Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

1. WHO MAY PARTICIPATE?

Placements: Any private or public entity or agency is eligible to apply for UNCW Environmental Studies interns or practicum students. A form to assist in formulating a request is attached, and we will be more than willing to discuss your specific needs. Placements involve fields of law, environmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, all aspects of business, the media and governmental agencies.

Interns: Enrollment is open to all UNCW Environmental Studies majors or minors. Intern/Practicum applicants must be upper division students (or second semester sophomores) who demonstrate academic and leadership skills, The program requires that all participants have a GPA of B- in their major area of study and a 2.25 overall GPA.
Help us help you by applying at least a semester ahead so we can find the best opportunity. It's free!

2. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

This is a competitive program - Apply early!
Read the Intern/Practicum Grade Requirements and the Intern/Practicum Evaluation Form
as well as the Portfolio Guidelines.

3. DEADLINES:

It takes time to make the right match. Not all practica are available every semester. Unless a specific opportunity opens afterwards, the deadlines for applications are:

Undergraduates Graduates
Spring: October 1 Spring: September 15
Summer: March 1 Summer: January 31
Fall: May 1 Fall: April 1

NOTE: These are the deadlines for academic credit. Check the internship posting for the application deadline for a particular practicum.

4. I AM NOT SURE WHEN I WANT TO DO AN INTERNSHIP. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Fill out the EVS Internship Application. It takes only a few minutes and then you are on our radar screen so we can assist you to decide. Don't be shy when you fill it out; list all your coursework and skills that may apply, such as field methods, GIS/GPS, boat-handling, surveying, sampling, web page construction, computer programs (esp CAD-CAM). We send this to the sites, so please type it.

5. WHAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT INTERNSHIP TO DO?

Call Career Services and make a free appointment for some career counseling and complete an application. Contact Number: (910) 962-3174

6. HOW DO YOU CALCULATE THE CREDITS FOR AN INTERNSHIP OR PRACTICUM?

The general rule is:
1 credit hour = 40-50/hours of EVS 497/597 (Practicum) or 498/598 (Internships)
You and the placement site agree on a schedule. We gauge your performance by TOTAL HOURS, not by weekly amounts (although you do file weekly logs), so you can divide the hours up any way you agree with the site. However, for some internships we cannot count all the hours, so check with Mr. Cutting.

7. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO STUDENTS?

Four Words: Grad School and Jobs!

Students benefit by gaining experience necessary to be admitted to graduate school and to obtain future employment. Interns have a workshop in which they utilize and enhance the many skills that they have acquired through coursework. Students will have the chance to discover and explore career opportunities. Participation in this program will give to students a realistic view of the field.

8. WHAT BENEFITS MIGHT THE PLACEMENT ANTICIPATE?

Organizations requesting interns will have available to them skilled students in areas such as sampling, data collection and analysis, research, case preparation and management. The inclusion of these students will definitely enhance any workplace environment and will be an investment in the future of the intern, the placement and the nation.

9. WHAT ARE THE TIME AND MONETARY REQUIREMENTS?

Students will be eligible from one to twelve credits. The total cumulative credits available is 12, subject to approval by your advisor. Summer semesters will also be available*. Each credit equals roughly 3 hours of work per week, or 9 to 12 hours at, the placement for 3 units credit. The total time commitment and hours for every internship can be reasonably tailored to the requirements of both the placement and the student. Stipends and compensation are sometimes available.

Students Note: Check with your advisor to make sure how the internship units fit your individual degree plan.

*Students must be enrolled for the practicum during a summer semester to count summer hours between May 15 and July 15.

10. WHO SUPERVISES THE PROGRAM?

Faculty and staff oversee the entire program and will work on a continuous basis with both interns and placements to ensure a useful and meaningful experience for all.

11. HOW DOES THIS PROGRAM FIT TOGETHER WITH NC STATE, EPA OR CORPS OF ENGINEERS PROGRAMS?

A. Do I still have to apply for a UNCW-EVS internship if I have applied for one of the paid internships? Yes, for two reasons:

  1. The way you get credit for the paid internships is through the EVS program, so we need to have an application (inside the EVS office or print one from the EVS webpage)
  2. There is no guarantee you will get one of the paid positions (competition is generally stiff), so if you want to be considered for alternatives (even unpaid), you must have your application in (Internship Application Forms).

In either case, the earlier you get your application in, the better!

B. What happens if I don't get one of the paid internships? If you get your application in early, there is at least a chance we can place you in a for-credit position, depending on availability. While we can work with you to interview at alternative sites, we cannot guarantee you a spot because the notification dates are so late for the paid internships. Therefore, the earlier you get your application in, the more alternatives you can evaluate to improve your chances of getting SOME internship.

C. Note: Check the placement postings for application deadlines and to see when to apply.

BEST OF LUCK!


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