Internship Report Instructions

The College of the Environment requires all Internship Reports be submitted in a digital (.pdf) format. This report will be attached to the Internship Report Approval ESIGN Form which will be submitted to your faculty internship advisor.  

The Internship Report should be similar to a Thesis in style and format; however, it can be less formal. It should thoroughly address your learning objectives you indicated on your learning agreement and any other requirements your faculty advisor requested. 

If your faculty advisor was Dr John McLaughlin, here are some additional instructions .

Student/Faculty Steps for Internship Reports

  1. Student reviews College Internship Contract (with faculty advisor).
  2. Report should adequately address the learning objectives that you agreed on at the start of your internship.  Somewhere in your report you should:  "Compare how your coursework on the one hand, and your experiential application work on the other, have contributed to your understanding of the creation and application of knowledge in your field of study.”
  3. Student completes written Internship Report (with faculty advising).
    1. Common attachments to the report include:   Daily/Weekly Log (if required), Statement from Supervisor on hours worked (If required by your faculty advisor) and your Learning Agreement.
  4. The first page of your report must be your Cover/Disclaimer/Signature Page (Adobe Fillable PDF)
  5. The TITLE of the report should include the name of the agency with whom the Internship was conducted, if applicable.
  6. Internship DATES refers to the dates when the Internship was completed (not when the report is submitted or credit is received). For work spanning multiple quarters/years, include the full range of dates.
  7. Student signs Cover/Disclaimer/Signature Page. Scan and attach as the first page of your report.
  8. Student saves the entire document as a .pdf file.
  9. Naming convention: Year_Student’sLastName_Agency/location_Topic (e.g. 2009_Einstein_DOE_UnifiedTheory or 2010_Thoreau_WaldonPond_SimpleLiving).
  10. Student attaches the digital .pdf file (with signed cover page) and sends to the instructor using the Internship Report Approval ESIGN Form.
  11. Instructor reads/approves/accepts final Internship Report.
  12. When instructor accepts the report in completion, they will send the ESIGN form to the CENV Internship Program Advisor.

Report Format and Style

The content of the report must meet the instructor’s standards thoroughly address your learning objectives as documented in the Learning/Internship Agreement. The College does require the student meet the following format requirements:

  • Completed reports will need to be submitted as a .pdf file to the instructor by the deadlines established by the instructor.
    • The first page of your report will be the standardized cover sheet indicated below.
  • If you are doing a Thesis/Project, follow the internship instruction as closely as possible if a report is being submitted.   Get with your faculty advisor.
    • For International Study reports, modify the Internship Report contract as appropriate.
  • The report DATES refers to the dates when the Internship, Thesis or Report was completed (not when the report is submitted or credit is received). For work spanning multiple quarters/years, include the full range of dates.
  • Non-text addendums (e.g., examples of work or materials from the internship) will need to be scanned for inclusion in the .pdf file.

Typical Timing 

(Note: If your faculty advisor gives different requirements, comply with their directions.)

  • At minimum, submit first draft by third week of last quarter of study. Students must clarify the timeline for draft submission with the instructor and document that on the Senior Thesis/Internship Contract. Instructors need sufficient time to read and evaluate reports before the applicable grading deadline. In most cases, instructors require revisions and resubmission before grading.
  • If internship, project, or thesis work occurs in the summer, this often delays graduation until Fall quarter. Faculty instructors are rarely available during summer to grade Internship or Senior Thesis Reports. Late submissions in spring quarter are problematic because many faculty leave campus for extended periods in summer quarter.
  • Students with incomplete work listed on their transcripts as K grades are responsible for making sure the instructor submits the final grade(s). After the report is accepted as final by the instructor, students with K grades should notify the instructor of all quarters in which they have outstanding incomplete grades.