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Student Internship Information

Spring 2020 internship applications due December 30, 2019 by 5 PM 

*If you are interested in an internship, (including Hinckley Institute Internship),  counting toward your ENVST degree, schedule an appointment with Jennifer Watt

For an example of Hinkley Internship Opportunities, please visit this page.

Late applications are not accepted.

  • Your internship will be self-initiated and highly autonomous
  • Whether paid or unpaid, your experience should provide you with the opportunity to apply theoretical and empirically based ideas from your coursework to a real-world setting
  • Internships can be broad but must be focused on an environmental issue
  • Internships should offer the opportunity to develop marketable, professional skills
  • Internships that primarily consist of physical labor, photocopying, filing, or similar work will not be considered
  • All ENVST majors MUST complete a 3 credit hour internship (135 hours), but can pursue additional internships for credit (cannot exceed a total of 6 credits).


  1. Complete ENVST 2000, ENVST 2050, ENVST 2100, GEOG/ENVST 3210, ENVST 3364, ENVST 3365, and POLS 5322.
  2. Complete 60 credit hours before applying for internship.
  3. Start researching potential agencies and organizations at least two months prior to planned internship semester. Watch for posted internship announcements or contact agencies of interest directly.
  4. Submit cover letter and resume to potential internship agencies at least one month prior to planned internship semester. Follow up with agencies to confirm receipt of your materials.
  5. When you have found a potential internship, develop an Internship Description as stipulated on the Internship Application. Meet with the agency to complete forms at least two weeks prior to internship semester.
  6. Electronically submit your Internship Application and all accompanying materials, by the above deadline.
  7. Internship Applications require one week for review. If your internship is approved, you will be sent a course add-code and access to online coursework. If your internship application is not approved, you will be provided with feedback on how your internship proposal can be developed into a professional project.
  8. In order to obtain academic credit, register for the course using the course add code. Be certain to enter the appropriate number of credit hours for the internship (i.e. 1-3 credits).


Expectations of Student Intern:

  • Find an environmentally focused internship
  • Follow PROCEDURES as listed above
  • Develop a clearly defined Intern Work Plan with the agency.  This will be submitted in Canvas.
  • Serve as the primary individual responsible for developing and implementing the project
  • Satisfy agency expectations in a thorough and timely manner
  • Behave in a professional manner
  • Maintain clear and open communication with the agency and with Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Expectations of Agency:

  • Provide assistance to student intern in developing the Intern Work Plan
  • Serve as a professional mentor and professional connection for student intern
  • Provide professional experiences focusing on the environment and avoiding an overabundance of menial tasks
  • Provide clear explanations of student’s duties and provide feedback
  • Give clear indication of timeline for completion
  • Maintain clear and open communication with student intern
  • Assist student intern with troubleshooting
  • Contact Environmental and Sustainability Studies if problems arise
  • Complete the Internship Evaluation.  This will be sent via email at the end of the academic semester

Expectations of Environmental and Sustainability Studies:

  • Distribute Internship Announcements
  • Assist student with assessing potential agencies to contact for an internship
  • Provide coursework for student focused on professional development.
  • Address concerns raised by agency or student intern

Time Commitments

  • In determining the number of hours a student should be interning at an agency, note that the University of Utah expects three hours of effort per week per credit hour for a total of 15 weeks.
    • 1 credit hour = 3 hours effort (45 total hours)
    • 2 credit hours = 6 hours effort (90 total hours)
    • 3 credit hours = 9 hours effort (135 total hours)
  • Work can be done in fewer weeks provided the student completes the appropriate number of hours. For example, if a student is completing a 3 credit hour internship (9 hours of work per week over the course of the 15 week semester totaling 135 weeks for the semester), but the agency wants the student to complete the work in 10 weeks, then the student must work 13.5 hours per week.

Important Dates

It is the student’s responsibility to find an internship and submit the Internship Application and supporting materials in a timely manner to Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Applications are due one week prior to the beginning of the planned internship semester.

Late applications will not be considered.

Use the U's Academic Calendar to aid you in planning.

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Last Updated: 9/9/19