Career Development Office

The Career Development Office (CDO) seeks to inspire and prepare all students to pursue high-impact environmental careers aligned with their individual abilities, experience, and interests. Its mission is to proactively educate students to maximize their entire F&ES experience for impactful careers and lives; cultivate strong relationships with leading domestic and international environmental employers; and support career-related initiatives across F&ES.

The CDO’s diverse resources, programs, and services enable users to develop key skills needed to present themselves professionally on the job market, develop and refine meaningful career goals, and chart a strategy for conducting effective job and internship searches. We work with students on an ongoing basis through individual advising appointments as well as through workshops conducted by staff and other career development professionals.

Career Planning Resources

Career Counseling and Peer Advising

Through individual career advising appointments with our professional team, and drop-in hours with trained peer reviewers and interviewers, students work with CDO on:

General career advising (strategy, focus, vision)

LinkedIn profile development and reviews

Résumé reviews

Cover letter reviews

CV reviews

Converting a CV to a résumé; converting a résumé to a CV

Personal statement reviews for Ph.D. program and fellowship applications

Networking advice at Yale and beyond

Online tools orientation (F&ESNext, LinkedIn, Yale Career Network)

Interview skills and preparation coaching

Mock interviews

Internship planning guidance

Internship funding advice

Salary negotiation strategies

ELM: Environmental Leadership Mentoring Program

All returning second-year F&ES students have the opportunity to be matched with an alumni mentor in their chosen career sector.

F&ESNext Online Career Development System

Research more than 150 F&ES-focused jobs and internships added each month

Publish your résumé for review by alumni and employers

Create job and internship alerts

Apply directly online for jobs/internships of interest

Schedule career counseling appointments

RSVP for upcoming events

Access exclusive career development resources

F&ES Résumé

We work with students individually and through workshops to write and design a targeted professional résumé. We provide an official F&ES Résumé Template and Résumé Content, Style, and Format Guidelines.

Workshops and Information Sessions

Jumpstarting the Job Search: Parts 1 and 2. These daylong programs are designed to guide students through phases of career readiness in line with internship, job, and further study timelines. Sample program agendas:


Building Your LinkedIn Profile

Résumé Workshop with Peer Review

Hive Mind: Networking

Getting Your Strategy in Place: Checklist Review

LinkedIn Photobooth


Interview Skills Workshop: Behavioral and Traditional Interview Questions

Cover Letter Writing and Peer Review

Yale Library Resources for the Job Search

Mock Interviews with Industry Experts

Internship Showcase and Networking Mixer

U.S. Presidential Management Fellowship Information Session

Applying for the Ph.D.

How to Work a Career Fair

Salary Negotiations

Career Fairs and Regional Events

FESinDC: Approximately one hundred students attend this annual two-day program in Washington, D.C., home to the largest F&ES alumni population. Includes employer site visits, pre-select job and internship interviews, small-group information sessions, alumni networking dinners, and alumni/student networking reception.

All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair: Up to eighty employers in a range of fields and more than 1,000 students participate in this annual fair jointly sponsored by the eight Ivy League institutions. Open to all graduate students, undergraduate students, and alumni from partner schools. Held at Columbia University, New York.

Networking nights and career fairs hosted by partner career offices at Yale: Sample programs include STEM career fair, social impact career events, energy employer information sessions, and international development career panels.

On-Campus Recruiting

Connect with employers during on-campus information sessions, informational interviews, and interview opportunities.

Alumni Connections

F&ES LinkedIn Group: The Office of Development and Alumni Services and the CDO maintain the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies LinkedIn group.

F&ES Alumni Database: Students can download from the CDO website the most current F&ES alumni information available through the Association of Yale Alumni.

Yale Career Network (YCN): Students have access to 13,000 alumni who are available to give tips and advice on their industry, employer, or job.

Internships and Summer Research

Internships and summer research have long been an important part of the educational program at Yale. They provide a unique opportunity to combine academic knowledge with practical experience, to enhance skills, and to gain professional confidence.

Students are assisted by the CDO, faculty, alumni, and other students in their search for internships and summer research experiences. Attention is given to students to help them locate opportunities that meet their individual needs and interests.

Given the School’s strong ties with natural-resource, environmental, and conservation organizations worldwide, internship and research possibilities are virtually unlimited. Typical internships and research projects occur between the first and second years of the program; occasionally, however, they last for longer periods.

F&ES 006, Summer Internship/Research 0 credits. The summer internship or research project is an important opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills gained during their first year of study, to gain professional experience and build networks, and to investigate potential career paths. Consists of a research project or internship experience between ten and twelve weeks, typically in the summer between the first and second years of the program. Students have latitude in designing a summer practicum closely aligned with individual academic and career goals. Students are responsible for securing their own internship or developing a relevant research project with appropriate faculty supervision, applying for and securing their own summer funding, and completing appropriate online forms before and after the internship or research experience in order to receive course credit. Required of all master’s candidates.

Summer 2017 Internships and Research Projects

The following list, compiled by the CDO, shows the rich and diverse experiences that F&ES students had during a recent summer. Data for other years is available online at For more information, please contact Kathryn Douglas, Associate Director, at 203.436.4830 or The School and its students thank donors, host organizations, and supervisors for making these valuable professional experiences possible.

Business and Industry

AES Energy Storage, Market Development Intern, Ballston, Va.

Avangrid, Energy Analyst, Orange, Ct.

Baldor, Sustainable Operations Intern, New York, N.Y.

Barrick Gold Corporation, Intern, Canada, Zambia, Peru, Chile, Argentina

Bigelow Tea, Corporate Responsibility Intern, Fairfield, Conn.

The Biodiversity Consultancy, Intern, Cambridge, Mass.

Blue Apron, Research and Regenerative Agriculture Intern, New York, N.Y.

CERES, Corporate Program Intern, Boston, Mass.

CohnReznick Capital Markets Securities, Summer Associate, San Francisco, Calif.

Dell, Global Product Operations/Supply Chain Internship, Franklin, Mass.

Dell EMC, Supply Chain Sustainability M.B.A. Intern, Franklin, Mass.

Durham Bison Ranch, Gillette, Wyo. (2)

EDP Renewables, Origination Intern, Houston, Tex.

Energy Keepers Inc., Summer Intern, Polson, Mont.

Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Abbott Labs, Abbott Park, Ill.

Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, Chicago, Ill.

Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Northrop Grumman, Falls Church, Va.

Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, PepsiCo, White Plains, N.Y.

Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Sims Metal Management, New York, N.Y.

Fifth Season Ventures, Summer Intern, San Francisco, Calif.

GF Securities Research Center, Summer Analyst, Electricity and Renewable Energy Group, Shanghai, China

GreenWood Resources, Economics/Finance Summer Intern, Portland, Ore.

Greenworks Lending, Renewable Energy Intern, Darien, Conn.

HP, Inc., Graphics Printing Product Stewardship Intern, Corvalis, Ore.

Karbone, Capital Advisory Intern, New York, N.Y.

Kenneth Boroson Architects, Architectural Design Intern, New Haven, Conn.

Keylog Economics, Summer Intern, Charlottesville, Va.

Metabolic, Amsterdam, Summer Intern, Netherlands

Morgan Stanley, Summer Associate, New York, N.Y.

Oshkosh Corporation, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Intern, Oshkosh, Wis.

Sanergy, Supply Chain intern, Nairobi, Kenya

SilviaTerra, Research Analyst for New Markets and Products, Boston, Mass.

SustainAbility, Research Intern in Corporate Sustainability, Oakland, Calif.

Tesla, Sustainability Operations Intern (EHS&S Group), Fremont, Calif.

Tesla, Summer Intern, Fremont, Calif.

Tesla, Policy and Business Development Intern, San Francisco, Calif.

Under Armour, M.B.A. Sustainability Intern, Baltimore, Md.

Unilever/Daemeter, Sustainable Palm Oil Intern, Jakarta, Indonesia

Voya Financial, Summer Analyst: ESG Investing, New York, N.Y.

World Bank Group, Summer Intern, Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, Washington, D.C.

WXY: Architecture and Urban Design, Summer Intern, New York, N.Y.


Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.

Guangxi Key Laboratory for Forest Ecology and Conservation College of Forestry, Guangxi, China

Korea University/Professor Woo-Kyun Lee, Summer Intern, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Research Experience for Undergraduates/Marlyse Duguid, Program Assistant, Union and New Haven, Conn.

University of Wyoming/William Lauenroth, Research Assistant, Laramie, Wyo.

Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Research Assistant for Environmental Protection Index, New Haven, Conn.

Yale Myers Forest, Apprentice Forester, Eastford, Conn.

Government, Intergovernmental, and Public Sector

100 Resilient Cities, Resilience Plan Fellow, The City of Boulder, Colo.

Auckland Council, Summer Intern, Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland Transport, Intern at Auckland Transport and Summer Researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Education Intern, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Center for International Forestry Research, Researcher on Human Dimensions of Forest Service, Nairobi, Kenya

City of Miami—Office of Resilience and Sustainability, Summer Intern, Miami, Fla.

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Summer Intern, Hartford, Conn.

Connecticut Green Bank, Intern, Stamford, Conn.

Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, New York City Housing Authority, New York, N.Y.

Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, New York, N.Y.

International Fund for Agricultural Development, Intern, Rome, Italy

IUCN Asia Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand

MIT Collective Intelligence Center, Cambridge, Mass.

NASA Ames, DEVELOP Intern, Mountain View, Calif.

NYSERDA, N.Y.-Sun Summer Intern, New York, N.Y.

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Management Project, Apia, Samoa

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme, EDF11 Waste Project Assistant, Apia, Samoa

United Nations Development Program, High Andean Resilience Project Intern, Peru

United Nations Development Program, Sustainable Development Intern, New York, N.Y., and Panama City, Panama

United Nations Development Program, Windhoek, Namibia

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Summer Researcher, Kigali, Rwanda

United States Agency for International Development, Donald M. Payne International Development Fellow, Cairo, Egypt

United States Agency for International Development Fellow, Kosovo

United States Department of Energy, Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, Intern, Washington, D.C.

United States Environmental Protection Agency, Wetlands Strategies and State Programs Branch, Summer Intern, Washington, D.C.


U.S. Department of the Interior, Solicitor’s Office, Legal Intern, Washington, D.C.

Van Ness Feldman, Summer Associate, Washington, D.C.

Water Protector Legal Collective, Legal Intern, Mandan, N.Dak.


596 Acres, Summer Intern, New York, N.Y.

Acadia Center, Policy Analyst Intern, Hartford, Conn.

Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Summer Intern, New York, N.Y.

The Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Intern, San Francisco, Calif.

Center for Responsible Travel, Program and Research Intern, Washington, D.C.

China General Chamber of Commerce U.S.A., Summer Intern, New York, N.Y.

Columbia Land Trust/Pinchot Institute of Conservation, Summer Intern, Portland, Ore.

Conservation International, Summer Intern, Washington, D.C.

Environmental Health Strategy Center, Environmental Public Health Research Intern, Portland, Maine

Environmental League of Massachusetts, Policy Advocacy Intern, Boston, Mass.

Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Summer Intern, Wailuku, Hawaii

Highstead Foundation, Conservation Intern, Redding, Conn.

ICRAF/World Agroforestry Centre, Research Communications Fellowship, Hanoi, Vietnam

Intercéréales, Research Intern, Sustainability Plan, Paris, France

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Summer Intern, Geneva, Switzerland

Kooskooskie Fish, Summer Intern, Portland, Ore.

National Parks Conservation Association, Conservation Programs Intern, Washington, D.C.

Natural Resources Defense Council, Cameron Speth Summer Fellow in Building Energy Efficiency Research, Beijing, China

Natural Resources Defense Council, Latin American Project Intern, Washington, D.C.

Natural Resources Defense Council, Summer Intern, New York, N.Y.

The Nature Conservancy, Blue Plan Intern, New Haven, CT

The Nature Conservancy, Summer Intern, Lander, WY

The Nature Conservancy, NatureVest, Green Infrastructure Finance Intern, New York, N.Y.

The Nature Conservancy/Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative, Summer Research Fellow, Lander, Wyo.

