An academic internship is an approved and monitored work experience of a pre-professional nature that meets specific learning goals and is related to an academic field of study. The work at the internship site is under the direction of a site supervisor; a faculty sponsor (usually your departmental advisor) will make the academic assignment for the student to complete. A Learning Agreement must be completed by Internship Site Supervisors and an appropriate faculty sponsor.

The Internship Site Supervisor is responsible for overseeing the work of the student intern. The site supervisor also provides a description of the learning goals of the internship and the intern's responsibilities to achieve these goals. The Site Supervisor will provide an evaluation of the student's internship performance.

The environmental studies advisor can help you with your internship placement. Please review the internship overview.


ES students have earned a variety of commercial, nonprofit, and government internships, including:

Allegheny National Forest
Asbury Woods Nature Reserve, Erie, Pa.
Audubon Society, Beechwood Farms
Blazosky Associates Inc., State College, Pa.
Carnegie Science Center
Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, Wash.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
Eagle Industrial Hygiene, Hatboro, Pa.
Frick Environmental Center
GIS Dept., West Chester County, Pa.
Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, Pa.
Group Against Smog and Pollution
Lackawanna River Corridor Association, Scranton, Pa.
Lawrence County Conservation District
Llano State Park, Tx.
Maine High Adventure
Marine Mammal Stranding Station, N.J.
Montour Run Watershed Association
National Aviary, Pittsburgh, Pa.
National Forest Service
National Science Foundation
Oil Creek State Park
PA Fish and Game Commission
PennEnvironment, Philadelphia, Pa.
Pennsylvania CleanWays
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
Phipps Conservatory
Pittsburgh Zoo
Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pa.
Pymatuning Lab for Ecology, Linesville, Pa.
Raccoon Creek State Park
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Weavertown Environmental Group
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Many students also take advantage of internships offered through the Student Conservation Association (