EGEE 495
Energy and Sustainability Policy Internship

Internship Guidelines

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Before You Start

  1. Identify an internship opportunity that suits your interests, professional aspirations, schedule, and location. With your prospective sponsor, discuss your responsibilities, duties and working hours. Is the proposed arrangement clear to you both? Will it provide college level experience and meaningful learning? Will it provide 120 hours of work? How is it relevant to energy and sustainability policy?
  2. Contact the ESP Internship Coordinator/Course Instructor, Haley Sankey (hjs142@psu.edu) to review the proposed arrangements and receive preliminary approval or guidance for revisions.
  3. Complete the Energy and Sustainability Policy Internship Agreement. Submit the completed form, signed by student and sponsor, to the ESP Internship Coordinator.
  4. Take all necessary steps to comply fully with Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) requests from your sponsor (if applicable).
  5. Register for EGEE 495. Because registration for this course is departmentally controlled, you will need to ask the internship coordinator to process the registration on your behalf.

During Your Internship

  1. Post weekly electronic journal entries (see Journal Assignments page)
  2. With your sponsor, complete the Energy and Sustainability Policy Internship Midterm Evaluation form. Submit the completed form, signed by student and sponsor, to the ESP Internship Coordinator via the dropbox on the course Canvas site. This form is due by the end of the 6th week of the academic term.
  3. Complete the other assignments (SWOT Analysis, Resume, Practice Interview, and Annotated Bibliography) by the due dates assigned.

Completing Your Internship

  1. With your sponsor, complete the Energy and Sustainability Policy Internship Final Evaluation form. Submit the completed form, signed by student and sponsor, to the ESP Internship Coordinator via the dropbox on the course Canvas site. This form is also due by the last day of class for the academic term.

Internship Forms

  1. ESP Internship Agreement
  2. Midterm Evaluation
  3. Final Evaluation
  4. Cover Sheet/Verification Form

If you have difficulty with the electronic signature portion of the form, follow the Creating an eSignature directions.

Recommendations:

  • Keep a secondary copy of your internship journal. There is no guarantee that your blog space will exist forever, so plan accordingly. Print it out, or make an electronic copy of each entry.
  • Create a contact list. Keep the contact information for individuals and organizations that you encounter during your internship (and throughout your career), for future reference. Ideally, you can reach out to these contacts for a reference or a job lead when you are job searching.
  • If your internship experience has you learning new jargon, start a list of the terminology with definitions so that you can "talk the talk" when interviewing for similar positions. You can include terms related both to your work and your place of employment as well any new "language" you learned while on the job.