Because of their broad background, graduates from the Environmental Studies Program (ENVS) may work in the commercial, private, government, education, and industrial sectors. Recent environmental studies graduates have entered the fields of:
Graduates also qualify for many other fields. For instance, with the combination of an Environmental Studies major and a strong background in the natural sciences, a student can prepare for a career as a conservation/restoration biologist or naturalist. Becoming an environmental lobbyist, writer, or government planner are just a few of the numerous options available.
Full professional competence, in many environmental fields, requires study beyond the graduate level. The Environmental Studies Program serves well as preparation for further study in natural resources management, environmental justice, conservation/restoration ecology, advocacy, law, urban planning and much more.
The Student Conservation Association is a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1957, to provide opportunities for high school and college students and others to undertake meaningful and educational volunteer service in national parks and monuments, and public lands throughout the United States. Each year the SCA links nearly 3,000 volunteers from around the nation with public agencies needing help with research, maintenance, and public education. The SCA is a great place to look for internship and research experiences for ENVS majors and minors. Most SCA volunteer programs are available only in the summer.
The National Council for Science and the Environment is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision-making by bridging the gap between science and policy to catalyze solutions. Information on internship opportunities is available through the environmental internship clearinghouse portal that is maintained by the NCSE as part of their Campus to Careers (C2C) program.
Green Corps is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1992, to provide training and experience to young people interested in environmental advocacy, grassroots organizing, and public policy. Green Corps graduates aspire to be among the leaders of the next generation to create a greener and more sustainable future for our communities and world. Interested individuals may apply to Green Corps' Field School for Environmental Organizing, which offers paid positions as interns and trainees in environmental advocacy campaigns throughout the U.S.