Environmental Studies

General Internship Resources  |  General Research Resources

Samples of MHC Student Projects

Students typically pursue diverse opportunities related to their interests in the Environmental Studies major or minor. The well-rounded nature of a liberal arts education provides you with the ability to pursue opportunities that transcend both academic and industry boundaries. Below is a sampling of the varied internship and research projects conducted by Mount Holyoke Environmental Studies majors and minors:

  • Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission
  • Association for the preservation of Cape Cod
  • City of Hutchinson
  • City of Novi
  • College of William and Mary
  • Community Alliance With Family Farmers
  • Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Egremont Land Trust
  • Filipino\American Coalition For Environmental Solutions (FACES)
  • Furman University, Enoree Watershed Research Program
  • Greater Boston Radio Group
  • Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps
  • Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at University of New Hampshire
  • International Center for Gibbon Studies
  • Maine Audubon Society
  • Marine Science Institute
  • Massachusetts Audubon Society, Coastal Waterbird Program
  • McGill University, Boreal Peatland Summer Research
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • New Haven Ecology Project
  • Northern Ecological Associates, Inc.
  • Organization for Tropical Studies, La Selva Biological Station
  • Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies
  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, New England Office
  • Rainforest Alliance
  • Save the Bay
  • Sierra Club
  • South Hadley Conservation Commission
  • State of Maine, Department of Environmental Protection
  • Sunrise Education Trust
  • The Atlantic Monthly
  • The Muriel Center
  • Town of Westport
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service
  • US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research
  • US Department of State, U.S. Embassy
  • Wild Care
  • Williams Mystic, The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College & Mystic Seaport
  • Wolf Education and Research Center
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory
Recommended by MHC Faculty

There are many other summer research opportunities in the fields of geology, geography, and environmental science and studies. For Environmental Studies students interested in science, we particularly recommend:

Other programs in the area of coastal and marine sciences are given on the Web site of the Five College Coastal and Marine Science Program.

The Geological Society of America's GeoCorps program offers positions in National Parks, National Forests and BLM lands each summer. Application instructions are on the website. Deadline to apply is typically around February 1.

The LPI/NASA Undergraduate Research Program program is a premier summer research opportunity for upper-level students pursuing studies in geoscience, mathematics, planetary science, physics, and chemistry. The ten-week program is located in Houston, Texas, and serves as an excellent introduction to NASA and the planetary research science pursued by the U.S. space agency.

Environmental Studies students may be interested in opportunities with the Maine Conservation Corps, which is dedicated to accomplishing outdoor recreation and conservation projects. MCC engages teams throughout the State of Maine.

Summer student fellowship opportunities are available at the DFG Research Center Ocean Margins at the University of Bremen, Germany. Modeled after the renowned summer program at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, they seek to attract top undergraduate students in the biological, chemical, geological, physical, and mathematical sciences with a strong and genuine interest in ocean sciences to spend their summer vacation doing research at an outstanding marine science institution in Europe.

The Miller Worley Center for the Environment offers summer fellowships for support of research and internship opportunities in fields related to environmental studies.   Some opportunities are pre-arranged directly with hosts, while other funding is for student-originated projects.  

The Department offers small scholarships toward tuition for geologic field studies in the summer. Please see the Dept. Assistant for more information.  Professors in the department may offer funding for summer research; please contact them directly for more information.

To search for active internship listings, please visit the LyonNet database.