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What is the best method of finding internships that suits your interests?

I am a rising sophomore in college who is interested in pursuing a career related to environmental science, however I have been struggling to find internships that are related to my interests. #internships #internship

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Simeon’s Answer

I would reach out to your teachers and see if they know of any internships or work opportunities. Check the websites of companies that you'd like to work for someday and send inquiry emails. Even if a company doesn't know of an internship, they might know of other companies that do offer internships. If you can't find a summer internship, you could also try working at a summer camp. You'll make a lot of new friends and you can often leverage new connections to find job/internship opportunities.
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Matt’s Answer

Hey Sharlene, I think Daniela's answer is most applicable to your question. I do want to add that you should try to take up an internship if you can find one even if it's not directly related to your field. This is coming from the perspective of having participated ,in a management capacity, a lot of large company hiring events. The candidates with internship experience will normally indicate to us that they have a smaller/milder learning curve in terms of communications , familiarity with company processes , and the like. Seemingly small things on paper but are highly valued in the professional realm.
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Daniela’s Answer

Hi Sharlene,


A good place to start is the Student Conservation Association (SCA), which places over 2,000 interns a year and focuses on expense paid year round internships, many of which are outdoors. They partner with public and private organizations along with federal agencies and prescreen applicants to create a national pool of candidates for organizations to select from to bring in for interviews. Internships through SCA can offer anywhere from $75-$300 per week in living expenses, plus housing, travel and medical costs. In addition, an Americorps education award may be available to interns at the completion of their internship.


The Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) is also a well known resource for finding internships for bachelors, masters and doctoral students and recent graduates. This program partners with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and through paid internships has turned out professionals in the environmental field for over 30 years. ECO selects 500 associates each year for 12-week to two-year internships. Sponsoring organizations offer internships in research and training programs in addition to office, laboratory and field work assignments. Associates earn between $400 and $800 per week and may also be compensated for relocation costs, housing, travel, and career development.


For your area of interest you can take a look in the following links:


http://www.ecojobs.com/


http://www.environmentalscience.org/internships


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/environmental-internships/


http://www.internships.com/environmental


Much success to you and good luck!

Thank you comment icon Hello Ms. Silvia, Thank you very much for the suggestions and links. I have been looking through the various links and found many different opportunities that look interesting to me. Sharlene
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