Michele Hluchy discovered that most jobs and many internships in the environmental industry require a 40-hour OSHA-approved training course in dealing with hazardous materials. Partnering with Thomas Barnett, from ABB Preheater, Inc., she developed a course students can take to fulfill that requirement. This slide is from her presentation about it at the 2007 workshop on Preparing Future Geoscience Professionals.
Internships offer opportunities for students to get a taste of what it's like to work as a geoscientist. They also offer opportunities for departments and employers to forge mutually beneficial relationships.
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Benefits of successful internship programsSuccessful internship programs are win-win-win opportunities.
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For geoscience departments
- Enhances your reputation on campus, among administrators, faculty, and students
- Links to local/regional employers of your alumni, past, present, and future
- Ongoing relationship provides additional opportunities for present and future students to participate in internships
- Enhances your reputation among other employers in your region
- Selling point for student recruitment efforts
- Real-life experience working as a geoscientist, "testing the waters" to see whether they enjoy a particular job in a particular company
- Improved post-graduation chances at employment
- Opportunity to apply classroom learning to real situations
- Opportunity to meet geoscientist mentors outside of academia
- Increased productivity
- Source of new ideas
- Connection to potential source of future employees
- Cost-effective staffing
Examples of internship programsReady to create an internship program at your college or university, but looking for examples so you don't have to reinvent the wheel? Here are a few.
- Michigan Tech's Co-op Program
- The University of Utah's Department of Geology and Geophysics
- The University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Department of Geology
- California State University - Fullerton's Department of Geological Sciences (look for the "internships" link in the navigation menu)