NRES Internship or Research Project
All NRES majors are required to complete a pre-professional experiential learning requirement to give students exposure to real world natural resource work. This can be satisfied through an independent study research project experience (NRE 395) or an internship (NRE 399). Most NRES majors complete an internship. Internships must be related to either the Environmental Systems Emphasis Area or the Analytical Skills Development Area of the NRES curriculum. Both of these courses are now used to sastisfy the Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR). All students must receive the GCCR to graduate.
To complete an independent study project, normally a student will arrange to work on a natural resource or environmental research project being conducted by a UK faculty member or a researcher in some other setting. Ideally, this research work will be related to the student’s Environmental Systems Emphasis area. A NRE 395 research contract should be prepared which will explain in general terms the nature of the research, the work to be completed by the student, the work product expected (e.g., article, paper, poster), and the time period for completion of the work. This contract must be approved by the NRES Internship Coordinator before registering for NRE 395 in order for this to satisfy the NRES Major and GCCR Requirement. Download the syllabus for directions and the NRE 395 research contract. Please note, you must download this file to your computer and open it in Adobe Acrobat in order to be able to fill out the research contract.
An internship should be approached as a pre-professional work experience completed in an off-campus setting. Ideally, the internship will be related to the student’s Environmental Systems Emphasis area. In recent years, internships have taken on a more important role in career development.
Students can identify internship opportunities by talking to NRES majors who have already completed internships, attending the NRES Internship Forum in October to see what current students did to complete internships in the previous year, or searching the web for opportunities.
Before registering for NRE 399, students must complete a Learning Contract. Before completing a Learning Contract, students need to identify a faculty advisor for the internship. This can be your academic advisor, or another faculty member whose interests may correspond to the content of the planned internship. Consult with your advisor about completing the Learning Contract before seeking approval signatures. Students must work at least 150 hours for three hours of academic credit under NRE 399. This contract must be approved by the NRES Internship Coordinator before registering for NRE 399 in order for this to satisfy the NRES Major and GCCR Requirement. Download the syllabus for directions and the NRE 399 learning contract. Please note, you must download this file to your computer and open it in Adobe Acrobat in order to be able to fill out the learning contract.
Examples of past NRE 395 and NRE 399 projects: