations
Environmental Justice Contact Page
Parks & People
Baltimore, MD
Environmental Justice, Land Use & Planning Jacqueline M. Carrera
410-448-5663
jackie.carrera@parksandpeople.org
Cromwell Environmental
Lawrence, KS
Sustainable Development Aron Cromwell
785-749-6020
Cultivate Kansas City
Lawrence, KS
Environmental Policy, Food & Agriculture Alica Ellingsworth
913-991-2595
Environmental Justice ecoAmbassadors
Various Locations
Environmental Justice Shira Sternberg
202-564-0467
Kansas Biological Survey
Lawrence, KS
Geospatial Analysis, Water & Soil Resources Sarah Hinman
785-727-9401
Kansas Water Office
Topeka, KS
Environmental Policy, Water & Soil Resources Christian B. Gnau
785-296-0617
Kansas Land Trust
Lawrence, KS
Environmental Policy, Land Use & Planning Jerry Jost
785-749-3297
Lawrence - Douglas County Health Department
Lawrence, KS
Environmental Justice, Environmental Policy Charile Bryan
785-856-7357
Minuteman Press
Lawrence, KS
Sustainable Development Dee Bisel
785-842-2656
Moving Forward Network
Kansas City, MO
Environmental Justice Eric Kirkendall
785-260-0083
Operation Wildlife
Linwood, KS
Conservation Science Contact Page
Diane Johnson
785-542-3623
Sierra Club - Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships
Various Locations
Environmental Justice Leslie Fields
202-548-4586
Spatial Data Research
Lawrence, KS
Geospatial Analysis Brian Welde
785-842-0447
Open Space Alliance
Albuquerque, NM
Conservation Science Sallie McCarthy
505-897-8831
Coffee Kids
Santa Fe, NM
Environmental Security, Food & Agriculture, Sustainable Development Contact Page
Carolyn Fairman
505-820-1443
Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
Washington, DC
Climate Change Science, Environmental Justice Contact Page
Kari Fulton
202-630-4621
U.S. Department of the Interior
Various Locations
Conservation Science, Environmental Policy Contact Page
202-208-3100
Earth Corps
Seattle, WA
Sustainable Development Kelly O'Callahan
206-322-9296 x217
Global Exchange
San Francisco, CA
Environmental Justice Contact Page
415-255-7296
Green Corps - Field School for Environmental Organizing
Denver, CO
Environmental Security Charlotte Bartter
303-375-3865
Heartland Farm
Pawnee Rock, KS
Food & Agriculture FirstNameLastName
620-923-4585
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Beacon, NY
Environmental Justice Dave Conover
845-265-8080 x7104
The Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, Inc. (KAWS)
Various Locations
Water & Soil Resources Jeff Neel
785-410-0040
Kansas Land Trust
Lawrence, KS
Land Use & Planning Ginevera K. Moore
785-749-3297
Kansas Rural Center
Whiting, KS
Environmental Policy, Food & Agriculture Julie Mettenburg
785-873-3431
Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance
CityST
Food & Agriculture, Water & Soil Resources Jason Fizell
Phone
The Kerr Center
Poteau, OK
Food & Agriculture James E. Horne
918-647-9123
The Land Institute
Salina, KS
Food & Agriculture Wes Jackson
785-823-5376
National Resources Defense Council
Various Locations
Environmental Justice Contact Page
212-727-2700
Nature Conservatory
Various Locations
Conservation Science Contact Page
800-628-6860
Northwest Earth Institute
Portland, OR
Conservation Science Lacy Cagle
503-227-2807
Oregon Tilth
Corvallis, OR
Conservation Science Jessie Hancock-Malo
503-378-0690 x406
organic@tilth.org
Operation Wildlife
Linwood, KS
Conservation Science Contact Page
785-542-3625
Partnership for Sustainable Communities
Various Locations
Environmental Justice, Sustainable Development David Doyle
913-551-7667
The Population Institute
Washington, DC
Sustainable Development Jennie Wetter
202-544-3300
White House Internship Program
Washington, DC
Environmental Policy Contact Page
Well Communities
Fayston, VT
Environmental Policy, Food & Agriculture Contact Page
802-496-5690
Alaska Conservation Foundation
Various Locations
Conservation Science Contact Page
The Wolves & Moose of Isle Royale
Lake Superior, MI
Conservation Science, Geospatial Analysis Contact Page
Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
Lake Superior, MI
Conservation Science Contact Page
541-994-5485
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Edgewater, MD
Conservation Science, Water & Soil Resources Contact Page
443-482-2200
Alliance for Community Trees
Washington, DC
Conservation Science, Environmental Justice, Sustainable Development Contact Page
202-291-8733
Upstate Forever
Greenville, SC
Conservation Science, Environmental Policy, Land Use & Planning Contact Page
864-250-0500
Paul Gerhardt Jr. Internship
Portland, OR
Environmental Policy, Land Use & Planning Contact Page
503-497-1000
Earthwatch Institute
Various Locations
Climate Change Science, Conservation Science, Water & Soil Resources Contact Page
800-776-0188
US Department of Interior Internships
Various Locations
Conservation Science, Geospatial Analysis, Water & Soil Resources Contact Page
Michael Gale
YouthGO@ios.doi.gov
Baker Wetlands
Lawrence, KS
Conservation Science, Environmental Policy, Land Use & Planning Contact Page
Roger Boyd
785-424-0595
Carbon Roots International
Haiti
Food & Agriculture, Sustainable Development Contact Page
503-497-1000
Paul Gerhardt Jr. Internship
Portland, OR
Environmental Policy, Land Use & Planning Contact Page
503-497-1000
Paul Gerhardt Jr. Internship
Portland, OR
Environmental Policy, Land Use & Planning Contact Page
503-497-1000
Paul Gerhardt Jr. Internship
Portland, OR
Environmental Policy, Land Use & Planning Contact Page
503-497-1000

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