To further explore Climate and Environment career fields, see the diverse array of services, programs, and activities available to Harvard students.
Environmentally focused opportunities are found in many industries including law, medicine and public health, business, teaching, writing, conservation, energy production and exploration, and agriculture. Opportunities working in energy are diverse. Positions may be in the field, a research lab, or in a business role. One of the broadest areas of work within energy is consulting and advisory services, which includes topics as diverse as analysis on energy markets, geopolitics, industry trends, investment evaluation, technical delivery and accessibility issues, and strategy. Career paths within sustainability include universities, government, and the private sector.
Internships in the environmental sector provide great training ground for students to explore the broad terrain of this field, from conservation, climate change, and sustainable development, to policy, advocacy, and government. Opportunities exist to focus on the scientific underpinnings of environmental issues (e.g. the science behind climate change), the business of environmental issues (e.g. developing a climate resilient supply chain) or the policy implications of environmental issues (e.g. legislation and advocacy seeking to minimize the impact of climate change).
Explore comprehensive directories, which will point you toward additional resources if you prefer a larger pool of sites and examples of typical employers. Some employers in the environmental and energy sectors may visit campus; look for these employers in both fall and spring of your senior year. The annual All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Career Fair is an opportunity to attend and make connections with employers hiring for full time and internship roles.
Graduate and Professional Programs
Interdisciplinary programs are growing, allowing students to incorporate multiple interests into a field of study. Graduate study may lead to diverse careers in law, medicine and public health, business, teaching, writing, energy discovery, environmental management and conservation, among many others.
MCS is hosting or partnering on many different activities this month to help students identify and land opportunities in the climate, energy, and environment industries. From panel discussions to information sessions, to career fairs, engage and pursue your own climate-related …
Angela Tomlinson graduated in May of 2023 after 2 years of full-time study. Angela was awarded the 2023 Director’s Prize for Outstanding Research Capstone for her study of the US Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act’s ability to bring climate action, …
It’s that time of year – you’re starting to hear back from volunteer sites, research opportunities, graduate schools, or internship/job applications. Now that you know what your possibilities are, how do you decide which one to pursue?
Making big decisions …