Resources and Information for Finding Sustainable Employment

Guide to Green Careers

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The green industry is expanding fast - faster than any industry other than technology. Some of the most promising employment opportunities from a future growth outlook can be found in occupations related to the environment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. One study has even estimated that the U.S. green industry has risen to over $1 trillion in yearly revenue for some $9.5 million workers.

If you're passionate about protecting the environment for future generations, you may be considering full-time work in this sector. Learn more about potential green careers, including how and where to find jobs that help the earth, from conservation to alternative energy.

Why Pursue a Green Career?

There are several different reasons to pursue a career in the green industry, some of which go beyond the obvious desire to help the environment. If you're curious about this field, here are some of the biggest reasons people are drawn to green jobs:

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You can make a difference and have greater job satisfaction

The chance to have a significant impact is a driving force for many green sector professionals, whether it involves mitigating the effects of global warming or developing more efficient water conservation systems. Sustainability and environmental issues have global relevance and the industry offers exciting and rewarding opportunities for people who want to help preserve the planet for future generations.

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The green industry is a rapidly growing sector

What began as a niche industry has turned into a powerful force in the economy. As of May 2018, the Clean Jobs Index reported more than 3.2 million green jobs - on par with U.S. rates for other popular occupations such as computer programmers.

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Green careers offer cutting-edge opportunities for exploration and growth

The green industry is still relatively new, which means roles and responsibilities are constantly changing based on the industry's evolving needs. As a result, there are many opportunities to experiment, gain new skills and take on more responsibilities compared to more established industries. On top of that, there are also multiple ways to enter the field—training for certain jobs, such as electricians, can be found on-the-job or via vocational schools, and more advanced roles, such as green architects, are available to those who have earned a graduate degree and proper licensure or certification.

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Green jobs offer higher earning potential

Since a lot of jobs within the green industry require an education in science or engineering, some salaries are higher than the overall national average. For example, the number of environmental engineers is set to grow by 5 percent between 2018 and 2028 and these engineers command a median annual salary of $87,620, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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There are jobs for workers with diverse skill sets and a wide range of personal interests

The green industry encompasses many different areas, which means people with diverse skills and interests - from nature to infrastructure to manufacturing to policymaking - are likely to find a promising career path. Because of this cross-functionality, green jobs typically allow - and often encourage - employees to draw from a full palette of skills and interests.

The Green Economy: Which Jobs Does It Include?

What jobs are part of the green economy? Broadly speaking, the green industry consists of twelve major sectors:

green industry consists of twelve major sectors

Following the Green Career Road

One of the benefits of the green industry is the variety of jobs available. This, however, can also make it difficult to choose a particular career. Understanding the range of options available can help you narrow down the choices to one or two paths. With that in mind, take a closer look at the top sectors within the green career industry.

TRANSPORTATION

As interest in fuel efficiency, alternative fuel sources, electric cars, and public transportation expands, so do green jobs within the transportation sector. The field is influenced by numerous factors that include environmental aspects, as well as corporate financial considerations, politics, and government regulations. In addition to developing new technologies involving renewable biofuels or hydrogen-powered fuel cells, green jobs in transportation also include addressing needs, such as infrastructure that will support new forms of environmentally sound transportation.

Education Options
  • Undergraduate
    Graduate Degree
  • Electronics Engineering
    Transportation Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
    Urban Systems
  • Urban Planning
    Biofuels Process Engineering
  • Transportation and Logistics
    Sustainable Transportation

Growth Potential

Personal vehicles and mass transportation are two fertile areas for growth in green jobs. More and more initiatives are emerging to promote sustainable technology in the world of transport, with an influx of relevant jobs following suit.

  • Green Jobs
    Median Salary 2018
  • Biofuels Production Manager
    $103,380
  • Automotive Engineer
    $87,370
  • Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspector
    $73,780

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION

The renewable energy field is probably the most recognizable green career sector. The industry involves a combination of political, economical, environmental, and technological factors to harness energy and power from natural sources such as the sun, wind, water, and the Earth's internal heat.

Education Options
  • Undergraduate
    Graduate Degree
  • Energy Engineering
    Environmental Planning
  • Sustainable Environmental Design
    Sustainable Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
    Wind Energy

Growth Potential

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, approximately 855,000 people in the U.S. were employed in renewable energy in 2018, a number that is almost certain to grow as renewable energy for the use of global power generation continues to become the norm.

