The Environmental Management Course aims to equip its students with the advanced knowledge and problem-solving skills they will need as internationally active specialists working to resolve environmental issues in the regional and global arenas. In keeping with the value the Environmental Management Course places on practical skills, an internship system has been incorporated as a compulsory part of the curriculum. The internship program enables students to build on the knowledge they acquire in the classroom by developing their competence in coping with global environmental issues through a specialized education based on practical experience obtained outside the classroom.

Arrangements have been made with a wide range of domestic and foreign environmental issue-related research organizations to serve as hosts for internship training. These include governmental research institutes, private research organizations, foreign universities and international organizations such as the United Nations and international NGOs.

Characteristics Features

1. Nature of the Internship Program:

The internship program is compulsory for all Master and Doctoral students studying in the Environmental Management Course. Master's students are awarded 10 credits upon successful completion of the internship program. It is expected that students will decide upon their dissertation topic during the internship period and continue their dissertation research after returning from the internship.

2. Duration of the Internship Program:

The period of training in each organization ranges from 3-5 months for Master's students, to 9-12 months for Doctoral students. The length of the program is negotiable and can be extended to cater to the interests and needs of the individual student.

3. Process and Timing:

While Doctoral students have a greater degree of flexibility in terms of when they choose to undertake the internship requirement of their course, the internship program for Master's students takes place in the first year of the Master course, after the completion of the first semester. Following is a tentative schedule of the internship program for Master's students:

Internship Committee Meeting: April-May (Year 1)
Internship Committee Meeting: April-May (Year 1)
Student's application for internship: June (Year 1)
Internship: July-March (next year)
Internship presentation: April-June (Year 2)

All Master students should submit a report/presentation after the completion of the internship program. This is to be presented by the individual student in front of a supervisory committee during the second year of the Master's course. Credits are awarded on the basis of these reports.