Outdoor Learning Area (Round Garden)

Internships help students apply what they have learned in the classroom, explore what a given profession entails, and gain practical experience that is increasingly important for securing a job after graduation. EEGS students may register for 2 to 6 credits of GC 491 Internship to have the experience included on their NMU transcript. For every 40 hours worked, one credit may be earned. Internships may be paid or unpaid. Students typically participate in internships during their junior or senior year. A student may also complete an internship and list it on his or her resume without registering for the course GC 491 Internship and having it show on the transcript.

Students may arrange internship opportunities on their own, or speak with EEGS faculty for suggestions of agencies that might have internships available. Career Services on campus has many tips and tools to begin the internship or job search. Also, visit their internship page. The bulletin board outside the EEGS Department in 3001 Weston Hall also has a clipboard of internship announcements.

Please allow a minimum of two weeks to process the paperwork required to register for GC 491 Internship. After identifying an internship supervisor at a particular agency and determining whether the experience will be paid or unpaid, contact Jana Nicholls, principal secretary of the EEGS Department, to begin the process of filling out forms for GC 491. Speak with Jana in person in 3001 Weston Hall, or contact her at 906-227-2500 or Students must be registered for GC 491 before logging hours for the internship, and tuition must be paid to earn credit for GC 491. A student may choose to complete an internship and list it on her or his resume without earning GC 491 credit.

Students will keep a log of their hours with the activities performed each day that they work on the internship. At the end of the period, they will write a reflection paper and will complete a form evaluating the experience.

Companies and agencies where EEGS students have recently completed hands-on internships include the following:

  • Alger Conservation District—watershed intern
  • BAE Industries, Inc.—ISO 14001 system auditor
  • Blenfil—horticulture therapy intern
  • Borden Dairy—sustainability intern
  • Boy Scouts of America–Northern Tier—outfitting manager at National High Adventure
  • Ceiba Foundation—GIS assistant for Reforestation Project in Ecuador
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby
  • City of Marquette—GIS assistant
  • Commonwealth Edison (ComEd)—Mapping and Records Department intern
  • Great Lakes Conservation Corps—crew member
  • Eaton County Resource Recovery Department—resource recovery intern
  • Holland Engineering—environmental field assistant
  • Huron River Watershed Council—field intern
  • International Volunteer HQ—turtle conservation volunteer in Costa Rica
  • Isle Royale National Park—camping impacts monitoring intern
  • Longyear: A Natural Resource Company—GIS intern
  • Mackinaw Power—solar power intern
  • Marquette Alternative High School—garden educator
  • Marquette Board of Light and Power—GIS/Distribution Engineering Intern
  • Marquette Charter Township—assistant with drafting nonmotorized transportation plan
  • Marquette County Equalization Department—GIS assistant
  • Marquette Conservation District—conservation intern
  • Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority—various internship opportunities
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources—aquatic invasive species educator
  • Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation—wildland firefighting
  • Michigan Energy Options
  • Michigan Environmental Council
  • The Nature Conservancy—preserve steward
  • NMU EcoReps
  • NOAA-National Weather Service—student volunteer intern
  • Oakland County Road Commission
  • Ottawa County Parks and Recreation
  • Ottawa County GIS Department—GIS intern
  • Partridge Creek Farm—various intern positions
  • River Country Chamber of Commerce of Newaygo County—trail review for Michigan Great Outdoors project
  • Sanilac Conservation District—conservation intern
  • Save the Wild U.P.—various internships
  • Sierra Club
  • Seney National Wildlife Refuge—visitor services intern
  • Spring Meadow Nursery—plant/soil identification
  • Superior Watershed Partnership—various internships
  • The Nature Conservancy—GIS analyst of vegetation
  • Travel Marquette—mapping and research internships
  • TriMedia Environmental & Engineering—environmental fieldwork
  • Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy—Great Lakes Piping Plover monitor
  • U.S. Forest Service—forestry intern
  • Vermont Youth Conservation Corps—crew member