Wednesday, August 24, 2016


2nd Annual Terp Farm Festival

Term Farm, a collaborative project between UMD Dining Services the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Office of Sustainability will host its 2nd annual Fall Harvest Festival on Friday, September 23!

Terp Farm is housed at UMD's Upper Marlboro agricultural research facility; each week, several hundred pounds of produce are harvested from Terp Farm and transported to campus to be serviced in select dining halls and on the Green Tidings mobile dining food truck.

Please join us for free food, farm tours, pumpkin decorating and MORE!  Shuttles will be provided, departing from the Stamp Student Union (exact times TBD).

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Internship Opportunities

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is seeking qualified applicants for two part-time animal care interns with the Sea Bird Research Program in Laurel, MD.

Positions would start in early September and continue into late December.

This internship involves assisting with animal care and research at a captive colony of seabirds that includes diving ducks, dabbling ducks and red-throated loons. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with daily care of ducklings and adult birds
  • Performing maintenance/cleaning tasks as assigned
  • Assisting in behavioral training techniques
  • Conducting behavioral observations

Although this internship is primarily focused on animal care some opportunities to participate in active research may be available.

The ideal applicant will have experience working with animals, be interested in biological research, and be willing to work hard outside in all weather conditions. The internship is part-time and requires a minimum of 6 hours a week. Course credit through your University may be possible with approval from your academic department. Applicant must provide their own transportation to and from the center.

These positions offer an excellent opportunity for qualified and motivated individuals to obtain animal care and research experience under the mentorship of U.S. Geological Survey researchers. Students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply. If you are interested, please send a resume, a schedule of available work hours and a brief letter of interest to Heather Calabrese (

The Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is now hiring for fall interns.  These interns get hands-on experience advocating for environmental issues and see how non-profits work researching policy and working with the volunteers that guide this movement.

They are accepting applications for the following internship positions.  If you are interested, apply TODAY.
  • Water Protection Organizing
  • Anti-Fracking Organizing
  • Beyond Coal Organizing and Policy
  • Invasive Plant Removal, Stewardship
  • Conservation Outings, Hikes, Trips
  • Communications, Web, Media
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Events Coordinator

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

ENSP Textbook Sale & Exchange

The ENSPire Executive Board has designed a book trading and sale program to help students find books at an affordable rate!

Fill out the form below with your information and books needed.  The Executive Board will monitor this form and put you in contact with the person who has the book you need!  It is up to you to contact the seller to negotiate a deal or possible trade. 

To read more about this program and to complete the form, visit:

A special thanks to ENSPire for organizing this! 

Apply NOW to Become a Fall 2016 America Reads America Counts Partners in Print Mentor!

Do you like working with children? Are you considering a career in teaching? Do you want to develop some great leadership skills and meet some great UMD people? You should become an AR*AC Mentor!
Why should you join AR*AC*PNP?
  • To learn some important resume-building skills like communication, teaching, and time management!
  • To meet some great UMD students across all majors and years
  • To have a positive impact on wonderful children who want to learn from you!
Apply now to become a Fall 2016 literacy or math mentor:
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until August 31, 2016 at 5pm. Interviews will be conducted by phone or in person over the summer, as well as during the first week of the Fall 2016 semester.
Questions? Email


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fall Internships Available
Solar Energy Industries Association

An Event Planning Internship has recently opened up at SEIA.  SEIA is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, project developers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants and financiers.  They work to make solar energy a mainstream and significant energy source.

This internship would be perfect for those seeking experience in event planning, marketing and PR.

For more information on the position and how to apply, visit:

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fall Stewardship Internship Program
Anacostia Watershed Society

The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) is looking for environmental science (and related disciplines) students for its 2016 Fall Stewardship Internship program (September-November). This is a great opportunity to get students involved in real world watershed stewardship issues such as stormwater management, wetland restoration, reforestation, arboriculture, environmental monitoring, invasive plant management, outdoor recreation and environmental education. The internship will be based in Bladensburg, MD with minimal travel to sites in Prince George's county and the District of Columbia. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Internships & Other Experiences

The Office of Sustainability has shared a number of internships and work-related experiences both on and off campus throughout the Fall 2016 semester.  

