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Understand the Issues - Do Something About Them

Internships and research experiences can round out a college education by putting academic learning in context. ESE majors can earn advanced hours credit in the capstone course (ESE 401) for approved internships and research projects - talk to your ESE advisor to learn more. Of course, you don't need to get academic credit to benefit from an internship: browse through the Earth System, Society and Environment internship links below and get inspired!

Databases of both internships and jobs also exist, consider the current opportunities listed at (subscription required), Environmental career center, and The federal government also has many relevant positions, and a site focused on students. For a Chicagoland focus of environmental internships and jobs, go to the Chicago Environment Network listing. The Illinois GIS Society has listings for statewide GIS internships and jobs.

Featured Programs

NCSEEnvironmental Internship Clearinghouse The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) has a Campus to Careers (C2C) Program, which is dedicated to providing environmentally-motivated students with the tools necessary to pursue careers in the non-profit, governmental and private sectors.



Students Conserving America (SCA) SCA offers 3-to-12 month, expense-paid internship opportunities in all 50 states, in more than 50 professional fields with the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, and more. The SCA has over 45,000 alumni around the world, and as many as 60% of SCA alumni become conservation professionals.

Featured Summer Research Database

valleyThe pathways to science website lists hundreds of summer research opportunities for undergraduates, all across the country and in all sorts of fields. Choose "Earth, Environmental and Agriculture Sciences" in the pull down menu for environmental science. There is also a "Social Science" option. Support for participating students vary; almost all cover expenses and some provide stipends.

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Student surveying a forest in Costa Rica.The National Science Foundation funds multiple research sites to develop opportunities for undergraduate research. REUs have been designed to help students discover what a career in research entails. The two REU programs relevant to ESE Majors are Earth Sciences and Social, Behavioral or Economic Sciences, the latter includes several opportunities to employ GIS. All REUs provide a stipend and some may cover travel expenses.REUs are almost always over the summer, and require travel to the host institution. Application deadlines vary, but many start in the late fall, so check often for updates.

Local and State Programs

Graduate Programs

For ESE students interested in attending graduate School in an environmental area, go to this link for good suggestions about how, and where, to apply.