Internships are a great way to explore career opportunities while building a résumé. The 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. Students may elect to do an internship to complete their required Applied Experience for the ENVS major.

Finding an Internship

Internships can be paid or unpaid, and many students pursue paid internships across the country and abroad over the summer. 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. JHU’s Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute (E2SHI) maintains a list of environmentally related internships. Another listing of all types of internships is curated by the Baltimore Collegetown Network, of which JHU is a member.

Receiving Credit

JHU Homewood students can receive one academic credit per semester for participation in an unpaid 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.