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Spotlight on EVPP 494: Internship

Thinking of learning on the job?  Want to gain some experience while pursuing your undergraduate degree?  Or are you just seeking some relief from the humdrum classroom environment of a grueling 16-week semester?  How about taking an internship course for credit?  Many organizations seek interns from our talented pool of ESP students during the fall and spring semesters. EVPP 494: Internship is the perfect vehicle for our students to gain working experience.

Undergraduate Director Dr. Younsung Kim will supervise the EVPP 494: Internship course beginning in Spring 2020, taking over from her predecessor, Dr. Joris van der Ham. 

Below are stories from previous students’ experiences during their internships.  In addition to completing an off-campus professional internship with approved agencies, institutions, non-profits, or businesses, all the students were required to undergo a mentor evaluation, and submit a poster and blog post. 

Please click on each student’s name to read their internship story:

Mercedes Agrait - Leesburg Animal Park

Danielle Ambersley – Sacred Seeds, Inc.

Renata Ames – Leesylvania State Park

Gabriel Baum – City Bitty Farm (Microgreens)

Daniel Buczek – Angler Environmental, an RES Company

Noe Cuadra - EcoAction's Energy Masters Program

Adam Garrity – The Clifton Institute

Adam Grocholl – Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

Abby Haverty – Virginia Outdoors Foundation

Ciara JohnsonNational Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC), USGS

Haley TurnerPatuxent Wildlife Research Center

Sara Veizaga – Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder

Charity Walter – Prince William County, Department of Public Works


Current description of EVPP 494: Internship from the GMU Catalog:

EVPP 494: Internship is a 1-3 credit course that involves off-campus, professional student work with approved agencies, institutions, non-profits, or businesses. Work must produce one or more academic products such as: comprehensive report, departmental presentation, poster, or article. At least one substantive piece of work will be assessed for each internship credit being undertaken. Scope of work, credits, and academic product(s) are determined in consultation with the internship instructor.

Notes: Credit will be assigned based on the number of hours participating in the internship each week: 1 Credit = 4-6 hours/week, 2 Credits= 8-12 hours/week, 3 Credits= 12-18 hours/week. Offered by Environmental Science & Policy. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.

Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits and permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Internship