Internships & Community Engagement

David Werner '21 gardens during his summer manager position at the IWU Peace Garden.
Sam Yoest completes her internship with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Intern Maria Wipfler '20 and other educators at the Sugar Grove Nature Center demonstrate the behavior of baby mussels sticking to fish gills through an interactive poster.


Internships offer opportunities to make your education "real" by providing practical work experiences in your field of study or career interest area.

Environmental Studies students are strongly encouraged to pursue summer internships to augment their learning and prepare themselves for future work in the environmental field.

Also, a local internship may be undertaken during the academic year for credit toward the ES major or minor.

For more information:

  • Environmental Internship Options - Explore this link to examples of local internships ES students have worked with. Contact Dr. Laurine Brown (, the ES Program Coordinator for more ideas. Also see ideas for regional and national internships for possible summer experiences.
  • Internship Experiences - Check out where previous Environmental Studies majors have interned.
  • IWU Freeman Asia Internship Program - In-depth information can be found here about these unique, mostly fully-funded summer internships set in Asia. There are multiple opportunities for ES students through this program.
  • Hart Career Center Internship Resources - Check out many internship resources and frequently asked questions, including the Handshake Career Tool for current internship/job listings, or stop by Hart Career Center located on campus in the IWU Minor Myers, jr. Welcome Center.
  • Internship Guidelines for Academic Credit - Explore this link for information on receiving academic credit for an internship (ENST 397  Internship). Students must consult with the ES Program Coordinator, Dr. Laurine Brown and receive approval before registering for the internship and beginning work.