Environmental Science & Environmental Studies Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2024

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Jillian Graff

Hometown: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Employer: GEI Consultants, Inc.
Job title: staff environmental professional
How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?   
Dickinson has allowed me to take a variety of classes that gave me an interdisciplinary approach to learning. This interdisciplinary approach allows me to problem-solve and overcome complex challenges in a variety of different ways. I was able to form close bonds with professors in the environmental studies department who helped me find internships, excel in the classroom, are great references and people I can stay connected to for the next stage of my life.
Internship Experience 
  • Lacawac Sanctuary & Biological Field Station in Lake Ariel, Pa., environmental intern. 
  • Bluestone Environmental Group, Inc. in Malvern, Pa., environmental scientist intern.

Allie Charnas

Hometown: Winnetka, Illinois
Major: environmental science
Employer: Chicago Sky
Job title: operations manager and entertainment manager
Graduate School: Boston College
Field of Study: sports administration
What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?
Playing varsity soccer, joining and holding a position in Kappa, being a member of the Hera Society, working with the Advancement Office, creating and running a breast cancer awareness fundraiser.
Internship Experience   
  • Chicago City SC in Chicago, marketing, PR and game day operations intern. 
  • Chicago Sky WNBA team in Chicago, game operations intern. 

Juliana Gianni

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Major: environmental science
Employer: ICF International
Job title: climate change researcher

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

The liberal arts education that I received here at Dickinson has cultivated my ability to problem solve and think critically about the intersectionality of important global issues. I believe I am now more well-rounded, open-minded and disciplined thanks to the endless opportunities to get involved in extracurriculars and the range of coursework I was able to experience. 

Internship Experience 
  • NRG Energy - Sustainability and Advisory Services intern
  • NRG Energy - EV and Sustainability Services intern
  • NRG Energy - Energy Trading and Market Operations intern
  • Dickinson Center for Sustainability Education - Waste minimization intern
  • Dickinson Center for Sustainability Education - Eco-Reps coordinator
  • Dickinson Center for Sustainability Education - Sustainability data analyst

Jonah Schwartz

Hometown: Framingham, Massachusetts
Majors: environmental studies, political science
Employer: Greylock Campaigns
Job title: campaign director 
Graduate School: University of Maine
Field of study: School of Policy and International Affairs

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson has given me the intellectual and social confidence to have professional conversations with colleagues and superiors. 

Internship Experience 
  • Dana Research Fellow, Dickinson College

Jillian Fink

Hometown: New Tripoli, Pennsylvania
Major: environmental science
Employer: Heritage Conservancy
Job title: conservation steward intern
How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?
Dickinson has prepared me for a successful life after graduation in several ways. The academic rigor at Dickinson has equipped me with a solid foundation in environmental science and biology. The science courses, labs and professors were the reasons why I wanted to enter into the field in the first place. The real-world experience I gained from hands-on field biology labs do not compare to anything I could have learned from a textbook. The liberal arts education also allowed me to develop critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills that will benefit me in my future endeavors following graduation. Dickinson has also contributed toward my personal growth and development through the ability to take on leadership roles in extracurriculars, which I did through club sports. The Career Center has been an amazing resource and has supported me in exploring career options, building a resume and cover letter and preparing for postgraduate life.

Zoe Kleeblatt

Hometown: Wethersfield, Connecticut
Major: environmental studies 
Employer: The Farm Institute, Slough Farm Foundation
Job title: seasonal gardener assistant at Slough Farm, community engagement & farm based educator at the Farm Institute

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

The freedom that Dickinson gave me to study abroad, be a student athlete and engage in so many different interests of mine has allowed me to develop into a compassionate critical thinker who moves through and analyzes the world through a lens of systems. 

Internship Experience 
  • Hartford Food System, Hartford, Conn., intern: winter 2021, summer 2022
  • Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, Woodbury, Conn., intern: summer 2022
  • Farm Institute, Edgartown, Mass., farm-based educator: summer 2023

Christian Polk

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Major: environmental science 
Employer: REI

Sam Adams

Hometown: Chardon, Ohio
Major: environmental science 
Employer: CCI
Job title: scientist

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson has given me the classes and degree to be able to apply to scientific job opportunities as well as prepare me for a possible master's degree. 

Internship Experience
  • CCI, Florida, intern

Kiara Ganther

Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Major: environmental science 
Employer: Adaptive Green
Job title: Adaptive Green intern 
How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?
I greatly appreciated the variety of opportunities outside of my courses and in classrooms as well. I believe I created relationships with professors that allowed me to reach out to learn about new opportunities. The flexibility within my major allowed me to find my passions. I never felt stuck in my major or lost, I always felt passionate or interested in most of the topics I was learning about. 
Internship Experience
  • Friends of the Los Angeles River, Los Angeles, Calif., cleanup and operations intern.

Claire Burnet

Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina
Major: environmental studies 
Employer: AmeriCorps
Job title: Climate Community Volunteer Ambassador, Acadia National Park's Resource Management Division and volunteer program

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Having the flexibility to explore multiple disciplines and interests allowed me to hone in on what I want to do after graduating. I'm grateful to the professors and mentors who supported me along the way!

Internship Experience
  • NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, climate learning Intern.

Natalia Uro-De Leon

Hometown: Arlington, Virginia
Major: environmental studies 
Employer: Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Job title: policy research associate
Graduate School: University of Minnesota - Humphrey School
Field of study: urban and regional planning
How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?
The hands-on, community-based research projects connected me with the experience and contacts that spurred my professional growth. The courses advance my problem solving skills and systems thinking capacity. 
Internship Experience
  • Our Voice: Communities for Quality Education, social media content intern and parent liaison
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, policy research intern

Lauren Orefice

Hometown: Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey
Majors: environmental studies, Italian & Italian studies 
Employer: Little Ivy Academy
Job title: camp counselor 
What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?
My study abroad experience was definitely the highlight of my Dickinson experience. It transformed my language abilities in Italian and made me consider spending more time abroad postgrad. 
Internship Experience
  • Center for Italian Modern Art, intern, New York, N.Y.
  • Slow Food USA, intern. 

Connor Steffen

Hometown: Middleburg, Pennsylvania
Majors: Spanish & Portuguese studies, environmental science 
Employer: Snyder County Conservation District
Job title: watershed coordinator
How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?
Dickinson has allowed me to understand what it is to network, and the environmental science classes have taught me what it will be like to work in the field. 

Colby Wren

Hometown: North Garden, Virginia
Majors: international business & management, environmental studies
Employer: Alvarez and Marsal 
Job title: corporate performance improvement analyst
How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?
I value the liberal arts education that I have received at Dickinson and feel well prepared for life after college. As a student-athlete I have had the opportunity to practice time management and working within a team. In addition, I appreciated the ability to pursue internships and take a variety of classes. 
Internship Experience
  • Alvarez and Marsal, Houston, Texas, summer analyst.
  • Generation180, Charlottesville, Va., intern.   

Lina O'Bresly

Hometown: Piedmont, California
Major: environmental science 
Employer: AmeriCorps
Job title: team member
How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?
Dickinson has given me the academic skills I need for a scientific degree. It has offered opportunities to further my interests in the environment and creative writing. I have made friends with people who challenged me and gave me new perspectives.
Internship Experience
  • Alternative Meats Lab, UC Berkeley, research assistant.

Katie Nemergut

Hometown: Goshen, Connecticut
Major: environmental studies
Employer: Doordash
Job title: dasher 
What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?
Studying abroad was the best part of my Dickinson experience.
Internship Experience
  • Lex Fellowship- legal fellow



Published April 9, 2024