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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:


Deanna, biology major, spotted own population surveysSpotted 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

TimSearsTalk3/15/2010 - 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.

2010 Trip to Lansing

3/24/2010 - As part of the Ford Institute's efforts to build networks between our students and members of the Albion College family, 11 members of the Ford Institute spent the entire day in Michigan's capitol, meeting with lawmakers, congressional staffers, lobbyists and more. The students also had a private session with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly in the Hall of Justice. Shortly after our meeting with Chief Justice Kelly, the students sat down with Janet Welch '71, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the State Bar association of Michigan. She and some of her staff spoke with students interested in law school and offered up strategies to law school entrance and passing the bar. She and her staff also offered valuable advice to the Ford students about what to expect in a career in law, and how to maneuver obstacles many young law students face entering into the field. SealofMichigan
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2010 Senior Trip to Washington D.C.



3/17/2010 - 3/20/2010 - The Ford Institute's Class of 2010 in conjunction with their PBSV 397 Senior Colloquium course embarked for the nation's capitol to meet with members of congress, staff in the executive branch, and alums in the D.C. area. Highlighting the trip was a meeting with the Commissioner of the FCC Robert McDowell, he discussed issues of internet regulation and net neutrality, and the recently adopted Broadband Deployment Plan. The students also met with Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, with additional stops at U.S. Representatives Dave Camp and Mark Schauer's offices. The students and Director Pheley also attended a dinner with alumni in the area at Buca di Beppo on Dupont Circle.



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