The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources supports and strongly encourages students to gain hands-on experience in a variety of settings. We believe that our students are better prepared for gaining employment, further education and career growth when they have opportunities to experience learning in and out of the classroom. Therefore, all of our students are required to complete either an internship or summer camp, depending on the curriculum the student chooses. Students studying in the Natural Resources, Environmental Technology and Management, and Environmental Science degree programs complete a required internship whereas students in the Forest Management and Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology degree programs complete a required summer camp component. In addition, students often pursue opportunities above and beyond the program requirements.
Each semester, students participate in numerous internship experiences. These opportunities take part in settings such as state and federal government agencies, private companies and non-profit organizations. Through these internships, students gain skills in networking, determine specific areas of interest, put classroom knowledge into practice and increase their understanding of the area in which they are studying.
Natural Resources Internship Program – Undergraduate students complete an internship during the summer between junior and senior year. Prior to the internship, students complete a professional development course focused on resume and cover letter writing, networking with professionals and guest speakers. After the internship, students complete another professional development course to reflect on their experiences, create and present a poster highlighting their internship, network with professionals and gain information from guest speakers. Read about recent internship experiences here.
Environmental Technology and Management Internship Program – Undergraduate students complete an internship at some point during their junior or senior year. Students get internship experiences approved prior to beginning and submit reflections about their internship. Read about recent internship experiences here.
The summer camp program of the Forest Management and Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Curricula at North Carolina State University is a full-time residential program of summer courses that lasts 9 weeks for forestry students and 6 weeks for fisheries/wildlife/conservation students. Students register for NC State summer school but live, learn, and work in an off-campus forest environment. The objectives of the summer camp program are to:
- Provide instruction in ecosystem concepts, structure and function of plant and animal communities, management practices, and practical field skills.
- Expand practical knowledge in a variety of subjects related to the curriculum to enhance their ability to understand and apply subjects covered in the advanced professional courses.
- Enhance abilities as professionals to work in teams and to assume positions of leadership.
- Introduce students to a variety of realistic work environments and practices to enable them to better evaluate forestry or fisheries/wildlife management as a career.
Forest Management Summer Camp
Undergraduate students complete a 9-week summer camp, where they complete courses in forest measurements, plant community ecology, silviculture, fire management and wildlife management. Students spend 7 of 9 weeks at Hill Demonstration Forest, one week in Croatan National Forest on the coast and one week in Pisgah National Forest in the mountains. Hill Demonstration Forest, a 2,400 acre forest near Bahama, NC, is one of NC Sate’s college-owned forests where students gain real-world experience.
Check out our Facebook Video from Summer Camp.
Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Summer Camp
Undergraduate students complete a 6-week summer camp. Four weeks of the camp are taught at Hill Forest in Bahama, NC, one week is taught at the coast near Morehead City and one week is taught in the mountains at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This experience is a full-time summer school residential program and offers a period of intense study and practical application of the program studies.
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