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Internships and Careers

Our environmental studies program gets students out of the classroom and into the field. Students are immersed in an interdisciplinary conversation with their local and global environments, and discover their place within them. Whether it’s on-campus initiatives like restoring native prairies and savannas, or volunteering with open lands organizations, students develop the knowledge and skills to engage with current environmental opportunities and challenges.

Lake Forest College facilitates five career communities called Career Pathways to help students explore major/career options and position themselves for the internships that will help them to further prepare for productive and rewarding careers after graduation. Students from all majors can participate in the Career Pathways to shape their career goals alongside of their academic interests.

To get an idea for which pathways students might join based upon some common environmental studies interests, check these out:

  • Environmental Lawyer – Law and Public Service
  • Conservationist – Science and Health Care
  • Educator – Science and Health Care + Law and Public Service
  • Nonprofit Manager/Director – Law and Public Service
  • Energy Researcher – Science and Health Care
  • Photographer – Creative Arts
  • Environmental Policy Advocate – Law, Policy and Nonprofit

Explore the Career Pathways by participating in events, reading profiles of students’ and alumni experiences, and by  joining a pathway (or two). Remember to look at the next steps pages to get ideas for immediate ways to prepare yourself for great internships and a productive, rewarding career after graduation. 

Melisa Cambron Perez ’15

Melisa Cambron Perez ’15 works at an environmental nonprofit after studying biology, Asian studies, and Spanish.

Jenny McTague ’17

Jenny McTague ’17 was a sustainability intern at the City of Evanston while majoring in environmental studies and economics.

Career Pathways

Environmental studies students most often find a home in the Science and Health Care or Law and Public Service pathway.