Wildlife and Conservation Biology

While engaged in the supportive environment of an internship, apprenticeship or special project, you can test career goals, enhance professional skills, develop self-reliance, self-esteem, and responsibility. Furthermore, these opportunities encourage networking with professionals and will provide increased marketability for employment after graduation.

Below are your options for earning experiential credits. Please meet with your academic advisor before making a final decision regarding which option is best for you.

Experiential Learning Courses

Up to 12 credits of experiential learning courses may be taken. A maximum of 10 credits of letter grade courses may be taken for concentration credit; up to 12 credits of letter grade courses (initalics below) or S/U courses may be used as supporting electives

    • NRS 395 Research Apprenticeship: 1 – 3 credit (S/U Only)
    • NRS 397 Internship: 1 – 6 credits (S/U Only)
    • NRS 491/492 Special Projects: 1 – 3 credits/each
    • NRS 495 Advanced Apprenticeship: 3 or 6 credits (S/U Only)
    • NRS 497 Cooperative Internship: 6 – 12 credits
  • NRS 498 Teaching Practicum: 1 – 3 credits (S/U Only)
  • NRS 499 Senior Thesis: 6 credits



Explore Past Internship Opportunities

The following list is a SAMPLE of placements in which environmental, marine, health and economic-related students have participated for experiential credits. This list is not exhaustive.

Rhode Island Internships

  • American Cancer Society, New England
  • Bioactive Botanical Research Lab
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
  • Environment RI
  • Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence
  • Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting
  • Narragansett Bay Research Reserve
  • Newport Hospital
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary
  • Ocean State Clean Cities
  • RI Department of Environment Management
  • RI Department of Health
  • RI Hospital
  • RI Eye Institute
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Save the Bay
  • Sport and Spine Physical Therapy
  • URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America
  • URI Recreational Services
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • West Bay Family YMCA Athletic Training
  • Westerly Animal Hospital
  • WPRI/WNAC-TV-Meterology

Out-Of-State Internships

  • American Orthopedics
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden
  • Cabbage Hill Farm
  • Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Chatham Shellfish Company
  • Fairfield Animal Hospital
  • Groundwater & Environmental Services
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Marine Conservation Biology Institute
  • Marine Environmental Research Institute
  • Marine Fish Conservation Network
  • Mystic Aquarium & Institution of Oceanography
  • Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
  • New York State Institute for Research
  • New England Wild Flower Society
  • Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
  • Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
  • Prehab Sports Medicine
  • Student Conservation Association, INC
  • Students for a Just & Sustainable Future
  • UC San Diego Institute of Oceanography, Marine Physical Lab
  • Ullucci Sports Medicine
  • University Orthopedica, INC.

Sources: End-of-year-report pages 34-37: Internship Placements from Fall 2010, Spring 2011, & Summer 2011, and Explore Internship Opportunities by Major Archives 2009-2011