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Internships are mentored, one-on-one experiences that offer students individual practical experience in settings that match their particular interests. When possible, internships tie in with a student’s other coursework to magnify and extend the impact of the internship, and to provide benefits to both students and host organizations. Because of the broad range of disciplines that intersect with environmental studies and sciences, the menu of possible internships is rich and varied. The EcoStudio in Carolina’s Environment, Ecology and Energy Program engages with organizations on- and off-campus who are interested in working with UNC students. The EcoStudio can help connect students with an internship, through weekly meetings with a faculty advisor, client, and other EcoStudio students. Learn more at

The IDEA Undergraduate Research Program provides paid geoscience research opportunities and graduate school preparation at UNC-Chapel Hill to full-time undergraduate students during both the summer and academic year. The goal of the program is to increase the participation of underrepresented minority students in the geosciences and provide the support and training necessary to pursue a graduate degree. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences Program. For more information on the IDEA Undergraduate Research Program, contact Megan Hughes,, or call (919) 966-2463.