ESES Internship Programs & Resources

Put your academic learning to use and build your resume with an internship.



Internship Capstone

The first step in identifying internship opportunities is deciding when and where an internship fits in your schedule. Want to travel over the summer? Check out postings from the Student Conservation Association, Pathways to Science, and the Environmental Internship Clearinghouse. If you want something during the school year or closer to home, check out the State & Local listings. Once you have a list of prospective internships, be sure to consult with your advisor to learn which options qualify for advanced credit hours via concurrent enrollment in our capstone course: ESE 401. Click here to make an appointment.

Searching for a job or internship?

You’re going to need a resume, material for a cover letter, and a LinkedIn profile. Start here for directives about putting those together:

http://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/instructable/searching-job-or-internship

Once you have a LinkedIn profile, go ahead and join the group that enables ESES majors and alums to connect:

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8363806

Please note that by adding themselves to this group, alums have indicated that they are interested and available to talk with current students about their work and how they got to where they are.

If you’re looking for an internship, why not start with the Career Center’s internship search help?

http://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/instructable/internships

Then, whether you’re looking for an internship or a permanent job, get familiar with the wealth of resources Dr. Nesbitt put together on the SESE website, starting here (that's this page - look up for the lists!)::

https://www.earth.illinois.edu/students/eses_internships

And here:

https://www.earth.illinois.edu/students/eses_careers

Please note that whether you are searching for a career-type job or a summer internship, there are useful resources available to you via both of these links, so do not limit yourself to one or the other.

Dr. Kanter has three extra tips for ESES students:

1.      Tell everyone everywhere what you are doing, and ask them if they have any suggestions for you--i.e. thoughts on people who do similar work you might want to talk to, job openings, organizations that do work you might like (whether or not they are hiring). Who is everyone everywhere? Your parents. Your aunts and uncles. Your parent’s neighbors. Your aunts and uncles’ neighbors. People in line at the store. Current teachers. Former teachers. Current employers. Former employers. You get the picture.

2.      Make use of Dr. Kanter’s Patented Reverse Search® for jobs, internships, contacts for information interviews. There’s nothing more frustrating or worse for the psyche than feeling like you’re limited to answering ads as you search for a job or internships. So, get over yourself and get over that feeling. Use the resources available to you to identify people who do jobs you’d like to do at places you’d like to work, make contact with them by phone or email, and interview them!

Career Center handout on information interview:

https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/Informational%20Interviews.pdf

Please remember that the world outside the university is far less hierarchical than most students expect, and many professionals are more than happy to talk with curious young people about how they got where they are. (The ones who are not will tell you so, and you lose nothing by asking.)

3.      Write the thank you. Every time. Whether or not things went well. Whether or not you liked the person. Whether or not you think you will ever cross paths with them again. Whether or not you write it “late.” Write it and send it.