Environmental Studies Alumnae Stories

Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.

Cultivating Action, Kim Meersma '15
Kim Meersma 15: the mentorship I received was outstanding. The professors clearly cared deeply about the subject and their students.
Image of Sarah Hastings ’15 in her tiny house.
Sarah Hastings ’15 is turning her passion into purpose, and she's doing it by building an ‘environmentally-conscious’ 190-square-foot dwelling.
Photo of Veronika Kivenson FP’13 aboard a research vessel
Alum Veronika Kivenson’s NSF grant allows her to use a supercomputer to examine how microbes metabolize pollutants found in marine sediment.
Cheng-Yin Eng '17
“Interning is like test-driving. It allows students to choose or eliminate future career options without risking longtime commitment.”
The Lynk: Connecting Curriculum to Career
Fanny Fennimore '14: experiencing a new culture, I gained insight into changed & unchanged aspects of South Africa's economic, social & political history.
Costa Rica
Sarah Hayden '15: it helped me realize how much I would like to continue my studies about Latin America and the environment.
Allison Fisher '14: finding a rewarding career path after an unexpected beginning
River Ecology
Sarah Hastings '15: I learned a ton from the campers, the Cary scientists, my supervisor, and the mosquitoes I collected for the researchers!
Shreeya Joshi '15, Public Affairs Office Intern
Shreeya Joshi '15: I worked in the Public Affairs Office which dealt with communicating to the public and news media about the EPA.
Emma Singer
Emma Singer '14: I work with students who have vastly different outdoor experiences from my own and my ES major helped me to better understand their needs.
Kim Meersma '15, USDA Internship
Kim Meersma 15: my junior-year summer internship was a large part of why I was able to find a great job so quickly following graduation.
Image of bench at MHC Student Garden.
Allison Fisher '14: introduced me to a multitude of perspectives concerning the environment around us.
The Lynk: Connecting Curriculum to Career
Carey Lang '14: I came in with some experience in outdoor education, and found I enjoyed leading full day teen hikes and gained the skills to do it again.
Sarah Hastings' Rhiz Home
Sarah Hastings '15: my house has grown from a non-linear network of human interaction, books, coursework, resource flows, and online inspiration.
Lisa Brunie '06
Lisa Brunie '06: by engaging people in our communities and together promoting environmental awareness, we can make a real difference.
Image of Iman Abubaker Abdulwassi ’14.
Iman Abubaker '14: I was introduced to the field of environmental governance and policy and made important connections.
Michelle Grohe ‘13: whether it is difficult weather conditions, working among thorny invasive species, or walking knee deep in a mucky marsh.
Jane A. Flegal '09 presenting on her most recent work
Jane A. Flegal '09: How do science—and scientific uncertainty—and human values influence decision-making in highly contentious areas?
Photo of Shannon Seigal ’19
Shannon Seigal ’19 has combined her interests in environmental sustainability and social justice and taken advantage of every opportunity.
Dana Rubin
Dana Rubin '12: Working for an affordable housing director, I heard stories, many from first generation immigrants about public transportation issues.
Shannon Lynch FP '16
Shannon Lynch FP 16: a once in a lifetime experience, as an intern, I lived on islands with only other researchers and the birds we were trying to protect.
Elizabeth Dickinson 'FP13: I can now work with any bird species and have solid biological fieldwork skills that will translate to a variety of job types.
This is a photograph of Catherine Corson with interns Julia Worcester ’17, Isabel Flores-Ganley ’17, and Sabine Rogers ’18 and the entire multi-institutional research team at the 2016 World Conservation Congress in September.
Political ecologist Catherine Corson took her three student interns to the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii to study global environmental politics.
Eliza Skakel ‘13: I was exposed to an academic environment, process, and professionalism that I had not previously encountered.
Haifa, Israel
Hannah Doherty '10: Since starting my graduate program at Duke, I am often reminded of the stellar preparation I had with my Environmental Studies degree.
Catherine Colello Walker
Catherine Walker ’07: the ability to chart your own unique path is tremendously valuable in becoming an independent thinker and researcher