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.

  • 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.
  • An approved proposal is required before you begin your internship work

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.

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


In the past, ENVS students have been able to register for capstone internship credits (ENVS 202, sections D and E) before beginning their capstone internship work, anticipating that they would undertake and complete a capstone internship in coming semesters. Students then received an SP (satisfactory progress) for those credits until the capstone was completed and graded.

After being advised by UVM’s Registrar, the Environmental Program has a new policy for registering for and grading ENVS 202 D credits.

Beginning in spring 2017, students will need to demonstrate to the 202D or 202E Course Coordinator (Professor Rick Paradis and Professor Ernesto Mendez, respectively) that academic progress has been made regarding a student’s capstone internship according to the following guidelines:

2 credits: the student drafts, revises and submits a capstone internship proposal for approval along with an evaluator signature form;

3 credits: the student completes 200 hours of a capstone internship;

1 credit: the student drafts, revises, copies and binds a final report and submits it to evaluators for grading.

Once a student has registered for a total of six credits, the student will have to have all aspects, as described above, completed by the end of that semester.  If a student does not complete this work, the student will have to dis-enroll from the appropriate number of credits and then add it to the semester in which the thesis is completed.

Please fill out the Credit Agreement Form and send to Rick Paradis. 

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.