Environmental Studies Capstone Experience

Introduction | Project Types | Host a Capstone | Advise a Capstone | Capstone Symposium
ENVIR 490 | ENVIR 491 | ENVIR 492 | Past Projects

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Students in The Program on the Environment receive a broad-based education in the social and natural sciences influencing environmental studies. In addition, all students must complete a Capstone project as part of a three-course series: Pre-Capstone (ENVIR 490), Capstone Experience (ENVIR 491), and Post-Capstone (ENVIR 492).

What is a Capstone Project?

The Capstone project is an opportunity for students to take their education into the world beyond the classroom. Students hone their skills and knowledge, and partner organizations get enthusiastic and talented interns. While doing hands-on work, students engage in scholarly study to answer researchable questions pertaining to the project.

Capstone Project Details

Partner Organization Responsibility

A Site Supervisor at the partner organization helps define the responsibilities of the student(s), monitors progress toward goals, reviews drafts, and provides direction and assistance. In addition, the site supervisor:


We have provided a general timeline highlighting key interactions between the Site Supervisor and the Capstone student(s) for students starting the three-course series in Autumn or Spring.

Teamwork is Encouraged

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). While organizations can host a single student, there are advantages to the team format:

To find out more about Capstone teams, visit our Capstone Formats page.

Are you ready to host a Capstone student?

To get started, please contact the Capstone Instructor, Sean McDonald (206.616.2186), for more information about designing a Capstone project. If you have an internship opportunity within your organization that would work for our Capstone students, you can submit your ideas online.