Are you an organization that needs help from an Environmental Steward? Contact Michele Bakacs, 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:
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:
Stewards are encouraged to complete their internship within a year of completing the classroom portion of the program.