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Internships

One of the classes offered in Dalhousie’s Environmental Science program is ENVS 3000, the Environmental Science Internship. By doing an internship during your studies, you’ll gain hands-on experience while pursuing questions of personal and academic interest relevant to an aspect of environmental science.

During the internship, you’ll work on a specific project at a sponsoring environmental agency, for eight hours per week over a 12-week period. The internships are guided and evaluated by a supervisor at the sponsoring agency and by an advisor at Dalhousie University. At the end of the term, you’ll give a presentation about what you’ve learned.

The internship opportunity is open only to students who have declared an honours, major, or double major in Environmental Science, or a concentration or a minor in Environmental Studies.

Previous student internships

You could find an internship placement at one of the following organizations or governmental departments:

For more information, contact Peter Mushkat, coordinator of the Environmental Science program internship class:

Tel.: (902) 494-8056
Email: pwm@dal.ca

The internship experience

Affecting cities through design
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Doing a minor in Environmental Studies with his major in Urban Design, David Verbeek says taking classes for his minor have encouraged him to "think about designing everything with the environment in mind." This comes into play during his internship, which has him contributing to relocating and repurposing an historic property from the south to the north end of Halifax. Find out more about his internship experience.

 

Building a bridge to the real world
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On top of his teaching duties in the Environmental Science program and the Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS) program, Peter Mushkat has coordinated the Environmental Science internship class for eight years.

“The organizations really value the students and their contributions,” Mr. Mushkat continues. “They often go out of their way to ensure students have valuable learning experiences, and they've come back to say, ‘Can we get another intern?’”

“There are also international internships,” Mr. Mushkat adds. “Students have more latitude if they're doing an internship during the summer, or working or travelling in another country.”

“Overall, students can find the co-op experience a great bridge and very useful for building future networks,” Mr. Mushkat affirms. “It’s not uncommon that students go back to the organizations they’ve worked with during their co-op work terms or internships, and find employment there after graduation.”