Professor Deborah Slicer
Internships and Field Course
As part of the Environmental Masters Degree, students are required to take three credits in an internship or field course.
For the internship, a faculty advisor will assist in setting up an internship with one of the numerous non-profit organizations in Missoula (alternatively, a student could coordinate an internship in their hometown or elsewhere). Alongside whatever work the internship involves on site, the advisor will assign suitable philosophical reading to blend practical and theoretical learning. Forty-five contact hours are required at the host organization as well as several short reports and a concluding internship paper. Recent students have worked with Women's Voices for the Earth, Garden City Harvest, Catskill Mountain Keeper, Watershed Consulting, a Missoula City Councilman, the Legal Atlas Project, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Environmental Defense Fund.
Graduate students have the opportunity to complete their internship by participating as an assistant in a three-week Wild Rockies Field Institute course on environmental ethics and climate change. The course will typically take place in one of Montana's famed natural areas such as the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, or the Big Snowy Mountains. Students will assist the Wild Rockies Field Institute instructors in all aspects of the course, from logistical matters to leading discussion groups.