Environmental Studies Internships


Students interested in pursuing environmental internships should join th Environmental Students Listserv as well as subscribe to the Sustainability at Rice Newsletter. These Rice specific email lists, along with local Houston Citizens' Environmental Coalition Newsletter, will feature opportunities as they come along.

The Rice Center for Career Development is also a great resource for pursuing internship opportunities, students are encouraged to visit their website and office and keep an eye out for internships, externships, and other opportunities such as spring 2018 Sustainability Career Crawl.

As with research, students may also reach out to faculty for help finding and connecting to internships opportunities.

Additionally, Professor Richard Johnson offers internships during the school year and summer at the Administrative Center for Sustainability Energy Management, particularly to work study students. More information can be found here.

ENST 350
For students with approved internships with environmental organizations or agency, ENST 350 can be used to gain enrollment credit. Students must seek approval prior to beginning the internship. Weekly progress reports and a final paper are required.

  • This credit is available during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Paid and unpaid internships are eligible.
  • Students will be responsible for identifying and securing internship positions.
  • Students must identify a faculty advisor to sponsor the internship.
  • Students must be able to demonstrate that the work to be performed in the interneship is substantive, and contributes to their education within the environmental studies program.
  • Students or their faculty advisors must obtain permission from the ENST department chair or co-chair for an internship to be approved for credit. Documentation should include:
    • description of the work including anticipated key deliverables (if applicable),
    • approximate number of hours to be worked each week,
    • contact information of the supervisor who will oversee the student while on the job,
    • note from advisor endorsing the substance of the internship and agreeing to provide oversight credit.
  • Generally speaking, ENST 350 is not meant as a substitute for approved electives to earn the ENST minor. However, specific appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Typically, ENST 350 students will earn 3 credit hours for their internship and time spent reflecting on their work to create memos and a final paper. Internships requiring 5 hours or less per week will earn fewer credit hours.