EGEE 495
Energy and Sustainability Policy Internship

EGEE 495 Syllabus, Fall 2019


Welcome to EGEE 495 - Internship, Fall 2019

This syllabus is divided into several sections. It is essential that you read the entire document. Together these serve as our course "contract."


Haley Sankey
Haley Sankey

Haley Sankey

Lecturer, Department of Earth and Mineral Sciences, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute

  • Office: 415 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building
  • Office Phone: 814-863-1009
  • Home Phone: 814-577-7760
  • E-mail:
  • Office Hours: By appointment

NOTE: I will read and respond to e-mail and discussion forums at least once per day during the work week (Monday through Friday). I will check email on the weekends, but cannot guarantee prompt responses.

Course Overview

Description: The EGEE 495 Internship is a supervised off-campus, non-group instruction with an energy and sustainability policy focus. The instruction may include individual field experience, employment or internship (paid or unpaid). Students should have positions with energy businesses, government agencies, legislative offices, non-profit advocacy/education organizations, industry associations or sustainability functions within other businesses. The internship must provide the opportunity to employ college level capabilities and proficiencies and must provide a meaningful learning experience in the areas of energy, sustainability, and policy. The internship must provide 120 hours of work. Students should work hard to ensure that the internship fits their interests, professional aspirations, schedule and location. It is the student's responsibility to work closely with the internship sponsor to identify and define the position's responsibilities, duties and working hours.

This course should prepare students to conduct a successful job search once they have graduated from the ESP program. Internships provide relevant real-world experiences and allow students to interact in a professional environment and gain experience networking. We will also discuss student's strengths, weaknesses, and skill sets while cultivating their ability to interview and relate their internship experience to the ESP curriculum. Students will complete a practice interview session and submit an updated cover letter and resume for review. Finally, upon completion of the online journal, they should have a robust writing sample, multiple internship related artifacts, and a updated resume they can use during their job search.

Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete EGEE 495 should be able to:

  • Demonstrate (verbally and written) learned knowledge from the internship experience by identifying and providing artifacts and examples of their internship experiences.
  • Examine and articulate the applicability of the internship experiences to the coursework completed to date.
  • Identify any federal, state or local policies that influenced operations or services. Deconstruct the real-world implementation of these policies (feasibility, effects, etc.)
  • Assess the political, environmental, and economic influences that exist and their ability to act as a catalyst or a deterrent in the day-to-day operations and the overall strategy of the organization.
  • Identify and articulate the ways in which the program's five competency areas were experienced as part of the internship.
  • Interpret and articulate their unique professional strengths and abilities.

What I Expect of You

The internship position must include 120 hours of time within one semester. This work can be completed online or in-person. When and how the hours are logged is the responsibility of the student and will be verified by the internship sponsor. Midterm and Final evaluations along with other deliverables for the course must be submitted by the dates agreed upon at the beginning of the semester. The final version of the Internship Journal must be submitted by the end of finals week (see Course Schedule below for details).

Communication is very important for this course. Please keep in regular contact with the instructor. If you are experiencing difficulty logging hours, or the internship is not meeting your expectations, contact the instructor as soon as possible so that the issue can be appropriately addressed. Failure to adequately complete the internship as stated in the Internship Agreement may result in a failing grade.

Required Course Materials

You do not need a textbook for this course. Use this course website and Canvas as resources for the course. In order to take this course, you need to have an active Penn State Access Account user ID and password (used to access the online course resources). If you have any questions about obtaining or activating your Penn State Access Account, please contact the World Campus help desk.

To set up your profile and manage your notification preferences in Canvas, visit the Canvas link in the menu at the top of the course website. 

Penn State logo

Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback, and earn academic credit. Information about Penn State's Energy and Sustainability Policy Bachelor's program is available at the ESP Overview Page.

Assignments and Grading

This course will rely upon a variety of methods to assess and evaluate student learning. Grading will be completed by the ESP Internship Coordinator or the course instructor. Refer to the Grading Rubrics in Canvas to understand how points are earned.

