On Friday, February 26, environmental and sustainable development students from all eight Ivy League schools explored a variety of career opportunities when the Earth Institute, Columbia University, hosted the annual All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair. Dozens of organizations and hundreds of students braved the snow to connect with one another.
In attendance were over 55 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 the environment and sustainable development, and I’m glad the snow didn’t dampen the energy of the attendees.”
The 560 students who attended represented the eight Ivy League schools. They are enrolled in environmental and sustainable development programs and programs in civil, biological, environmental, mechanical, chemical and agricultural engineering; forest science and management; city, regional and environmental planning and design; and international development.
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 M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy and M.A. in Climate and Society; the J.D. programs at Pace Law School and Vermont Law School; the M.A. in Public Policy at Rutgers University; and B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. 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 M.P.A. 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.
The Earth Institute's mission is to mobilize the sciences, education and public policy to achieve a sustainable Earth. Through interdisciplinary research among more than 500 scientists in diverse fields, the Institute is adding to the knowledge necessary for addressing the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. With over two dozen associated degree curricula and a vibrant fellowship program, the Earth Institute is educating new leaders to become professionals and scholars in the growing field of sustainable development. We work alongside governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals to devise innovative strategies to protect the future of our planet.
For more information, visit earth.columbia.edu.