Applied Experience in Sustainability and Conservation
Each Environmental and Sustainability Studies major participates hands-on in the expansion of knowledge about how human systems interact, shape, and change the physical world. From project-based course components to professional work experiences like internships and co-ops, students will develop their experience and expertise in their desired career field.
As part of the regular bachelor’s in Environmental and Sustainability Studies coursework, students complete in-field projects. Fieldwork projects expose students to imperative technical aspects of environmental science and demonstrate a level of specialized experience to future employers and graduate programs. You might complete projects in branches of sustainability such as:
- Streambed and wetland remediation
- Watershed mapping
- Erosion mitigation
- Urban light pollution
- Sustainable organic agriculture
Learn all about project- and community-based learning at York College of Pennsylvania.
Environmental Studies and Sustainability Internships
Each student in the BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability degree program has the choice to participate in an internship or independent study — and the nature of your work experience will depend on your personal interests and career goals.
In a field as far-reaching as environmental studies and sustainability, the kinds of internships our students complete can range from business development and public relations to policy writing and community organizing. Past students have interned in settings such as:
- Local organic farms
- Environmental organizations
- Governmental departments
- Local non-profits
Review the events and services the Career Development Center provides for students interested in applying for internships.
Study and Work Abroad
York College of Pennsylvania offers extensive opportunities to study and complete fieldwork around the world. There are regular opportunities for course-related travel during the semester as well as study abroad opportunities during the January and summer terms.
Students in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies major have traveled to study the cloud forest in Costa Rica for a course linking the science of climate change to local contexts and responses. Other locations for study abroad include:
For truly global issues like climate change and sustainability, we understand the importance of preparing students to pursue their careers with an understanding and awareness that transcends borders.
Explore the various student travel programs facilitated by the Study Abroad Center.