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Environmental Studies Major Jobs 2019

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Kristin Strock shows students how to take lake samples through ice to determine the impact of temperature on aquatic ecosystems.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Kristin Strock shows students how to take lake samples through ice to determine the impact of temperature on aquatic ecosystems. Photo by Kathryn Davison '16.

 

 

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Olivia Termini

Majors: classical studies, environmental studies
Hometown: Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
Employer: Campaign to Elect Tom Brier for PA District 10
Job title: finance director

Job Responsibilities

As a member of the campaign finance team, I meet with prospective donors and teach them how to become raisers for Tom's campaign. I will meet with them in their home city in Pennsylvania, help them think about their networks and develop a fundraising strategy. Additionally, I will coordinate campaign fundraising events and work with the candidate on his fundraising strategy.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson has taught me how to think critically and question every belief that I came to school with because of my upbringing. I learned the power of hard work and relationships. I learned how to look at life holistically and how to articulate the intersections between all facets of life. I have learned how to "dream big," set goals and reach them and turn my passion into a defined skillset. I have refined my leadership skills. I owe this place and the people who make it wonderful everything, and I am so grateful that I chose this institution for my undergraduate degree.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

I can see myself either enjoying fundraising and staying within that route or pursuing a law degree. I am excited to see where my liberal-arts degree takes me because I know I have skillsets that can transcend pure vocational jobs.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

  • Selected for the Montgomery Service Leaders program as a first year.
  • Landing the EPA and Senate internships.
  • Helping hire the Civic Learning & Action Director Gary Kirk.
  • Serving as the Dickinson Carlisle Borough Ambassador.
  • Studying Latin at Oxford University through the Advanced Studies in England Program.
  • Declaring a classics major.
  • Taking four courses with Prof. Marc Mastrangelo.
  • Landing the job with Tom Brier (who is a Dickinson alum running for Congress).

Internship Experience

  • Legislative/administrative intern for Senator Robert Casey (Washington, D.C.)
  • Dickinson Office of Advancement, Office of Donor Relations intern (Carlisle)
  • Dickinson Carlisle Borough Ambassador (Carlisle)
  • Public relations intern for Aerial Cable Transit for Oxford "ACT4Oxford" (Oxford, UK)
  • Clinical legal intern at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, D.C.)
  • Fundraising/media Intern for the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy (Carlisle)
  • Campaigns intern for Countable Corporation (remotely, but they are based in San Francisco)
  • Sustainability projects intern for the Center for Sustainability Education at Dickinson
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Rachel Gross

Major: environmental studies
Certificate: food studies
Hometown: North Potomac, Maryland
Employer: Youth Garden Project
Job title: youth program instructor

Job Responsibilities

Facilitate our nine-week summer camp designing and implementing the activity plans for camps. During the fall, we led two after-school program sessions, Garden Classroom field trips and a variety of workshops and class visits with the middle and high school.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Communication and analytical skills. Ability to articulate. Ability to unpack and criticize. Farming skills. Sustainability work. Intersectional feminist approach to analysis.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

I am hopeful that the sustainable agriculture and food education field is well established enough for me to hop on with meaningful organizations.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Living in the Treehouse. Working at the farm. Taking Intro to Women & Gender studies and Native American Women & Feminisms. Taking courses in the arts. Going on a spring break trip with my NHV course. Having personal relationships with my professors.

Internship Experience

Intern at the farmers' market (Farmers on the Square).

Isabelle Tietbohl

Major: environmental studies
Hometown: Reading, Pennsylvania
Employer: Orbis International
Job title: communications coordinator

Job Responsibilities

  • Support press/media initiatives by creating: press releases, fact sheets, talking points, photo selections, media lists, media monitoring reports, etc.
  • Contribute to the production of print/digital PR tools and materials, including paid advertisements, sponsored content, marketing collateral (e.g., brochures, annual reports, etc.), TV spots, etc.
  • Assist in a full range of activities related to summarizing, proofreading and transcribing.
  • Support interactions with consultants and vendors to ensure smooth production of marketing services, from onboarding to final payment.
  • Regularly update photo database (powered by Canto) with Orbis photography/video, captions and keywords for internal and external use.
  • Field email inquiries, including journalist inquiries and sales pitches, and escalate to the appropriate team members.
  • Assist N.Y. communications team in maintenance of department intranet pages by implementing updates as needed and directed by the team.
  • Support staff members with brand identity inquiries, ensuring proper distribution and use of all logos, brand colors and other brand assets.
  • Assist with yearly budget planning.
  • Maintain monthly team budget tracker.
  • Process vendor and consultant invoices for payment.
  • Manage credit card reconciliation process.
  • Assist team in planning meetings, distributing agendas ahead of time and minutes/next steps afterward.
  • Create documents, presentations and spreadsheets for executive leadership team, other staff, board members and external audiences as needed.
  • Assist in preparation of events and conferences, including supporting AV needs, creating signage, coordinating onsite photographers and participating in design of print and digital informational and promotional materials.
  • Liaise with global communications team and other colleagues across all offices to ensure proper management of all communications initiatives.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