Examples of internships & opportunities include:
  • Resource Development Intern - U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC)
  • Sustainability Advisors - UMD Office of Sustainability
  • Development, Marketing & Communications Intern - The Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • Website, Media, and Communications Internship - The Maryland Sierra Club
  • Volunteers - The University of Maryland's Arboretum and Botanical Garden
  • Government Relations Internship - The Wilderness Society 
  • Geographic Information Systems Intern - Rails-to-Trails
Click here to view more!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Blue Frontier Campaign

Minimum of 16 hours a week, August - October
Salary:  Unpaid
Application Information:  BFInternship.pdf

Blue Frontier Campaign is a small, marine conservation nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.  We work to promote unity within the solution-oriented marine conservation community. We seek to further our successful track record of strengthening and expanding the ocean constituency with our work on Blue Movement Directory, promotion of our 50 Ways to Save the Ocean book and continued work on implementing a national ocean policy. We are looking for intern(s) to help us keep turning the tide.

Description -- Blue Frontier Campaign is looking for intern(s) who can commit to a minimum of 16 hours of work per week. The person(s) in this position will be helping us with outreach, conference, as well as administrative and fundraising efforts. The intern(s) reports directly to the Executive Director and Outreach Coordinator. The intern(s) may be asked to work on any of the following aspects of the organization, including:
  • Assisting in fundraising activities;
  • Outreach;
  • Helping organize and plan for the 2017 Blue Vision Summit;
  • Drafting correspondence;
  • Creating content for the Blue Frontier website;
  • Conducting research and attending meetings;
  • Updating our online Blue Movement Directory;
  • Other work, as required.
The internship can be tailored to match the skills and interests of the intern.

Essential skills are: professional manner, positive, can-do attitude, attention to detail, strong written and verbal skills, excellent telephone skills, proficiency with Mac computers and Microsoft Office. Our ideal candidate is a proactive self-starter who can take on projects with minimal supervision, meets deadlines, and is very organized. Fundraising, wordpress/web design, imagine and video editing, or print design and clerical experience a plus.

This position is ideal for someone with an interest in marine conservation or environmental issues who is interested in working in the nonprofit sector.  This internship is unpaid. A small stipend is available based on need.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to and include “BFC Intern – ” and your last name in the subject line. Please also include your availability.

Interns are accepted on a rolling basis.  You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.   Blue Frontier Campaign values diversity in the ocean and in its staff. Persons of all backgrounds and persuasions are encouraged to apply.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Winter Study Abroad - Germany and Italy

Energy, Climate Change and Options for a Low-Carbon Economy (AREC)

Explore the major hurdles to reducing the threats from climate change, while also learning about options for changing from fossil-fuel based activities towards low-carbon ones, and how they can be implemented successfully.  Lectures are taught by research scientists at the top climate change research institutions in Germany and Italy—the Ecologic Institute and the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change, respectively.

  • In Germany, we will visit a commercial wind power generation facility
  • In Italy, we will take a boat tour of the Venice Lagoon.
  • We will stay in the heart of Berlin, one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in Europe, and experience island living on the S. Giorgio Island in Venice.

Preference is given to majors in AREC, ENST, ENSP, ECON, Public Policy, and Engineering. Some knowledge of microeconomics is desirable but not required.
Course credit will be given for AREC457, a 3 credit UMD course.

Join the Arrival Survival Team Today!

Are you passionate about UMD? Do you want to ensure that brand new Terps have a seamless move-in process? Would you like to move-in four days earlier and get some other awesome perks?  Join the Arrival Survival Team Today!  Benefits include:
  • Resume boosters: leadership, volunteer and teamwork experience!
  • Meet & greet new residents and their families!
  • Move in early—beat the rush!  Plus free breakfast and lunch for the days you volunteer
  • T-shirts and other prizes!
For more information or to apply, visit the Arrival Survival webpage at  Contact Emily Leonard at with any questions.

