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MEERM - Non-Thesis Internship Option (MEERM-AWNES)

From its inception, our MEERM non-thesis option catered to environmental professionals with strong, existing environmental workplace experience and publication history, who completed job-focused elective coursework in lieu of a thesis. In 2010, through a functional, industry- and community-based advisory structure, we opened a non-thesis option to all, by adding an “MBA-style” two-course sequence that requires execution of applied research projects within a formalized internship experience. This internship-based option of Addressing Workforce Needs in Environmental Sciences (AWNES) builds recognition for the MEERM program, fosters degree-related employment for its graduates, and meets evolving business, government, and non-profit environmental management needs.

Thank you for your interest in our MEERM Non-Thesis Internship Option.  Below is general information on the MEERM-Internship degree program and progression requirements.  Information on past projects may be found HERE.

The Master of Earth and Environmental Resources Management (MEERM) program of graduate study provides curricula for students interested in positions in earth or environmental resource management, and allows students to tailor a graduate degree program in to their own particular goals. The degree balances relevant courses in basic science and engineering with specific courses in policy, management, finance, and economics to ensure well-rounded professional preparation. The joint JD/MEERM degree option caters to those wishing to pursue careers in environmental law. The MEERM-AWNES option caters to those already working in environmental careers, who wish to enhance their skills qualificatons toward further career progression, as well as those who wish to attain higher entry-level qualifications for the rapidly expanding "green" job market..

Upon admission, M.E.E.R.M.Internship Option students must make satisfactory progress toward the award of the degree, including:

(1)   Selection of a Major Advisor from the faculty of the Environment & Sustainability Program (1st semester) - SEE FACULTY RESEARCH INTERESTS HERE

(2)   Submission of a M.S. Program of Study (1st year) - Form required - see FORMS page

(3)   Submission of a M.S. Program of Study Adjustment (if necessary) -  see FORMS page

(4)   Complete course ENVR 795 (1st year); - Project Summary Form required and to be distributed in-class on enrollement in the internship course sequence by Dr. Jennifer R. Pournelle

(5)   Internship Project Qualifying / Comprehensive Exam (1st year);   see FORMS page

(6)   Complete course ENVR 796 (2nd year);  - Internship Contract Form required and to be distributed in-class on enrollement in the internship course sequence by Dr. Jennifer R. Pournelle

(7)   Internship Project Defense (2nd year); see FORMS page

(8)   Completion and aceptance of the final project deliverable by the faculty committee and intership supervisor.

All forms should be initiated by the student, signed by appropriate advisor/committee members, and returned to the Office of Student Services in the Earth & Water Science Building (EWS) room 205, to Stephanie Bradley, Graduate Program Coordinator, for review and approval by The Graduate Director. The form(s) will then be forwarded as necessary to The Graduate School by Stephanie Bradley. Please feel free to call (803) 777-7170 if you have any questions.