Jobs & Grad School

A sample of recent positions that graduates have obtained:

  • Program Manager for ENERGY STAR appliances, EPA
  • Sustainability Program Coordinator, Greener U
  • Assistant Project Manager, Faulkner and Flynn Environmental 
  • Wildlife Biologist Assistant, Fairfax County Government
  • Lab technician, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Resource Specialist, National Park Service 

Recent graduate schools that graduates gave attended:

  • Environmental and International Development, University of East Anglia
  • M.S., Lincoln University New Zealand
  • Ph.D. Urban Planning, University of Illinois at Chicago 
  • M.S. Sustainability, Slippery Rock University 
  • M.S., Forest Resources, Southern Illinois University
  • M.S.  Environmental Policy/Sustainability, Bard College


Leadership & Environmental Training

C2C Fellows .  A national network for undergraduates and recent graduates interested in developing skills in sustainability leadership in politics and business.  Hosts intensive weekend conferences to develop leadership skills.  Fellows (who have completed the workshop) are eligible for additional scholarships.

Sprog -- Sierra Student Coalition summer training program.  One week leadership training camp sponsored by the Sierra Club's student coalition.  Topics include: strategy and campaign planning, media relations, facilitation, and grassroots outreach.


Scholarships & Internship Programs

Global Change Education Program.  Scholarship for full-time college juniors, seniors, or graduate students interested in research into global change.  Opportunities available at U.S. Department of Energy facilities and participating universities. Programs run 10-12 weeks during the summer; three year programs are also available. Due date is the first Monday in February. Award amount for undergraduates is a weekly stipend of $475 and travel; graduate students - $1,500 monthly stipend and tuition and fees.

EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships.   For undergraduates majoring in an environmental field.  Provides support for the Junior and Senior year (~$20,000 per year) and a summer internship at the EPA (~$9500). 

Department of Energy Scholars Program.   Available for students in Environmental Sciences (among other fields).  Provides paid internships, research opportunities, and the potential to transition to a full-time career with DOE.  Award covers stipend ($650 per week) and travel. 

National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS) Fellowships.   Fellowships for undergraduate or graduate students pursuing research in Environmental Policy, Regulation, Law, Environmental Management and Administration, Environmental Science, Public Relations and Communications, or Computer Programming and Development. Deadlines and award amounts may vary.

Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Annual internship program for undergraduate students who are interested in research in the basic sciences, energy, and the environment.  Internships run 10 weeks during the summer or 16 weeks for a semester appointment. Recipients receive a bi-weekly stipend with limited travel reimbursement and a housing allowance. Due date and number of awards varies.

Environmental Management Participation for the U.S. Army Environmental Center Scholarship.  Internships for full-time undergraduate and graduate students for research within U.S. military programs.  Opportunities include: cultural and natural resources, restoration, environmental compliance, conservation, and pollution prevention.  Internships available at the U.S. Army Environmental Center (Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD) or participating field sites and range from three months to one year. Stipend amount depends on research area and academic level.  Renewable.

Windpower Fellowship (Women of Wind).   Funding for attendance at national conference focusing on development of wind energy technologies.  Selection is based on commitment to renewable energy development, academic achievement, potential for future contributions to the U.S. renewable energy community, and financial need.

Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism.  Supports 10 early-career/new writers through an "ambitious reporting project in print, Web-based or radio journalism."  Provides $10,000 in living and reporting expenses, plus training and ongoing support throughout the year.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship.  Provides annual scholarships of $5,000 to 80 undergraduates who are studying environmental studies.  Based primarily on leadership and leadership potential. In addition to monetary funding, students fly to Tucson, Ariz., for a weeklong leadership conference.  Primary value of award is in prestige and continued networking/career opportunities. Highly competitive;  must be nominated by faculty.

Annie's Homegrown Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship.  Provides scholarships ($2,500 and $10,000) to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing degrees related to food and agriculture.

Brower Youth Awards (Earth Island Institute).  Annual award given to six environmental activists and students (ages 13-22). Winners receive $3,000 and attend a weeklong conference in San Francisco that includes an overnight backpacking trip.

Garden Club of America Scholarships.  Provides three scholarships ($2,000 each) focused exclusively on environmental studies.

Windstar Environmental Studies Scholarship.  Awards two $500 scholarships to undergraduate juniors and seniors.

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Youth Scholarship Program ($850).  Applicants (ages 13-21) devise and implement an environmental conservation project then write an essay describing the experience.  Selection is based on the quality of the project and essay.

Do Something Inc.   Supports community leaders (<25 years old) who take a leadership role in creating a positive, lasting impact on the community. Focus areas include health, environment and community building.

Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship.  Award for undergraduate (freshmen ineligible) or graduate students majoring in Ecology. Students must be pursuing summer studies doing field work, research, or classroom work in the environmental field. Requires an essay.

Four Year Conservation Scholarship Award.  Scholarship for college freshmen studying conservation or related fields (i.e. Natural Resource Management, Forestry, Environmental Studies, Conservation Education, Outdoor Education/Recreation). Must be recommended by a Safari Club International Chapter. Selection based on life experiences, communication skills, commitment, leadership potential, academic achievement, and SAT scores. Renewable ($1200 per year)


Graduate school funding

Prior admission to a graduate school program is generally required, but most can be applied for prior to starting graduate work (and, thus, defray some of the cost). 

EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships.   Provides up to $42,000 per year (2011) for master's and doctoral level candidates in environmental fields.   

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Graduate Sciences.  Internships for full-time master's or doctoral students who are interested in research relating to atmospheric, environmental, and oceanic sciences (minority serving institutions preferable).  Award covers tuition and fees, books, housing, meals, travel expenses and a one-time academic allowance. Students will also receive a salary and benefits from NOAA during the 16-week internship. 

Marshall Scholarships.  Highly competitive award (only 3 in environmental studies) that funds up to 5 years of graduate study for research related to environmental protection, restoration, stewardship, environmental public health, or ecosystem health.  Funds two years of study in England and up to 3 years of study in either England or the U.S.

Switzer Foundation Fellowship.  Only for students from New England and California.   Awardees receive a one-year $15,000 award toward their graduate study, as well as leadership support and networking opportunities.



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