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Internships

Internships provide students in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources with practical experiences in their area of study and introduce them to the professional world they will encounter after graduation. Many employers seek interns through Warnell and choose to interview students here at the school each semester.

Looking for an Internship?

womanwithfishCan you see yourself combing the beach for sea turtle nests, walking through the forest inventorying timber resources, or trekking through the wilderness with a group of campers? These are just a few examples of how Warnell students are spending their summers.

View videos of past intern presentations below and discover new opportunities. Internship opportunities are posted on the Warnell Job Board and/or you can speak with Katelyn Kivett at kkivett@uga.edu if you are searching for a summer internship.

Course Credit

Depending on the nature of the internship experience, students will enroll in one of the following internship courses: Fisheries Internship (FISH 3900), Forestry Internship (FORS 3900), Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism Internship (NRRT 3900), Water and Soil Internship (WASR 3900), or Wildlife Internship (WILD 3900). 

Students must have their internship approved and receive permission to enroll in the course BEFORE starting their work experience. Internships will only be approved if they represent a professional natural resources experience appropriate to the area of study, and the student is supervised by and receives mentoring from a natural resources’ professional.  Most internship courses occur during fall semester and are completed immediately after the summer internship.

Steps to Pursuing Internship Credit

  1. You must first obtain approval for your internship! Contact the assigned faculty member (see below) for your major with your internship description, duties, the organizations website (if applicable) and the time duration that you will be interning.Please note, unpaid internships with for-profit organizations are illegal and will not be approved.
  2. Once you have obtained internship approval from the assigned faculty member for your major contact at kkivett@uga.edu with evidence of your approval.  Katelyn will then send you the necessary paperwork required to gain course credit for your internship.
  3. All paperwork is due on the following dates…
    • Internship completed in Fall Semester- August 2 (1 credit hour only)
    • Internship completed in Spring Semester- January 2 (1 credit hour only)
    • Internship completed over Summer- May 2 (1-3 credit hours) *any students identifying an internship experience for the summer after this deadline, must seek approval from and submit all paperwork to the Assistant Dean, Dr. Gary Green at ggreen@warnell.uga.edu
  4. If you do not complete steps 1-3 and turn in your paperwork by the date stated you will not receive course credit for your internship.

Specific Requirements for Internship Courses

Fisheries Internship (FISH 3900)

  • Open to students completing paid or unpaid aquatic sciences-related experiences over the summer
  • Students will receive 1 credit hour for every 100 work hours completed, and can earn up to 3 credit hours for working 300 hours
  • Earning internship credit of at least 2 hours will meet the Professional Experience requirement in the Aquatic Sciences curriculum

Forestry Internship (FORS 3900)

  • Open to students working PAID full-time forestry-related internships for a minimum of 8 weeks (40 full-time working days) over the summer
  • Unpaid full time federal or state agency internships may also qualify
  • Students will earn 3 credit hours for working at least 8 weeks

Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism Internship (NRRT 3900)

  • Open to students completing paid or unpaid natural resources recreation and tourism-related experiences over the summer
  • Students will receive 1 credit hour for every 100 work hours completed, and can earn up to 3 credit hours for working 300 hours

Water and Soil Internship (WASR 3900)

  • Open to students completing paid or unpaid water and/or soil-related experiences over the summer
  • Students will receive 1 credit hour for every 100 work hours completed, and can earn up to 3 credit hours for working 300 hours

Wildlife Internship (WILD 3900)

  • Open to students completing paid or unpaid wildlife-related experiences over the summer
  • Students will receive 1 credit hour for every 100 work hours completed, and can earn up to 3 credit hours for working 300 hours 
  • Earning internship credit of at least 2 hours will meet the Professional Experience requirement in the Wildlife Sciences curriculum

Internship Videos

2015 Interns

29 videos: View all in YouTube

2014 Interns

39 videos: View all in YouTube

2013 Interns

37 videos: View all in YouTube

Documents

Forestry & Natural Resources Internship - Course Syllabus (Fall 2015)