What is the EcoStudio?

Pairing outstanding undergraduate students with faculty and graduate student advisors for environmentally-focused, client-based research, applied learning projects, and internships

Offered through the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program and the Institute for the Environment, the faculty and staff of these programs work together to pair students with projects and internships from faculty and community partners, including partners from local businesses, non-profits and municipalities, as well as the UNC campus, for high-impact, applied learning opportunities to solve challenges of today. The EcoStudio facilitates these activities and helps connect you to the right project, partner, or program manager.

An applied learning experience through the EcoStudio allows students to explore the world of careers in energy, sustainability, environment, policy and planning, and many other fields. In these experiential settings, students can apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world problems, allowing them to make a real difference while developing professional skills that will help them in the job market.

EcoStudio students meet weekly with their advisors and other students to talk about their projects, collaborate, and participate in career development workshops. Classroom components of the project foster academic discussion with peers and professors to help students understand the significance of their projects in a broader picture, as well as help the students prepare for the next phase of their professional careers.

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