ENV3202 – Summer internship programme

We designed our summer internship programme to help BES students gain working experience in the environmental industry and prepare them for employment after graduation.

During their undergraduate studies, students absorb reams of information and learn lots of new skills via many means, including (but not limited to) lectures, field trips, labs, tutorials and completing assessments for grades. We generally test whether they’ve acquired the requisite knowledge and abilities via assignments and exams – a process that is totally appropriate to the university setting. However, these assessments cannot, no matter how authentic they are, fully replicate the ways in which students will be tested once they graduate and enter the “real world”. In fact, nothing can really prepare them for this “real world”. They just have to experience it for themselves, and this is the rationale behind having an internship programme. We believe that giving our students the chance to (1) assimilate what they’ve learned in school and apply it to performing valuable tasks in the workplace and (2) acquire hard-to-teach soft skills gives them an edge when they eventually transition to the work force.

Students just have to experience it for themselves, and this is the rationale behind having an internship programme. We believe that giving our students the chance to (1) assimilate what they’ve learned in school and apply it to performing valuable tasks in the workplace and (2) acquire hard-to-teach soft skills gives them an edge when they eventually transition to the work force.

HOW IT WORKS

Each intern completes a structured and supervised internships (full-time) within a host organisation for 10-12 weeks during the special terms, and students can participate in the summer following their 2nd or 3rd year of study.

Year 2 students perform 12-week internships starting after final exams are over (typically the 2nd Monday in May). Year 3 students have slightly shorter internships of 10 weeks, typically starting the last Monday in May, because they also have to complete our signature, mandatory overseas field course (ENV 3102) in May.

Interns meet regularly with their on-site supervisors. And about halfway through the internship, the Academic Supervisors speak with these on-site supervisors to see how things are going, and then have progress meetings with their respective interns to give and receive feedback.

This is a graded internship, and students are assessed based on the following:

  • General work attitude
  • Weekly log sheet / reflective journal
  • Final report

For more details, check out the ENV3202 website.

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