“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

Philosopher Xun Kuang

To prepare Environmental Studies students for life after university, we work with each student to engage in at least one hands-on internship experience to help you develop skills related to your chosen career. You will work with your academic advisor to identify a paid internship in Lincoln, somewhere else in the U.S., or even somewhere else in the world!

Our students have completed internships with private companies, government agencies and non-profits. You will have the freedom to find your passion in any area that you choose. We want you to use this time to actively explore and learn while building skills and having amazing experiences.

Past Internships

Student in Barcelona

Alexis Lorence has had multiple internships including one working on permaculture at Big Island Farms in Hawaii and as a National Science Foundation summer intern through the Research Experience for Undergraduates working on sustainable biofuel research.

Student in Australia

John Faltin completed an internship during a summer in Australia. He worked with the South Australian Research and Development Institute on a sea grass rehabilitation project.

Student in Hawaii

Sydney Lawton completed multiple internships while being an Environmental Studies student including one working on a farm in the jungles of Maui.

Michaela Daugherty

Michaela Daugherty worked for the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters and the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs with the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C. Read more

Student playing with goats

Hannah Gavle completed an internship at an organic farm called Thistle Whistle in Hotchkiss, Colorado. On the farm Hannah harvested foods and interacted with the goats.

Student in Namibia

Holly White was in Namibia at the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust. She spent the summer teaching kids about sustainable living.

Abbie Andersen

Abbie Andersen interned with a local family-owned business, James Arthur Vineyards, built over three generations through the past 20 years to become the largest winery in Nebraska. Read more

Spring 2019

  • Upper Loup Natural Resources District
  • Legal Aid of Nebraska
  • Lincoln Public Schools
  • Grey River Sports
  • Global Treks and Adventures
  • Cedar Point Biological Station
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Museum
  • Kimmel orchard
  • Global Treks and Adventures
  • Friends of the National Parks Foundation – Bali, Indonesia
  • Kinghorn Gardens
  • Tongass National Forest
  • Ashfall State Historical Park
  • The Nebraska Recycling Council
  • New Zealand Green Building Council
  • Steamboat Lake State Park in Clark, CO
  • Community Crops
  • Cheetah Conservation Fund Summer – Namibia, Africa
  • Fish and Wildlife Service – Alaska
  • Science Communication Intern at Morrill Hall
  • James Arthur Vineyards

Fall 2018

  • Lincoln Children's Zoo
  • Lauritzen Gardens
  • Omaha’s Botanical Garden
  • Nebraska League of Conservation Voters
  • U.S. Department of State- Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affair
  • Platte Basin Timelapse project
  • Blue Fire Strategies: Organizing Intern
  • Blue Fire Strategies: Field Coordinator
  • Air Regulations Consulting, LLC
  • UNL Forestry department
  • Lancaster County Noxious Weed Control
  • Lincoln Parks and Rec.
  • Morrill Hall: Environmental Communications Intern

Spring 2018

  • IMPACT Non-Profit Organization
  • Wetland Technician on a master’s student’s (Cody Dreier’s) project involving soil and water sampling
  • UNL Grad Studies Summer Research Program
  • Olsson Associates
  • National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC)
  • Lower Platte South Natural Resources District: Environmental Education/Social Media Intern
  • Bayer Crop Science
  • Water for Food Global Institute (WFI)
  • Law Intern at Bruning Law Group
  • Naturalist Intern at The Outdoor Campus
  • Big Island Farm Internship
  • Grow with the Flow – Aquaponics Farm
  • Nebraska Appleseed field intern

Fall 2017

  • Sander’s Meat and Produce
  • South Australian Research and Development Institute

Spring 2017

  • U.S. Navy
  • Organic Farm in Sewickeley PA
  • Great River Greening in St. Paul, MN
  • Pioneers Park Nature Center: Land Management and a Hike Leader
  • Plant Ecology Research Reserve in Minnesota
  • Assistant to Recycling Coorindator for the City of Lincoln
  • Environmental Lobbying with the Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Fairview Cemetery, WasteCap NE
  • LPS Environmental Sustainability
  • Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Design Intern
  • Dr. Alfano’s Lab
  • Exxon Mobile
  • Worked with Dr. Douglas Golick with Bumble Boosters Pollinator Garden
  • See Work Experience
  • IANR Science Literacy with Dr. Jenny Dauer
  • Ichuan Tianren Energy Technology Co.
  • Ltd; Kunming Dongneng Complete Equipments Co.
  • Ltd; Yunnan Phosphate Chemical Group Co., Ltd.
  • USDA-ARS

Fall 2016

  • UNL Bee Lab
  • National Park Service: Student Conservation Association
  • Camp Hannon Adventures at Clemson University
  • Bugeater Farm
  • Sunfield Farm & Waldorf School Internship in Chimacum, WA on Olympic Peninsula: Farm Intern and Teachers Assistant
  • Henning Farms
  • Monarch Gardens
  • Children’s Museum
  • Department of Natural Resources: Assistant Planner in the Integrated Water Management Division
  • American Energy Advisors: Energy Advisor for Home Builders and Home Owners

Spring 2016

  • Strongland Farms
  • Montana Conservation Corps: Invasive Plant Species Management. Worked primarily in the Clearwater National Forest in Idaho
  • Nebraska Forest Service
  • Fisheries Technician: worked with a graduate student looking at larval fish on the Missouri River, particularly pallid sturgeon larvae which are endangered.
  • Lincoln’s Environmental Task Force
  • B2Environemntal, Inc. in Omaha
  • CSD Drill Team
  • Lancaster County Weed Control Office

Fall 2015

  • UNL Office of Sustainability
  • Cleaner Greener Lincoln
  • YMCA Camp Kitaki
  • Nebraska Public Power District, Sheldon Station
  • Outdoor Pursuits Intern at North Idaho College
  • Strong Land Farm
  • Farmers National Company
  • Fisheries Biologist Technician
  • Cuvaison Estate Wines: Napa, CA
  • The Hess Collection: Napa CA
  • Nebraskaland Magazine
  • Norfolk Daily News
  • National Park Service

Spring 2015

  • Homestead Park Education in Beatrice, NE
  • Wastewater Treatment Facility in Columbus, Nebraska
  • The Groundwater Foundation: Office Intern
  • The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources
  • ORIN Remediation Technologies LLC
  • Senshu University Matsudo Junior High School Internship
  • Research Assistant: Entemology Department doing research on BT crops and pest resistance
  • Research Assistant: Sandhill Ecosystem recovery and natural thistle control
  • City of Lincoln Mayor’s Office: Worked on solar policy and bike sharing
  • Catholic Youth Organization: Teacher-Naturalist
  • Nebraska Department of Natural Resources – Data Analyst Intern
  • Energy Education and Research through UNL extension

Fall 2014

  • Internship with the City of Lincoln- Watershed Management
  • Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department
  • Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality: Laboratory Technician II
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission: Park Worker II
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service
  • Congressional office of Jeff Fortenberry
  • Lower Platte North Natural Resources District

Spring 2014

  • UNL
  • NET
  • Nature Conservancy‘s Niobrara Valley Preserve Research
  • Old Cheney Road Farmers’ Market
  • UCARE Research: UNL Wheat Breeding Program through Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
  • Nebraska Invasive Species Project

Fall 2013

  • USDA-NRCS: Pathways Intern
  • City of Lincoln as a Historic Preservation Intern
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Trails Maintenance: Summer Intern
  • EcoStores Nebraska
  • Lincoln Green by Design and ONE
  • Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities