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Internships

Introduction

Students in the Master of Environment must complete a 18-credit internship, (ENVS 696).To enter the internship students must have completed the prescribed 27 credits of course work, must have achieved an overall GPA of 3.30 or higher, and must have demonstrated language proficiency as required by the internship host. Students who are ineligible to enter the internship, but have successfully completed all course work, may transfer to the Diploma in Environmental Assessment.

Objectives

The objective of the internship is to provide students with an opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience under professional supervision in a field related to environmental assessment.

Procedures and Conditions

When

  • The internship is completed at the end of the residency requirement (minimum two terms). Under exceptional circumstances, it may be completed earlier, but only with the approval of the EA Graduate Program Director.
  • The internship may be undertaken at any time in a calendar year, and can span academic years (e.g. August-October, July-November).
  • The duration of the internship should be a minimum of 4 months.

Where

  • Internships may be held at any of the following:
    • Government of Canada agencies (e.g. Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Environment Canada)
    • Provincial agencies (e.g. Ontario Ministry of the Environment)
    • Consulting or engineering firms (e.g. Stantec)
    • Non-governmental agencies (e.g. Convention on Biological Diversity)
  • There is no restriction on location.
  • This may be paid or volunteer work. Remuneration for the work done is negotiated between the intern and employer. For the purposes of the course remuneration is not required.

Who

  • Students registered in the internship must have full-time status and be in good standing.
  • For every intern, there must be a person at the place of the internship who is willing to supervise them. This person is known as the 'Work Supervisor.'

What

  • The work undertaken by the intern may be part of an ongoing project, where the intern works as part of a team, and is responsible for a portion of a report or an individual research project on a specific research topic. This work will contribute to a 10,000-12,000 word report written by the intern following the completion of the job placement, and an oral presentation will be scheduled in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment.
  • In all cases, the internship must be directly relevant to environmental assessment and/or the environmental field.
  • For more information on the internship report and timeline go to the guidelines for internship requirements.

How

  • All students should register their readiness for an internhsip with the Internship Coordinator at the beginning of the term before they hope to go on an internship (i.e. in January for internships starting in the summer; May for internships in the fall and September for internship in the winter). Students must find their own internship, or apply to internships available through the Internship Coordinator. In either case, the student must keep the Internship Coordinator apprised of their status and progress.
  • When the Internship Coordinator has an available internship, the procedure is as follows:
    • Students will be emailed by the Internship Coordinator;
    • Interested students should apply by the deadline on the posting;
    • The student will be chosen on the merits of his/her qualifications, first by the employer.
  • When the student has found an internship, the procedures are as follows:
    • The student discusses the internship position with the Internship Coordinator to ensure that it is acceptable. A proposed placement outline will be submitted to the Internship Coordinator. This should contain specific information, including: (A template is provided to the student)
      • Name and location of the company/government agency/NGO sponsoring the internship;
      • A letter from the Work Supervisor (including contact information) agreeing to supervise the student for the work;
      • Anticipated duration of the internship;
      • A detailed job description, explaining what work is to be done in the course of the internship, why it is appropriate as an internship in EA, and the anticipated learning and professional development that the intern expects to gain as a result of the completion of the work.
      • There must be mutual understanding and written agreement amongst all involved (student, EA Director, Internship Coordinator, Work Supervisor) of the work to be done, prior to commencement of the internship. This will normally be in the form of an agreement signed by all of the parties.

NOTE: Although the department will actively seek internship placements from which the intern may apply for, the department does not guarantee placements. It is the responsibility of the student to seek and secure a relevant internship placement.

Completion of ENVS 696

A pass/fail grade will be submitted on behalf of the student by the Graduate Program Assistant when:

  • The work placement has been completed.
  • The intern has submitted a Final Report on his/her internship.
  • The intern has presented his/her Internship Final Report at the oral defense.
  • The Work Supervisor has submitted an evaluation of the intern indicating that the student has successfully completed the internship, per the written agreement.

Note: It is recognized that there can be some fluidity as the internship evolves. If the internship project(s) vary significantly from the original proposal, the EA Director and the Internship Coordinator must be informed immediately, in writing, by the student. It is expected that the Work Supervisor will also be aware, or will be made aware by the intern, of any change. A decision will then be made as to the applicability of the new work to the success of the internship.

For more information on internships please contact the Internship Coordinator: menv.internship@concordia.ca

 

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