Environmental Practicum

Course Description: 

The unit allows students to get first-hand experience in dealing with environmental challenges in international, industry, nongovernmental organizations, and other relevant institutions. Students will tackle contemporary environmental issues assisting professionals and experiencing real-life context and practical application of their theoretical coursework. Through this experience students enhance their research, critical thinking, problem-solving and presentation skills. The unit can be used to get acquainted with potential host institution to conduct thesis research as well as to get familiar with potential research topic. Students are supervised jointly by representative of host organization and appointed departmental faculty member. To pass the course it is required to intern a minimum number of hours and report experience. The ideas for internship placement are also welcome from other CEU departments or student professional contacts.

The participation in the course would allow students to get various competencies (Knowledge and understanding, intellectual and practical skills) depending on host organization and assignments given. At the same time having completed the course a successful student should obtain the following general transferable skills and personal qualities: a) Engage confidently in academic and professional communication with others, reporting on action clearly, autonomously and competently; make written and oral presentations to specialist and non-specialist audiences (D2); b Effectively work in multidisciplinary, multicultural groups as leader or member. Clarify tasks and make appropriate use of the capacities of group members. Negotiate and handle conflict with confidence (D3); c) Continuously improve professional skills through planning, time management, critical reflection and self-evaluation, and adoption of individual learning strategies (D5); d) Reflect on own and others functioning in order to improve practice (D6)

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Fostering communication skills in professional arena and workflow planning
  • Practical hands-on environmental experience
  • Getting acquainted with professional communities
  • Presentation, writing and communication skills in a specific professional area (vocabulary, etc)

Assessment: 

The grade is based on successful completion of all three course stages: 1) internship proposal development; 2) interim evaluations (progress reports confirmed by internship supervisors); 3) final report.