Spotlight on EVPP 494: Internship

Many organizations seek interns from our talented pool of ESP students during the fall and spring semesters. Please see our Internships page that lists current opportunities:

Thinking of learning on the job?  Want to gain some experience while pursuing your undergraduate degree?  Or are you just seeking some relief from the humdrum classroom environment of a grueling 16-week semester?  How about taking an internship course for credit?

Dr. Joris van der Ham teaches EVPP 494: Internship, and below are stories from his students’ experiences during their internships.  In addition to completing an off-campus professional internship with approved agencies, institutions, non-profits, or businesses, all four of his students were required to undergo a mentor evaluation, and submit a poster and blog post.  Please click on each student’s name to read their internship story.

Fall 2018

Adam Grocholl – Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

Summer 2018

Sara Veizaga – Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder
Gabriel Baum – City Bitty Farm (Microgreens)
Adam Garrity – The Clifton Institute
Charity Walter – Prince William County, Department of Public Works

Fall 2017

Daniel Buczek – Angler Environmental, an RES Company
Danielle Ambersley – Sacred Seeds, Inc.
Abby Haverty – Virginia Outdoors Foundation
Renata Ames – Leesylvania State Park

Current description of EVPP 494: Internship from the GMU Catalog:

EVPP 494: Internship is a 1-3 credit course that involves off-campus, professional student work with approved agencies, institutions, non-profits, or businesses. Work must produce one or more academic products such as: comprehensive report, departmental presentation, poster, or article. At least one substantive piece of work will be assessed for each internship credit being undertaken. Scope of work, credits, and academic product(s) are determined in consultation with the internship instructor.

Notes: Credit will be assigned based on the number of hours participating in the internship each week: 1 Credit = 4-6 hours/week, 2 Credits= 8-12 hours/week, 3 Credits= 12-18 hours/week. Offered by Environmental Science & Policy. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.

Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits and permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Internship

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: