All students in the School of Sustainability are encouraged to pursue at least one internship during their academic career. Internships allow students to apply classroom theories to real life, professional situations. These professional development opportunities can also help students determine whether their chosen career is going to be a good match. Students who have done an internship tend to have a more competitive edge when working to find a professional position after graduation.
School of Sustainability undergraduate students who choose to do an internship for academic credit will also register for an associated course, SOS 484, where they will learn professional problem solving, workplace inquiry, and professional communication. Students culminate their experience with a final report to reflect on their experiences and acquired skills. School of Sustainability majors can review their capstone options on our Undergraduate Courses page.
The School of Sustainability partners with community businesses and organizations to provide undergraduate and graduate internships. Sada Gilbert, Internship Coordinator, is available to assist School of Sustainability majors in locating internships in their area of interest, as well as act as a liaison between the student and the internship provider once the internship has begun. Not sure where to start? Review our Getting Started handout.
Internships approved by the School of School of Sustainability are posted on SustainabilityConnect. Those interested in participating in internships will need to create a profile in SustainabilityConnect by following the posted instructions.Not all internships listed on SustainabilityConnect are available to all ASU students. Sustainability minors and other students interested in sustainability internships should refer to the many opportunities posted on Sun Devil Career Link.
The School of Sustainability welcomes community partners who help our students connect with professional development experiences. Interested businesses and organizations should contact the Internship Coordinator, Sada Gilbert, by email: Sada.Gilbert@asu.edu or phone: 480-727-6963.
Employers benefit from interns in many ways. While the employer is involved in the on-going training and mentoring of interns, the benefits are many and include:
(Adapted from Notre Dame’s An Employer’s Guide to Developing an Internship Program)
For the Internship Provider:
For the student: