Internships & Jobs
Internships provide practical experience related to your field of study or career goals and help increase marketability with employers. They may be paid or unpaid and last one summer, semester, or another mutually agreed-upon time between the employer and the student. They may also qualify for course credit subject to approval from an academic school/department.
Many employers offer internships to assess potential job candidates and build a pipeline of talent for future hires. When seeking to fill positions, they often prefer candidates who have relevant internship or related work experience and may offer higher starting salaries. Therefore, it is advantageous for students to seek internships early and secure as many as possible while in college to
- Learn about potential employers and career paths
- Build experience in your chosen career field and a network of professional contacts
- Gain insight on which skills, culture, setting, and type of work you do and do not enjoy
- Apply knowledge acquired through classes, field work, and labs in a real-world setting
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Paid and Unpaid Internships
Before accepting a paid or unpaid internship, it is important for students to consider costs and develop a budget for housing, living, and transportation expenses as well as course registration expenses, if applicable, to determine whether the opportunity is financially feasible.
Before accepting an unpaid internship, it is in the student’s best interest to review the U.S. Department of Labor guidelines on unpaid internships to make sure the arrangement is fair and the student is the “primary beneficiary” per guidelines.
Internships for Course Credit
Students interested in getting course credit should meet with their respective departmental internship advisors prior to accepting an internship offer to discuss requirements.
- Make an appointment with Malinda Sutor, Internships Coordinator.
- Seek recommendations from your faculty and academic advisors.
- Network with alumni and industry contacts by attending career fairs, participating in student organizations, attending conferences, and volunteering in activities that interest you.
- Activate your account on the Olinde Career Center Job Board, Handshake.
- Seek assistance from the LSU Olinde Career Center on internships, resume writing, and more.
International students should be aware of employment guidelines related to their visa status. Information on employment for international students can be found at the International Programs Student Employment site. Students should check the deadlines to file paperwork for Curricular Training Program (CPT) employment and Optional Training Program (OPT) employment depending upon the nature of the position. The International Studies Employment Coordinator can answer questions related to international student employment.
LSU offers many excellent resources for students and alumni to access during their job search, including the LSU Olinde Career Center, the LSU Alumni Association, and LSU Human Resource Management. In addition to these excellent resources, the College of the Coast & Environment has provided some tips for job hunters in the fields of coastal sciences, environmental sciences, and oceanography below.
For your convenience, here are some additional resources and job boards related to coastal sciences, environmental sciences, or oceanography.
- Check out our running list of jobs we heard of through the "grapevine."
- Follow people, laboratories, or agencies you are interested in on social media. They often send out job announcements on these platforms. Secondly, search for handles that are in your areas of interest. For example, there are often handles that are dedicated to sharing job listings for opportunities in particular areas. Finally, you can also do keyword searches; for example, “coastal science jobs.”
- Talk to faculty and instructors and let them know the types of jobs you are interested in. They often receive job announcements from colleagues and can send them directly to you.
- If you are a member of a professional society, such as the Association of Limnology and Oceanography or The Wetland Society, be sure to check their job boards or sign up to receive notifications from them when jobs are posted. If you are not a member or you are not sure about which professional societies might benefit you, talk to our faculty members who do research in your areas of interest or make an appointment with Malinda Sutor, Internships Coordinator.
Our flexible degrees apply to a wide range of career opportunities.
Our alumni work as:
- Analytical Lab Techs
- Coastal Ecologists
- Coastal Lands Program Specialists
- Naval and Coast Guard Officers
- Conservation Specialists
- Cyber Security Consultants
- Environmental Analysts & Investigators
- Environmental Educators & Scientists
- Environmental Health & Safety Managers
- Laboratory Managers & Technicians
- Quality Control Chemists
- Waste Stream Coordinators
- Web Designers