Experiential opportunities for environment and science communication students include programs in the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program; Honors Carolina; and the Hussman School of Journalism and Media.  Scroll down to find an experience that fits your goals.

Hussman School of Journalism and Media

Get first-rate internship experience  

Hussman School students intern at major public relations and advertising firms as well as media organizations across the country. They typically intern during summer, and students have the option to receive course credit for internships. For more about internships, visit Career Services.

Students in the Reese News Lab.

Students in the Reese News Lab.

Tell visually driven stories about global issues  

Each year the Hussman School takes a group of students to an international location for a week of filming and photography to create a multimedia project exploring the social, political, economic and cultural issues of the area. In previous years students have produced projects in Thailand, Mexico City and the Galapagos Islands.

Credit: "Living Galapagos".

Credit: “Living Galapagos”.


Environment, Ecology and Energy Program

A number of research field sites are co-hosted by the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program and the UNC Institute for the Environment.  These field sites provide a semester’s worth of hands-on environmental study that includes courses, an internship and a capstone group research project.

Photo by Claire Johnson

Photo by Claire Johnson

The research field sites hosted by the UNC Institute for the Environment provide a semester’s worth of environmental study that includes courses, an internship and a Capstone group research project.

There are four field sites in North Carolina, as well as three international field sites:

North Carolina Field Sites
  • The Sustainable Triangle field site provides coursework to fulfill a sustainability minor while exploring local sustainability efforts.
  • The Morehead City field site provides ideal study for students interested in marine issues and coastal ecology.
  • Students at the Outer Banks field site learn about environmental decision-making, public policy, environmental law, natural resource management and city and regional planning.
  • The Highlands field site offers classes and research into mountain biodiversity, local conservation efforts and local use of GIS and landscape analysis.
International Field Sites
  • Students at the Cambridge field site study energy and environmental assessment.

  • Coursework at the Thailand field site focuses on energy, environmental infrastructure and sustainability.
  • The Galapagos/Ecuador field site is best suited for students interested in ecology, population, environment and development, environment and culture and environmental decision-making.

Coral Reef Ecology and Management is a field study which offers 1 credit hour each spring semester, focusing on coral reef environment and ecology and strategies for protecting and managing the reef environment. This course combines lectures, reading of primary material, and an experiential learning trip to St. John in the Virgin Islands for the week of Spring Break.

Honors Carolina

Burch Field Research Seminar on the Clean-Tech Revolution

Burch Field Research Seminars offer undergraduate students the opportunity to combine traditional course work with hands-on learning experiences. In the past, the Hussman School and Institute for the Environment took students to Germany and Spain to study and report on clean technology and renewable energy.

Honors Carolina also offers internship placements in environmental policy and journalism through the Honors Semester in London the Honors Semester in Cape Town and the Burch Field Research Seminar on Domestic and International Affairs in Washington, D.C.  Placements are tailored to fit students’ individual interests and areas of study.  For additional information, contact Friederike Seeger, director of Burch Programs and Honors Study Abroad.

Learn more about international opportunities through the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media.