The Nature Conservancy of Maine/Maine Rivers, Portland, Maine

NextGen Climate America, Intern, San Francisco, Calif.

Orient Land Trust, San Luis Valley, Ranch Host, Crestone, Colo.

Quivira Coalition, Summer Intern, Santa Fe, N.Mex.

Rainforest Alliance, Accountability Framework Intern, Washington, D.C.

Resilient By Design, Summer Intern, San Francisco, Calif.

Rocky Mountain Institute, Research Associate, Boulder, Colo.

Rocky Mountain Institute, Carbon War Room, Summer Intern—Islands Energy Team, Boulder, Colo.

Sustainable Energy for All, Summer Intern, Vienna, Austria

Urban Resources Initiative, Community Forester, New Haven, Conn. (2)

World Resources Institute, Bangalore, India

World Resources Institute, Social Landscape Strategies: Cameron Speth Fellowship, Washington, D.C.

World Wildlife Fund, Intern, Forest Sector Transformation, Washington, D.C.

World Wildlife Fund, Intern—Governance Project, China’s Green Shift Program, Beijing, China

World Wildlife Fund, Summer Intern, Beijing, China

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Island Park Safe Wildlife Passage Intern, Driggs and Island Park, Idaho

Non-U.S. Independent Research

Developing machine-learning model to predict climate change perception in India, New Haven, Conn., and Hyderabad, India

Filmmaker, landscape changes due to natural and human causes in the transboundary Crown of the Continent ecosystem, Mont.; British Columbia and Alberta, Canada

Interdisciplinary thesis research, Washington, D.C., and Canada

Natural capital approach to caribou conservation in the Alberta oil sands, Canada, Argentina, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa

Pilot study of rhinoceros poachers: case studies in Namibia and Botswana, Swakopmund, Namibia

Researcher in community-based forestry as a tool for enhancing existing forest rights, a case study in Raramuri communities, Chihuahua, Mexico

Researcher in forest science and conservation, Mahafaly Special Reserve, Betioky, Madagascar

Researcher in Gishwati National Park, Rwanda

Researcher in housing and stormwater management, Mexico City, Mexico

Researcher in social science, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Researcher in urban ecology, Mexico City

Researcher on energy access and financial inclusion, Kakamega County, Kenya

Social, economic, and consumptive roles of a disappearing tree among southern Malians, Sikasso, Mali

Studying the effects of mining on vertebrate species in Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda

U.S. Independent Research

Beyond the food desert horizon: cultivating Puerto Rican cultural knowledge and reclaiming agency in the food system, New Haven, Conn.

Field botanist and researcher, Laramie, Wyo.

Gyrfalcon researcher, Nome, Alaska

Natural Infrastructure for Water Project, Summer Researcher, Washington, D.C.

Reconciling moral ecologies at Bears Ears National Monument, Bluff, Utah

Researcher at Yale Myers Forest, Eastford, Conn.

Researcher in aquatic ecosystem ecology, New Haven, Conn.

Researcher in coral/symbiodinium partnerships, Oahu, Hawaii

Researcher in dryland ecology, Laramie, Wyo.

Researcher in greenhouse ponderosa pines, Berkeley, Calif.

Researcher in pine barrens fire ecology, Au Sable, N.Y., and Waterboro, Maine

Researcher in urban ecology and solid waste, New York, N.Y.

Researcher in urban natural areas, New York, N.Y.

Short-term sediment dynamics of urban estuaries under altered tidal conditions, New Haven, Conn.

Social science research on the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve, Hakioawa, Hawaii

Thesis research, Oakland, Calif.

Urban forestry researcher, Philadelphia, Pa.

Immediately Following Graduation

Each year Yale F&ES graduates enjoy employment success in environmental science, policy, and management within the United States and around the world, or they pursue admission for further academic study. Details including salary information on the most recent as well as previous classes can be found at

Summary data from the class of 2017 master’s graduates six months after graduation (92 responses):

Academic (K–Higher Education) 3%
Nonprofit/Nongovernmental 30%
Government/Public Sector 15%
Private (Business/Consulting/Law) 35%
Entrepreneurial 4%
Further Study 13%