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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 21st Century Environmental Health Scholars program (21EH Scholars) is a partnership between North Carolina Central University Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment, Gillings School of Global Public Health, and the School of Medicine. 21EH Scholars provides environmental health science research internships at UNC-CH for undergraduate students at both universities. Working as part of a lab team, 21EH Scholars learn about cutting-edge environmental health research and develop research skills. Scholars also develop science communication skills and prepare to apply to graduate school. 21EH Scholars is funded with support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) R25 Program. For more information, please contact Megan Hughes at or visit