We work individually with every student, assess their interests and career goals, and tailor each internship to those aspirations. The Internship Program is a student’s opportunity to receive on-the-job training, get an idea if this is the career they are truly interested in pursuing, and in some cases students are hired on after graduation by their internship providers. We have placed interns across the U.S. in a variety industries including sustainable agriculture, green building, renewable energy, and many more specialized venues.
Watch the video below to see what our students enjoy most about their internship
If I could sum my internship up in one word it would be..
Sustainable Living students often have a blog or several blogs from previous classes in the department, but advisers emphasize that the internship blog should be looked at differently. Part of the internship grade is based on the blog, but students are asked to post their text, pictures, and videos with a larger goal in mind: showcasing skills and abilities for future employers. When students return from their internship(s) we round out the experience by opening a LinkedIn page, adding their resumes, and building an online presence.
People can get the information they need and just have open communication.
Here is a brief sample from Zach’s blog, detailing a day in the life of a busy Rodale intern…
“First thing Thursday morning we flipped all three compost piles, which was easily done with 8+ people taking turns helping out with all the piles. After that Scott and I headed over to a plot that was originally meant to be part of the Right Size Garden project but has since been allocated to Elaine’s desire to experiment with local under story plants. Her hope is to see which ones do the best and put together seed packets for farmers and a like to use as they desire. Lindsey brought us a huge container of water with the riding mower and we watered all the under story plants, which didn’t take long at all. Once that was done I headed over to the microscope lab to look at samples, which I did until lunch and picked it back up again after lunch until 3pm. Around 3 Elaine taught a class on how to run a potential microscope business: what to charge per sample, how to set up the processing forms, and how to cater your interpretations of your findings to meet what the client is trying to grow. It was a good bit of information to take in.“
Here are several organizations Sustainable Living students have interned for:
Energy and Sustainability
Green Building and Design
Sustainability as an Engine for Change