Environmental Internships are an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom and field to real-world challenges and an important way to develop new skills and build connections with local organizations. Below are groups that regularly seek student interns and with whom we have established connections. For more information or to connect with a group, please contact Professor Rountree at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accelerate Neighborhood Climate Action (ANCA) is grassroots, volunteer organization working to bring climate action to theneighborhood level and to increase community-wide awareness and understanding of the climate crisis through a broad-based community education program. This fall we will begin to hold Climate Action Forums in interested neighborhoods. These are opportunities for neighborhoods to develop their own action plans for preparing for the impacts of climate change.
Esri has gifted ANCA with the premium version of ArcGIS Hub, which we are just beginning to develop. There are many opportunities for GIS and Environmental Studies students to help in areas such as developing content for any of ANCA’s 15 Climate Initiatives, developing a Hub-based reporting format for neighborhoods to share accomplishments on the Initiatives, helping to further develop and put a comprehensive Resource Directory on the Hub, creating story maps about what local people are doing to prepare for climate change, and developing apps to easily visualize neighborhood reports, just to name a few.
California has some of the most progressive environmental regulations in the country – even the world! Environmental consultants work at the intersections of environmental science and policy to help their clients comply with environmental regulation. Consultants might collect data on vegetation and wildlife, develop site maps, and prepare detailed scientific reports to inform development plans and reduce potential environmental impacts of land use changes.
ECORP Consulting, Inc. Is a local consulting firm (with additional branches outside of Redlands) that was founded by a UR alum in 1987. They regularly have projects for student interns using and developing skills in field work, GIS, and writing – they also often hire recent grads!
“Cal BG” is a botanical garden in Claremont, California, about 35 miles west of Redlands, just south of the San Gabriel foothills. The 86 acre garden is the largest botanic garden in the state dedicated to California native plants. Volunteers and interns are an invaluable resource and support the garden’s mission “to advance knowledge, conservation, and appreciation of California native plants.” Student interns could assist with a myriad of programs, such as education, maintaining research collections, plant propagation, and, of course, assisting the horticulturalists with garden maintenance.
Interns would support the broader mission of Sustainable Claremont by working with staff on tree planting workshops, the community composting program, community events (such as Earth Day!), and many others. Students could also work with staff, Board Members, or the Executive Director on research-based projects. These projects provide information to the organization and co-produce products to better communicate information and identify policy and management needs in the area.