Certified Intern Projects

Certified Internship Projects Listed By Year


Are you an organization that needs help from an Environmental Steward? Contact Pat Rector, the state program coordinator, with your ideas for internship projects.

Internship Project Details and Guidelines

Students are certified as Rutgers Environmental Stewards once they've completed 60 hours of classroom instruction and 60 hours of a volunteer internship. The internship is one that the Steward develops with guidance from the program coordinator. The internship project helps Stewards get real world experience working on environmental problems in their communities.

Guidelines for internships are as follows:

  • Can be done individually or as part of a team;
  • Can be done with a host organization or can be done on one’s own;
  • Should match volunteer’s skill and ability and personal interests to assure satisfaction and effectiveness;
  • Must be environmentally related;
  • Should be achievable within an approximately 60 hour time-frame;
  • Must achieve clear, measurable objectives;
  • There must be a clear need for the project and outcome must produce benefits beyond personal wellbeing;
  • Host organizations must agree to provide appropriate support, guidance and written evaluation in a timely fashion;
  • The Rutgers Environmental Stewards must be represented on all promotional material for the project. For example, flyers should include the program logo and press releases should include the program as a partner along with a brief program description.

Stewards can do their internship on their own or with a host organization, such as a local non-profit or government agency. Requests for assistance from host organizations are passed on to Stewards as potential internships. Planning for the internship project is woven into the course portion of the program. Ideas are discussed throughout the course and specific classes are dedicated for planning purposes. Stewards must complete the program's internship planning form, and have it approved by the coordinator and host organization (if using one) prior to getting started on their project.

Steward internship projects have focused on:

  • Mapping and eradicating invasive species in local parks
  • Completing habitat assessments of their local streams
  • Helping farmers adapt to climate change
  • Composting restaurant food waste
  • Restoring native dune vegetation in shore communities
  • Creating rain gardens
  • Illustrating children’s books on an environmental theme
  • Creating a photography show to draw attention to the Pinelands, pipeline issues, and climate change
  • Surveying Osprey nests to determine population health
  • and many other topics....

Stewards are encouraged to complete their internship within a year of completing the classroom portion of the program.

Rutgers Envirnmental Stewards