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Note: Current Bren students can find more comprehensive information regarding internships, including a list of key places to look for opportunities, helpful websites for internship searches, and internship postings, on the Bren School's Internships Restricted Site (this website is password-secured).
The Bren School places a strong emphasis on professional experience. All students are encouraged to gain experience through internships, part-time positions, professional memberships, conferences, fellowships, group projects, site visits, and practical class assignments. All Bren students are expected to complete an internship during the summer between their first and second year.
Professional experience allows students to learn about a particular field, develop contacts, and apply what they have learned in the classroom to real world situations.
Coming out of a professional school with no practical experience and/or no internship experience is unacceptable to most employers. Practical experience ranks at the top of the list of what employers would like to see in job candidates. Don't let your Bren School education go to waste because you failed to get involved in external professional activities.
What is professional experience?
- Volunteer work
- Part-time work experience
- Full-time work experience
- Group Projects
- Practical class projects
MESM Internship Placement Statistics
Through the Bren School’s comprehensive internship program, students in the MESM Class of 2013 secured internships in a variety of organizations, sectors and locations. Here are some statistics regarding the internship placement for the MESM Class of 2013:
- 21% of students interned internationally
- Over 97% of MESM interns received some form of funding for their internships
- 74% of internship placements were Bren-facilitated
- 46% of students interned for non-profits, 19% interned with government agencies, 12% interned with corporations, 15% interned with research/education organizations, and 7% interned with consulting firms, and 1% interned in another sector
Internships have included positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Audubon Society; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Community Forestry International; U.S. Geological Survey; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Lockheed Martin; PG&E (Environmental Affairs Division); Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; Environmental Defense Center; Sierra Nevada Alliance; San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board; CH2M Hill; U.S. Forest Service; Tetra Tech, Inc.; California Coastal Commission; The Nature Conservancy; WWF and Conservation International.