Internships are one way for students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real world situations. Sustainable Development Interns work closely with mentors on research projects important to the surrounding community but driven by the students’ unique skill sets and goals. In the past, these projects have centered on such wide-ranging fields as food sovereignty, climate change, tribal education and virtual reality application-development. These hands-on learning experiences are designed to give students extensive opportunities for professional development and networking, including opportunities to share their work with both the local community and the community-at-large through presentations, workshops, conferences and blogs.