The EcoStudio

Finding internships can be difficult. The EcoStudio engages with organizations on and off campus who are interested in working with you! We collect information about all of the projects and help connect you with a project that you're interested in. Weekly meetings in the EcoStudio with your faculty advisor, client, and other EcoStudio students will broaden your skillsets and connect you with your peers. Come collaborate with us!

How Does EcoStudio Work?

Step 1

Understand the Process

We know you have questions about internships and EcoStudio and ENEC 393/493. To help you get answers, we put together a Frequently Asked Questions page. What if I found my own internship? Congratulations! We'd love for you to join us in our EcoStudio meetings, and we can help you get academic credit for your internship. You'll just need to follow the steps in Step 4.

Step 2

View Projects and Apply

Our projects page lists all available projects. Read through the descriptions and find a project that matches your skillset and your interests. Add in your contact info, your skills, relevant experiences, why you're applying, upload your resume, and then select the top two projects that interest you.

View Projects and Apply

Step 3

Check on the Progress of Your Application

We'll send along your application to your top two favorite project mentors, facilitate the intern selection process, and guide you through the entire application cycle.

Check on Your Application

Step 4

Submit Contract

For credit: Prepare your Independent Study Learning Contract, send it to for review, and then upload into the Online Learning Contract Manager

Not-for-credit: Please fill out the not-for-credit contract and send to for review.

Please Note: If you apply through EcoStudio, your application will only be considered by your top two choices. You may not be selected for an internship.

Weekly EcoStudio Meetings

EcoStudio students will meet weekly as a group to hear more about each other's projects and participate in professional development activities. Students will work on resumes, cover letters, improve their professional social networks, blog about their internships, and give a final presentation about their experience. More information about weekly EcoStudio meetings is available to UNC students.

Final Presentations

Every semester, EcoStudio students gather at the end of the semester to share their experiences with each other and their mentors. Students are also encouraged to record a narrated version of their presentations and post them online. These are available on the Presentations page.

Need-based Awards

Thanks to the generous support of the Institute for the Environment, EcoStudio is pleased to be able to provide need-based awards periodically for qualified students with unpaid internships. If you would like to be considered, please note so on your application, though this information is not considered during the selection process by the mentors or by EcoStudio staff. If you are selected for an internship and choose to accept the internship, EcoStudio staff may reach out to you to ask you for your financial need information. This information will not be shared outside of the Institute for the Environment. Please use the following formula. FAFSA Financial Need = Cost of attendance - Expected Family Contribution.


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