What is an internship?
An internship is any temporary work experience that involves on-the-job training to prepare for a future career in a given field. The emphasis of an internship is exposure to a given field and development of skills and knowledge rather than simple employment. Internships may be found through formal internship programs through an agency or business or they may be informal situations set up on a case by case basis. When thinking about potential internship opportunities it important to think outside the box. An internship experience is most valuable when it allows you to demonstrate creativity and initiative and provides you with the experience that will help you attain your goals after graduation.
Why should I do an internship?
Just as Education students gain experience through student teaching and Engineering students gain experience with co-ops, it is important for environmental studies students to gain experience. Some of the best ways to do this are through volunteer or internship opportunities. Employers and admissions committees for graduate and professional programs are looking for candidates who have had a variety of experiences in and out of the classroom. Internships can also help you develop a network of people in your field of interest.