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Environmental Internship

Fall 2017
August 21 - December 7, 2017
Environmental Science Internship
NSC 49808
School of Science


Professor:  Dr. Linda Sigismondi
Phone:      740 245-7484
Email:       lindas@rio.edu
Office:      Kidd Hall 100B
Office Hours: MW 1:00 - 2:20. T 3:00 - 4:00, R 1:30 - 2:20, others by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The student will work for a ten-week period (400 hours) as an intern in an environmental position approved by the field placement coordinator.  The student will learn the duties and responsibilities of the position, the organizational structure of the agency/business, and gain practical work experience.  Prerequisites:  Senior Environmental Science Major and permission of field placement coordinator.  Prior to starting an internship, an agreement must be completed with the organization/agency at which the internship will take place.


PREREQUISITES:  Senior Environmental Science Major



PROGRAM OUTCOMES: The following outcomes have been adopted for the environmental science degree program for which this course is required:

  • Explain, using appropriate terminology, the major concepts in environmental science including major environmental problems, their causes, consequences, and potential solutions.
  • Explain the fundamentals of scientific inquiry, interpret the results of scientific investigations, and draw reasonable conclusions from data.
  • Communicate scientific information in oral and written form.

  • Relate models, theories and concepts to real world phenomena.

  • Explain, using appropriate terminology, the major environmental laws in the United States.
  • Function successfully in an environmental science internship.

COURSE OUTCOMES:  The following outcomes have been adopted for this course.  All outcomes listed below have direct relevance to course material.  Upon completion of this course students are expected to:

  • To learn the duties and responsibilities of a job in environmental science.
  • To obtain experience with equipment in environmental science.   
  • To learn about environmental regulations in environmental science. 
  • To learn the organizational structure of the organization or business.
  • To apply theoretical concepts learned in courses to a practical situation.




The student must submit an application for the internship to the URG internship supervisor prior to the start of the internship.  The student must also sign a waiver of liability.  


The URG internship supervisor will contact the potential supervisor at the agency where the internship will take place.  If the internship is approved, the URG internship supervisor will obtain a signed internship agreement and liability waiver from the agency prior to the start of the internship.  


The student must complete 400 hours of practical work experience.  The student should treat the internship as a job that he/she is required to attend.  If the student misses a day for illness or other reasonable excuse, he/she must notify the on-site supervisor.  The on-site supervisor will note attendance in their evaluation.


Evaluation by On-Site Supervisor

100 points

Daily Activity Log

100 points


200 points


400 points

A = 93-100%, A- = 90-92, B+ = 88-89, B = 83-87%, B- = 80-82, C+ = 78-79, C = 73-77%, C- = 70-72, D+ = 68-69, D = 63-67%, D- =60-62, F = below 60%

Evaluation by On-Site Supervisor
The on-site supervisor will complete a report at the conclusion of the internship.  The form for this evaluation is attached to this syllabus and a copy will be sent to the on-site supervisor.

Supervisor Evaluation

Daily Activity Log
The student will keep a record of his or her daily activities and report them to the URG internship director on a biweekly basis.  The form for this log is included with the syllabus.  The form may be sent by mail or scanned and sent by email.  

Intern Activity Log

Student Internship Portfolio
The student will be required to turn in a portfolio that includes the information below.  The material should be submitted electronically as a MS Word document. 

  • Cover Page
  • Introduction (20 points) – This section is a description of where and when the internship took place including the name and address of agency or company, the general region of the state and country where the agency is located, the dates of internship, and an overview of the purpose of agency/company. This section should be about 1 page.
  • Organizational Structure of the Agency/business (35 points) - This section should describe the agency including the names of the different sections of the agency, the number and types of jobs in each section, the general responsibilities of the different sections and the administrative chain of command. This section should be 2-3 pages depending on complexity of agency.
  • Duties and Responsibilities (60 points) - This section should be about 3-5 pages and should include details of what you did during the internship including sampling techniques and equipment used where appropriate.
  • Environmental laws (35 points) - This section should be about 3-5 pages and include the names of the laws that you used in your internship, the overall purpose of the laws and a critique of how the laws were met or not met. Use citations as appropriate and include references at the end of this section.
  • Personal Analysis of the Internship Experience (25 points) - This should be 1-2 pages and include your thoughts on the internship.
  • Appendices (10 points) - This section may include samples of data collected, graphs of data, maps of regions studied, samples of forms used, photos, etc.  Material in the appendix should be explained in the prior sections.

Organization and Format (15 points) - The report should be typed with standard fonts (Times, Helvetica), type sizes (10 or 12 point) and margins (1.00-1.25 inches). The text should be spell and grammar-checked. There should be page breaks between all sections.

Portfolio Grading Rubric

*All requirements must be completed and turned in by 4:00 PM on December 7, 2017.



ADA POLICY: If a student wishes to be identified as having a physical, mental, or learning disability, that may or may not require reasonable accommodation(s), he/she must register with the Office of Accessibility.  These registered students should identify themselves to their instructors and provide a written statement from the Accessibility Office that indicates the appropriate accommodations. The process of a student self-proclaiming the need for accommodation should occur as early in the semester as possible.  The Office of Accessibility is located in Rhodes Hall, Room 116, University of Rio Grande and the phone number is 245-7339.

FERPA:  The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College are committed to fully respecting and protecting the rights of students under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). These rights generally include the right to inspect, review and seek amendment to the student's education records and the right to provide written consent before personally identifiable information from education records is disclosed.  Under FERPA, students have the right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures to comply with FERPA.  Please see the Student Records Confidentiality/ Rights Under FERPA section of the Student Handbook for details and more information.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:  Standard university policies, as described in the Student Handbook, apply.

WITHDRAWAL: Refer to Student Handbook

INCOMPLETES: Standard university policy - Incompletes will only be granted for extenuating circumstances, such as illness, accident, etc. which will prevent the student from completing the course. An incomplete grade cannot be given to avoid a failing grade in the course. Appropriate documentation (i.e. medical) must accompany the Incomplete Grade Request. Students must have completed at least 75% of the course with a passing grade when requesting an incomplete. The student must request an incomplete from the instructor. It is the responsibility of the student to make up incomplete work. The instructor must complete the Incomplete Grade Request form and submit to the Registrar’s Office. Requests must include a valid reason why the work cannot be completed, a list of assignments to complete, a schedule for when the work will be completed, and the grade to be assigned if the work is not completed. Assignments should be completed as soon as possible, preferably within a few weeks.



Last Updated:  August 18, 2017