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Students Explore Environmental Careers at All Ivy Career Fair

2008-02-20

On February 15th, environmental and sustainable development students from all eight Ivy League schools explored a variety of career opportunities when the Earth Institute at Columbia University hosted the annual All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair. 

In attendance were a total of 75 organizations from city, state and federal government; service organizations; advocacy groups and consulting firms. Participants including the Clinton Foundation, Green Corps, the City of New York, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Malcolm Pirnie, Environmental Defense, and Weston Solutions met with students to discuss available opportunities at their firms, as well as to help students prepare for environmental careers. 

“The fair gives our students the chance to network with an array of organizations that they may or may not have considered in the past.  By giving them a chance to ask about what qualifications and skills these organizations are looking for, students are better able to define the scope of their job search,” says Louise Rosen, Director of the Earth Institute’s Office of Academic and Research Programs.  “Recruiters have the unique opportunity to meet some of the top students studying environmental and sustainable development.”

The 560 students who attended are enrolled in environmental and sustainable development programs at all eight Ivy League schools, including environmental and sustainable development; civil, biological, environmental, mechanical, chemical and agricultural engineering; forest science and management; city, regional and environmental planning and design and international development, among others.

Graduate program representatives from several universities also attended, providing information on professional, graduate, and summer studies as well as academic careers. These included Columbia’s MPA program in Environmental Science and Policy and MA program in Climate and Society; the JD programs at Pace Law School and Vermont Law School; the MA in Public Policy at Rutgers University; and BA, MA and PhD programs at the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences.

The event was co-sponsored by the Brown Career Development Center, Columbia University’s MPA in Environmental Science and Policy, the Office of Academic and Research Programs at the Earth Institute, Cornell Career Services, Dartmouth Career Services and Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth Career Services, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Career Services, University of Pennsylvania Career Services, Princeton University Career Services, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

About The Earth Institute 
The Earth Institute at Columbia University is the world's leading academic center for the integrated study of Earth, its environment and society. The Earth Institute builds upon excellence in the core disciplines — earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences and health sciences — and stresses cross-disciplinary approaches to complex problems. Through research, training and global partnerships, it mobilizes science and technology to advance sustainable development, while placing special emphasis on the needs of the world's poor. For more information, please visit www.earth.columbia.edu.