Environmental Studies Capstone Experience
What Is the Capstone Experience?
The Capstone Experience is a three-course series (ENVIR 490, 491, 492) that provides an opportunity to take your interdisciplinary education into the world beyond the classroom. With the assistance of your Faculty Advisor and Site Supervisor, you will gain valuable hands-on experience, explore career possibilities, and build a wide spectrum of professional communication skills. The end result is a Capstone Experience that is academically rigorous, extremely practical, and personally meaningful.
To date, Capstones have ranged across a spectrum as wide as environmental issues themselves. To see what Environmental Studies students are doing for their Capstones, visit the Capstone Symposium website or peruse examples of available projects. Capstone students are encouraged to work together, whether as part of a cooperative or collaborative team or on different projects within the same agency or organization (cohort team). You can find more information about teams here.
Integrating Knowledge and Skills
In addition to being a great hands-on internship, the Capstone is intended as the culminating experience of your undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies, thereby challenging you to apply your knowledge and skills in the public arena. To that end, you will synthesize your first-person experiences with the broader environmental, social, scientific, political, and technological context in which they take place. The Capstone Experience also features required Career Skills Workshops taught by PoE alumni working in environmental fields and/or pursuing graduate studies who coach students on resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills.
Students, Site Supervisors, and Faculty Advisors involved in the Capstone Experience should read the material provided on this website before setting up a project in order to ensure that the experience meets both the needs of the participants and the expectations of the Program on the Environment. For additional information, please don't hesitate to contact the Capstone Instructor or the academic advising staff.