Environmental Science graduate student, Jojo La, sampling a headwater streamInternships are an important part of ESIL training, providing students with real-world experiences that help them develop a professional network before certificate completion. Internships sometimes lead to employment at the host agency; they always prepare students for similar positions in other agencies.

The ESIL certificate program has partnered with tribal, federal and state partners to provide internships as tribal liaisons. Internships are expected to be semester-long experiences, primarily over the summer semester, but can also occur during the academic year as positions allow. Internships may be paid or unpaid, depending on the host agency. Internships may or may not offer academic credit, depending on the student’s major. Internship projects may be located within or outside metropolitan Denver, including headquarter-based positions.

To identify available internship positions, and to discuss academic credit, students will consult with their ESIL advisor.