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EGEE 495 - Energy and Sustainability Policy Internship

This is a sample syllabus.

This sample syllabus is a representative example of the information and materials included in this course. Information about course assignments, materials, and dates listed here is subject to change at any time. Definitive course details and materials will be available in the official course syllabus, in Canvas, when the course begins.


The EGEE 495 Internship course is to be completed in conjunction with an independent internship that meets the following criteria:

  • Energy or sustainability or policy focus
  • 120 hours of the student's time dedicated to directly assigned intern tasks/projects and
  • an independent onsite supervisor (no family relation to the student).

Students must enroll in this EGEE 495 Internship course in order to earn credit for the hours worked and projects completed.

Internships may include individual field experience, employment or formal internships (paid or unpaid). Internships should be positions with energy businesses, government agencies, legislative offices, non-profit advocacy/education organizations, industry associations or sustainability functions within other businesses. The internship must provide the opportunity to employ college level capabilities and proficiencies and must provide a meaningful learning experience in the areas of energy, sustainability, and policy. The internship must provide 120 hours of work. Students should work hard to ensure that the internship fits their interests, professional aspirations, schedule and location. It is the student's responsibility to work closely with the internship sponsor to identify and define the position's responsibilities, duties and working hours.


Students who excel in this course are able to:

  • Demonstrate (verbally and written) learned knowledge from the internship experience by identifying and providing artifacts and examples of their internship experiences.
  • Identify and articulate the ways in which the program's five competency areas were experienced as part of the internship.
  • Interpret and articulate their unique professional strengths and abilities.
  • Identify and articulate how the internship has/has not met student's personal learning objectives.
  • Compile a suite of job search tools including a SWOT analysis, cover letter, resume, LinkedIn profile, and participate in a mock interview.

Required Materials

Typically, there are no required materials for this course. If this changes, students will find a definitive list in the course syllabus, in Canvas, when the course begins.




The internship position must include 120 hours of time within one semester. This work can be completed online or in-person. When and how the hours are logged is the responsibility of the student and will be verified by the internship sponsor. Midterm and Final evaluations along with other deliverables for the course must be submitted by the dates agreed upon at the beginning of the semester. The final version of the Internship Journal must be submitted by the end of finals week (see Course Schedule below for details).

Communication is very important for this course. Please keep in regular contact with the instructor. If you are experiencing difficulty logging hours, or the internship is not meeting your expectations, contact the instructor as soon as possible so that the issue can be appropriately addressed. Failure to adequately complete the internship as stated in the Internship Agreement may result in a failing grade.

Major Assignments

  • Weekly journal entries (40% of total course grade)
  • SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunities, and threats) analysis (10% of total course grade)
  • Cover letter and Resume (15% of total course grade)
  • Mock Interview (10% of total course grade)
  • LinkedIn (5% of total course grade)
  • Infographic summary (20% of total course grade)

Course Schedule

The schedule will be determined in consultation with the instructor and the internship sponsor.