The internship (GEOG 593) is designed to provide an opportunity for students to interact and engage with stakeholders. The experience should be one in which the student can put into practice theories, skills, and understanding gained through course work, in a real world setting.
The internship should meet these criteria:
- Requires close interaction with decision maker organization
- Entails interactive, iterative engagement
- Results in an end product/contribution as the result of a collaborative effort
At the end of the internship, the student will submit a summary report on the activities of the internship. The content and format of the report will be determined in consultation with the faculty coordinator.
The internship may be one in which the student is actually working at an organization, or working closely with an organization or group to design a product (e.g., an online tool, report, or other output prioritized by the organization) or assisting in the development of outreach content for that group’s public (e.g., climate change message for organization’s public). A sample set of organizations for possible internships includes:
- UA Cooperative Extension
- UA Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS)
- Tucson Water
- Bureau of Reclamation
- Sonoran Institute
The internship will be set up with the program coordinator near the end of the student's CESD program. The internship is equivalent to 3 credit hours (135 hours) and can be taken intensively or over the span of a semester.