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 students participate in highly competitive and prestigious summer research programs, working in university and industry labs across the U.S. and around the world. On campus, students utilize directed studies and independent research opportunities with faculty members to investigate topics ranging from the circulation patterns in the Gulf of Maine to the reproductive morphology and genetics of the invasive wetland plant, purple loosestrife.

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

  • Hayley Bibaud ’17 worked with Kristi Burkholder, assistant professor of environmental science, to investigate decadal scale changes to the intensity and frequency of snowfall in Massachusetts since the mid-1940s. 
  • Elaina McDowell ’18 worked with Professor Burkholder to analyze temperature and salinity records collected in the Gulf of Maine in the past 50 years. They were particularly interested in investigating the ways in which the warming of global temperatures has impacted the subsurface environment in this important ecological region.
“ 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, winner of a prestigious EPA fellowship for undergraduate environmental study

Internship Opportunities

Places where Stonehill students have recently interned include:

  • Aeronautica Windpower
  • Charles River Watershed Association
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Environmental Business Council of New England
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Equal Exchange (fair trade company)
  • Food Recovery Network
  • Lloyd Center for the Environment
  • Massachusetts Audubon
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • Natural Resources Trust of Easton
  • New England Aquarium
  • Save the Bay
  • 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

Stonehill is a member of the Marine Studies Consortium, a group of universities and colleges offering several marine-related courses throughout the Boston area.

Environmental Awareness Groups

  • Animal Science
  • 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.
  • Food Truth
  • 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.

Ecological Representative Course

This fall course serves as an extended orientation for incoming students to the ENV program, while teaching how to promote campus environmental sustainability peer-to-peer.

“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 Development Resources for Students

The Stonehill Career Development Center 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.

Relevant opportunities for Environmental Sciences and Studies Students

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

Honor Society Affiliation

Lambda Epsilon Sigma

Stonehill’s campus-wide honor society, Lambda Epsilon Sigma, recognizes students from all areas of study. Students who have demonstrated a well-rounded thirst for knowledge are invited to apply.

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