Environmental Sciences & Studies Internships & Opportunities

Stonehill students have the opportunity to tailor their Environmental Sciences & Studies degree to suit their career and personal goals through course selection, internships and directed study.

Research Opportunities

Stonehill science students participate in highly competitive and prestigious summer research programs, working in university and industry labs across the U.S. and around the world. Through directed studies and independent research, students are exploring such topics as how atmospheric changes affect the location of right whale and humpback whale feeding grounds in the Gulf of Maine.

Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience

S.U.R.E. is an opportunity for students who have completed their first year at Stonehill to perform significant, publishable, full-time research under the guidance of and in collaboration with an experienced faculty researcher. 

Recent examples

  • Andrew Norkiewicz ’14 worked with John Lanci, professor of Religious Studies, on “EcoSpirituality: A Reader.” This reader approaches environmental studies from religious and scientific perspectives. 
  • Alexis Johnson ’16 and Anthony Narin ’16 worked with Cheryl Schnitzer, associate professor of Chemistry, on “Understanding Energy transfer during Photosynthesis.”
“There’s a pent up energy among students to ‘do something.’
So many environmental studies programs elsewhere are abstract. Here students do things.”
Professor Susan Mooney, Environmental Sciences & Studies Program Director

Internship Opportunities

Places where Stonehill students have recently interned include:

  • Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Charles River Watershed Association
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Environmental Business Council of New England
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Lloyd Center for the Environment
  • Massachusetts Audubon, Allen’s Pond, Westport
  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
  • Natural Resources Trust of Easton
  • New England Aquarium
  • New England Wildlife Center
  • Save the Bay
  • Small Planet Institute
  • Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Campus Resources

Shields Science Center 

The Shields Science Center is a $34 million, 89,000-square-footstate-of-the-art science center where students use equipment normally available only to graduate students. 

Marine Studies Consortium

Comprising 25 universities and colleges, the Consortium offers several marine-related courses in Boston.

Environmental Awareness Groups

  • Environmental Stewardship Council
    Made up of representatives from across campus including students and faculty, ESC is charged with developing, recommending and maintaining a series of sustainability goals and improving the effort to reduce Stonehill’s carbon footprint.
  • The Activism Club
    The Activism Club promotes awareness of human rights violations around the world. The club is geared to focus student attention on a specific global human rights violation each semester.
  • Students for Environmental Action
    SEA promotes the awareness of environmental issues that affect both the Stonehill Community and the global environment.
  • Stonehill Enactus
    Stonehill Enactus works to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the use of business principles and business models. The club promotes the awareness of business opportunities to address and solve social problems by creating outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living.
  • Eco Rep Program
    The Eco Rep Program is designed to teach students how to promote campus sustainability and environmental stewardship through peer education.
“Seeing my professors and what their passions are and seeing
how much fun they are having and how much they enjoy what
they are doing inspires me to find what my passions are.”
Tom Gumbley ’16

Career Services Resources for Students

The Office of Career Services offers extensive assistance to students seeking employment, pursuing advanced studies or participating in postgraduate service opportunities. By completing internships and utilizing mentors, students are empowered to build lifelong career management skills.

Environmental Studies-specific career resources

  • Extensive on-campus recruiting program for internships and entry-level jobs.
  • Annual career fairs.
  • Sustainability-industry career lunches.
  • Environment career and networking panel.

Honors Society Affiliation

Lambda Epsilon Sigma

Stonehill’s campuswide honor society.


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