Internships

Explore opportunities to change the world

College should provide students the opportunity for experiential learning. In the Environmental Studies Program, we encourage students to take advantage of the opportunity to work for one of the many companies and organizations that include environmental issues as a focus or important component of their work. Student can pursue an internship anywhere in the world during the summer, as well as receive academic credit for an internship in Boston during the fall or spring semesters.

Internships by Sector

Explore where students have interned in the past

Daniella Smith

Daniella Smith ‘20 is a 2018 UC Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholar. This program is dedicated to the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of conservation. Daniella spent the summer conducting multiple rapid research studies in a range of UC Natural Reserve ecosystems and National Parks.

Internships for Environmental Studies Course Credit

For students who wish to incorporate an internship directly into their Environmental Studies major or minor, we now offer the possibility of an ENVS Internship (1 credit).

An Environmental Studies Internship is an experiential learning experience where students can apply theoretical and technical classroom information by working directly with an organization in an environmental field. Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, students are expected to spend 50 hours throughout the semester working on a defined project with an approved outside agency, which may include educational, non-profit, for-profit, and government organizations. Through journal writing, a midterm check-in with the faculty advisor, and a final paper, the Environmental Studies Internship combines work experience with reflection and critical analysis, providing students an opportunity to gain valuable insights on potential career pathways. To register and apply the 1-credit to their degree, students must submit an internship approval form with faculty sponsorship and approval from the Associate Director of Environmental Studies to the Environmental Studies Program.

How to Use This Resource

This page is intended to serve as a resource for Environmental Studies Majors and Minors who are interested in interning. It provides a curated (but NOT exhaustive) list of organizations that may be of interest Environmental Studies students, including where students have interned in the past. Environmental Studies students are encouraged to intern, and are not limited to programs in this site - this site is merely intended as a guide for students who are interested in programs with a specific emphasis on topics related to Environmental Studies. Students are encouraged to do their own research on possible organizations, as there are many organizations not included on this list that may also be of interest.

Students are encouraged to share information about internships they have participated in or discovered. This page was created and is maintained by the Environmental Studies Program office, not the Boston College Career Center.

Weekly Updates on Internship Opportunities

This page reports recurring internship opportunities that focus on environmental themes. For more up-to-date information about internship opportunities that are currently seeking applications from Environmental Studies students, join our group on LinkedIn, visit our blog, and subscribe to our weekly mailing list.

Internships by Sector


ABM Industries

Location: Seattle, WA

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Corporate sustainability (In-house) and communications


BC Center for Corporate Citizenship

Location: Chestnut Hill

Offered: Summer, Fall, Spring

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Corporate social responsibility


Ceres

Location: Boston

Offered: Summer, Fall, Spring

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Corporate sustainability, climate change, energy, and sustainable agriculture


Indigo Agriculture

Location: Charlestown, MA; Memphis, TN

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Agriculture, lab work, and agriculture systems


Progressive Asset Management

Location: Wellesley

Offered: Fall, Spring

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Globalization and global challenges

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (Office of Climate Change, Technology & Research)

Location: Hartford, CT

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Regulations, law, energy, climate change, clean water, clean air, and conservation


Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Location: Boston, MA

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Clean energy and climate Change


Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Location: Boston, MA

Offered: Summer, Fall, Spring

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Regulations, law, energy, and climate change


Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Location: Boston & statewide

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Air & waste, water resources, regulations, and climate change


Massachusetts House Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture

Location: Boston, MA

Offered: Summer, Fall, Spring

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Legislative, law, energy, climate change, clean water, clean air, and conservation


Santa Clara Valley Water District

Location: San Jose, CA

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Urban planning, clean water, and water conservation

A Better City

Location: Boston, MA

Offered: Summer, Fall, Spring

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Urban Planning and climate change resilience


Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation

Location: Massachusetts, New Hampshire

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: No

Topics of Interest: Research, data collection, marine life, and non-Profit


Boston Harbor Now

Location: Boston, MA

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Conservation, climate change, and clean water


Canopy

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Urban planning


Ceres

Location: Boston

Offered: Summer, Fall, Spring

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Corporate sustainability, climate change, energy, and sustainable agriculture


EarthWatch Institute

Location: Boston

Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: No

Topics of Interest: Non-profit advocacy, research, and communications & media


Environment America

Location: Boston

Offered: Summer, Fall, Spring

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Conservation, climate change, clean water, and energy


Environment Massachusetts

Location: Boston

Offered: Spring, Fall

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: No

Topics of Interest: Advocacy, outreach, organizing, and policy


Environmental Voters Project

Location: Boston

Offered: Summer, Fall, Spring

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Conservation, climate change, clean water, energy, and voting


Mass Audubon

Location: Massachusetts

Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: No

Topics of Interest: Community outreach, education, conservation, and wildlife


The Nature Conservancy

Location: Varied

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Conservation, government & policy, economics, law, and marketing


Save the Bay

Location: Providence, RI

Offered: Summer, Fall, Spring

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Conservation, climate change, and clean water


Sierra Club

Location: Boston, DC, San Francisco (Local chapters in every state)

Offered: Summer, Fall, Spring

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Conservation, climate change, energy, and transportation


World Wildlife Fund

Location: Boston

Offered: Summer, Fall, Spring

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Conservation, climate change, clean water, energy, and voting

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

Location: Harwich, MA

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: No

Topics of Interest: Research, data collection, marine life, non-profit, community outreach, science education, and ecotourism


Cape Eleuthera Institute

Location: Eleuthera, The Bahamas

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Marine conservation and ecology


Doris Duke Conservation Scholars

Location: national

Offered: two year

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: no

Topics of Interest: Research, conservation, and diversity


Galena Creek Visitor Center

Location: Reno, NV

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Conservation


Isle Royal Wolf-Moose Study

Location: Isle Royal National Park, MI

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Wildlife conservation and research


Lake Forest Open Lands

Location: Lake Forest, IL

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Land conservation and restoration


LAKES Undergraduate Research Experience at UW Stout

Location: Menomonie, WI

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: No

Topics of Interest: Independent research, data collection, environmental sustainability, water pollution, community outreach, and policy


Marine Dynamics Academy

Location: Gaansbai, South Africa

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: No

Topics of Interest: Marine science, research, conservation, and outreach


National Science Foundation (NSF), Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Location: Participating universities and colleges

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Earth sciences, marine sciences, social sciences and more


The Nature Conservancy

Location: Varied

Offered: Summer

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Conservation, government & policy, economics, law, and marketing


Zoo New England

Location: Boston, MA

Offered: Summer, Fall, Spring

Have ENVS Students Gone Here?: Yes

Topics of Interest: Wildlife conservation, education, and research