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Urban Environmental Studies


Are you interested in becoming an environmental leader?

Program Overview:

Students selected to serve as Urban Environmental Studies (UES) interns have the unique opportunity to contribute to the efforts of local and national organizations that protect our environment. Through these internships, students help organizations spearhead restoration projects, advocate for changes in public policy, and preserve our natural heritage. Begun in 2007, the program has paired BSC students with organizations such as Ruffner Mountain Nature Center in Birmingham, the Tennessee Clean Water Network in Knoxville, and Green America in Washington, DC. Students may apply for an internship with an organization recommended by the College or propose a student-initiated UES internship.Lacey Genard, 2008 UES Intern at Five Mile Creek Greenway Project.


UES internships give students the opportunity to learn about conservation efforts, sustainable growth, and public and private funding for environmental programs while realizing the real-world applicability of natural and social sciences in environmental work. Students are encouraged to think broadly about how their internship relates to their liberal arts education and complements their academic pursuits and interests.

Interns receive a $3000 stipend for a 10-week internship. We anticipate funding six to eight internships each summer.

Sam Wilson, 2008 UES Intern at the Cahaba River Society


  • Student must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior.

  • Student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

  • Student must be a BSC student in good-standing.

Application Process:

  • Complete the application.

  • If you are applying for an environmental internship with an organization that has not partnered with the UES program, you must complete the requirements Charles Yeager, 2008 UES Intern at Freshwater Land Trustlisted in the student-initiated environmental internships form. Complete and email to fgross@bsc.edu. Remember to complete the regular student application for a UES internship as well.

  • The Betty Hawk Internship is another exciting opportunity for UES students. Selection is based on requirements listed here.

  • Applications and resumes should be e-mailed to fgross@bsc.edu no later than February 28, 2013.

  • Students selected to serve as 2013 Urban Environmental Studies interns will be notified by March 29, 2013.