Environmental Health Science undergraduate students gain practical experience and problem solving skills through internships, an integral part of the EHS degree program at UGA. As interns, students work with companies, not-for-profit organizations, academic researchers, and federal, state or local government agencies. They receive from 3 to 9 hours of course credit depending upon the amount of time spent as an intern. Most interns work from 12 to 40 hours per week for a 10 to 15 week period and are compensated by the host organization at a rate of $7-15 per hour. Students consistently rate the internship experience as one of the most valuable parts of their undergraduate education in environmental health science. See what EHS students have to say about internships by reading their testimonials below.
EHS majors may elect to participate in an approved cooperative education program, instead of an internship. Students interested in obtaining a co-op should see Dr. Anne Marie Zimeri, EHS Internship Coordinator.
Obtaining an Internship
Students obtain internships by working with the EHS Internship Coordinator, Dr. Anne Marie Zimeri, and their advisor to identify, apply for, and secure a position that meets their personal interests and timetable. Many students complete their internship during the summer between their junior and senior year although other periods are equally acceptable and common. Students are encouraged to begin planning their internship early in their studies to ensure their interests can be met.
Like every academic and employment related procedure, the internship process requires that administrative and other forms be completed by the student, the EHS Department, and the host organization. All of the required forms are available for download from this web site. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain the forms in this manner although they are also available from the Internship Coordinator. The forms are available as Microsoft Word files (.RTF) and Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) files. You need only submit either the .PDF version or .DOC version of a form, not both. Instructions for using the .RTF and .PDF forms are available here. If you would like copies is hard copy format, please see Ms. Ella Willingham in Room 206 EHS Building.
The steps required of students are detailed below in the order in which they must be completed. The process begins by checking your eligibility and ends with submission of a report by you to the Internship Coordinator.
- Check eligibility
- Accept the internship
- Begin the internship
- Review and discuss your mid-term and final evaluations with the internship sponsor
- Finish the internship
Institutions where EHS students have completed internships or co-ops include the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR), Georgia Power, CIBA Vision, Williams Environmental Services, Duracell USA, and several environmental consulting firms. Internships have also been completed at state and local agencies, including the State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and county health departments. EHS students can compete for internships sponsored by national organizations such as the U.S. Public Health Service, Department of Energy, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology (CIIT), the Society of Toxicology and other organizations.
"This internship was probably the most productive thing I could have done to assure myself that I made a correct decision in picking Environmental Health as a major."
- W.L., intern with the Dekalb County Board of Health
"My internship has given me a chance to learn new things in the field of public and environmental health and put them to work. I definitely feel more prepared for the real world and I now have more practical experience that will help me in the future."
- K. N., intern with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
"My internship has been a great learning experience. I was able to apply the scientific knowledge learned in the EHS program to real environmental situations. I had a pleasurable experience and would recommend this internship to future students."
- D. B., intern with the State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division
"I was thrilled that I was able to apply so much of what I learned in various EHS courses to everything I worked on, which made the whole experience so much easier and allowed me more 'comfort' in making decisions."
- A. J., intern with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
"My internship provided me with not only the best educational experience in my related field of study, but it also provide me with an outstanding work experience that will help me with future job opportunities."
- D.W., intern with Lucent Technology