Engaged Environmental Studies

Engaged Environmental Studies takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.

Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for environmental studies majors.

RISE at Oberlin
Research. Internships. Study Away. Experiential Learning.

Ways Environmental Studies Majors Rise


  • “Indigenous Resilience, Adaptation, and Community Solidarity in the Face of Climate Change”
  • “Rethinking Redevelopment: New Urbanism, Neoliberalism, and Sustainable Urban Design in Cleveland, Ohio”
  • “Changing Carbon Allocation to Nuts and Woody Tissue in an Experimental Hazelnut Orchard”
  • “Exploring Japanese Local Food Systems through the Lens of Organic Rice Farming”
  • “Constructing Alternate Futures: Speculative Fiction within the Environmental Justice Movement”
  • “Africatown, Alabama, Oral History Archive Project”


  • Foresight Design Initiative (Chicago): sustainable design projects
  • San Francisco Estuary Institute (San Francisco): fieldwork, research, and grant writing
  • Amman Center for Peace and Development (Jordan): building peace among Israeli, Palestinian, & Jordanian citizens
  • Toronto Green Community (Canada): advocacy for sustainable communities
  • National Science Foundation (Blacksburg, Va.): REU, greenhouse gas dynamics in drinking water reservoir
  • North Carolina Botanical Garden (N.C.): conservation and land management intern

Study Away

  • CIEE: Sustainability and the Environment (Costa Rica)
  • SIT: Sustainable Development and Social Change (India)
  • Frontiers Abroad: Geology of New Zealand
  • Danenberg Oberlin-in-London program
  • SIT: Amazonian Ecology and Natural Resource Management (Brazil)
  • Cornell University: Earth and Environmental Systems (Hawaii)
  • CIEE: Development and Globalization (Thailand)
  • Earlham College: Border Studies (Mexico and Ariz.)

Experiential Learning

  • Environmental Dashboard (Oberlin and beyond): ecological design, feedback technology, and software development
  • AJLC Living Machine: fecal coliform culturing, biological oxygen demand, ion chromatography, ammonium testing
  • Vel’s Purple Oasis (Cleveland): urban gardening and independent research in an urban African American community
  • George Jones Farm (Oberlin): farming assistants, greenhouse agriculture, aquaculture

First Destinations of Recent Environmental Studies Majors

  • Graduate Schools:
    • MS at Univ. Of Michigan School of Environment and Sustainability
    • MEM at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
    • Master of City Planning at MIT
    • MS in resource conservation at Univ. Of Montana
    • MS in nature, society, and environmental policy at Oxford
    • PhD in English at U.C. Davis
    • PhD in science/ technology studies at Cornell
    • MS at London School of Economics
    • PhD in Climate and Environment Group at Brown
  • Fellowships:
    • Watson Fellowship
    • Shansi Fellowship: China, Indonesia
    • Shansi Fellowship: Japan, Fulbright ETA: Colombia
    • Truman Fellowship
  • Positions:
    • Conservation diversity fellow, Open Space Initiative, N.Y.
    • Marketing associate, Pure Growth Organic, N.Y.
    • Geotechnical engineering technician, Md.
    • TEDx applications reviewer, Calif.
    • Urban planner, WXY Studio, N.Y.
    • Planning specialist, Detroit Building Authority
    • International coordinator, Roots & Shoots, Jane Goodall Institute