Environmental Health Sciences Internship Program
Excellence in the Environmental Health Sciences program has been a hallmark of
undergraduate education at Wright State for over three decades. This reputation
developed in large part through a group of environmental specialists
from a wide range of government agencies and industries working together
with WSU scientists, first to create the program and then to keep it
current. The program is more exciting and relevant now than ever before.
The internship is an essential part of the EHS program, and provides experiences
unavailable in the classroom. Only the internship provides you with exposure
to real world environmental problems and their solutions, and you are
the one who decides where you gain this experience.
In addition, the internship also qualifies as one of the two Writing Intensive
Courses or WIC required of EHS students (the other WIC is EES 3600). To be
given credit for a WIC, your writing for this course must conform to
Goal and Objectives
The goal of the internship program is to provide a practical work experience
for students like you who are enrolled in the EHS baccalaureate program. This
brief but important exposure to field work will:
sharpen your skills by giving you the opportunity to apply already developed knowledge of principles, methods and practices within the environmental health sciences;
prepare you for continuing study by providing a better understanding of the relevance that the course work has to real-world situations;
afford your sponsoring institution an opportunity to train you and other students, gain use of your skills on a short term basis, and evaluate your future potential for long-term employment after graduation; and
promote a close working partnership between the university's Environmental
Health Sciences Program and environmental practitioners in business, industry,
Types of Intern Programs
The intern experience is relatively flexible. The specifics of your internship will depend on your specific interests, matching those interests with an employer, and satisfying the program criteria. You may spend your entire internship with one institution in a single or multi-faceted approach (e.g., work with issues related to food, water, solid or hazardous materials, environmental toxicology, employee work safety or public health), or you may work with various institutions in a multi-program approach.
- Internship consists of a minimum of 400 hours of work. The number of hours worked per week, and the salary earned, are negotiated by agreement between you and the employer. Typically, employers understand that students have multiple responsibilities, and are flexible about when students put in their time.
- Intern program will be overseen by a WSU faculty member.
- Student must have 2.5 over-all grade point average and must not be on academic probation.
- Student must have already completed three core environmental health sciences courses.
- Local Health Agency :
- Must be a health agency recognized by the State Health Department.
- Must have a registered Sanitarian on the environmental staff.
- State, Regional or Local Planning or Environmental Agency, Industry, or Institution :
- Must have an environmental specialist qualified either by experience or education.
The program requires coordination between you, the Environmental Health Sciences Intern
Director, WSU Office of Career Services, and the potential employer.
You are invited to speak to Dr. David Schmidt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
in the EES department, or staff at Career Services to get
a better understanding of how the program operates.
Summer is often the term chosen for an internship. However, you will increasingly have the option to select a non-summer internship. Regardless of the term that you will work on your internship, you should begin the process 6 months in advance.
Students who have completed at least two years of college course work and who have taken three of the core environmental courses are encouraged to seek an internship. It is best not to wait until you are almost ready to graduate, because then it may be too late to get any internship, much less the one you would prefer.
There are two ways of arranging an internship. First, you can take your own
initiative, which could include examining a list of employers that
the program has dealt with in the past. Most of the employers listed are willing
to be called directly by students. Exceptions are noted on the list, and these
employers should only be contacted by Career Services. You may wish to register
with Career Services to take advantage of Wright Search®, an online resume database. In order to place your resume in Wright Search you must attend an orientation at the Career Services office, E334 Student Union. Call the Career Services office (775-2556) or check postings for orientation times.
Of course, you also can personally look for intern employers and use Career Services. And, even if you do not use Career Services as a source of internship, the Career Services staff will be happy to help with resume writing and interviewing skills.
The internship site needs to ensure you a suitable experience in the environmental health sciences. To ensure this, your internship organization must designate a field counselor from its staff to act as your mentor, instructing and advising you during your entire period with them.
On your part, you should acquaint your field counselor with the relevant courses you have completed and your particular interests. In turn, the field counselor should familiarize you with personnel, organization, resources, and office procedures. A carefully planned orientation period at the outset can provide an easy adjustment and smooth working relationship between all parties, and greatly aid you in identifying the general roles and responsibilities for work at the site.
In varying degrees work assignments will attempt to accommodate your interests, but you must recognize that the field institution must carry on with its normal work routine. We hope that Wright State University's objectives for field training can be met with no disruption to regular program undertakings and that your participation will further help the institution accomplish its goals.
A department faculty member is available to visit the institution for the purpose of helping the counselors and students plan activities and assess the progress of the experience.
After the internship is over, you will have the opportunity to share your
experience with other students as part of EES 4700. Provided you took your internship
before your senior year. You'll need to take EES 4700 your senior year whether
or not you have completed your internship. EES 4700 is typically offered during
the Fall Semester.
You are required to submit (mail or fax) activity reports during each week of the internship to Dr. David Schmidt (email@example.com). These reports summarize your daily activities and must be signed by your field counselor.
In addition, you must prepare a complete written report of your entire field
experience, including a personal assessment of its value toward career
development. The final field report should generally adhere to the report
outline given below. In addition, you must present a verbal report of
all or portions of your field experience as part of your work in EES
Your final grade will require:
- Documentation that you worked 400 hours (see link below)
- Positive evaluation from your field counselor (see link below)
- Satisfactory completion of your project report (see text below)
The field counselor, acting as your mentor, has the primary responsibility
for evaluating your performance during the entire period of field placement.
A department evaluation form is provided for this purpose, but we invite additional
information on the student or the program generally.
Environmental Health Sciences Intern Project Report
The project is to be a worthwhile effort to effectively study a "real world" problem that needs solution by the institution or which provides it with further beneficial information. The report will further develop the student's ability to handle a special problem and how to prepare a well written and documented report.
The title of the project and the assignment is to be determined between the student, the field counselor, and the Environmental Health Sciences Intern Director.
You are expected to develop a comprehensive outline of the project and present it to your field counselor for review. The project may focus on one focused study or a combination of several environmental activities. The corrected outline is then submitted to the Environmental Health Sciences Intern Director for evaluation and review. We strongly encourage you begin this process no later than after 80 hours of the intern period.
The special project report should have the following format:
In addition to these formatting requirements, a Writing Intensive Course for majors has certain additional requirements that must be met:
- Title page: Name of project, name of institution, name of Environmental Health Science Intern Director, name of student, and date.
- Table of contents with page numbers.
- One half to one page abstract. Briefly summarize why you did your project, how you did your project, what you found out, and your conclusions.
- Background information on why the institution=s activity in this subject area is required; e.g., regulatory history.
- Project description, including objectives and methods.
- Presentation of results, including data tabulation and analysis, followed by a discussion of what the data shows.
- Bibliography. This should include citations to relevant literature and regulations.
- Appendix, which includes charts, maps, forms, or letters used.
- a draft of the report must be submitted for instructor comment two weeks before the end of the semester.
- the draft must be at least 2,250 words, not counting: title page, table of contents, bibliography, figures, tables, or appendix. Said another way, the 2,250 word minimum encompasses only the abstract and the main body of the report.
- The student must be prepared to respond to comments and submit a revised final report.
Click here for a Word version of the:
Intern Project Report, Weekly Activities, and Final Evaluation Forms.