Summer Internship Class 2021

Our internship program helps prepare the next generation of global thinkers and leaders.

For employers, an intern is often an invaluable for developing new talent and harnessing the enthusiasm and creative thinking of the upcoming generation. The Lewis & Clark Sustainability Internship Course matches the needs of your organization with the interests and skills of our students. Our faculty and staff are here to ensure a productive experience for students and employers alike, with the goal of establishing lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships.

Our students are well-prepared and supported.

  • The Sustainability course team will match selected students with participating employers. Students will be highly-qualified rising juniors or seniors, will have presented references and a personal statement of purpose.
  • Prior to beginning the internship, students will receive 40 hours of instruction in both key sustainability issue areas and professional workplace etiquette.
  • Throughout the internship term, students and employers will have a support network ensuring that internships run smoothly and are mutually beneficial. 
  • Students will participate in weekly meetings with other students in the course facilitated by faculty instructor Meredith Goddard (goddardm@lclark.edu).
  • Students will present a summary of their internship at the completion of the course.

Our partner expectations are straightforward and flexible.

  • Commit to hosting a Lewis & Clark student for a period of 8-12 weeks for either part-time or full-time employment. Our preference is for paid positions.
  • Identify an internship supervisor and interview student applicant(s).
  • Identify a focus area or a specific project the student will work on. Lewis & Clark can assist with this, as needed.
  • Complete a brief evaluation of the program and the student intern.

2021 Program Timeline:

Student applications close on March 15.
We match students and employers by March 22.
Employers conduct interviews and make hiring decisions by April 12.
Professional development, instruction component takes place May 17-21.

Application Details:

Are you a student interested in this opportunity? Please apply here by March 15. The application requires two references and your resume.
The course will be limited to 12 students.

Student applicants, you can view our list of internships for 2021 here.

Are you an employer that is interested in participating? If yes, please fill out this form or email Amy Dvorak.

Have questions? Contact us: lcsc@lclark.edu or 503.768.7794

Here is a student intern’s experience from summer 2020:

“Understanding the importance of equity and inclusion is a huge aspect of creating a sustainable world.” - Skyllar Golleher, ’21

In the summer of 2020, Skyllar Golleher interned with Sustainability Department’s partner firm, Green Hammer, which is a sustainable architecture and design company local to Portland, Oregon. 

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“What did you primarily work on?”

“My internship was focused on helping the company establish a tracking system for Women and Minority Owned Businesses they had partnered with on projects. This was in an effort to grow the ways that Green Hammer qualifies as a sustainable B-Corp and solidify their certification.” Skylar created a database and conducted data analysis as part of her internship with Green Hammer.

“What was the most rewarding element of your work with Green Hammer?”

“My favorite part of this internship was presenting my work to the company. I had been working on this very specific project for over a month, with little contact with anyone in the company outside of my direct supervisors. So getting to present my work to a wider audience and get such positive feedback was so rewarding.”

“What is a skill you think you have learnt that will help you succeed professionally?”

“I learned some great skills for working in a post-pandemic world. I really began to value separation of work life and home life, despite both occurring in the same physical location.” As a testament to our bright students and the long-lasting benefits of our internship program, Green Hammer has created a new position for Skyllar to continue working in this year. Stay tuned for our Summer 2021 Course!