Carolinian Student Internship Program | Carolinian Canada

Carolinian Student Internship Program

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In response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic, Carolinian Canada is following public health guidelines.  We are making program adjustments and enhancements as recommended. Through our virtual office, we will continue to work strongly with our partners for a green future.  We will update this notice as new information is available.

With the University of Waterloo Faculty of Environment (UWFE) and Western University as partners, this program matches employers with Environmental Studies students to carry out projects in stewardship, research and planning for species and habitats of the Carolinian Life Zone in southern Ontario.

Jennifer van Overbeeke and Samantha Dupre

Jennifer van Overbeeke and Samantha Dupre, Coastal Zone Program Interns, at Point Pelee National Park.

Photo credit: Megan Ihrig

Stewardship Training & Employment

Opportunities are provided by stewardship employers and cost-shared by university partners. Each placement provides a 4 month work term in targeted stewardship and research projects.  The program is open to:

  • University of Waterloo Faculty of Environment co-op students
  • Western University Masters of Environment & Sustainability summer co-op students
  • Employers including businesses, non-government organizations and government agencies that are members of the Carolinian Canada Coalition
  • Projects in stewardship, research and planning for species and habitats of the Carolinian Life Zone of southwestern Ontario.

Did You Know?

University of Waterloo Faculty of Environment and Carolinian Canada Coalition launched the CSI program in 2007, thanks to the dedicated work of CCC Chair, Dr. Gordon Nelson.  Since then, 17 internships have been successfully completed. Intern testimonials, reports and photos are available below:

Eligible Projects

Projects must benefit species or ecosystems in the Carolinian Life Zone. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Habitat restoration and stewardship
  • The role of farm planning and landowner incentives in protecting coastal habitats at risk
  • Heritage Tourism relating to ecosystem recovery
  • Research, monitoring and planning for habitat capacity to support species at risk
  • Significant habitat mapping using GIS
  • The role of parks and protected areas, municipalities, land trusts or others in conserving coastal biodiversity
  • Climate change adaptations for species in the coastal zone
  • Measuring the impact of environmental education and outreach for biodiversity

Interested Employers should contact to find out more.


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