Careers in Environmental Science

Students and alumnae who studied this major or are working in the industry can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school. Use the MHC Intern Network to connect with MHC students and recent alumnae who have held internships. Search by major, location, position, or employer.

  • 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.

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). 

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

  • Environmental Protection Agency: The EPA Careers page provides info on EPA jobs for college grads, as well as research opportunities and grants.
  • Ecological Society of America: Go to the ESA Career Opportunities page to learn about life as an ecologist, and explore related job titles.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, can provide additional insights into the job forecast and work environment of those in this field.
  • GoinGlobal provides country-specific career information, expert advice, and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad. Log in with your Handshake account.
  • Finally, Buzzfile and Vault Career Insider are useful tools available through the CDC for in-depth career research into organizations hiring Environmental Studies majors.

Helpful Advisors

  • Explore possibilities with your faculty advisor. Your professors can also help you with advice on career questions in their field of expertise.
  • Define your goals and develop search strategies. 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.
  • Learn how to conduct informational interviews with people working in the field and find alumnae through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. They can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs and graduate school.

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)