General Timeline for Sustainability Student Practicum Experience:

  • 1 – 2 terms prior to engaging in a Practicum, schedule a meeting to discuss your Practicum with the Sustainability Advisor.

  • Once Practicum has been discussed and identified, submit a Practicum Proposal Form to the Sustainability Advisor for approval.

  • Enjoy your Practicum keeping in mind and taking notes on the sustainability implications related to your experience.

  • Halfway through the Practicum term, the Sustainability Advisor will email each student a Mid-Term Practicum Reflection exercise, which is due to the Sustainability Advisor as indicated.

  • At the end of the Practicum term, student writes a Practicum Final Report and submits it to the Sustainability Advisor in Finals Week. Here are the guidelines for the final Practicum report

Practicum Opportunities:

Experiential learning is proven to be transformational in terms of student learning both about themselves and their place in the world. All Sustainability degree students are required to complete 3 credits of a Sustainability Practicum. A Practicum could take the form of an internship (SUS 410), a faculty-sponsored research project (SUS 401), or be a part of educational experiences such as Faculty-Led Trips Abroad, Alternative Break Trips or other international educational experience.

Sustainability students have participated in Practicums at non-profits, businesses and government agencies, not only in Corvallis, but also around the country and world. Below are links to potential Practicum opportunities and internships, but feel free to explore other options.  We encourage Practicum students to find an opportunity that engages and inspires, wherever it might be!

Scholarship Opportunities for Internships:

  • E.R. Jackman Internship Support Program provides financial assistance to students in low-paying or volunteer internships. Funds may be used to help offset a variety of expenses including transportation, living expenses, projects, and research.

  • Global Experiences Fund provides resources in support of students and faculty gaining global experiences related to food and agriculture.  More information about the fund can be found at the link below.  To be considered for the Global Experiences Fund opportunity, please fill out the E.R. Jackman Internship Support Program application.