cfkid8 wrote:what kind of internships are there to get into? and how do you find them?
usfgeology wrote:I have a degree in Geology and ended up in the environmental consulting field. There is a bit more money involved than working for a local/state/federal agency. An environmental studies degree should get you an entry level job in my field. Entry level = working in the field 95% of the time your first 3-5 years (good for outdoor enthusiants, good for scouting if the work is local) sampling groundewater and soil at contaminated (or potentially contaminated) sites. My best advice is to work for your department while in school! Find out from your teachers if any grad students need research assistants. Check w/ the geology/geography/environmental engineering teachers if no jobs are available within the environmental studies department. Offer to be a teachers aide, if nothing else. Many professors have contacts in the professional world and can recommend you for internships, summer work programs etc. Any non-academic experience you can get for yourself while going through school will benefit you in one of several ways:
1 - It looks good on your post-college resume
2 - It enables you to "look before you buy" ie You may discover you hate the professional aspects of environmental studies
3 - You meet and make contacts
Good luck with your studies. It is an exciting field of work to be in, and you can actually go to sleep at night knowing that what you are doing is actually benefiting tens of thousands of people and their families health.
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