The CU Environmental Studies (CUES) Internship Experience is a competitive opportunity offered to CU Environmental Science majors interested in professional careers including but not limited to the fields of natural resource management, wildlife/conservation biology, environmental engineering or environmental management. This paid internship is intended to provide the recipient with hands-on learning opportunities in the environmental study area as a complement to the student’s academic experience. Working alongside professional biologists, ecologists and natural resource professionals from the region, the intern will be exposed to multiple real-world experiences in the field of environmental studies. The CUES Internship is offered in two tracks- The Natural Resource Management Track and The Environmental Management Track.
CUES Intern Reflections
"The CUES internship created lasting connections with professionals in my area. I feel like I had a step above other applicants after college because of my experiences during the internship. It was a summer I will never forget and I am so grateful for the opportunity." - Joanna Ashford (2008 CUES 1st Intern), Environmental Technician, Kentucky Division of Waste Management.
"Little did I know at the time of my internship that I would be working with some of the same people and agencies in my current career. Overall, the CUES internship was a priceless experience that I will always treasure!" - Andrea O'Bryan (2009 CUES Intern), Natural Resource Specialist (Park Ranger), U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.
"The CUES internship not only gave me a head start on meeting qualifications when applying for a job I am passionate about, but it also provided knowledge and skills that I have been using in the workforce ever since." - Amy Etherington (2009 CUES Intern), Marine Mammal Biologist (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission), UNCW Marine Biology Graduate Program.
"The CUES experience not only gave me real-world experiences by putting classroom concepts into practice, but it also gave me contacts with whom I am in regular communication with to this day. I would highly recommend that any environmental science student participate in this experience."- Scott Blakeman (2013 CUES Intern), University of Kentucky Public Health Graduate Program.
What CUES Intern Partners Say
"Wes's time was valuable to us and we appreciate his work and effort. I greatly appreciate CU's efforts to provide us with very capable summer interns and hope to continue this program in the future." Environmental Control Supervisor, Kentucky Environmental Protection Cabinet.
" Tomorrow night Wes and Cody are hiking to Colossal again to help with bat counts and Wednesday morning is bird banding. Thanks for always sending us such good students." Education Coordinator, The Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning.