Environment Studies Program - Internships

Students in the Environment Studies program enjoy a wide variety of internship opportunities. In recent years, Fairfield University students have worked with many different types of organizations involved in environmental science, policy, economics, and law, including (to name a few):

  • Abernathy MacGregor Group
  • AECOM
  • Alpine Tree-Line Warming Experiment (Colorado)
  • Americorps
  • Animal Embassy
  • Aquarian Water Company
  • Aspetuck Land Trust
  • Beardsley Zoo
  • Caroline House
  • City of Bridgeport: Dept of Public Facilities, Energy and Environment Department, Sustainability Office, Office of the City Attorney
  • Climate Reality Leadership Corps
  • Connecticut Audubon Society 
  • Connecticut State Agencies
  • Connecticut State Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEP)
  • Connecticut State Legislators
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension's Marine Science Program
  • Cox Radio
  • CT Campaign for Sustainable Communities
  • CT Green Scene
  • Dyer Island Conservation Trust (South Africa)
  • E: The Environmental Magazine
  • Earthplace
  • Eidos Institute Australia
  • Fairfield University Campus Sustainability Committee
  • Fairfield University Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Politics (among others)
  • Fairfield University, Environmental Science Lab
  • Fairfield University Facilities Management - Sustainability Initiative
  • Fairfield University Organic Garden
  • Fairfield University Environmental Studies Program
  • Friends of the Lake
  • GE Energy 
  • GE Energy Financial Services
  • General Electric
  • Green Energy Task Force, Town of Fairfield
  • Green Towns
  • Green Village Initiative
  • Lake Lillinonah Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program
  • LEAF - Leaders for Environmental Action at Fairfield
  • Maritime Aquarium
  • National Park Service
  • Nature Conservancy
  • New England Smart Energy
  • New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP)
  • New Orleans Green Building Service Trip
  • Re3 (Northern Ireland)
  • Rebuilding Together
  • Riverbank Farm
  • Schooner, Inc.
  • Sierra Club
  • Sierra Club (Washington D.C. Office)
  • Simply Smiles (Mexico & Norwalk, CT)
  • Skystream Markets
  • SOLV
  • Soundwaters
  • South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center
  • Student Conservation Association
  • TFS Energy Futures
  • Town of Fairfield
  • United Illuminating
  • United States Secret Service
  • Washington internship Institute
  • Westport Department of Parks and Recreation
  • ZeroEnergy

Students in the Environment Studies program also have opportunities to engage in internships through other academic departments or as part of certain study abroad programs. For example, students in the Environment Studies program that also pursue a major in political science or communications can take internships for credit with:

  • Connecticut state agencies
  • Connecticut state legislators
  • Environment, news, and political websites.
  • Local governments
  • News organizations
  • Political Campaigns
  • Public interest groups
  • Public relations firms
  • The federal government (through a semester-long program of study in Washington, D.C.)

The Environment Studies program is also linked closely with Fairfield's international programs including a research program in Brazil, and developmental projects in Haiti and Nicaragua, all of which provide unique experiences.

The Environment Studies program Director maintains an extensive list of organizations and other resources to assist students seeking internships and contacts Connecticut companies and organizations about internship opportunities. Students also work with Fairfield's Career Planning Center and Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network to build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

Campus Sustainability Grants. Campus Sustainability Grants are awarded to students to support sustainability efforts on campus. Typically three grants are awarded each year. Recent winners have included undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, Dolan School of Business, Engineering and Nursing. Recent projects have involved water collection systems, recycling innovations, energy efficiency, transportation, and food.