Earn credit in an internship that is fun, innovative and allows you, the student, to teach. Teach for Sustainability, part of CU Environmental Center's Earth Education program, is offered as a three credit internship. Earth Education's mission is to promote environmental awareness and scientific achievement by focusing on children's personal connection to the Earth and to provide student teachers with the skills and tools to positively impact future generations.
"I feel Earth Ed is such a powerful tool in many ways. From the college student's perspective I am exploring an opportunity that would almost be impossible to get. I am learning how to be a flexible, creative, and motivating teacher as well as enhancing my speaking skills. Creating a fluid curriculum was a challenge but the responsibility got me thinking and organized. This is preparing me in ways I could not have imagined to become a great teacher...This is an amazing opportunity for students to become a part of the community and take pride in their work at the same time it is an opportunity for the community to get a fresh new way of teaching...it has changed my life." - Jesi Vandeputte, 2005 Earth Education Intern
The intern program has two components. The first part is a 2-hour meeting/class held weekly on campus. During this time, interns will participate in curriculum building and teacher training lectures. Guest speakers will frequent the class to talk about topics in earth education and teaching sustainability. The second major component of the class is teaching in BVSD schools and Boulder educational programs! The interns will spend at least one hour a week teaching at a local school for about 8 weeks of the semester. We set this up for each intern. There are no prerequisites for this internship, except a great attitude and the desire to teach the future! Space is limited.
We are accepting up to 25 interns for Spring 2013. To apply, complete the application form. November 30 is the early application deadline. If there is space available after the early applications are reviewed and selected, additional applications will be accepted until Janary 11th. Please note that the internship is a competitive application process.
The internship is open to all campus majors. Interns who are ENVS majors sign an internship agreement and are enrolled for internship credit through the Environmental Studies department. Other majors need to determine how to register for internship credit throught their deparment and supply any forms and agreements required by that department. Please indicate on your application if you would like to obtain internship credit through ENVS or another department.
Interns must be available for a weekly meeting on Tuesdays, 4-6pm.