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!
Sarah Masters, Internship with the Haw River Assembly
"This has been some of the most challenging yet rewarding work I've ever done. Cleaning out the trash trout is no easy task and our teams are usually there for 2-3 hours. I get in a kayak and push trash that got caught upstream down to the trap, which is definitely a workout! It's more than worth it to see the clean creek at the end of the morning and talk to people walking by about the work we do. Emily has been a great mentor, allowing me to listen in on calls with elected officials and other nonprofits and really educating me about all the different people involved in Haw River Assembly's work."
Baby Loggerhead Turtle
"Night of July 25: We had more hatchlings! Tonight 14 emerged from the nest and made it to the ocean. Night of August 9: This summer has been absolutely amazing and I am so honored that I was chosen to be one of the very few people who get to have experiences like this. I have learned so much, not just about turtles, but nature in general, and feel like I have grown as an environmentalist."
Janina Millis, Internship with Hammocks Beach State Park
Rodrigo Bustamante, Internship with Patagonia
"For the first time in my life, I felt empowered by my creativity. In many of my other professional experiences, I have had to separate my love for activism and art because there are not many spaces where the two come together. Being on a creative team at a company like Patagonia is unlike anything else."
Catherine Bernhardt, Internship with Triangle J Council of Government
"I want to use the knowledge I gained through this experience to leave a lasting positive impact on the school which has given me so much over the past four years."
Maddie Bass, Internship with The Nature Conservancy
"I thoroughly enjoyed my EcoStudio experience and deeply value the lessons I learned. This was one of the most useful classes I have taken at UNC."
Janis Arrojado, Internship with UNC Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling
"My EcoStudio internship experience was invaluable and I am grateful to have been a part of it. I have developed as a student, intern, and as a person, and feel like I have a better grasp of what I want to do in the future and for the rest of my academic career."
Read through the projects
Our projects page lists all available projects. Read through the descriptions carefully, and find a project that matches your skillset and your interests.
Submit an Application
Add in your contact information and some more about your skills, relevant experiences, etc. Then, select up to three projects that interest you.
Check on the Progress of Your Application
We'll review your application, do our best to match you with your top project, and guide you through the entire process.
Check on Your Application
Check out the FAQ
We know you have questions about internships and getting academic credit. To help you get answers, we put together a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
EcoStudio students should submit journal entries on this site using our Journals page.
What if I found my own internship?
Congratulations! We can help you get academic credit for it, and we'd love for you to join us in our EcoStudio meetings! You'll need to follow the steps in Step 4 above.
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.
Fall 2022: Mondays 9 - 10 AM, Thursdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM. We will meet in Venable 3302
Thanks to the generous support of the Institute for the Environment, EcoStudio is pleased to be able to provide need-based awards for the 2022-2023 school year for some students selected for unpaid internships. If you would like to be considered, please provide your financial need information on your application. Use the following formula. FAFSA Financial Need = Cost of attendance - Expected Family Contribution
Send an email to Brian Naess (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Megan Lane (email@example.com).