Environmental Leadership Center
Warren Wilson College
Campus Box 6323
P.O. Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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Today there is an increased demand for knowledgeable and experienced professionals to fill the surge of environmental occupations occurring in the overall job market that demand understanding of the complex relationships between environmental, social and economic issues. Since 1996, 342 Warren Wilson students have taken advantage of internship opportunities provided by the Environmental Leadership Center (ELC). Through these experiences, students emerge inspired and ready to fill the emerging roles in environmental, social, and non-profit/business fields.
The goal of the ELC Internship Program is to prepare students for careers through rigorous and meaningful internship experiences.
In his book, Earth in Mind, David Orr proposes a new category for ranking colleges and universities based on whether or not the institution and its graduates move the world in more sustainable directions. In 2004, The U. S. News and World Report ranked Warren Wilson College in a tie for 13th among all colleges and universities nationwide who "encourage students to apply classroom learning to the real world" through internships. The ELC Internship Program is moving the world in a more sustainable direction by preparing a new generation of inspired leaders.