First year seminars are small, discussion-based classes taken by all incoming students at Albion College. You are free to enroll in any seminar, and the range of topics is wide. Many of the seminars deal with environmental themes, from population growth to natural disasters to art and the environment. For a complete list of First Year Experience Seminars, visit the First-Year Experience Web site.
Students in the Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, and Sustainability Studies programs complete internships. These provide opportunities for students to gain work experience as part of their academic programs. Internships have been as varied as the career opportunities in environmental fields. Some recent internships include:
Spotted Owl Population Surveys
Deanna, Biology Major
Location: U.S. National Park Service, Crater Lake, Oregon
Deanna was part of a team of field biologists who hiked the back country of the park to monitor the population of this endangered species.
European Union Parliament
Eric, Political Science Major
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Eric was an intern in the office of a M.E.P. from Spain. His work included researching chemical regulations, mitigation banking for wildlife reserves, groundwater issues and water transfer issues.
Shark Behavior Research
Derik and Amy, Biology Majors
Location: Florida Keys
Amy and Derik assisted Albion College Biology Professor Jeff Carrier in his studies of shark mating behavior.
LEED Certification Interns
Sam and Ryan, Political Science and Biology Majors
Location: Albion, Michigan
Sam and Ryan worked for the Christman Company, general contractors for the College's new science complex. Their job consisted of documenting the project's compliance with environmentally sound practices.
Nature Center Intern
Nancy, Biology Major
Educational Programs Abroad (EPA) in London: an internship program where students take a couple of classes at the NYU campus and do an internship. Environmental agencies are a possibility: EPA in Brussels where students take a couple of classes at Vesalius College and have an internship with a Member of Parliament at the European Union.
The State Department Comes to Campus
3/15/2010 - Each year Tim Sears of the U.S. Department of State visits campus and speaks with Ford students. This year the students came to the Ford Office and had a casual conversation over pizza about his career and about opportunities for policy students at the Department of State. Tim currently serves as the Deputy Director, of the Office of International Security Operations, in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Tim is a City of Albion native, and is visiting as part of the State Department's Hometown Diplomats program.