Semester-long community service

Terps for Change

Terps for Change is a semester-long community service program pairing students with local nonprofits.  Students gain real life experience and professional development while connecting with fellow Terps.   After logging into students can go to to apply.   Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Fall semester service sites include the following:
  • Community Forklift
  • MNCPPC (Paintbranch Trail Clean Up)
  • Little Lights – Homework Club
  • Stamp Language Partner Program – English as a Second Language Program
  • AVID Middle School Tutoring
  • Northwestern High School – College & Career Pathways

Internships available

Solar Energy Industries Association

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2016 Internships for the positions below. Fall internships will run roughly from mid/late August – December.  Questions?  Check our FAQ.

Study Abroad

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is accepting applications for Spring 2017!

Students at the Arava Institute explore a range of environmental issues from an exceptional transboundary and interdisciplinary perspective. No other program in the Middle East convenes students from such varied political, cultural, and religious backgrounds to live, study, and learn from one another.

Go here to learn more and apply

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

How to qualify for highly selective internships and national scholarships

THERE ARE SEVERAL COMMON THEMES in the background of students selected for selective internships and national scholarships

  • Previous research experience
  • Related part-time job experience, especially as a field- or lab-assistant
  • Previous internship experience – especially important for students who seek non-science, non-research internships
  • Strong letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • A competitive GPA, often 3.25 or higher.
  • Junior year standing – because it takes that long for most students to acquire the qualities listed above.


  • Participate in the Maryland StudentResearchers Program.  “All” you need is, motivation and a responsible attitude.  There are no GPA requirements. 
  • Apply for the part-time/summer field and lab assistant positions you see posted in The ENSP Advising Blog.  Click on the “research” LABEL (right-hand column).
  • Apply for the part-time/summer field and lab assistant positions you hear about in class.  These are more common than you think, especially during spring semester! 
  • Go to Careers4Terps and search for research experiences.

TO DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH A FACULTY MEMBER with whom you share similar academic interests... ask him/her directly if s/he has a research project, undergraduate teaching assistantship, and/or a part-time job you could apply for.  If your instructor has a TA who is studying for the Ph.D., approach the TA, too. Many would love to have help!  If the answer from either of these people is “no, I don’t have any positions right now,” ask if s/he can recommend other faculty members or TAs.


It’s not about who you know personally (e.g., someone you like)… It’s about who knows you intellectually (e.g., someone who’s seen you at work, in class, lab, or on the job)

Faculty recommendations are much more valuable for research internships, scholarships, and graduate school applications than "advisor" or “employer” recommendations because only faculty can speak to what admissions committees want to know. Here are the questions letter writers typically need to answer for students applying to graduate school:
  • How do you compare to other students in your program who have gone on to graduate study?
  • What is your research potential?
  • What is your level of creativity/imagination?
  • What is your intellectual potential?
  • What is your ability to analyze a problem and formulate a solution?
  • How well do you work with peers?
  • How strong is your writing ability?
  • How strong is your speaking ability?
  • How motivated are you for this area of study?
  • What is your potential for career advancement?
Knowing you are a 4.0 student is not enough; admissions/selection committees will want classroom- and/or research-related examples of your potential/creativity/motivation, etc.

Therefore, ask previous employers, academic advisors, etc., for a recommendation only after you have two good faculty recommenders.  Count on non-faculty to add information about you which faculty may not know, e.g., extra-curricular leadership experience, career-related experience, unique personal qualities, etc.

WHAT IF YOU DON’T KNOW ANY FACULTY MEMBERS?  Simply meeting with a faculty member during an appointment goes a long way towards beginning such a relationship. Bring a copy of your resume; information about the scholarship, internship, or graduate program you are applying to; and be ready to explain why you are interested in the opportunity.


