General Internship Information

  • All Environmental Studies majors are required to successfully complete at least one credit of ENVR 397: Internship.
  • The department believes it is best to wait until after the spring semester of the junior year so the intern has a substantial body of skills and knowledge to draw on during the placement.
  • Guidelines for the Internship Goals
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Past Internship Sites

Non-profit, Service and Volunteer

The Nature Conservancy, GIS Project Assistant
ASED, Environment Intern: Read about Kelsey's experience here.
Montana Conservation Voters, Intern
The Minnesota Project, Intern (with Jackson Fellows Program)
World Watch Institute, Intern: Read about Katie's experience here.
Great Plains Institute, Environmental Intern
Mid Minnesota Development Commission, Community Development Intern
Grand Aspirations, Volunteer
Waite Park NRCS, Earth Team Volunteer
Summer of Solutions, Volunter

Food and Agriculture

Minnesota Street Market, Operations Assistant
CSB Office of Sustainability, Real Food Challenge/Landscape Master Plan Intern
U of M Extension Office, Agricultural Intern

Environmental Education

Big Island Institute, Assistant Instructor
Wood Lake Nature Center, Naturalist Aide
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Corps Crew Member
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Summer Naturalist
Carpenter Nature Center, Environmental Naturalist
Saint John's Outdoor University, Naturalist and Environmental Interns
Camp Knutson, Camp Counselor
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Education Intern
GlasEnviros Teoranta, Environmental Intern
Kennedy Community School, Environmental Intern
Tamarack Nature Center, Sustainability Consultant
Luther Crest Bible Camp, Naturalist
Camp Runoia, Sustainability Intern
Cedar Creek at UMN, Environmental Intern
Wolf Ridge ELC, Naturalist and Animal Care Intern
Saint John's Outdoor University, Collegebound Coordinator
Wood Lake Nature Center, Naturalist Intern
Lake City ELP, Environmental Instructor
CSB or SJU Sustainability Office, Sustainability Intern (20)
CSB/SJU Sustainability Office, Ecuador Sustainability Intern

Resource and Land Management

World Bank, Natural Resources Intern
Woodchuck Tree Service, Grounds man and Apprentice
MN Department of Natural Resources, Invasive Species Intern
CSB Facilities Management, Sustainability Intern
CSB Monastic Woods, Woodlands Intern
Rural Fire Site, Site Coordinator
Saint John's Outdoor University/Abbey Arboretum, Assistant Land Manager and Arboretum Assistant
Saint John's Outdoor University/Abbey Arboretum, Arboretum Land Intern
Fairbanks District Office, Land Management Intern
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Resource Management Intern
Minnesota Valley Wetland Management District, Resource Management Intern
Minnesota Native Landscapes, Intern
Stearns County Environmental Services, Environmental Intern
Stearns County Park and Recreation, Quarry Park Intern
Department of Natural Resources: Parks and Trails, Trail Use Surveyor Intern
Natural Resource Conservation Service, Conservation Aide-Technical

Farming and Gardening

Cenex Harvest States, Environment Intern
Earthrise Farm Foundation, Environmental Intern
Ploughshare Farm, Farm and Environmental Intern
Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, Youth Art Competition Intern
Common Ground Garden, Environmental Intern and Gardener
Sunopta Sunflower, Crop Production Intern
The Long Sliding Farm, Farm Intern

Water, Waste and Soil Management

Mille Lacs County, Solid Waste Intern
Cold Spring Brewing Company, Pre-Waste Water Treatment Intern
1000 Friends of Minnesota, Lakes Office Intern
Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation, Earth Team Volunteer and Intern

Research and Lab Work

Minnesota Green Jobs Task Force, Researcher
U.S. Geological Survey, Student Contractor
RMB Environmental Laboratories, Environmental Field Intern
Chengdu Academy of Environmental Sciences, Chengdu Air Pollution Researcher
Morton Arboretum, Soil Laboratory Research Intern
Argonne National Lab,  Undergraduate Laboratory Intern

Public Relations, Communication and Marketing

Great Plains Institute, Communications Intern
MusicMatters, Environmental Intern
The Green Belt Movement, Event Planning and Tour Outreach Intern
Dodge Nature Center, Marketing and Environmental Education Intern
SJU Institutional Advancement, Marketing and Communications Intern
CSB Sustainability Office, Video Education Intern
St. Joseph's Farmer's Market, Public Relations Intern
MN Department of Agriculture, Environmental Outreach Intern
National Resource Conservation, Natural Resources Administrative Intern

Wildlife Management

Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, Zookeeper/Aquarist
Minnesota Children's Museum, Animal Care and Program Intern
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of MN, Wildlife Intern

Recycling and Conservation

Recycling Association of Minnesota, Recycling Intern
Minnesota Conservation Corps, Conservation Intern
Tamarac Wildlife Refuge, Conservation Intern

Outdoor Leadership

Saint John's Outdoor University - Outdoor Leadership Center, Outdoor Leadership Associate and Environmental Intern
Camp Birch Trail, Wilderness Trip Leader
Tree Trust, Crew Leader
Northern Tier National High Adventure Program, Interpreter

Transportation and Engineering

Wenck Associates, Inc. Field Assistant
Nols Southwest, Operations Intern
Metro Transit, Project Intern