Career Services & Opportunities
Get a leg up on the competition and distinguish yourself. AASC@SFE supports a number of programs and activities designed to provide students with experiential learning, skill building, and profession development. We offer personalized services, programs, and resources that ensure you leave UMass Boston with a portfolio of products and essential skills that demonstrate your excellence to employers and graduate programs.
The School for the Environment is host of a number of employer partnership programs that place students with industry, nonprofit, and agency partners. Several of these partnerships are Pathways to Employment programs enabling students to gain entry into highly competitive and rewarding careers.
- Am I committed to my current field? Does this field still excite and interest me? If yes, do I need to pursue advanced education/training in order to position myself better in today's market?
- Am I ready for a career change? If yes, what kind of education is necessary for the type of career/ job I'd like? Have I spoken to individuals in this field to learn what is expected?
- What programs would best meet these needs?
- What is the time commitment necessary to pursue this education? How will this impact my personal life? Am I willing to commit the necessary time, effort and money to obtain the education/training?
- What are the "costs" of pursuing this kind of education now? Will the long-range benefits be worth it?
- Is my financial situation secure enough to begin this training/education now?
- Do I have motivation to follow-through on this new direction? Will my family/spouse/significant others be supportive of such a decision?
- Should I pursue education on a part-time or full-time basis?
Today’s technology makes it easy to gather information and AASC@SFE and University Career Services can help you make sense of it all!
Inventories: Do you understand what makes you tick? Do you think you know what characteristics are necessary for the job you want? Do you know what "type" of person you are? There are a number of web based interest, skill, and personality inventories.
You can search the web to find one or more to your liking. The most established and often used include: The Campbell Interest Inventory, Strong Interest Inventory, Self Directed Search, World of Work Inventory, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
Using these tools can assist you in identifying which workplace culture will best suit you and what positions are best aligned with your work style.
Additional Resources: In addition to the Career Services Office, your former academic advisor, former faculty, or a professional in your field can help in the career planning process. Make sure you take advantage of their insight, contacts, and suggestions as you formulate a career plan.
Career changes are very common in today’s world, due to economic changes, company layoffs and people just deciding to make a career change. In fact, the Department of Labor statistics show that the average person makes 4 to 6 career changes and 12 to 15 job changes in his/her lifetime. That’s a lot of change!
It’s important to do a good self-assessment and a lot of research before making a change, to make the transition as smooth as possible. Changing jobs can be a very exciting time in your career path! It offers new challenges and an opportunity to develop and build your skills. It can help you move ahead financially and work toward your long-term goals.
Something to consider when changing jobs is whether you need or want more or additional education or training to advance your career. Your educational goals could range from short training workshops or seminars, to self-study, self-paced certificate programs, online certification programs, or even taking time away from a job to complete an additional degree.
The university and the School for the Environment have a a great deal of support available to help you land the right job. Whether you're just starting out looking for an internship or you're a seasoned pro looking for a change in career, we are here to help.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
An internship provides you with real-world work experience offered by an organization outside of the university for a limited period of time.
In several of our majors and graduate degrees an internship is required for the degree. For all students, undergraduate and graduate alike, having practical experiences in your field is often the tipping point between getting the right job, getting into the right graduate program, or moving into a new position.
Our Internship Partners
Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. We are pleased to be able to offer paid academic year and summer internships to School for the Environment students as well as UMass Boston students from across the campus. Internships are not limited to working in conservation but are available across the organization. Contact our undergraduate programs director for more information. The National Park Service, supports paid summer/fall internships at either the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area or Cape Cod National Seashore. To learn more about the National Park Service Internship Program contact our undergraduate program coordinator. Triumvirate Environmental (TEI) is a leading provider of enterprise waste management and environmental services to Health care, Education, Life Sciences, and Industrial markets. With TEI we offer internships in the summer and during the academic year providing students with hands-on experience and professional development training to advance their career in environmental management and sustainability. For more information about TEI internships contact our undergraduate program coordinator.Supported through the Michael Stone Fund, Community Development majors are able to apply their knowledge to advocate for and enable affordable housing to low-income communities in Boston. Work done by internships ensures that the next generation of affordable housing scholars will be able to carry Michael's legacy into the future. For more information about this program contact Prof. Alan Wiig.New England Aquarium and the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life are formal partners with the School for the Environment. Internships at the New England Aquarium are highly competitive. School for the Environment graduate and undergraduate students interested in pursuing an internship should contact Dr. John Mandelman to discuss application and to ensure visibility of your materials as they receive close to 1000 applications each year.Living on Earth is Public Radio's Environmental News Magazine. LoE is produced from the School for the Environment and offers internship experiences to students from the School for the Environment and from majors such as communications and education. Students interested in an internship with LoE should contact our undergraduate program coordinator.
Other Internship Opportunities
Students in the School for the Environment are in high demand across Massachusetts and coastal New England. Each semester and summer we receive numerous announcements for internships. Keeping up with all of these opportunities isn't easy. In addition to reading your UMass Boston email regularly, be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook as we often post internship information on these social media sites. And of course, check in with AASC@SFE staff frequently.
The university also serves as a hub of internship opportunities, many of which are aligned with School for the Environment student interests. Be sure to sign up at Beacon Careers Online to see all of the opportunities available.
The UMass TEI Scholars program
Your path to educational, professional, and financial success.
TEI Scholars participate in a cooperative (co-op) education program designed to lead to full-time employment in one of the fastest growing global employment sectors. Triumvirate Environmental (TEI) is a leading provider of enterprise waste management and environmental services to Healthcare, Education, Life Sciences, and Industrial markets.
Cooperative education (co-op) is a structured educational experience combining class-based learning with practical work experience. Students earn academic credit for their work and gain high demand skills.
TEI Scholars are drawn from students in the School for the Environment. To be eligible you must have completed 60-credits towards your degree. You must have a clean driving record and have, or be eligible for, a drivers license. While a commercial drivers license (CDL) is ideal it is not mandatory.
As you approach 60 credits you can apply for admission to the program. If accepted you will complete your remaining 60-credits online while working full-time (and being paid well) at Triumverate Environmental, in the Boston area, as an Environmental Technician.
Aside from real-world experience, you will earn a competitive salary with full benefits and Triumverate Environmental will cover the cost of your tuition until you complete your degree. As long as you remain in the program you will receive these benefits.
To be considered for the program you need to apply and to do that AASC@SFE will work with you to make sure you are on track to participate in the program and, through the experience, successfully complete your undergraduate degree. So the first step, as always, is contact AASC@SFE.
To pursue knowledge, to generate discoveries that advance our ability to solve environmental challenges - that is what research is all about.
Get hands-on experience and discover what sparks your interest when you participate in engaged learning. Through a research experience you will not only gain skills that will catapult into your future, you will gain a network of professionals that will serve as life-long mentors.
In the many small and large research groups, institutes and centers, and in every subject imaginable, School for the Environment students are designing new technologies, discovering new genes, uncovering Earth's climate history, and ensuring economic prosperity and a just future for urban communities.
Faculty in the School for the Environment offer a wide variety of research opportunities. Post-doctoral investigators and graduate students round out a network of research mentors that, in collaboration with faculty, ensure that undergraduate researchers gain the experiences they need to succeed.
If you'd like assistance in finding an opportunity, just complete the Research Experience Inquiry form.
The University offers a number of research programs open to majors from across campus including those in the School for the Environment. These include:
The National Science Foundation provides support for research experience for undergraduates (REU), typically in the summer, across the US and in a breadth of disciplines including the social sciences.
School for the Environment's Coastal Research in Environmental Science and Technology (CREST) REU program
Search for an REU Site
Begin developing as a young professional from the first day you are on campus! AASC@SFE provides a wide range of resources for students to get engaged with and develop professionally.
All School for the Environment students have the opportunity to meet with our Green Jobs Guru, Kevin Doyle, who will work with them on developing their resumes, honing interview skills, exploring career paths and more.
In addition to a Green Jobs coach students may work with EnvSchool Connect alumni who provide additional mentoring including job shadow opportunities.
To allow students to track and share their work, School for the Environment students use the Digication platform. Through this online system students can share products from courses, create electronic resumes linked to course products, share co-curricular activities, and more. Student E-Portfolios are regularly reviewed by course instructors and the AASC@SFE staff ensuring that students stay on track.
In addition to rigorous and engaging academic coursework, the School for the Environment offers coursework and workshops to help students gain unique high demand skills, explore career options, and develop professionally. Be sure to also explore internships, cooperative education programs, and research experiences at AASC@SFE.
USEA 100 "Boating Basics"
USEA 104 "Open Water SCUBA"
USEA 105 "Advanced Open Water & Rescue Diver Certification"
USEA 106 "Underwater Research Methods Using SCUBA"
ENVSTY210 "Second-Year Seminar: Conflict Resolution"
ENVSTY 310 "Third-Year Seminar: Professional Development"
ENVSTY 371 "Telling the Story: Broadcast multi-media communications"
ENVSTY 410 "Fourth-Year Seminar: Environmental Issues"
ENVSCI 791 Seminar in Environmental Sciences
ENVSCI 607 Intro to Environmental Innovation Clinic
Sensor Design and Development
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)
Applications of GIS
- Job Shadow Program: Host an EnvSchool student and introduce them to your profession, industry, and/or organization, provide a tour of your workplace, answer questions, and allow a student(s) to observe your daily routine.
- Informational Interviews: Speak to an EnvSchool student (either via in-person, phone, or the web) about your experiences and skills, provide any career advice and industry insight, and answer student questions.
- Guest Speaker/Professional Panelist: Serve as a guest speaker or panelist either in-person for planned on-campus events or via web-based technology.
- Mock Interviews: Provide mock interviews for students either in-person for planned on-campus events, phone conversations or web-based technology.
- Resume Reviews: Review student resumes either in-person for planned on-campus events or electronically.
- Posting Internship Experiences/Job Opportunities: We can provide you with information and step-by-step instructions on how to create a company profile and utilize Handshake, our career management system to post opportunities for School for the Environment students/recent graduates.
Building networks is crucial to professional success. Whether it's reconnecting with peers, looking for new talent, and seeking a career change, being part of a strong alumni network positions you for success.
As an EnvSchool Connect participant, you will enhance our student’s undergraduate and graduate experience and prepare them to launch their own professional careers. Your connection with the students will assist with career exploration, and your advice will aid in the development of their professional persona.
As part of the program, we also hope to provide the students with some real-world experience. If you are able to provide a student with an externship, internship opportunity, or simply advice via an informational interview, please consider doing so; the experience will prove beneficial for everyone involved. The EnvSchool students will have an opportunity to explore a number of career opportunities available to them upon graduation and you will have the opportunity to influence the next generation of students entering the work force.
Once you have completed the School for the Environment Connect form, an Alumni Connections profile will be generated and housed in our database.
Opportunities include, but are not limited to:
While the Job Shadow Program and serving as a Guest Panelist/Speaker are formalized events, if a student is interested in connecting with an alumni for an informational interview, resume review, or mock interview, your preferred contact information will be shared with that student who is interested (i.e., a student is interested in learning more about a specific career, your phone number or email address – based on your indication – would be provided so the student could reach out to you).
- Financial and Budget Planning
- Event Planning and Execution
- Presentation and Promotion of Ideas and Events
- Mentoring and Role Modeling
- Negotiating and Managing Change
- Time and Priority Management
- Interacting with Diverse Constituents
- Learning how to identify need
- Developing and managing networks and relationships
- Applying skills in new ways
- Understanding the impact of actions on others
- Feeling the impact of making a difference by applying their academic knowledge
(Y)our Competitive Advantage
When you hire a School for the Environment student, you are getting far more than what you see on their resume. At the School for the Environment we are committed to developing a diverse and talented workforce. Our students are not only exceptionally well prepared but bring to your organization unsurpassed a level of commitment to our planet and our people. At the School for the Environment we work with closely with students to develop the personal, leadership, and citizenship skills necessary to excel. We also work closely with employers, like you, to ensure we are training our students in core and emerging areas of need. We are your partners in ensuring a just and prosperous future for our planet and our people.
