ES student and partner crunching GIS data as part of their internship with the Washington County Council of Governments (ME)

ES student and partner crunching GIS data as part of their internship with the Washington County Council of Governments (ME)

Environmental studies graduates are employed by federal, state, and local agencies, nongovernmental organizations, research and educational institutions, and in business. They also work all over the United States and around the world in a wide variety of environmental occupations including resource management, environmental law and public health. Majors also have the necessary background to succeed in top graduate programs; approximately 70% of Colby graduates eventually undertake graduate study. Recent graduates were accepted into graduate programs at MIT, Yale, Pennsylvania, Harvard, Duke, and other top-ranked programs.

The Environmental Studies Department is committed to providing resources and mentoring on career opportunities. This process starts early in the students academic career with advising on internship opportunities that students can engage with during the summers or the Jan Plan semester.  Lindsey Cotter, the Coordinator for the department, is available by appointment, for advising.  Faculty are also a key component in the career advising process.

During the semester there is weekly distribution of employment and internship opportunities through our weekly newsletter.  All ES majors automatically receive these weekly postings.

We make a concerted effort to have Colby ES alumni return to campus regularly.  They are often part of our lunchtime and evening lecture series which run during the fall and spring semesters.  These are key opportunities for our students to engage with alumni that are working in government positions, private consulting work, or non-profit sector jobs.

DavisConnects at Colby also provides a full array of services for students.


Resources for Cover Letter and Resume Writing

Presenting yourself on paper: resumes and cover letters: Tips by David Schachter on

Yale School of Forestry Cover Letter Writing Tips: Cover Letter Outline


Some of our favorite job and internship boards

Orion Job Board

Texas A&M

Yale School of Forestry

Environmental Career Opportunities (Limited access without subscription.  The Colby Career Center maintains a subscription so visit them to get in!)

For a list of environmental employers by state visit

Sustainability Careers


Society for Conservation Biology