Reporting on Environmental Practicums

Doing a practicum in the environmental studies field is a great way to gain additional credits while obtaining internship experience. This guide will provide suggestions for brainstorming a topic, writing the proposal, and writing the practicum, as well as some sample papers for each and a guide to finding environmental jobs/internship positions where you might carry out your practicum.

Remember that the Writing Center is a great place to come during any step of your writing (from brainstorming to making a final draft) if you have questions or want some feedback!

Brainstorming a Topic

  • Make a list of your environmental interests and talents (farming, local food, environmental art, ecological design?).
  • Visit the Bittersweet to meet with an advisor or check out the bulletin boards for job and internship listings.
  • Don’t be afraid to contact a company you would like to intern for with a cover letter and resume.
  • Check out environmental volunteer opportunities (WWOOF- Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, or various conservation projects).

Writing the Proposal

  • The guidelines provide very specific questions to answer in the proposal and a clear planning process; be sure to follow instructions very carefully.
  • Leave some time to plan and write the proposal, as it is quite specific and requires thought.
  • Be clear and specific about learning expectations, and how you will be graded upon completion.
  • Choose an advisor based on their interests and specialties.
  • Provide a preliminary draft to discuss with your advisor before the deadline.

Writing the Final Paper

  • Review your proposal, and reflect upon how well you met your learning objectives.
  • The final paper should essentially discuss how well you achieved your learning objectives and goals, and how you have changed over the course of the practicum.
  • Be specific and provide examples portraying what you learned.
  • Be honest.
  • Keep your audience in mind. This should be a formal piece geared to your advisors, ENVS faculty, students and even potential employers.

Sample Papers