Internships

Resource Conservation Internships provide meaningful experience and interaction with professionals while improving student qualifications for employment. Resource Conservation students intern with a wide range of organizations to build professional skills and knowledge relevant to their area of interest.

Students can earn 1 to 6 internship credits for Student-Initiated Internships (i.e., summer jobs) or through Degree Coordinated Internships (i.e., “in-semester” internships). To qualify for credit, internships must provide clear leaning objectives, usually through substantial leadership or management responsibilities.

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Student-Initiated Internships (summer jobs)

Many Resource Conservation students find employment in degree-related jobs during the summer, or sometimes during the semester. Students may earn credit for these positions if they provide clear learning objectives, usually through substantial leadership or management responsibilities. Not all summer jobs qualify for internship credit. Students are responsible for finding their own positions, although there are many CFC resources available to help (see below). Once a student has found a position, they must receive prior approval from the Resource Conservation Internship Director.

The benefits to student-initiated internships are that positions are usually paid (approx. 80% of them), many students already seek summer employment and can earn credit for pursuing degree-related positions, summer positions do not add to the semester workload, and positions are located in diverse locations all across the US.

Students who are interested in earning credit for a summer job can search for positions using the CFC Job Search Web page (also useful for finding full-time employment after graduation). Students can search positions by major and sort results by job type (full time, part time, seasonal, summer), location, and expiration date. To obtain more information about positions of interest, students will be directed to log into the Career Services system using their netID and password. Once students have found a position they think may qualify for internship credit, they must complete the Internship Approval Form and submit to the Resource Conservation Internship Director (RSCN.internships@cfc.umt.edu) for approval prior to completing the position. To receive credit, students must submit a reflective paper following their internship – see the Resource Conservation Internship Guidelines.

Degree Coordinated Internships (“in-semester” internships)

Resource Conservation Students may also earn internship credit by completing an “in-semester” internship during the Spring semester. These internships are developed by students in partnership with the Resource Conservation Internship Director and prospective employers in or close to Missoula. Students interested in these internships must register for NRSM 398 during Fall registration. Registered students will work with the Internship Director to conceive and develop an internship position with an employer whose work directly relates to the student’s interests.

“In-semester” internships usually require 3-9 hours of work per week, allowing students to earn 1 to 3 credits. Although these positions are generally unpaid, they allow students to tailor their experiences directly to their area of interest, can be completed during the semester (keeping summers open for other experiences/employment), and allow students to build relationships with conservation-related agencies, organizations, and businesses in Missoula. Students should plan to keep a full-day (or at least a half-day) open in their semester schedule to allow for travel to and hours working at their internship. To receive credit, students must attend two course meetings, give a formal presentation following their internship, and submit a reflective paper – see the Resource Conservation Internship Guidelines.

For more information, contact the Resource Conservation Internship Director at RSCN.internships@cfc.umt.edu