Research and internships provide powerful learning opportunities where majors can apply their environmental studies knowledge and investigate potential careers. The Center for the Environment offers competitive summer Leadership Fellowships, which fund challenging internships arranged exclusively for Mount Holyoke students.
On-campus resources and advising
Students are encouraged to explore independent research and summer research possibilities with their Environmental Studies advisor. Summer opportunities generally require planning well in advance. Fall semester is not too early to begin exploring summer options:
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) is a program funded by NSF. Consult the NSF-Specialized Information for Undergraduate Students Website for this year's undergraduate opportunities.
- Mount Holyoke’s Lynk Universal Application Funding (UAF) will fund every student once for a qualified domestic (US) or international internship.
The Career Development Center (CDC) introduces you to internship search strategies, walks you through the Lynk-UAF application process, and connects you to internship databases and MHC curated internship opportunities.
In addition to Lynk UAF, Environmental Studies has modest resources available to support the educational goals of our majors. These funds have been used to support student attendance and participation at professional meetings, travel and other costs associated with independent research projects, and small awards for participating in summer field courses.
In addition to the CDC, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives is a key resource for international internships. The MHC International Internship Program (MHC-IIP) offers curated, competitive internships in 20 countries around the world.
Kirk Lange at the McCulloch Center can offer guidance on internships or research abroad. Students should also consult with their advisor about how they can best connect and integrate learning abroad with their work in the major.