Practical Experience Requirement




Work experiences and internships are a great way to gain real-world experience. All NREM students are required to obtain 400 hours of practical (paid or volunteer) career-related experience approved by an academic advisor, prior to graduation. This experience enables our students to apply their skills in real-life situations and helps establish a network of professionals.

The practical experience requirement, or NREM 104, is within the curriculum’s Core Degree Requirements. Students can start completing this experience requirement the summer after high school graduation. Students may choose to complete the 400 hours in one full summer, or while taking classes during the fall and spring semesters. The 400 hours can be broken up into sections and may be obtained through multiple employers if desired.

Internships are located throughout Iowa and across the United States. Our students have studied and worked abroad from Australia to the Philippines to the Arctic Circle.


NREM Job Board

We receive thousands of job announcements annually, so NREM students have plenty of opportunities for work experience. You can see some of these job announcements on the NREM Job Board.


Download NREM 104 (Work Experience) Forms

Student Experiences

Major: Forestry
Focus Area: Forest Ecosystem Management 


Major:Animal Ecology;
M.S. Candidate, Wildlife Ecology
Focus Area: Wildlife


Major: Animal Ecology
Focus Area: Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences                  


Major: Animal Ecology
Focus Area:Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences  


Major: Forestry
Focus Area: Forest Ecosystem Management 


Major: Animal Ecology; M.S.
Candidate, Fisheries Biology
Focus Area: Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences      


Major: Animal Ecology
Focus Area: Wildlife


Major: Forestry
Focus Area: Alumni


Major: Animal Ecology
Focus Area: Alumni; Environmental Specialist


Major: Animal Ecology
Focus Area: Pre-Vet and Wildlife Care


Major: Animal Ecology
Focus Area: Wildlife





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