Environmental Studies at UVM

ENVS 202D Senior Internship


The senior internship capstone option is intended for ENVS seniors who would like to apply their interdisciplinary environmental skills, knowledge and experience in an organizational setting. The senior internship experience is developed by the student in collaboration with the sponsoring organization and with assistance from ENVS staff and faculty. The senior internship capstone should be a challenging advanced level engagement, requiring skills and knowledge developed through a student's concentration and related 200-level internship course.

Considering the Senior Internship Capstone option?
   And not sure where to start, what to do?

Take time to strategize with this Worksheet of Questions and Guidance for Capstone Internships, then meet with an ENVS advisor.

Please review and use the following information and forms:

See also these links:

For additional information contact Richard Paradis, ENVS 202 Internship Coordinator.

ENVS 202D Senior Capstone Internship

Important Information

  • Students choosing the senior internship capstone option are responsible for the equivalent of 9 credits of upper division work in addition to the ENVS Concentration: a 3-credit 200-level course and a 6-credit ENVS 202 internship.
  • We strongly encourage you to meet with your own academic advisor or with Rick Paradis, ENVS 202 Internship Coordinator, to discuss plans for your capstone internship before you get too far along in your thinking or writing your capstone proposal.
  • Your capstone internship should connect well with your ENVS concentration and your 100-200-level environmentally-related courses.
  • Your internship should not be an activity that represents a brand new interest for which you have no previous academic background.
  • An approved proposal is required before you begin your internship work.
  • ENVS 201 Research Methods is ONLY for students pursuing a senior thesis/project. You should NOT take this course if you plan to complete a capstone internship.
  • An approved 200-level environmentally-related course in your concentration replaces ENVS 201. This course ought to be taken before or during your capstone internship. It should be chosen carefully and should support your internship experience with relevant additional knowledge, skills, or experience.
  • A minimum of 200 hours of work with a sponsoring organization is required.

Due dates for Capstone Internship Proposal

  • For spring internships — draft proposal is due Nov 10th, and final proposal is due Dec 5th.
  • For summer or fall internships — draft proposal is due April 1st, and final proposal is due May 1st.

Final Paper and Evaluations

  • A Final Paper documenting and evaluating your internship experience is required. See pg. 2 on the Capstone Internship Guidelines for more information.
  • One copy of your Final Paper should be made for each of your two advisors and one Program copy goes to Bittersweet. (Turn in to front desk.)
  • Final evaluations are written by the Site Supervisor and ENVS Faculty Internship Advisor.
  • We encourage you to complete your internship within a year of finishing your course work for your degree.


  • Senior Internship students should register for ENVS 202 D section. ENVS 202 A, B, or C are for students pursuing capstone the thesis/project. Plan ahead to be able to register for your credits before you intend to graduate. You may "tuck" them in to semesters other than when you are doing your thesis or project.
  • Summer interns are encouraged to register for their ENVS 202 D credits during one or more fall or spring semesters.
  • You may register for all 6 credits at once, or split them up in any combination over more than one semester's schedule.
  • After registering for ENVS 202 you must change the variable credit from 1 to the specific number you want that semester.
  • "Grades" of SP ("Satisfactory Progress") will be assigned for each block of ENVS 202 credits until your thesis/project is graded.
  • Most students earn 6 credits for their 202 capstone internship. On occasion, for good reason, a student can earn more than 6 credits.

Capstone Internship Advising

  • Students choose two advisors/evaluators for their internship:
  • One ENVS full-time faculty member knowledgeable in the area of your internship and the other is your Internship Site Supervisor.
  • Both advisor/evaluators must sign the Evaluator Agreement Form upon approval of the proposal and before the work gets underway.
  • We encourage you to work closely with your advisors all along the way.