Administrative Forms

All forms can be found on the Internship Guidelines page or in the course Canvas site. Forms should be submitted via the designated dropbox in Canvas.

  • Internship Agreement
  • Midterm Evaluation
  • Final Evaluation
  • Cover Sheet/Verification Form

Journal Entries

You are expected to submit weekly electronic journal entries addressing the items as discussed on the Internship Journal page. The purpose of the journal is to help you articulate and record the learning and experiences that occurred during the internship.  All Penn State students are granted blog space on and are encouraged to use that space. For more guidance on how to use visit the Resources tab. All Journal entries will be reviewed by the Course Instructor and returned with a grade along with comments and suggestions. If a better grade is desired, the suggested edits are to be implemented for the final version.

SWOT Analysis

You are expected to complete a SWOT analysis, evaluating your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. This exercise will better prepare you to speak to these types of questions in interviews as well as identify areas in which you may need some improvement. Additionally, it completing the analysis will help you think more strategically about your career.

Cover Letter and Resume

Create an updated cover letter and resume that reflects your anticipated graduation date and education information as well as prior work experiences is required. A potential employer sees these items far before they meet you, so the importance of getting these right cannot be overstated!

Practice Interview

Using InterviewStream you will complete a mock interview. The interview will help you understand the types of questions that may be asked of you in a job interview post graduation. It will also allow you to evaluate how well you do in an interview scenario and will hopefully make you more comfortable with the interview process. You will be given a few chances to record your response to each question. Once you complete the mock interview, it will be submitted to the instructor for review and feedback.


Compile a list of resources utilized during the internship (textbooks, references, documents, websites, software, etc). Annotate each resource explaining what it is and how/why it was utilized. Keeping a list of the resources you used while interning can help you better prepare for interviews down the road. If you're able to "talk the talk", using correct terminology in your interviews, you'll be more likely to land the job!


Grading will be completed by ESP Internship Coordinator/Course Instructor.

Letter grades will be based on the following percentages:

Letter Grades and Percentages
A 100% - 94%
A- < 94% - 90%
B+ <90% - 87%
B <87% - 84%
B- <84% - 80%
C+ <80% - 77
C <77% - 70%
D <70% - 60%
F <60%
X Unsatisfactory (student did not participate)

Percentages refer to the proportion of all possible points earned by the student.

Grading Scale for Individual Assignments

Grading Scale
Assignment Weight
Administrative Forms 5%
Journal Entries 55%
SWOT Analysis 10%
Mock Interview 10%
Cover Letter and Resume 10%
Bibliography 10%

* Note: Percentages refer to the proportion of all possible points earned by the student

EGEE 495 Course Schedule

imagePrintable Schedule

Below you will find a summary of the primary deliverables for the internship and the associated time frames. This course is twelve weeks in length, and requires you to complete a minimum of 120 hours of work at your internship in addition to the weekly assignments.

NOTE: Actual dates may vary; schedule will be posted in the Canvas Syllabus.

Course Assignment Schedule
Date Deliverables
Before the first day of class
  • Find an internship.
  • Submit the job description to the ESP internship coordinator for review and approval.
  • Work with the ESP internship coordinator and your internship supervisor to determine the scope of your internship.
  • Complete and submit your Internship Agreement Form well in advance of the First Day of Class.
  • Ensure your personal blog space is activated and you can post to it without issue.
End of week 1 (Monday)
  • Journal Entry (blog post) #1
End of week 2 (Monday)
  • Journal Entry (blog post) #2
End of week 3 (Monday)
  • Journal Entry (blog post) #3
End of week 4 (Monday)
  • Journal Entry (blog post) #4
  • SWOT Analysis
End of week 5 (Monday)
  • Journal Entry (blog post) #5
End of week 6 (Monday)
  • Journal Entry (blog post) #6
  • Midterm Evaluation Form
End of week 7 (Monday)
  • Draft of Updated Cover letter and Resume
End of week 8 (Monday)
  • Journal Entry (blog post) #7
End of week 9 (Monday)
  • Journal Entry (blog post) #8
End of week 10 (Monday)
  • Complete your Practice Interview (using Interview Stream)
End of week 11 (Monday)
  • Journal Entry (blog post) #9
End of week 12 (Monday)
  • Journal Entry (blog post) #10
Last day of classes
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Final version of Resume
  • Final version of Journal Entries (blog posts) 1-10
  • Final Evaluation Form

