Environmental Science Extended Learning Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

In addition to the coursework, the environmental science program requires each student to complete two distinct internships in the field of environmental science. The internship opportunities are designed for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom in a workplace environment. The internship also provides students with necessary work experience, exposure to different career paths, and connects them to professionals in the field.  Several of our internships have led to employment following graduation. The internships include work focusing in areas such as environmental monitoring and regulation, environmental consulting, urban ecology, sustainable agriculture, wildlife biology and conservation. For students interested in graduate study, one of the internships may be replaced with independent research in environmental sciences.

Recent Internships held by environmental science majors:

  • Buffalo Museum of Science
  • Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
  • Cornell Laboratory for Ornithology
  • Darwin Martin house and Greycliff Estate (Horticulture)
  • Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Ecology and Environment
  • Marine Science Camp, NJ
  • Massachusetts Avenue Project (organic urban farming)
  • Pan America Environmental Inc.
  • Texas Conservation Corps
  • Test America (Environmental sample analysis)
  • Tifft Nature Preserve
  • Town of West Seneca Environmental Commission
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District

Experiential Learning

Environmental Science faculty members perform scientific research in their discipline with students, both in the lab and in the field (see Collaborative Opportunities). In addition to the research opportunities provided with faculty, our coursework also provides experiences and mentorship that develop students into scientists. The laboratories included in our upper division courses allow students to experience the most up-to-date techniques used in environmental sciences. The students really get their hands dirty and practice techniques such as soil sampling, environmental sample analysis, plant and insect sampling, and mammal trapping, along with several aquatic ecology techniques. Much of the fieldwork is performed at local non-profit nature preserves and wildlife refuges such as Tifft Nature Preserve, the Reinstein Woods Nature Reserve, and Chautauqua Lake.


Canisius Zoological Society is a group of students interested in animal related activities including bringing guest speakers to campus and nature-focused travel. Recent trips have included trips to zoos, field trips, and whale watching.

Tri Beta Biological Honor Society is the biology honor society.  Students participate in a variety of activities, including scientific, service, fundraising, and social. Membership to the national society is recognized as a strong academic accomplishment.  Environmental Science majors are eligible for club and national membership.