I think Dickinson has greatly prepared me to collaborate with others, and to not only learn how to do group work well. but to learn to enjoy it. This mostly comes from the mosaic program to Nepal, but I think this will be essential in my job functioning which requires a lot of communication and working with people from other departments and people outside of the organization. I also think Dickinson has given me an opportunity to learn about social issues that make me a favorable employee. My writing skills are also clearly a result of this education as I have spent most of my classes writing papers.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

I am anticipating putting in a lot of hours, and I am assuming feelings of being overwhelmed with my first job, as the responsibilities are vast. But I am also anticipating that it will further my understanding of nonprofit work and put me in a good place to find careers in nonprofits that are more in the management side of things. Right now in two to three years, I am hoping to go to graduate school for nonprofit management, but we'll see where the next years of employment take me.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

The largest defining moment of my Dickinson experience was the mosaic to Nepal studying the impacts of climate change on human security. It was the most formative in terms of things I really learned and took away from my years at Dickinson. It gave me a wider appreciation for other cultures, it exposed me to other ways of living and new careers and has easily been my favorite moment of the entirety of my life. Nothing I have done at Dickinson even comes close to this experience. However, other defining moments could include being a part of the cross country and track team my freshman year, joining Delta Nu my sophomore year, participating in independent research my junior year and going abroad in the fall of my senior year.

Internship Experience

I had two internships with Orbis International as a communications intern, one full-time in the summer in New York City and one part-time remote while I was abroad. I also interned with More Gardens as an environmental educator in New York City. For Orbis, I was responsible for managing two projects, one was vetting new DAM software and rolling out the selected system, the other was archiving all digital and print materials to create a complete timeline of the history of the organization. At More Gardens, I was responsible for all day-to-day camp functions, teaching students about environmental issues, gardening, etc. I also helped with fundraising and distributing letters to communicate with vendors. I also was responsible for communicating with parents and logistics- such as lesson planning, food, field trips, etc.

Daniela Aldrich

Majors: environmental studies, Latin American, Latino & Caribbean studies
Hometown: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Employer: Trustees of Reservations
Job title: farmer

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Work ethic.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

Financial independence.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Studying abroad.

Jake Rubenstein

Major: environmental studies
Hometown: Sykesville, Maryland
Employer: Sun Scape Deck Builders
Job title: builder

Job Responsibilities

I will be building decks this summer.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

It connected me with great friends and connections that I can use for a lifetime.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

Getting a job I like and making more money.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Meeting my friends and going abroad.

Internship Experience

I worked at the Earth Day Network. It was great and I learned a lot.

Claire Connors

Majors: environmental studies, political science
Hometown: Needham, Massachusetts
Employer: CityYear Boston
Job title: corps member

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson has prepared me for life after graduation by giving me chances to practice real life skills in low-pressure situations inside and outside of the classroom. Many of my classes focused on writing and research skills. One class even wrote a grant for a local organization. All of my professors have been really approachable and always willing to help me with schoolwork or figuring out what I want to do after graduation.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

I am excited to be helping make a difference in people’s lives. Currently I don’t know what my career will look like long term, but Dickinson taught me to try new experiences before I decide about them. I did not study education directly at Dickinson, but all of the skills I learned in my majors are transferable.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Being a member of the cross-country and track teams has really defined my Dickinson experience. Every day, I was surrounded by teammates who pushed each other to be a little better, both in the classroom and athletics. Balancing academics and athletics has taught me how to structure my time and the importance of prioritizing what is important to me. Additionally, one of my favorite things about Dickinson is by the end of four years, it's hard to walk around campus without seeing someone you know.

Brendan Kealy

Major: environmental studies
Hometown: Wilton, Connecticut
Volunteer organization: Peace Corps
Location and role: Tanzania, sustainable agriculture
Employer: Lucky Lawn Irrigation
Job title: service technician

Job Responsibilities

Fixing irrigation systems and facilitating client solutions.

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Emma Weaver

Major: environmental studies
Hometown: Arlington, Virginia
Employer: Dickinson College Farm
Job title: education and outreach coordinator

Job Responsibilities

As the College Farm's education and outreach coordinator, my main responsibility will be to connect the College Farm to the campus and Carlisle communities through educational programming, program management and communications.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson has helped me realize and develop my interests and seek out related opportunities. My internships at the Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) and meetings with Career Center staff specifically have helped me learn new skills and how to best present them on a resume or in an interview.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

That hopefully my first few jobs help me decide more of what I want to do further in the future and that I meet a lot of new people.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Interning at CSE, living in the Treehouse, my sociology and environmental studies courses and my friends.

Internship Experience

I interned at Dickinson's Center for Sustainability Education for three semesters (part time) and one summer (full time) during my time at Dickinson.

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Published April 4, 2019