A Legacy of Environmental High-Achievers
Since 2003, the OEP’s practical internships have enabled high-achieving, environmentally-focused undergraduate students to:
- Gain excellent work experience at competitive hourly pay rates – OEP interns gain project management and teamwork skills in an office environment. Their job duties and responsibilities, and performance expectations, are similar to those of entry-level employees, including college graduates, working in business and industry, non-profit organizations or public sector jobs.
- Hone leadership skills – Bolstered by their OEP work experience, many interns have served as elected presidents and officers of the EcoHusky student group and dozens of other student organizations, ranging from EcoGarden to Engineers Without Borders and USG. A few interns have been captains of UConn varsity and club sports teams while others have been nominated for (and even won) the University’s most prestigious student leadership awards.
- Win academic scholarships – Over the past 10 years, OEP interns have won 3 of UConn’s 5 national Udall/Environmental Policy scholarships and 2 Udall Honorable Mention scholarships, and have represented more than half of UConn’s total of more than 30 nominees for this coveted, national award. Our interns have also won other scholarships and fellowships during and after their UConn years, based on both their academic excellence and OEP work experience.
- Be accepted at prestigious graduate schools - Recent OEP interns are attending and working towards graduate degrees, or have received graduate degrees, in a range of environmental disciplines from programs here at UConn as well as Yale, Columbia, Brown, Duke, Cal Santa Barbara, Vermont Law School, Colorado (law school), Oregon State and Imperial College of London.
- Pursue an environmental or sustainability-related career – Recent OEP interns currently hold or recently held positions, ranging from entry level to management, at United Natural Foods, Inc., Waste Management, Inc., Sunlight Solar Co., the CT Green Bank, Housatonic Valley Association, Siemens Energy, Inc., BL Company, UTC, Northeast Utilities, and the Hampshire Council of Governments, plus financial services firms such as HAIG in Boston and RBS in Stamford, and various positions at the CT DEEP.