Internships are an integral part of the Environmental Studies Program at Bates. All Environmental Studies majors must satisfactorily complete a 200 hour internship related to the natural environment by the end of the fall semester of their senior year. Every Bates student is eligible to participate in the Environmental Studies internship program.
The purposes of the internship are to provide (1) an opportunity for the student to begin to understand some of the complexities and some of the unpredictable variables which mark environmental work, through immersion in the life of an organization or agency involved in such work, (2) an experience where the student can "test" in the field some of the theories and arguments encountered in courses and (3) the host organization with a modest opportunity to call upon the energy and curiosity of a student interested in the natural environment.
The Environmental Studies internships must be with any one of a range of organizations, including schools, legislatures, private companies, outdoor recreational groups, environmental advocay groups, law firms, or government agencies. Normally, they are carried out during short term or during the summer. Internships may be paid or unpaid; they may be for short term academic credit, or not, as best suits the needs and interests of the student and of the sponsoring organization or agency.