Internship/practicum is integrated into the Geography and Environmental Studies programs (BA, BSc, Minor/Concentration). The purpose of this internship/practicum is to give students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to a real-world work environment, and by so doing equip them with the necessary competencies that will enable them to gain an employment advantage.

Format/Set-up

This internship/practicum is a tripartite arrangement among (1) the student intern, (2) the agency or employer (i.e., a reputable government department, private agency, business, or non-governmental/ non-profit organization), and (3) the institution - Trinity Western University (represented by the internship coordinator/program coordinator/chair/course instructor). Our students are permitted to find their own organization/agency for their internship experience in consultation with the Co-Chairs or a faculty member of GENV.

The internship is similar to the first 120 hours (approximately) of a new employee probationary period. Following a site and job orientation, the student is expected to carry out typical duties and responsibilities with the same standard of deportment as a newly hired individual. Details of the internship expectations are provided in the internship agreement form.

Forms

Click on the links below to access the internship/practicum forms:

Registration

Registration for the internship/practicum course (GENV 372/373 for Geography Internship; GENV 374/375 for Environmental Studies Internship) is through the TWU Registrar’s Office. Additional support for career development can be accessed through The Learning Commons (formerly Student Success Centre). See the TWU Career & Professional Development website for further details.

Outcome

 So far, the internship program has produced amazing results for our students. Here is an example of one of our students, Evie Morin, presenting her internship project to council members at the Town of Comox Regular Council Meeting on August 16, 2016 (click here 1st 6:50 mins.).  

Questions

If you have any questions about the internship/practicum, please feel free to contact the GENV Department and we will do our best to address your question.