General Timeline for Sustainability Student Practicum Experience:

  • 1 – 2 terms prior to engaging in a Practicum, schedule a meeting to discuss ideas for your Practicum with the Sustainability Double Degree Advisor and/or Experiential Learning Coordinator.

  • Once Practicum has been established, submit a Practicum Partner Agreement to be completed by student and supervisor to the Sustainability Advisor for approval. You will then be able to register for the Practicum and will automatically be added to a Canvas page.

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

  • Halfway through the Practicum term, a Mid-Term Practicum Reflection exercise, available on the Canvas page, is due by Week 6 of the term in which you are enrolled in your Practicum. Post this reflection on the Canvas site.

  • At the end of the Practicum term, student writes a Practicum Final Report and submits it to the Canvas site by Friday of Finals Week. Here are the guidelines for the final Practicum report. They are also available on the Canvas page.

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.