Please do not start an internship until you have contacted
the Internship Supervisors Dr.
Steffen Schmidt or S. Paul Schmidt.They will discuss
this with you. If you don't get permission
your internships will not be valid for credit from our program.
Steffen W. Schmidt, Ph.D
Professor of Political Science and Coastal Policy
S. Paul Schmidt, MS in Science Education, U Mass
Internships are an excellent way to put hand on reality on the academic material we study. It's also a valuable asset on your resume and a great way of networking with professionals and peers for building on your professional network. Above the image of Earth before tectonic plates separated making many more coastal zones.
1. Download application and approval form.
Download the evaluation form your supervisor will fill out.
The Internship Class - Revised
and Updated Edition
You must enroll in the 3 credit
internship class. Invest at least 3+ hours per week for 12-14 weeks (approximately
42 total hours) in your internship. The internship can be done at a research
organization, private company or consulting firm, local, county, state of federal
government agency, research lab or institute, or other instructor-approved venue
related to coastal zone activities. You will also keep an academic journal of
the internship (see below). Your supervisor at the internship venue will also
evaluate your performance.
What is an
To give you the opportunity to experience
practical applications of the knowledge learned in academic courses.
The internship also lets you explore possible career options
related to coastal zone policy or management, and make contacts and
learn how to develop a network that can help you in locating
employment. You (subject to approval by the program) may
arrange an internship on your own or discuss
internship interests with the CZM Internship Program Coordinator (me!) who
will suggest internship opportunities. Internships must involve
substantive assignments and will not be granted for clerical
office work or other routine "labor".
Internship Experiences in Coastal Zone Management or
for a board in assessing or managing land use/zoning policy in a local
coastal area. (Local municipal, county government, state regulatory
board or commission).
in the research on policies related to ship holding tank ballast disposal and the problems of "invasive" exotics entering local ecosystems.
Focus on regulatory and policy aspects.
a series of lesson plans for use in K-12 using coastal management,
policy, and/or coastal issues as the learning content. (as an intern in a
school or education non-profit).
for a non-profit organization in developing their activities
related to local environmental and other coastal programs. (Example: sea turtle
rescue; Manatee habitat preservation policies; ).
with a private consulting firm that contracts with governmental
units or private companies and produces services or products related to coastal
zones. (Example: legal services; lobbying; coastal policy legal research,
in a coral reef restoration project (focus on policy aspects).
with a news organization researching information on coastal
hurricane relief work or coastal redesign in Louisiana.
(Focus on relief policy aspects)
- Hurricane Ike
and the Texas coast. Consulting or work for a non-profit. Lessons learned
tsunami warning systems support.
- Working with
The UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009 - COP15
- Work on 2010 BP Gulf spill research and rehab.
COASTAL POLICY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Every two weeks you should send your update on the internship experience
in the form of summaries of the most important observations from your journal
(diary) which you should keep more or less on a daily basis. Before you go to
sleep jot down the most interesting/important thing that happened that day).
Your reflections should tie the internship experience to your academic work
and specifically to Coastal Zone Management issues or problems. In a typical
term-long internship you will be writing up roughly six up-dates (one submission
every two weeks for a 12 week term). These should be 1-2 pages long.
Download the reporting form template.
Click here for an example of a model two week report.
B. At the end
of your internship have your supervisor fill out the evaluation form. If
you did not already get that form download
the evaluation form your supervisor will fill out.
send me your journal entries and a five to eight page summary and conclusion
to the internship. Summarize and evaluate the range of experiences you have
had during your internship assignment.
The following questions and issues must
be addressed in the conclusions of your report. Print this and check off each
of these parts BEFORE submitting the final report.
- How has your knowledge of coastal
zone policy and/or management issue been broadened and deepened by
this internship? What are three new ideas and concepts you learned on your
internship that you did not know about the study of Coastal Policy? Do you
see correspondence or contradictions between the accumulated body of facts
and theories from your previous Coastal Policy courses and the "real" world
as you experienced it in the internship? Explain. Can you cite specific concepts,
assumptions, "established facts," prevailing views, and/or theories that have
either been confirmed or disconfirmed in your experiences? Please refer to
information from specific articles, books, or other academic material from
your previous coastal courses.
- List and describe the kinds of skills
and techniques that you developed during your internship. Are there
any skills that you improved such as enhancing your ability to analyze, gaining
greater insight into coastal issue "politics", improving techniques of oral
argument, presentation, and critique? How much writing and synthesizing of
materials were required during your internship? Do you feel that the skills
that you acquired can help you succeed after graduation in your profession
of choice? In what ways has this internship enhanced your "job marketability?"
- In what ways has this experience enriched
you personally? Have you learned more about yourself? How were your
beliefs about coastal management or the science of coastal policy affected
by this experience? In what one or two ways did you gain a greater understanding
of the role and/or importance of coastal areas?