Careers

Students graduating with a degree in environmental studies have traveled widely varying career and educational paths. The Environmental Studies Department provides students with rigorous academic programs and immersive learning experiences. We encourage students considering graduate work or professional employment in environmental sciences to take as many courses as possible in the cognate sciences (chemistry, biology, geology, and physics) and mathematics (through calculus). Career Advisors at the Career Development Center (CDC) are here to help you develop strategies to find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access resources. In addition, Mount Holyoke's Lynk Universal Application Funding (UAF) initiative offers internship funding for one domestic or international internship to every student that has secured a qualified summer internship or research position.

Through our rigorous academic program and immersive learning experiences, Environmental Studies majors graduate with skills to pursue careers in a wide range of fields.

Helpful Advisors

  • Your professors may be a resource for advice on career questions in their field of expertise.
  • Search the Alumnae Association Career Network to find alumnae who majored in Psychology or are working in the industry. They can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs and graduate school.
  • Define your goals and develop search strategies. Contact the CDC to meet with a career advisor.

Jobs and internships for ES majors

Students with this major have completed internships and/or jobs at:

  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Norwalk Maritime Aquarium
  • Organization for Tropical Studies
  • Applied Hydrology, Inc.
  • Hudson River National Estuarine Research
  • Principle Profits Asset Management, Inc.
  • The Natural History Museum
  • Schulz & Williams Inc.
  • San Francisco Urban Service Project
  • Canon USA, Inc.
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Department of Justice

Great positions for students with this major:

  • Research Assistant
  • Project Assistant/Manager
  • Environmental Systems Manager
  • Resource Management Assistant/Director
  • Program Manager/Director
  • GIS Specialist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Teacher/Educational Specialist
  • Lawyer/Legal Assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Project Specialist
  • Writer/Editor (specialty)
Allison Fisher '14: finding a rewarding career path after an unexpected beginning
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.
Lisa Brunie '06
Lisa Brunie '06: by engaging people in our communities and together promoting environmental awareness, we can make a real difference.