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Careers and Internships

Career Information

Students with degrees in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies have a broad range of career options.  There are two primary sources of support for ESM students who are seeking information about careers.  Students are encouraged to contact the Advising and Career Services which can assist in developing a resume, identifying potential employers, interviewing skills, etc.  Secondly, ESM offers periodic information sessions for undergrads involving representatives from area agencies and organizations who employ individuals with backgrounds in environmental science/studies.  These sessions are an excellent way to network and to learn directly from professionals in the field the kinds of skills and experience they recommend you obtain in preparation for securing a job.

Below is a partial listing of places where ESM alumni have found jobs:

  • City of Portland
  • Metro
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
  • Oregon Dept of State Lands
  • Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife
  • Oregon Dept of Transportation
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Consulting Firms
  • Nike
  • Other private industries

In addition, ESM offers information sessions for students who are considering graduate work in environmental science.  Applying to graduate school is much more complex than applying to undergraduate school.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Participate in research with a faculty member or grad student
  • Inquire about current research being conducted by faculty in your area of interest
  • Begin researching graduate programs your junior year (many graduate programs have application deadlines in early winter prior to a fall start date)
  • Begin preparing for the GRE no later than your junior year
  • Suggested coursework for students considering graduate work:
    • One year of Biology (2 semesters or 3 quarters)
    • One year of Chemistry (2 semesters or 3 quarters)
    • One course in Physics
    • Courses in differential and integral calculus
    • At least one course in statistics

Other Useful Links

Idealist

Simply Hired

(PNWJobSeekers) yahoogroups.com

PSU Career Center Advising for Environmental Studies/Science majors

Peace Corps

AmeriCorps

Green Corps

NELA Center for Student Success

Hands on Greater Portland

CNRG

Mac's list

Portland Green Drinks (networking for Green Careers)

Green Jobs interview tips

Indeed

 

Internships

ESM students are encouraged to consider doing an internship sometime during their junior or senior year.  Internships are a wonderful way to gain practical skills and hands-on experience in the field as well as a way to cultivate professional contacts. It is also possible for students can earn credit for their internship. To obtain credit, students must arrange for a faculty member to serve as their advisor. 

ESM 401 (Research Internship) Click here for the Guidlines for Internships

ESM 404 (Cooperative Education Internship) Click here for the Guidelines for Internships

 

To receive announcements about both internship and job opportunities, ESM majors can sign up to be on the ESM listserve. Please send request to esmoffice@pdx.edu if you wish to subscribe.  In addition to the listserve announcements, the department offers periodic information sessions with representatives from agencies and organizations who who looking to place interns.

Below is a partial listing of places where ESM students have interned:

Other Useful Links: