First Steps

Step One - Find a Suitable Internship

  1. Consider the environmental field, such as consulting, education, compliance, sustainability, parks, water management, or agriculture (among others).
  2. Use the same type of search you would use for finding a regular job on the Internet. Or try to use local contact where you will be living during the internship, or in Waco.
Common Waco opportunities:

Texas Options:
National Options:

Additional Internship Opportunities

Step Two - Registering

  1. Find a faculty advisor - someone who is available for the summer or appropriate term you are registering for. Doug Nesmith and Smith Getterman can act as faculty supervisors. Your internship advisor does not necessarily have to be your academic major advisor.
    • Download a copy of the appropriate internship handbook: Undergraduate and Graduate
    • Fill out the application form and bring it to the Environmental Science Department's front office to obtain the department chair's signature.
    • Make certain you have an on-the-job supervisor.
  2. Register for course credit under your internship advisor's section number.
    • You should be registered the semester you start your internship, however, you may carry the credit over more than one semester - if you start in the summer, register for at least one summer credit.
    • Make certain when you register for a 'V' course (variable) that you indicate the correct number of semester hours, if more than, one for the term.
    • Take 4V93 for most agency and corporate internships, use 3V93 if working on campus or with community organizations or Baylor sustainability (ask your advisor for more advice on which course to take - there are two handbooks, one for each course).

    WARNING: Two common mistakes are to sign up for the wrong number of hours (usually 1 instead of 3), or under the wrong instructor.

  3. If you will be out of town - Please make sure to make arrangements to contact your supervisor/advisor for weekly or bi-weekly report submissions. Please also provide emergency contact information.
  4. Final Projects:
    • Should be approved by your faculty supervisor. Please make sure to discuss in advance.
    • Your final projects may include products of your work while serving as an intern, including educational displays, impact statements, Powerpoints for public education, field surveys, GIS maps, and other practical outcomes. You need to make clear arrangements concerning the format and amount of material for final submission.