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All sustainability students must complete an internship to satisfy the major requirements. The internship experience involves students devoting 100 hours working in campus, community, or international organizations, government agencies, or businesses where concepts and principles of sustainability can be learned experientialy and put into practice. Students will also complete a number of assignments and participate in on campus meetings. Sustainability 495 is a Credit/No Credit course.

Selecting an internship site

Students are free to select an internship site that suites their career goals. Previous sustainability students have interned at a wide variety of organizations that support work in sustainability such as corporations, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, or small businesses.  Download the list for organizations that have hosted sustainability students.

Students are responsible for researching different sites for their internship, contacting people within the organization, and developing a learning plan with one of the learning site’s personnel who can serve as the learning site supervisor or mentor. For more tools, information and tips regarding internships, contact SDSU’s Internship Office in Career Services. To learn about any current sustainability internship opportunities, please visit our facebook page and our instagram page.

Learning Plan

To complete the learning plan, students need to develop, in collaboration with a learning site mentor they have identified in the organization, learning objectives. These learning objectives should then be linked to specific responsibilities that the student will be carrying out during the internship.  Learning objectives might include:

  • Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of various actions for sustainability
  • Applying theory to determine the possibilities for sustainability in the region
  • Gaining exposure to sustainability issues in region through observation; evaluating sustainability from local, regional, and/or global scales
  • Developing the ability to act toward creating a more sustainable region
  • Communicating effectively about the meanings of sustainability in your life

Download the learning plan template.

Internship Requirements

In addition to 100 internship hours, students must submit the following to receive credit for SUSTN 495: 1) a learning plan (as described above), 2) an organizational introductory paper, 3) two reflective essays, 4) give a short presentation, 5) write a final internship experience report, and 6) secure an email or written letter from their onsite supervisors that verifies that the student completed 100 internship hours. All students must also participate in three class meetings that will be organized by the internship coordinator.

Internship enrollment process

To enroll in the internship students must 1) have their learning site internship mentor sign the learning plan, 2) submit their completed and signed learning plan (scanned and sent through email is acceptable) to the internship coordinator for their approval. They will then send the student the SUSTN 495 schedule number.

If the student for some reason does not complete the 100 internship hours or complete the other requirements for the internship, they will receive an incomplete for SUSTN 495 until the requirements are completed.

All questions regarding the internship process should be directed to the internship coordinator.

Internship/International Experience Coordinator

Savanna Schuermann
Office: AL-478
Email: [email protected]
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Tuesdays, 11:30-1 pm via & By Appointment