Internships and Co-ops
Internships and co-ops give students practical hands-on work experience in their intended field of study while still in college. We encourage students to participate in co-ops and internships because they will:
- be more marketable after graduation,
- have higher GPAs,
- and gain practical on-the-job experience in real-world settings.
Some programs within the College of Natural Resources require students to participate in an internship, co-op or experiential learning experience, while others are only highly encouraged. Explore requirements for your major and opportunities below:
- Forest Biomaterials Internships and Co-ops
- Forestry and Environmental Resources Internships and Summer Camp
- Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Internships and Co-ops
Career Exploration and Resources
There are few fields today that do not encompass some aspect of natural resources, and our graduates have their pick of many options with organizations around the world, including industry, the corporate sector, government, academia, nonprofits and many others. Regardless of the major you choose, our students understand how to produce sustainable value from nature in ways that meet the needs of the current generation without mortgaging the future.
Browse some of these resources as you search for your future career:
- Forestry and Environmental Resources Career Services
- Forest Biomaterials Career Services
- Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
- Careers In Forestry and Natural Resources website
- NC State Majors and Careers
- Environmental Career Opportunities
From a pro-golf management internships in New Zealand to a study abroad program on biodiversity in Equatorial Guinea, the College of Natural Resources has a program that is right for you.
Explore departmental pages to learn more about opportunities for your major:
- Forest Biomaterials Study Abroad Page
- Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management Study Abroad Page
- Forestry and Environmental Resources Study Abroad Page
- Looking for more options? Visit the NC State Study Abroad Office.
Hands-On Learning Student Spotlights
Meet Joseph Taylor
Taylor, who is double majoring in environmental science and plant biology, recently spent the summer interning at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. As one of nine students selected to assist the agency’s food production team, Taylor’s main task was to identify candidate crops for missions to the moon and Mars.
Meet Danielle Lawson
Lawson, a Ph.D. student at NC State's Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Managment, is the author of a new study demonstrating that climate education for children promotes parental concern about climate change
Meet Anna Schraufnagel
Schraufnagel, a senior studying sustainable materials and technology, represented the NC State College of Natural Resources this past summer at the BIO World Congress in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a student delegate in the Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE).