ECOHOUSE 399I EcoHouse Internship/Service-learning experience
GUIDELINES and APPLICATION
PLEASE FIND IN THIS PACKET:
An introduction to the Internship/service-learning experience Program and the Application
Process (p. 1-2)
A Cover Sheet to be used with your application. (p. 3)
Purpose. This course provides EcoHouse students the opportunity to pursue a beginning-level
internship/service-learning experience for which academic credit can be given. Students are responsible
for finding their own internship/service-learning experience; however, given the resources available, this
is a manageable expectation.
1. An internship/service-learning experience is a carefully monitored experience. It includes intentional
learning goals and requires that you reflect on what you are doing. Ideally, it will help you make
formal connections to sustainability and concepts in your major. With this goal in mind, you must
develop a proposal that meets the approval of the Director of EcoHouse and a supervisor at the
2. You may pursue the internship/service-learning experience in a wide range of settings: public sector,
private companies, or in some cases, an individually designed project. It may be on- or off-campus;
paid or unpaid.
3. Upon receipt of all necessary signatures, you may register for ENSP 399I for one 1-2 credits.
1 credit = 40 hours on-site
2 credits = 80 hours on-site
4. Students may register only once for an EcoHouse internship/service-learning experience. Students
may not earn credit for internship/service-learning experiences begun prior to gaining its approval.
5. At the conclusion of the internship/service-learning experience, you will be expected to submit a 5-7
page academic research paper (with annotated bibliography), a daily log, and a journal.
1. Name, address and purpose of sponsoring organization. For example:
Sponsoring organization, address, and purpose: Maryland's GreenPrint Program, c/o Maryland
Department of Natural Resources, Tawes Building, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401.
Phone: (410) 260 – 8705.
"Maryland's GreenPrint Program signifies a bold new direction in land conservation. The
purpose of the program is threefold:
1. Identify, using state-of-the-art computer mapping techniques, the most important unprotected
natural lands in the state;
2. Link, or connect, these lands through a system of corridors or connectors; and
3. Save those lands through targeted acquisitions and easements.
2. At least six academic and/or career objectives. For example, “I plan to…
Utilize knowledge and skills gained in GEOG 342 (Biogeography), GEOG 373 (GIS), and LARC
450 (Environmental Resources) to help DNR officials identify and report on the most valuable of
the State's unprotected lands.
Learn about urban sprawl and its effect on environmental quality
Learn about successful land conservation strategies.
3. Description of work activities. For example, “My internship/service-learning experience
activities will include…”
Prepare maps as requested by local agencies and DNR staff to provide them with the information
they need to initiate land preservation activities.
Attend state wide and regional meetings addressing such topics as land use and water quality.
4. Proposed research topic: For example, “One area of research for my paper could be…”
"Land preservation in the United States: Identifying natural resources and winning political
5. An updated, 1-page resume.
Refer to the “Job-Seeking” webpage for resources http://www.ensp.umd.edu/JobSeeking.htm
WORK COMMITMENT: You may earn 1-2 credits for a beginning level internship/service-learning
experience. The minimal time commitment for 1 credit is 40 hours, which may be completed in no fewer
than five (5) weeks, e.g., 8 hours per week during a semester; or three (3) weeks during Winter Term,
e.g., 12-15 hours per week.
Total hours on-site. Explain how you will meet hourly requirement, e.g., Tuesday-Thursday
afternoons 12-5 p.m., beginning (date) and ending (date), for a total of ___________ hours.
Record keeping. You must keep a Daily Log (like a time sheet) and a Weekly Journal (approx.
3-5 paragraphs per week) describing your work activities, personal observations, impressions, etc.
GRADING AND WRITTEN REPORT: The EcoHouse Director will assign a grade based on:
Completeness in meeting the objectives of the proposed work.
The 5-7-page academic research paper (1” margins, 10-12-point, double-spaced), not counting the
annotated bibliography. The paper may be based on the internship/service-learning experience,
but hopefully will extend beyond it. Use McKeldin Library, electronic resources, interviews and
other scholarly resources (approximately 6-10 sources, total) to produce an academic product of
A short letter of evaluation from your site supervisor.
The Daily Log and a Weekly Journal.
Before you may register for ENSP 399I, you must gain the following approvals:
Your off-campus sponsor (who will supervise your work and submit a letter of evaluation)
The Director of EcoHouse (who will maintain a paper file of your work).
ECOHOUSE 399I INTERNSHIP/SERVICE-LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Please type or print:
Your Name: _____________________________________________ Date: ___________________
UID: ____________________ Major: ___________________________________________________
Semester for which you will register for ENSP 399I: ____________________ No. credits: __________
Your E-mail Address: ______________________________ Phone number: _____________________
Internship/service-learning experience site:
1. Organization name: __________________________________________________________
2. Mailing address: _____________________________________________________________
3. Summary of the organization's purpose:
4. Site supervisor's name and title_______________________________________________________
5. Supervisor’s ph. number and e-mail addr:_______________________________________________
On attached sheets: (Please use format given in the Guidelines).
1. At least three academic and career objective(s). Explain how each of these relates to personal,
academic, career, and/or EcoHouse interests.
2. Description of work activities.
3. Work schedule, with total hours planned on-site.
4. One-page updated resume.
Student: _________________________________________ Application submitted: ______________
Site supervisor’s name (who will submit an evaluation):______________________________________
Site supervisor’s Signature: _______________________________ Date: ________________________
Director, EcoHouse: _____________________________________ Approval date: _________________