Career Resources

Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Opportunities

The Earth Institute, affiliated with 30 environmental and sustainable development programs at Columbia University, is dedicated to furthering environmental and sustainable development education programs and to supporting students and faculty in those programs. This site was created as a comprehensive source of information on sustainable development and environmentally-focused jobs and opportunities. The events and resources on this site are designed to help you in your career search no matter what your sustainable development and environmental foci are.

Here, you can find information on upcoming environmental career events brought to you by the Earth Institute, often in collaboration with affiliated departments and career centers across campus. These events bring environment and sustainable development professionals onto campus to connect with students and help them learn more about potential career paths.

The Earth Institute has also coordinated with the career centers at each school within the University to provide a list of resources on environmental careers. Through this site, students have the opportunity to connect with alumni and resources from such diverse programs as environmental law, environmental health sciences, sustainable development and environmental science and policy, among others.

Upcoming Events:

All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair

Registration is now open for the 2012 All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Career Fair, to be held Friday, February 24, 2012 at Low Memorial Library, Columbia University at the Morningside Heights Campus in New York City.

Description: All eight Ivy League schools are teaming up again to provide representatives from public agencies, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations and business and industry an opportunity to connect with top graduate and undergraduate students.  For more information, click here!

Environmental Career Resources at Columbia University

Barnard Career Services

 BA Environmental Biology  
 BA Environmental Science  
 BA Environmental Policy

Barnard Environmental Resources can be accessed at

Center for Career Education

 Concentration in Sustainable Development  
 BA Earth and Environmental Sciences     Environmental Biology   
 MS Earth Resources Engineering   
 MS in Sustainability Management
 BS Earth and Environmental Engineering   
 PhD Earth and Environmental Engineering   
 PhD Earth Resources Engineering   
 MA Conservation Biology   
 MA / MS Earth and Environmental Science Journalism   
 MA Climate and Society   
 PhD Ecology Evolution and Environmental Biology   
 PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology   
 PhD Evolutionary Primatology   
 PhD Earth and Environmental Sciences

SIPA Career Services

 MPA Environmental Science and Policy  
 MIA / MPA Energy and Environment  
 MIA / MPA International Energy Management and Policy  
 PhD Sustainable Development 

The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) offers a variety of environmental resources with their office in Room 420 of the SIPA Building; please see the below list of magazines and directories offered:

Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters Telephone Directory
Conservations Directory
EnviroDirectory Mid-Atlantic
EnviroDirectory New England
The Directory of Environmental Web Sites on the Internet
Careers for Environmental Types & Others Who Respect the Earth
Careers in Focus Energy
The Foundation Directory
The Big Green Internship Book (Internships and Summer Jobs for the Environment)
Consulting & Consultants Organization Directory, Vol. 1 & 2 (30th Ed.)
Vault Guide to the Environmental Careers (downloadable from OCS website)
Vault Guide to Top Energy Employers (downloadable from OCS website)
Vault Guide to the Energy Industry
Vault Guide to Energy Oil/Gas Employers
Environmental Finance (magazine)
City Limits (weekly online and hard copy newsletter)
Green Careers Journal
Environmental Career Opportunities (bi-monthly online newsletter)
Careers in Renewable Energy
ECO Guide to Careers that Make a Difference

Business School

School of Journalism

Law School

School of Public Health

 MPH Environmental Health Sciences
 PhD Environmental Health Sciences
 DrPH Environmental Health Sciences

Online resources:

Department of Energy
Food and Drug Administration
National Institutes of Health
NIEHS Centers Program
National Library of Medicine PUBMED
Society of Toxicology
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Print Resources in the OCS Resource Room (722 West 168th Street, Suite 1029):

The Big Green Internship Book 2008 (The Internship Series for the Environment)
Enviro-Directory New England
Enviro-Directory Mid-Atlantic 
Environmental Careers in the 21st Century 
The New York Environment Book
The Guide to Graduate Environmental Programs
World Directory of Environmental Organizations, 5th edition
Resumes for Environmental Careers

School of Social Work

Teachers College

Helpful Search Engines (searches about 150 job websites) (You have to be a member, but students get a discount.) (This is a link to a list of resources on socially and environmentally responsible job sites in the US and Europe.)