Internships are a great way to explore career options while building a résumé. The personal connections made during an internship can form a useful network when it comes time to find a job; and many organizations use internships as a way to identify and vet potential employees. Internships also provide important ways for students to apply what they have been learning in their coursework. Most students elect to do an internship to complete their required Applied Experience for the ENVS majors, but many go on to do additional internships before they graduate.
Finding an Internship
Internships can be paid or unpaid, and many students pursue paid internships across the country and abroad over the summer. Environmental Career Opportunities and other websites post advertisements of many such internships, as well as volunteer opportunities. With many organizations related to the environment and sustainability in Baltimore, there are also opportunities for local internships and volunteer work during the academic year. One such program organized through the JHU Center for Social Concern is the Community Impact Internships Program. Another listing of all types of internships is curated by the Baltimore Collegetown Network, of which JHU is a member.
In additional to completing an Applied Experience for credit, students can receive one academic credit per semester for participation in an internship involving at least 40 hours of work and the support of a faculty sponsor. In some cases, a student may be able to register at the same time for two credits of related independent study with the same faculty member to provide a more in-depth academic context for the internship.