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Practicum Experiences

The purpose of the practicum is to pursue an extended, focused endeavor that is tailored to meet an Environmental Fellow's individual goals and needs.

The practicum enhances a Fellow's education by improving their environmental knowledge and skills in a practical or applied manner. The practicum may take the form of an internship, an off-campus study program, supervised research, a civic project, or a creative endeavor. Or it may be something that we have not yet envisioned! Fellows works closely with their advisor, the Environmental Fellows Program Office, and the Hubbard Center to find an opportunity that fits their personal, academic, and professional goals.

Practicum Highlights

Madeline Piscetta

Madeline with a sloth

Madeline is an Environmental Geoscience major with a minor in Music and a member of the Sustainability Leadership Program.  In the Spring of 2016 Madeline organized an event in the Green Center for the Performing Arts titled "WaterMusic: an Immersion Experience" that incorporated DePauw's University Choirs and Percussion Ensemble, professors of Biology and Geosciences, and guest hydro-ecologists and activists.  She completed her practicum during the summer of 2016 as an intern with the World Wildlife Fund, helping to plan the WWF's annual Kathryn S. Fuller Science for Nature Symposium, an event that brings conservation scientists and environmental leaders from around the world together to discuss specific issues in the conservation field.  Read More

Annie Wyman

Annie in Durban, South Africa

Annie is a Political Science major with a minor in Economics. During the Spring of 2016 she studied abroad in Durban, South Africa for a semester as a student in the School for International Training (SIT): Social and Political Transformation program. Annie completed her practicum while studying abroad, researching the Durban beachfront and how infrastructure improvements in 2010 have led to social and racial cohesion since the end of apartheid and the role of this topic in the environmental justice movement.


Molly Madden

Molly in MadagascarMolly is a Philosophy and Environmental Biology double major. She completed her practicum in the summer of 2016 with a non-profit organization in Ranomafana, Madagascar. She interned at Centre Valbio on their Reforestation, Education, and Community Development project under Dr. Patricia Chapple Wright. Molly helped establish and manage tree nurseries in several remote villages in order to restore fragmented forests around the Kelilalina commune. She also assisted in planning research on local cash crops. You can read more about Molly’s experience in Madagascar on her blog



Gabby Jensen

Gabby Jensen

Gabby is an Environmental Geoscience major.  In the Fall of 2016 she undertook a pilot research project at the DePauw University Campus Farm to comprehend the complexity and diversity of the soil, as well as the land use history.  Her research aimed to answer the following questions: What soil types are present at the farm and areas of possible expansion surrounding the farm, in what ways was this land being used in the past, and how will that usage affect current and future agricultural activity?


Cullen Hunter

Cullen in Italy

Cullen is an interdisciplinary major interested in food and nutrition.  She completed her practicum during a five week study at Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies in Rome, Italy.  Read More


Megan McCann

Megan in Madagascar

Megan is an Environmental Biology major that completed her practicum studying abroad during a semester in Madagascar.  She conducted research on lemur calls with Dr. Patricia Chapple Wright, world renown lemur researcher and winner of the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the World's Leading Award for Animal Conservation.  Megan connected with Dr. Wright when she visited the DePauw campus to present on her work.  Click here and here to listen to golden bamboo lemur territory calls that Megan recorded.  The golden bamboo lemur was discovered in 1986 by Dr. Wright.

Ellen Buening

Ellen Buening

Ellen is a Biology major, with a minor in biochemistry and concentration in pre-med. She was part of the Information Technology Associates Program  (ITAP) at DePauw and interned for the Environmental Fellows as the program's webmaster. Ellen completed her practicum as an intern during the summer of 2015 for Bose Public Affair Group.  She explored how public policy matters influence environmental issues in Indianapolis, IN.  Read More


Ashley Junger

Ashley is a Biology and English Literature double major. She completed her practicum during the summer of 2014 with a non-profit organization.  Ashley interned as the organization's chief science officer, helping small communities in Panama develop access to safe drinking water. Click here to read her blog about her experience in Panama.  This summer, she conducted research in a Costa Rican cloud forest studying the effect of deforestation on local butterflies. Ashley was selected for a paid internship during DePauw's January of 2016 Winter Term at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts. There, she conducted research on the intersection of climate, oceans, and human activity.

Click here to read an article that Ashley wrote for Oceanus Magazine during her internship at Woods Hole. 

Kojo Addaquay

Kojo AddaquayKojo is an environmental geoscience major. He completed his practicum by working on an independent project on campus, conducting an e-waste audit with DePauw's Solid Waste Working Group. Kojo was also a member of the Sustainability Leadership Program. Launched to equip the growing number of students interested in creating environmental change, the number of students participating in the SLP has grown to over 60, making it one of the largest programs of its kind. Read More 


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