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GEO 491: Independent Study/Special Topics

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.

GEO 491: Independent Study/Special Topics


  • Permission of Instructor


  • Advanced work for undergraduates under the supervision of a faculty member arranged to suit the individual requirements of the student
  • Earn 1 – 3 credits


ITR302/304: Field Experience & Seminar


  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Minimum 60 credits prior to internship
  • Available free elective credits
  • Good academic and social standing


  • Earn between 6 – 15 free elective credits
  • ITR 302 (field experience) 3 – 12 credits (S/U Only)
  • ITR 304 (seminar) 3 credits (Graded)
  • Seminar offered online and in class (in class – spring only)


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

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