Besides the fact that they bring to your organization the skills and professional ethic you need, our students bring so much more. Through many co-curricular opportunities and through their academic programs, our students know how to communicate effectively, work in diverse teams, manage multiple and competing priorities, advance organizational missions through a lens of sustainability and social justice, and attend to details while keeping the big picture in mind.
While our students are unique in their academic and co-curricular experiences, all School for the Environment students share common traits.
School for the Environment student leaders participate in a wide variety of training activities. These include stand-alone workshops, conferences, retreats, as well as formal courses. Students gain hands-on leadership experience through service to clubs and societies as well as practical training through our required capstone experiences at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Graduate students participate in our Environmental Innovation Clinic course which provides a year-long experience working, pro bono, with a client addressing a real-world environmental issue. Our senior capstone course is a mini-version of this clinic providing undergraduate students with similar practical experience.
Student Activities and Organizations
We learn best by doing. All of the programs in the School for the Environment are practice-based degrees. All students participate in capstone experiences and additional co-curricular experiences such as service learning programs that allow them to demonstrate their knowledge and apply it to solving environmental challenges facing our planet and our people.
Living-Learning Communities, Student Clubs, and Societies do much more than provide a social outlet for our students. These professional, recreational, service, and social affiliations facilitate a well-rounded education. By design, membership in these groups or involvement in student activities allows students to gain skills in personal leadership and collaboration. With a myriad organizations on campus and in the School, our students have the opportunity to develop and hone a variety of skills that make them the ideal employee for your organization:
UMass Boston is founded on the principles of access and opportunity. We value diversity and work for social justice and a sustainable future. It is no surprise that a major component of our educational programs in the School for the Environment is a focus on good citizenship and giving back to the community. Nearly 100% of our students contribute service to the Boston community; over 20,000 hours each academic year. And while that level of commitment is impressive, the learning and skills development is even more so:
We invite you to explore our school online but seeing is believing. To discuss opportunities to engage with our students or learn more about our programs and activities contact Dean Robyn Hannigan (firstname.lastname@example.org; 1.617.287.7440).
- Consider attending our Spring Environmental Colloquium and Green Careers Fair.
- Become part of our Employer Partnership Program
- Consider offering internships that would allow students to get a realistic view of your organization, culture and expectations. Post opportunities here!
- Tabling in the Campus Center
- Serve as a guest presenter during our Professional Development Series
- Are you an alumni? Check out the EnvSchool Connect program to get more involved with current students.
Promoting Your Company
The majority of employers use our career fair, job posting, and tabling to recruit EnvSchool students. We are eager to work with you to find the best way for you to recruit at UMass Boston!
Planning a Visit
Contact the School for the Environment to let us know when you will be in the area and we can set up a time and place for you to meet with students. We can assist in making arrangements for you to host a presentation and/or recruit our students. Contact AASC@SFE by calling 1.617.287.4756 or by email email@example.com.
Opportunities to Connect with Students
Post an Opportunity
Thank you for your interest in the School for the Environment's students and alumni. We are pleased to assist you in meeting your recruiting needs and look forward to working with you.
There are two easy ways to engage with us.
- Email us the position information, submit an Opportunity form or you can call us at 1.617.287.4756.
- Visit the university Office of Career Services and post the position information directly into our Handshake system.
If you’re having difficulty, please reach out to Beth Boyle in AASC@SFE.
Each year the university and the School for the Environment bring over 40 companies, organizations, and agencies to campus. Employers are recruiting for internships, part-time openings, and full-time positions for undergraduate and graduate students.
Green Careers Fair
Each year the School for the Environment showcases the broad range of career opportunities related to sustainability, the environment and clean energy, from marine science and conservation to economics to finance.
Held in conjunction with our annual Environmental Colloquium students from UMass Boston and local Boston Universities attend to interact with employers in the environmental sector.
2019 Environmental Colloquium and Green Careers Fair
Thursday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Integrated Sciences Complex at UMass Boston
If you're interested in attending and connecting with our students contact Maria Petrova (firstname.lastname@example.org; 617.287.3786)