Outside Magazine highlighted the Environmental Science and Policy Program and Southern Oregon University as number twenty in their "top forty universities to learn, live, work, and play."
Our field-oriented curriculum takes advantage of the unique environmental setting of our region and provides opportunities to work with local agencies. Southern Oregon, with its Klamath and Cascade Mountains and interior valleys, is an ideal location for studying and experiencing a variety of environmental issues, including water resources, endangered species, timber, natural hazards, and urban growth issues.
The Environmental Science and Policy Program encourages and gives academic credit for work experiences with governmental entities, local agencies and businesses that provide a wide variety of real-world applications of the concepts learned in the classroom. These experiences are carried in defined practicum and internship opportunities which include work in on- or off-campus settings. Opportunities include working with the USDA, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service (Crater Lake and others), local watershed councils, Jackson County, local city and county planning departments, state and federal agencies, and local environmental organizations.
Whether you are a student trying to find out more information or looking to engage a student intern, following the links below to find out how the Environmental Science and Policy program’s practicum and internship process works:
Here is a list of previous practicum and internship experiences of ES students.
|Project Type||Cooperating Agency/Organization|
Jackson County Health Department
|Land use planning|
|Coho inventory, recovery||
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Rogue Valley Council of Governments
|Poplar trees, water reclamation|
|Noxious weed removal|
|North Mountain Park stewardship|
Bear Creek Watershed Council Education Partners
|North Mountain Park|
|Ground water data analysis||
Jackson County, WISE Project
|Geology field mapping|
|Earthquake public awareness|
|Geology of North Mountain Park|
|Rural and urban surface water quality||
Jackson County and local cities
|Water quality data analysis|
|Watershed analysis field work|
|Urban growth, agriculture||
Rogue Valley Council of Governments
|Urban growth issues support|