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Internship Options

Local Internships

Below are examples of local organizations that have provided previous internship opportunities for Environmental Studies students. For a listing of current internship postings see the Hart Career Center's Handshake Career Link. But don't let that limit you! Seek out opportunities you may be interested in, talk with other students who have interned, visit the IWU Hart Career Center, or make an appointment with the ES Program Coordinator  Dr. Laurine Brown (, 309-556-1067) for additional ideas. 

City of Bloomington Public Works with Engineering & GIS
Ecology Action Center
Henry Brockman's Organic Farm
Illinois Environmental Council (Springfield IL)
Illinois EPA: Governor's Environmental Corps (summer only; Springfield and Champaign IL)
IWU Peace Garden
Miller Park Zoo 
The Nature Conservancy 
The Green Institute at Heartland Community College
Town of Normal with the Town Planner
Sugar Grove Nature Center
ParkLands Foundation (summer) 

Greening the Campus Internship 

Students interested in pursuing a project to implement environmental sustainability on the IWU campus should consult with the ES Program Coordinator or ES Program Director for more information.

See below for summer internships ideas in Illinois or nationally that are available to students
but may not be eligible for academic credit.

Internship Directories (Regional/ National) 

Association of Zoos and Zoo Aquariums
Environmental Career Opportunities 
Green Dream Jobs 
Idealist's Non-profit Internship Directory 
Ohio State's Environmental Internship Page 
Orion Grassroots Network Internship Services 
Rochester Institute of Technology's Environmental Internship Directory 
USA-JOBS (government internships)

Summer Internship Opportunities (Regional/ National/ International) 

Alaska Conservation Foundation (several throughout AK)
Allerton Park (Monticello, IL)
Alliance for the Great Lakes 
American Camping Association 
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies 
Delaware Nature Society 
Department of Energy Scholars Program 
Environmental Protection Agency--various opportunities 
EPA's Office of Environmental Justice
Girl Scouts
The Great Basin Institute 
Horizons for Youth Environmental Education Center 
Illinois Department of Natural Resources 
Illinois EPA: Governor's Environmental Corps (Springfield and regional offices)
Illinois State Geological Survey 
IWU Freeman Asia Internship Program
Land Between the Lakes
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center 
Northern Arizona University--EPA and tribal internships
Project Vote Smart 
Resources for the Future 
Student Conservation Association 
The Wilderness Society 
The Wilds

Research Opportunities

Argonne National Lab--Undergraduate Education Programs, Chicago (year-round)
Cedar Creek Natural History Area Ecological Research--U of Minnesota (summer)Department of Energy Scholars Program (summer)
EPA's National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellowships (summer)
EPA's fellowships and student programs listings
The Great Basin Institute
Konza Prairie Research Natural Area--U of Kansas 
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Research Intern Program--Columbia University (summer) 
National Science Foundation Research for Undergraduates Program (summer)
NSF Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Research Fellowships 
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Research Fellowships (summer)
Pacific Whale Foundation Research Internships (various locations)
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (year-round)
Society of Toxicology Student Research Internships, throughout the U.S (summer)
University of Delaware Marine Sciences Summer Internship (summer)
University of Nevada, Reno Research Experience for Undergraduates (Summer)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Fellowships and Traineeships  (summer)
World Wild Life Fund Conservation Science Internship