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
To enroll in WFSC 484 (internship) complete internship form:
You cannot enroll in WFSC 484 without completing the form.
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
- Complete WFSC 484 Internship Form and submit to Student Services office (Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecological Sciences Building) by the deadline indicated on the form. You cannot enroll in WFSC 484 with out submission of this form.
- 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.
Complete a WFSC 491 Undergraduate Research Student Agreement and submit to Student Services office (Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecological Sciences Building) by the deadline indicated on the form. You cannot enroll in WFSC 491 without submission of this form.
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.
Each year the department sponsors a trip visiting the Caribbean since the 1980’s. Research topics emphasize terrestrial, freshwater and marine vertebrate research and both basic and applied topics focused on insects. For more information, visit dominica.tamu.edu and/or studyabroad.tamu.edu.
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. During this boat-based expedition, students will learn about tropical biology by surveying biota and recording observations about this unique ecosystem. For more information, contact the instructor, Dr. Kirk Winemiller.
During the winter mini-mester odd years, WFSC students interested in learning about approaches for the conservation of natural resources in a developing country and research into vertebrate natural history. These objectives are to provide students with first hand experience of a wide range of ecological, economic and social factors affecting the effectiveness of nature-based tourism as a conservation tool in South Africa, and provide students with a field experience in vertebrate natural history in a developing country. This study abroad satisfies one writing intensive requirement. For more information, visit studyabroad.tamu.edu.