Internship Guidance & Form

Team-TERRA Trainee Internship Guidance

  • Objectives: Internships should be designed to meet the following objectives or desired outcomes:
    • Engagement with relevant non-academic stakeholders, including exposure to process of engaging/coordinating multiple stakeholder efforts.
    • Hands-on experience in applying risk-assessment and science communication skills.
    • Development of a professional network.


  • Content: The internship must be related to risk assessment. This means that it should involve applying the skills/tools used in risk assessment or a risk-assessment framework/perspective to a real-world context of interest to external (non-university) stakeholders.
    • It is not required to be related to a particular Team-TERRA project.
    • It can, but is not required, to be related to student’s dissertation topic/research.
    • Eligible internship organization type is flexible (e.g., NGO, government agency, private industry, academic unit) as long as the work involves meaningful external (non-university) stakeholder interaction.


  • Hours and Timeline: Student effort must equate to at least 42 hours in total (equivalent of 1-credit worth of time).
    • The commitment of that time can be structured in any way that is agreed on by the internship site and the fellow; i.e., could be carried out over a single, full time week, or could be spread out over multiple weeks or months.
    • The internship must be completed within the 2-year training program, unless a trainee receives approval for an extension beyond this.


  • Compensation/Credit. The internship can be paid (subject to applicable university restrictions), or unpaid.  Student will generally not earn academic credit(s).


  • Approval Procedures. Students should identify a possible internship opportunity that they believe is consistent with the above guidelines.
    • The student should vet their idea for an internship with the Team-TERRA program/internship director.
    • With the approval of the program director, the student should then work with the internship organization/site to determine the organization’s willingness and ability to offer the internship, and to determine the internship details (e.g., expectations and commitments for all parties). This may involve consultation with program/internship director as details are worked out between the student and the organization.
    • Once a viable and well-formulated internship has been agreed upon, the details and expectations should be documented by completing this form, which will be emailed to the advisor, the Team-TERRA PI, & the internship supervisor, (copy to the student) for approval by reply all to the email.

Team-TERRA Internship Agreement

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