Course Policies

Missing Work

Students must complete all of the assigned items in the course syllabus.

Late Policy

All course-related submissions must be provided by the assigned date. No late work is accepted and no extra-credit is provided.

Citation and Reference Style

Please use APA citation and format style. Info can be found on Purdue's Online Writing Lab.

Technical Requirements

For this course, we recommend the minimum technical requirements outlined on the Dutton Institute Technical Requirements page, including the requirements listed for same-time, synchronous communications. If you need technical assistance at any point during the course, please contact the HelpDesk (for World Campus students) or the IT Service Desk (for students at all other campus locations).

Internet Connection

Access to a reliable Internet connection is required for this course. A problem with your Internet access may not be used as an excuse for late, missing, or incomplete coursework. If you experience problems with your Internet connection while working on this course, it is your responsibility to find an alternative Internet access point, such as a public library or Wi-Fi ® hotspot.

Mixed Content

This site is considered a secure web site which means that your connection is encrypted.  We do however link to content that isn't necessarily encrypted.  This is called mixed content.  By default, mixed content is blocked in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome.  This may result in a blank page or a message saying that only secure content is displayed.  Follow the directions on our Technical Requirements page to view the mixed content.

Penn State E-mail Accounts

All official communications from the Penn State World Campus are sent to students' Penn State e-mail accounts. Be sure to check your Penn State account regularly, or forward your Penn State e-mail to your preferred e-mail account, so you don't miss any important information.

Academic Integrity

This course follows Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Academic Integrity Guidelines. Penn State defines academic integrity as "the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner." Academic integrity includes "a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation, or deception." In particular, the University defines plagiarism as "the fabrication of information and citations; submitting others' work from professional journals, books, articles, and papers; submission of other students' papers, lab results or project reports and representing the work as one's own." Penalties for violations of academic integrity may include course failure. To learn more, see Penn State's Academic Integrity Training

Course Copyright

All course materials students receive or to which students have online access are protected by copyright laws. Students may use course materials and make copies for their own use as needed, but unauthorized distribution and/or uploading of materials without the instructor’s express permission is strictly prohibited. University Policy AD 40, the University Policy Recording of Classroom Activities and Note Taking Services addresses this issue. Students who engage in the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials may be held in violation of the University’s Code of Conduct, and/or liable under Federal and State laws.

For example, uploading completed labs, homework, or other assignments to any study site constitutes a violation of this policy.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. Every Penn State campus has an office for students with disabilities. The Office for Student Disability Resources website provides contact information for Campus Disability Coordinators at every Penn State campus. For further information, please visit the Office for Student Disability Resources website

In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled. You will participate in an intake interview and provide documentation. See documentation guidelines at Applying for Services from Student Disability Resources. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus’s disability services office will provide you with an accommodation letter. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. You must follow this process for every semester that you request accommodations.

Inclement Weather

In case of weather-related delays at the University, this online course will proceed as planned. Your instructor will inform you if there are any extenuating circumstances regarding content or activity due dates in the course due to weather delays. If you are affected by a weather-related emergency, please contact your instructor at the earliest possible time to make special arrangements.

