Internships Explore Exciting Possibilities
“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 Student Internships
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.
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.
Sydney Lawton completed multiple internships while being an Environmental Studies student including one working on a farm in the jungles of Maui.
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.
Holly White was in Namibia at the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust. She spent the summer teaching kids about sustainable living.
Michaela Daugherty, Class of 2018
Michaela Daugherty is a senior in the Environmental Studies program who, during her time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has completed multiple internships.
While with the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters, she helped run campaign events for the 2016 Nebraska Public Power District election, canvassed and advertised for the Nebraska Conservation Summit, and assisted with the NLCV social media outreach.
Michaela also worked for the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C. as an intern with the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Her work included drafting, editing, and contributing to cables, reports, talking points and other materials used by policymakers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives on the topics of oceans, environment and science. She worked closely with the Acting, Assistant Secretary and was able to help and participate in meetings with senior-level U.S. Government officials.
Michaela currently works with the Platte Basin Timelapse Project as a Social Media Intern helping to educate the public and tell the stories of the Platte Basin watershed by posting photos and descriptions on social media.
Abbie Andersen, Class of 2019
Senior Abbie Andersen spent her summer completing an internship with a local family-owned business, James Arthur Vineyards. This vineyard has been built over three generations through the past 20 years. The vineyard is built on passion, dedication, and old-fashioned hard work, which is definitely something Abbie observed while interning there. The family’s business mission is to produce the highest quality Nebraska wine product, which is how they have become the largest winery in Nebraska.
The thing that Abbie enjoyed the most about her internship was that she was outside to watch the sun rise every morning. Arriving at 6:30 each day wasn’t something she would normally do during the school year, but she noted that it was really nice to start her day by being outside at the vineyard.
Abbie really enjoyed getting to talk with her supervisor about grape varieties and cultivars and how they’re grown differently and how they work differently when being used to produce wine. After reflecting on this internship she’s realized how much she likes doing hands on work and being out in the field. Abbie stated, “I’m glad that I did something where I could be outside each day instead of inside in an office. This really opened my eyes and made me realize how much I don’t want to work in an office every day for the rest of my life. I would love to someday own my own vineyard or green house somewhere so that I can be outside and working hands on each day as my job.”