Experiential Learning Opportunities

Ecological Methods class (EVS 310) collecting monarch butterflies. Photo courtesy Danielle Dolan.

Ecological Methods class (EVS 310) collecting monarch butterflies. Photo courtesy Danielle Dolan.

Environmental research and internships are crucially important to learning your specific niche in this broad subject. We encourage all students to take at least one internship during their time at UB. 

A world of experience awaits you....

The Department of Environmental and Sustainability (EVS) is highly focused upon the importance of Experiential Learning. All of our degree programs include opportunities for students to participate in field-based coursework, environmental internships, expedition courses (EVS493), Study Abroad programs and research projects. These many opportunities provide our students with invaluable field skills, professional contacts, research experiences, life-long memories, and pathways to exciting careers. Students that are interested in pursuing any of these Experiential Learning Opportunities are encouraged to meet with their Departmental Advisor in either Environmental Studies/Sustainability or Environmental Science.

The Department of Environment and Sustainability encourages students in all three majors to take part in a study abroad experience. Advisors in the program will work with students to review study abroad courses for possible use in the major.

Many of our spring and fall semester courses incorporate experiential learning:

EVS students took a historical tour along the Buffalo River and out into the Buffalo outer harbor. Students also learned about the ecology and restoration of these waterbodies. EVS 310 Ecological Methods,  EVS 199 UB Seminar, EVS 489: Special Topics:Urban Ecology and EVS 454/552 Limnology.

Students during ecological methods class.

EVS 310 Ecological Methods students learning about leaf litter associated invertebrates.

Students from EVS 199- Weather and Climate learning about traveling into space through VR. Students experienced the various temperature and altitude changes while traveling into the upper atmosphere.

EVS 199 Weather and Climate students learning about traveling into space through Virtual Reality. Students experienced temperature and altitude changes while traveling into the upper atmosphere. 

EVS 452/552 Limnology students collecting water quality samples in Lake LaSalle, University at Buffalo. 

EVS 311 Sustainability Methods  students visited Farmer Pirates to learn about food composting methods and operations of Farmer Pirates. 

EVS 310 Ecological Methods students visited the Niagara Falls and conducted Monarch butterfly tagging.

EVS 315 Field Ecology students visited Shale Creek to learn about forest ecology.

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Environmental Internships (EVS496)

Environmental Internships are very important components of EVS. Students pursuing the BA Degree in Environmental Sustainability and the BS Degree in Environmental Studies are required to complete a 3-credit internship. Students pursuing a BS in Environmental Science may complete a 3-credit internship in order to fulfill a 400-level Elective requirement. All students interested in participating in internships are required to schedule a meeting with the Internship Coordinator in order to be processed and confirmed with the chosen assignment. Internships are available in the Fall, Spring and Summer (tuition required) semesters and require a total of 120 hours in the field or 8-10 hours per week. Students may register for multiple internships but only one experience will be applied to their major requirements.

The environmental internships offered through EVS are focused in the following areas: Environmental Resources, Policy, Education and Sustainability. We currently coordinate with more than 70 organizations for student placement. More than 1/3 of these organizations have hired our students for either part-time or full-time positions. The following list represents a small sampling of some of our internship opportunities.

Environmental Resources
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • NYS Office of Parks and Recreation
  • SPCA Wildlife Division
  • NYS Attorney General's Office
  • Buffalo Niagara Waterkeepers
  • Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance
  • Erie County Department of Environment and Planning
  • WNY Land Conservancy
Environmental Education
  • Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
  • Tifft Nature Preserve
  • Buffalo Zoo
  • Beaver Meadow Nature Center
  • Earth Spirit Educational Services, Inc.
Environmental Sustainability
  • WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable
  • UB Sustainability Office
  • Let's Goat Buffalo
  • The English Gardener
  • Groundwork Market Garden