environmental internships

Learning On Campus…And Off

At Colby-Sawyer, 100 percent of students complete at least one internship and gain work experience in their field of study before graduating.

The Environmental Studies Department emphasizes the need for students to apply their knowledge and skills within practical work environments and to make informed decisions as professionals. All Environmental Studies majors are required to complete an internship of at least 240 hours, normally following the third year.

Some scholarship opportunities are available for internships. Students will be notified each year regarding available scholarships.

Students work under the supervision of both an on-the-job supervisor and a faculty advisor. A poster presentation based on the internship is given after its conclusion.

In recent years students have interned at The Environmental Magazine; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; The Loon Preservation Committee on Lake Winnipesaukee; U.S. Dept. of Agriculture; National Weather Service; Lake Sunapee Protective Association; New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development; Denali Trekking Company; and New London's Public Works Department.

Sample Internship Opportunities

Placements include, but are not limited to environmental regulatory agencies, non-profit organizations and research centers; businesses; state and national parks; and national wildlife refuges.

The Fells

A scholarship opportunity funds an internship at The Fells, one of New England's finest examples of an early 20th-century summer estate. Visitors can take an historic guided tour of the 22-room Colonial Revival summer home of John Milton Hay; stroll the length of the 100-foot Perennial Border; discover the Old Garden hidden behind masses of rhododendron, and admire the view of Lake Sunapee from the formal Rose Terrace and renowned hillside Rock Garden where a brook trickles to a Japanese water lily pool.

Clean Air-Cool Planet

College partnership program designed to engage and energize the higher education community in the climate change debate by taking direct action on the issue

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory

Research laboratory run by the U.S. Army. Students have worked studying the bioremediation of soils that have been contaminated with oil in cold climates

New Hampshire Audubon Society

Numerous projects have been developed with the NHAS. For example, studying the nesting of bald eagles in the Connecticut Lakes Region of New Hampshire

The Nature Conservancy

Former Colby-Sawyer student worked on a project to help protect habitat for the Karner blue butterfly, an endangered species

The Ocean Alliance

Two interns and a naturalist take between 150 and 250 passengers on half-day whale watching trips out of Gloucester, Mass

Research & Discover Summer Internship Program

Paid summer internship working with researchers who are recognized as leaders in the national and international scientific community

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Internships are available to help advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire's natural world

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science

Non-profit environmental organization devoted to protecting Vermont's natural heritage

Vital Communities

Regional non-profit organization based in White River Junction, Vt., that works toward environmental and social well-being in our region

Harrington Center for Experiential Learning for Career and Academic Advising

Students are encouraged to use the resources of the Harrington Center for Experiential Learning for Career and Academic Advising, where they can meet with a counselor to explore career options, internship opportunities and graduate schools.