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What is an Internship?

An internship is a short-term, entry-level work experience offered by an organization. Internships can range anywhere from 10 - 40 hours per week and can last anywhere from 4 - 12 weeks. 

Internships provide important opportunities to: 

  1. Discover if a career field is a good fit for you 
  2. Gain skills applicable to your future career
  3. Engage in projects that you can talk about on resumes, cover letters, and interviews
  4. Build connections with people who can serve as mentors for working in their fields


Internship Search Process & Timeline

Step 1: Explore your interests

  • Review the Explore Environmental Careers section and choose 2-3 areas that interest you
  • Schedule a career coaching appointment to talk through your interests

Step 2: Identify your search criteria and potential sites

  • Review the below list of previous PitE Internship Sites 
  • Research online to find organizations that align with your interests
  • Determine if there is a specific geographical location you want to work in

Step 3: Outreach

  • Look for PitE and SEAS alumni working at the organizations and reach out to them for an informational interview
  • If no alumni work there, reach out to people working at entry-level positions and set up informational interviews
  • Keep track of your interactions and connections using a networking tracker

Step 4: Search for internships

  • Go to SEAS Career Link to search for internship postings. Use the “Industry” filter to search for positions directly related to your interests
  • If you aren’t finding relevant internships for on SEAS Career Link, you can:
    • Use other internship boards:
    • Reach out to specific organizations to ask if you can intern for them
      • In your message: include your resume, the type of work you want to do for the organization, why you would be a good fit, the hours you can work, and if you are able to be unpaid. Be sure to review the section on “Internship Funding” available through U-M because organizations are more likely to hire you if the position is unpaid.

Step 5: Apply

  • Develop a spreadsheet where you can track your applications and deadlines
  • Look through the LSA Opportunity Hub’s resources on developing your resume and cover letter
  • Set up a career coaching appointment to review your resume and cover letter 
  • Submit applications

Step 6: Interview

Step 7: Accept internship and apply for funding

  • Receive offers and accept or decline internships
  • If you are an international student, start applying for CPT
  • Apply for internship funding (see below)


Gain Credit for Your Internship

Your internship can count for your practical experience requirement if you register for Environ 398 and participate in the MILE program.


Internship Funding

If you have a FAFSA on file with U-M, you can apply for the LSA Internship Scholarship, which offers award amounts from $500 to $7,500 to cover your living expenses while participating in an internship. The application is open from Jan 1 - May 24. It is best to apply as soon as you accept an internship application.

You can also apply for PitE Practical Experience Funding. For a spring or summer internship, you will need to apply for Practical Experience funding by the end of March.


Previous PitE Student Internship Sites

Conservation Science & Management

  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Great Lakes Commission
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The Bird Center of Washtenaw County
  • Detroit Zoological Society
  • Wildlife Conservation Society 
  • Huron River Watershed Council
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Runa Foundation
  • NOAA Great Lake Environmental Research
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
  • Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Environmental Communications & Fundraising

  • YES! Magazine
  • Portland Zoo
  • National Park Service
  • The Environment Report
  • Redefining Progress
  • Voiz Reviews
  • Sierra Club
  • PCI Media Impact

Environmental Consulting

  • CH2M Hill
  • EcoWorks
  • Olam International
  • PHI Environmental Consulting
  • Schlange & Co
  • T&M Associates
  • Archibold Research Station
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Carbon Credit Capital

Environmental Education

  • Creative Change: Educational Solutions
  • Gore Range Natural Science School
  • Stubnitz Environmental Education Center
  • Hartley Outdoor Education Center
  • Catherine Ferguson Academy Urban Farm
  • Wilton Wildlife Preserve
  • Creature Conservancy
  • Alley Pond Environmental Center

Environmental Justice, Public Health & Community Engagement

  • Clean Water Action
  • WE ACT for Environmental Justice
  • Institute for Social Research
  • Ruth Ellis Center
  • New City Neighbors
  • Northwest Michigan Health Services
  • Freedom House Detroit
  • ToxServices
  • Texas Health Institute
  • Environmental Advocates of New York

Environmental Mapping & Technology

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • University of Maryland (Geography Intern)
  • National Park Service
  • Nova Engineering & Environmental
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • United Technologies Corporation

Environmental Policy, Advocacy & Law

  • Coastal States Organization
  • U.S. Public Interest Research Group
  • United Nations Environment Program
  • Ecology Center
  • Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resource Division
  • Clean the Air
  • Huron River Watershed Council
  • US House of Representatives
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby
  • Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)

Environmental & Urban Planning & Landscape Architecture

  • Michigan Land Use Institute
  • Gensler Architecture
  • Greenstreets Program
  • Carlisle Wortman Associates
  • Spector Group Architecture Firm
  • Smith Group JJR
  • City of Portage

Food Systems & Sustainable Agriculture

  • Michigan Urban Farming Initiative
  • Urban Harvest
  • Sustainable Harvest International
  • Whiffletree Farms
  • Argus Farm Stop
  • Tantre Farms
  • FoodLab Detroit
  • Growing Hope
  • Food Shift

Sustainable Energy

  • Powerland Corp
  • Green Building Services
  • Advanced Energy Group
  • Consumers Energy
  • Mid-West Energy Research Consortium
  • DTE
  • SRECTrade
  • Clean Energy Missions
  • Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Sustainability in Business

  • Novelis
  • Bluewave Capital
  • FullCycle
  • Chrysler
  • Toyota
  • Spectrum
  • General Motors
  • Intel
  • Emzingo