Sponsor a Graduate Student Practicum Internship

Practicums/ Internships

About the Practicum

EPM requires each graduate student to complete an internship/practicum (ENV 296; 6 units) for their Comprehensive Exam portfolio. The purpose of the EPM Practicum is to provide an opportunity for students to integrate and apply their coursework to a problem in an applied professional setting, and to gain experience working for a government agency, private company or non-governmental organization. The client organizations benefit from the work of talented graduate students, the opportunity to work with potential new hires and connection to the broader network of UC Davis faculty and experts. 


If you have an opportunity that you would like to hire an EPM student for, you can send a position description to Jessica Penrose. Please be sure to include the following information:

  • Description
  • Special skills required (GIS, R, etc) 
  • Start and end dates 
  • Hours per week 
  • Remote, in-person or hybrid 
    • Include location if in-person or hybrid
  • Pay rate

From there, there are several ways hiring can be completed:

Option 1: The hiring organization can have the students apply for the position directly. 

Option 2: Students submit an application consisting of a resume and cover letter to the EPM Director. The Director will then work with the organization to coordinate interviews if preferred and/or make recommendations to select a candidate. 

There are several administrative options available to process payment for a student intern:

  • The client organization hires and pays EPM interns directly
  • The client organization and UC Davis EPM program enter into a 3-5 year contract to provide an easy process for the client organizations to hire Practicum interns as needed each year
Student requirements

Students are expected to develop a Practicum Proposal that states what the proposed project and deliverables are. Upon completion of the project, the student will develop a Practicum Report that summarizes the final project and deliverables. 

Previous projects

See completed projects  

Job Openings

We welcome submissions of job openings for EPM graduates or paid internships for continuing students. Please email your opportunities to epminfo@ucdavis.edu.