The Environmental Studies department has developed a new curriculum, which was recently approved by the College. This new curriculum balances breadth, depth, and rigor and matches the expertise of the faculty members in our growing department. It also support the automated degree audit program in the Banner system, so that students can track their progress towards graduation. The new curriculum includes new degree requirements for the B.A. in Environmental Studies and the B.S in Environmental Science. The new curriculum, with these new degree requirements, applies to students entering Dickinson beginning in the Fall 2016. The new curriculum is described on the department’s webpage and in the College Bulletin.
Current majors, enrolled before Fall 2016, will remain in the “old” curriculum and be subject to those degree requirements. The “old” curriculum is described in previous editions of the College Bulletin, which are available on the registrar’s page.
Students will questions about the degree requirements or the new course numbering system should meet with their major advisor.
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION PERTAINS ONLY TO CURRENT MAJORS WHO ARE FOLLOWING THE “OLD” CURRICULUM:
Environmental Studies (B.A.) majors are required to complete an internship or research experience for transcript notation. For information on the research experience, please see the Student Research page. Information on internships is included here. If you entered Dickinson prior to Fall 2012, you have the option of completing a credit bearing internship in accordance with the old internship requirements.
Internship Experience (Transcript Notation Program)
Work experiences that are primarily practice-focused or service-oriented in nature would qualify for the Internship Notation Program. The internship should have an environmental focus.
Examples of the types of work experiences that would qualify for the Internship Notation Program may include (though are not limited to):
- Work at one of the on-campus co-curricular programs, such as CSE, the Farm, ALLARM or the Biodiesel Shop.
- Work at an environmental consulting firm or environmental law firm.
- A summer position with a state or federal agency, such as National Park Service or PA Department of Environmental Protection.
- Work with an environmental advocacy group or a non-profit organization with a focus on environmental issues.
- Work in the field of environmental education.
Process for Receiving Internship Notation:
The Career Center supervises and approves the Internship notation. Students register for the program through the Student Forms tab in Gateway and work with the Internship Coordinator throughout the duration of the experience. The Environmental Studies Department does not administer the Internship Notation Program, but we are happy to provide help in finding appropriate internships. Students with questions about the Internship Notation Program should contact Amity Fox in the Career Center.
Old Internship Requirements
(optional for students entering the college prior to Fall 2012)
Step by Step Guide to Credit Bearing Environmental Studies Internship
STEP 1: Choose your internship site and your site supervisor. Be certain to consider both on-campus and off-campus options. Academic credit internships require a minimum of 120 hours of work (typically 8-10 hours per week over the semester), as well as a written component and oral presentation.
STEP 2: Find an academic supervisor. Choose a faculty member from any department at the College and explore their willingness to work with you on an academic component for your internship. Academic components typically result in a weekly reflective journal, an annotated bibliography, a semester paper or any other agreed-upon academic outcome. There is also a required oral presentation.
STEP 3: Complete the Internship Agreement with the help of your site supervisor and your academic supervisor. Submit the form to the chair of the department for approval; he/she will then give you an override to register for an internship course credit.
STEP 4: Register for your internship through Banner during the course request period. Credit-bearing internships conducted during the summer require formal registration for Summer School through the Registrar before the internship begins; to receive the credit, you must pay summer school tuition fees.
Surrounded by a variety of local and regional environmental organizations, and located near the state capitol of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Dickinson's ES program has connected students with many valuable internship experiences. For specific information on internships for academic credit and/or paid internships, you should contact your academic advisor and the College Career Center. Potential student internship sites include:
- The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
- The Appalachian Trail Conservancy--Mid-Atlantic Regional Office
- Buy Fresh, Buy Local PA
- The Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture)
- Dickinson's Biodiesel Project
- The Historical society of East Pennsboro
- Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
- Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS)
- Pennsylvania Environmental Council
- Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
- Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
- Pennsylvania Sierra Club