A good letter takes time to write

How to ask for letters of recommendation

If a prestigious internship, a highly-selective scholarship, or graduate school is in your future,  please read this article carefully to ensure that you will get the best letter possible, given your talents and interests.  A great letter of recommendation requires that writers integrate what they know about you, your class performance, what the admissions and/or scholarship committee is asking for, and your goals.  This takes TIME.  Therefore:


Admissions readers look for evidence of the letter writer's familiarity with your work.  Without this type of evidence, the letter lacks credibility and force. 

  • If three letters of recommendation are requested, at least two should be from faculty members. 
  • When deciding on whom to ask, don't simply think of those classes or projects in which you have done well: think of those instructors or supervisors who are most familiar with your work and achievements.  

2.  TIMING.  

Writing a letter of recommendation requires considerable effort – and the more important the recommendation is to you (e.g., competitive internships, graduate school, etc.), the more effort it takes to write a good one.  Further, the first letter is the most difficult one to write (after that, the letter writer can “simply” revise the original letter). 

  • Give your writers a MINIMUM of 3 weeks to write your letter; and for graduate, law, or medical school, AT LEAST 6 WEEKS.  
  • Be sure to take into account foreseeable busy periods such as exam periods, Winter holidays, summer vacations, and “recommendation letter-writing season” (late October – December 1; January – March 15; late April-June 1).
  • Provided you have given your letter-writer plenty of time in the first place, you can send a friendly reminder regarding the impending deadline.  A quick email or phone call should do the trick -- but don't err on the side of pestering your letter writer.
  • A note on timing: it's never a bad idea to begin cultivating relationships with instructors early on in your academic career.  Participate in class discussions and visit your instructors during office hours to gain academic advice re: career plans.  If you have a genuine interest in their research, ask if there are ways you can be involved as a research assistant; if not, ask if they know of others doing other work who might need such assistance.


When asking someone to write you a letter of recommendation, don't simply send an email.  It's to your advantage to ask the person face-to-face; not only does this allow you to clarify any doubts about the request, it automatically conveys to the recommendation writer just how important this letter is to you.


Many instructors and supervisors deal with dozens of recommendation requests every year.  Even if you are a stellar student or employee, they might not remember that smashingly astute comment you made on Kant's Categorical Imperative back in March, or the care with which you handled a knotty problem at work.

  • Bring an updated copy of your resume, a pared-down version of your personal statement, and/or a relevant writing sample (preferably one written for that particular instructor, and one which earned you a high grade or evaluation).
  • Explain your plans, even if they seem hazy to you at this point.


  • Ask if the writer would like to complete the recommendation online (this is becoming an increasingly common option) so that you can prepare your application accordingly.
  • If you are asking for multiple letters, it's a good idea to organize all the forms in one folder and include a cover sheet with a list of the schools for which you are requesting letters, and deadlines. 
  • Some applications require writers to return the letter to you in a sealed envelope.  Don't forget to ask the writer to sign across the flap of the envelope.


Federal Law grants you access to your letters of recommendation, but many applications include a form where you can waive your rights to read the letter.  We highly recommend that you waive your right to read the letter when given the option to do so.

  • Studies have shown that confidential letters carry far more weight with admissions readers.  In addition, letter of recommendation writers are far more comfortable writing a complete, candid letter when they know the applicant will not have access to the text.
  • If you fear that the letter writer might not do justice to your achievements or might include negative information -- that's a good sign you should not be asking that person for a letter of recommendation!


Always send your letter writer a thank-you note after you know the letter has been sent -- whether or not you have heard from the school.  Don't wait to long to do this: a week or two is a good timeline.  Of course, if you are eventually admitted to that coveted program or land that sought-after job, you might want to call up your letter writer to share your good news and thank him/her once again.  It never hurts to quietly share your success, especially with those who helped you to achieve it.