Reporting Bias-Motivated Incidents

Penn State takes great pride to foster a diverse and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. Acts of intolerance, discrimination, or harassment due to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, or veteran status are not tolerated (Policy AD29 Statement on Intolerance) and can be reported through Educational Equity via Report Bias.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Many students at Penn State face personal challenges or have psychological needs that may interfere with their academic progress, social development, or emotional wellbeing.  The university offers a variety of confidential services to help you through difficult times, including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultations, online chats, and mental health screenings.  These services are provided by staff who welcome all students and embrace a philosophy respectful of clients’ cultural and religious backgrounds, and sensitive to differences in race, ability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.  Services include the following:

Counseling and Psychological Services at University Park  (CAPS): 814-863-0395
Counseling Services at Commonwealth Campuses
Penn State Crisis Line (24 hours/7 days/week): 877-229-6400
Crisis Text Line (24 hours/7 days/week): Text LIONS to 741741

Military Personnel

Veterans and currently serving military personnel and/or spouses with unique circumstances (e.g., upcoming deployments, drill/duty requirements, disabilities, VA appointments, etc.) are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor in the case that special arrangements need to be made.

Connect Online with Caution

Penn State is committed to educational access for all. Our students come from all walks of life and have diverse life experiences. As with any other online community, the lack of physical interaction in an online classroom can create a false sense of anonymity and security. While one can make new friends online, digital relationships can also be misleading. Good judgment and decision making are critical when choosing to disclose personal information to others whom you do not know.

Participation in Peer-to-Peer Activities

This course follows the Energy and Sustainability Policy programs' Constructive Participation in ESP Peer-Peer Activities policy for student participation in peer-to-peer activities in ESP courses, such as group discussions, team projects and peer reviews of another’s work. In all peer-to-peer learning activities, students are expected to participate constructively with others in the practice and development of effective communication skills. This means NO personal attacks, NO name calling, and NO threatening language of any kind. Consequences may include losing the opportunity to participate in (and earn credit for) all remaining peer-to-peer assignments for the duration of the course. Any instance of threatening language will be reported to the Penn State Office of Student Conduct.

Deferred Grades

If you are prevented from completing this course within the prescribed amount of time for reasons that are beyond your control, it is possible to have the grade deferred with the concurrence of the instructor, following Penn State Deferred Grade Policy 48-40. To seek a deferred grade, you must submit a written request (by e-mail or U.S. post) to the instructor describing the reason(s) for the request. Non-emergency permission for filing a deferred grade must be requested before the beginning of the final examination period.  It is up to the instructor to determine whether or not you will be permitted to receive a deferred grade. If permission is granted, you will work with the instructor to establish a communication plan and a clear schedule for completion within policy.  If for any reason, the coursework for the deferred grade is not complete by the assigned time, a grade of "F" will be automatically entered on your transcript.


This course will be conducted entirely online. There will be no set class meeting times, but you will be required to complete weekly assignments with specific due dates. Many of the assignments are open for multiple days, so it is your responsibility to complete the work early if you plan to travel or participate in national holidays, religious observances or University approved activities.

If you need to request an exception due to a personal or medical emergency, contact the instructor directly as soon as you are able. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect

Penn State is “committed to creating an educational environment which is free from intolerance directed toward individuals or groups and strives to create and maintain an environment that fosters respect for others” as stated in Policy AD29 Statement on Intolerance. All members of this class are expected to contribute to a respectful, welcoming and inclusive environment and to interact with civility.

For additional information, see:

Mandated Reporting Statement

Penn State’s policies require me, as a faculty member, to share information about incidents of sex-based discrimination and harassment (discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation) with Penn State’s Title IX coordinator or deputy coordinators, regardless of whether the incidents are stated to me in person or shared by students as part of their coursework. For more information regarding the University's policies and procedures for responding to reports of sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct, please visit Penn State's Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response website.

Additionally, I am required to make a report on any reasonable suspicion of child abuse in accordance with the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law.


Please note that the specifics of this Course Syllabus can be changed at any time, and you will be responsible for abiding by any such changes. All changes will be communicated with you via e-mail, course announcement and/or course discussion forum.