Field experience (an internship) is a requirement for all degree options and is highly recommended to students. By completing an internship, students have the opportunity to use the skills they have learned in a real world environment. Not only are they applying the knowledge they have attained throughout their academic career, but they are gaining job experience including networking and “people skills”.
The locations and fields where students interned were limited only by their imagination and resourcefulness. Examples of internships can be found here: http://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/job-board/
Students will need to have the internship or field experience approved by the Academic Advisor. Students will complete the Internship Form and submit it to the Academic Advisor for approval prior to their experience. Any requests turned in after these deadlines will not be approved. All students must have an approved internship agreement on file BEFORE you will be registered for the class. All registrations will be done through the WFSC advising office.
Internship agreement forms MUST be turned into the WFSC advising office by the following deadlines:
- August 1 for Fall internships
- December 1 for Spring internships
- May 1 for Summer Session I & Summer 10 week internships
- June 1 for Summer Session II internships
Students have many opportunities to obtain field experience while completing their degree. Students gain hands on experience through the many labs included in their curriculum. They have the opportunity to see what they have been learning actually put into practice through involvement with projects on campus or through field trips offered in several classes to areas around the state. Many students also participate in our study abroad programs to gain a broader perspective on wildlife, fish, conservation and ecology. Students gain very valuable experience when they apply the skills they have learned through internships.
WFSC 484 Internship (W course) Requirements
- Progress Report. A mid-term report of your progress on your experiences. Indicate your assigned duties (work or research), successes (or disappointments) with your experience, and where you are in achieving your stated goals. Your faculty advisor will read, edit, and make suggestions on your mid-term progress report.
- Preliminary Outline of Your Final Internship Report. Your faculty advisor will read, edit, and make suggestions on your outline.
- Preliminary Final Report (Due 1 week prior to Corrected Final Report). The preliminary final report will have 6 sections: Introduction (who with, when, and where you interned), Description of your assigned Duties, Accomplishments, Discussion, and a Critique of Internship. Any figures or tables will be prepared in a professional manner. Your faculty advisor will read, edit, and make suggestions on your draft resume, which you will revise, paying particular attention to details, such as fonts, headings, and style format (tabs, italics, etc.).
- Corrected Final Report. Your corrected final report is due to your faculty advisor during dead week prior to finals. The student also will send a corrected final report to their internship supervisor.
- Supervisor’s Critique of Student. Person supervising student will fill out a provided form on student’s performance. This critique will be sent to student’s faculty advisor for the internship.
- Student’s Final Grade. The final grade will be based on the quality of this final report and critique of student provided by supervisor of internship.
Note: All work for the internship will be double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font. Submit all work as a word document or Word file.
Note: A field journal is optional (to be determined by faculty advisor), but if required, must be submitted electronically as a Word file.
Each year the department sponsors a trip to the island of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean. The program is Dominica: Tropical and Field Biology. An average of 18 students each year have traveled to Dominica during the first summer session. While there, they complete group projects as well as explore individual research topics. Research topics emphasize terrestrial, freshwater and marine vertebrate research and both basic and applied topics focused on insects; course is cross-listed in WFSC and Entomology. Time for touring and exploring the island is included in the itinerary, including several very rigorous back-country mountain hikes to explore tropical forests, waterfalls, and volcanic valleys. During the trip students are earning 7 hours of credit towards their degree.
Dr. Kevin Conway
113 Heep Laboratory Bldg.
Amazon River Tropical Biology focuses on the natural history, ecology, evolutionary biology, geography, and culture of the Amazon River and Rio Negro, a massive black-water tributary. Students will discover the attributes of the world’s largest and most bio-diverse river basin. During this boat-based expedition, students will learn about tropical biology by surveying biota and recording observations about this unique ecosystem. The experience will also expose students to the distinctive Amazonian River culture and Portuguese language. Upon completion of the expedition, students will gain experience in presenting a research topic to peers and evaluators.
Dr. Kirk Winemiller
Office: 110D Heep Laboratory Bldg
Phone: (979) 862-4020
Also during the first summer session each year, WFSC students have the opportunity to participate in a trip to South Africa. During this trip, students study eco-tourism while visiting Krueger National Park and several communities in South Africa. Students also receive 9 hours of credit while learning on this trip.
Many opportunities are available to travel around the world through Texas A&M University. The Study Abroad Programs Office provides advising on trips sponsored by departments all over campus and has up to date lists of new programs and trips being offered. As their motto says, “Go Away” on a study abroad trip!