INTERNSHIP IN MARINE SCIENCE OR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
(MARS 498/ENVI 498)



PURPOSE/SCOPE

1. To gain practical work experience in your field of study
2. To apply classroom knowledge to actual work situations
3. To help focus your career goals
4. To establish contacts with professionals outside the University
 
 

EXAMPLES


PRIVATE COMPANIES SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH


- Environmental consulting firms - Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service
- Environmental law firms - Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute
- Service firms - Center for the Reproduction of Endangered Species (CRES), SD Zoo

- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)
K-12 EDUCATION - Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)

- Leon Raymond Hubbard Jr. Marine Fish Hatchery, Carlsbad
Sea Camp - Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)
Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum - EarthWatch Institute
Aquatic Adventures Science Education Foundation - School for Field Studies (SFS)
K-12 School

NONPROFIT AND POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS

-I Love a Clean San Diego
MUSEUMS AND PARKS -San Diego CoastKeeper

-Surfrider Foundation
- City of San Diego, Park and Recreation Department -The Green Restaurant Association
- Torrey Pines State Reserve - Friends of Famosa Slough
- County of San Diego, Department of Parks and Recreation - San Diego Stream Team
- Tecolote Canyon Natural Park - Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation
- National Park Service - Congressional Offices
- San Diego Natural History Museum
- Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum OTHER
- Tijuana Estuary - The Student Convervation Association
- Sea World -

Some Current Internship Opportunities

REQUIREMENTS

1. Work at an internship site for a minimum of 45 hours per unit of credit.  You will need to have a work site supervisor who is willing to monitor your progress, verify your work hours and complete the final evaluation form.  Your work time needs to be documented and approved by your supervisor and should be handed in by the end of the semester.  In addition to your hours on site you should expect to spend an additional 5-6 hours per unit of credit each semester completing assignments for your internship class.

2. Turn in a filled out, signed INTERNSHIP AGREEMENT FORM before the end of the second full week of the semester.

3. Maintain a journal following guidelines outlined below.  At least six entries are expected per unit of credit.

4. Write two biographies (3-4 pages each) based on personal interviews with professional mentors from your internship site.

5. Visit Career Services and write a resumé and cover letter for a future job and/or internship.

6. Attend scheduled group meetings and individual meetings with the instructor.  During meetings we will discuss journal entries, resumés and cover letters, research conference presentations and other issues.

7. Have your internship supervisor turn in an evaluation of you and your internship.

8. Present the results of your internship at the USD Undergraduate Research and Internship Conference May 1st, 2004.

All materials are due by the last day of class each semester.
 

JOURNAL GUIDELINES

    You should complete at least six journal entries for each unit of credit you take.  A journal entry is not just an account of the work you completed in a particular time period.  Each entry should be a written reflection that focuses on some aspect of your internship experience and includes some analysis of that aspect.  You may compose your entries on a computer or by hand, but each entry should involve at lease 20-30 minutes of focused writing on a particular theme.  Journal entries should be completed DURING the course of your internship, not at the very end.  The following questions are designed to help you select topics about which to write.  Some topics may require additional research by you to find out about various aspects of the organization for which you are working.

A. Am I a good fit to this job/career?

B. How does my job fit into the organization as a whole? C. Interpersonal Relationships Last Updated 9/12/06 by Sarah Gray (sgray@sandiego.edu)