SF Explore walk in Marin headlands
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San Francisco as Classroom

At the University of San Francisco, four walls do not define the classroom.

Internship opportunities across San Francisco’s 49 square miles transform the city into the ultimate learning laboratory, where you can apply knowledge and skills gained through course work and earn practical experience that enriches classroom discussions.

Environmental Science students collect soil samples and examine first-hand the ecological impacts on San Francisco wetlands. Computer Science students co-developed a Computer Repair Certification Curriculum that helps graduates build their employment skills. Interested in hospitality and tourism? Find out what it takes to run a major hotel by interning with one of San Francisco’s finest. Curious about the role nonprofits play in community transformation? Work along-side enterprises dedicated to planting trees, building neighborhood organic gardens and helping K-12 students prepare for college.

Whatever avenue of learning you pursue, you’ll find that the city as an extension of your classroom will enrich your USF experience — and often inform your career choices.

Karina Fernando '12

Meet Karina Fernando '12

Internship Opportunity:
With the help of my professors and Beta Alpha Psi, a business honors society, I secured an internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers my junior year.
What I gained:
Securing a job after college was extremely important to me as a first-generation college student. All my hard work paid off: I was offered a full-time position as an assurance associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers after graduation.

Field Work in the City for Environmental Science 212

ENVS 212 water samples
ENVS 212 water samples
ENVS 212 water samples
ENVS 212 water samples
ENVS 212 water samples
ENVS 212 water samples
ENVS 212 water samples
ENVS 212 water samples
ENVS 212 water samples
ENVS 212 water samples

The Environmental Science course "Air and Water" covers broad physical and chemical aspects of the atmosphere and water resources. Each fall the class travels to Lake Merced in San Francisco, where students take a variety of water quality measurements, including salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, alkalinity, and clarity (Secchi depth). They also measure concentrations of nutrients such as phosphate and nitrate to determine whether the nearby golf courses have any effect on water quality.