  • Green Jobs
    Median Salary 2018
  • Wind Turbine Service Technician
    $54,370
  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installer (or Solar Panel Installer)
    $42,680
  • Electrical Engineer
    $96,640

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION

The field of environmental protection focuses on shielding the natural world from destructive and possibly irreparable damage, as well as to rejuvenating damaged areas. Workers in this field help offset the negative effects of industrial, technological, and population growth. Jobs include waste management and treatment, remediation, and various forms of environmental testing.

Education Options
  • Undergraduate
    Graduate Degree
  • Environmental Studies
    Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Protection and Safety Management
    Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
    Earth, Environmental & Ocean Studies
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
    Energy & Environmental Analysis

Growth Potential

Environmental Business International's most recent reports indicate that revenue from the U.S. environmental industry grew by 3.6 percent in 2016 and 4.8 percent in 2017, accounting for nearly 3% of the country's GDP and that the industry currently supports over 1.7 million jobs nationwide.

  • Green Jobs
    Median Salary 2018
  • Soil and Water Conservationist
    $61,310
  • Environmental Engineer
    $87,620

GREEN CONSTRUCTION

Green construction, sometimes also referred to as sustainable building, concerns the use of environmentally responsible materials and processes for developing buildings, from condos to apartments to large-scale offices. Whether using recycled materials, installing solar energy systems, or creating LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) spaces, the goal of green construction is to build a structure that is not only safe but also leaves behind a smaller ecological footprint throughout the building's entire lifecycle.

Education Options
  • Undergraduate
    Graduate Degree
  • Construction Management
    Sustainable Building Systems
  • Sustainable Architecture and Design
    Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering
  • Green Construction
    Community Development and Planning
  • Building and Construction Technology
    Energy Science, Technology and Policy

Growth Potential

The U.S. Green Building Council last found that employment in green construction was outpacing traditional construction with more than 2.3 million jobs in the industry in 2015. Current projections expect that number to be exceeding $3 million

  • Green Jobs
    Median Salary 2018
  • Solar Energy Systems Engineer
    $96,640
  • Green Architect
    $79,380
  • Green Construction Manager
    $93,370

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Energy efficiency deals with the management and restriction of energy consumption. Individuals in this niche focus on two things: discouraging dependency on fossil fuels and finding ways to use less energy overall. For example, workers may help create higher-efficiency equipment (equipment that either has more output for the same energy input or the same output for less energy input), from cars to refrigerators to light bulbs, or work to implement "smart grids" that automatically manage household and commercial energy for optimal use.

Education Options
  • Undergraduate
    Graduate Degree
  • Energy Management
    Energy Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Technology
    Wind Power Science
  • Alternative Energy Technology
    Geological Sciences
  • Resource Economics
    Resource Economics

Growth Potential

Data from the Climate Change Business Journal shows the energy efficiency and demand response markets—in which consumers are compensated for matching their energy use to non-peak times—are growing each year (approximately by 4 percent).

  • Green Jobs
    Median Salary 2018
  • Energy Auditor
    $67,280 (2014)
  • Mechanical Engineer
    $87,370
  • Wind Energy Project Manager
    Over $100,000

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Most In-Demand Skills

Although there are many jobs within the green industry that are similar to traditional business roles - such as those in marketing, leadership, accounting, and human resources - there are also a number of positions that require more specialized green skills. Chief of Operations at Liberator LLC, Sky Huddleston, shares his opinions on the most in-demand skills within the green industry today. The list of skills below should not only help job applicants stand out in the crowd but also excel once they've landed an offer.

  • Solid understanding of chemistry
    "Chemical engineers have always been the brains behind all energy - green and fossil - since energy began as an industry. Most of our energy comes from chemical energy, and a thorough understanding of chemistry is vital in all green energy fields. Although most roles require at least a master's degree, chemical engineering offers an extremely versatile set of knowledge. Having a solid understanding of pyrolysis, phase changes, reactions, and chemicals will take you far in green energy."

  • Skills in welding, fabrication, and machining
    "If you know how to weld, you can apply that skill to many green energy tech fields. Large wind turbines and solar farms are constructed in large part by welders, fabricators, and machinists."

  • Skills in construction
    "A large portion of green tech revolves around conservation of energy, and buildings consume a great deal of it. Concrete is an up-and-coming material in green tech building as there are now so many additives and technologies surrounding it. Concrete will be a building material of the future. This field loops somewhat back to chemical engineering, because even as a concrete worker, in the future we will see this being a more hi-tech field."

  • An understanding of biology, botany, and farming
    "New agricultural methods are being experimented with every day. Farmers, botanists, and biologists will be called upon to restore damaged landscapes and promote healthy environmental conditions."

  • An entrepreneurial spirit
    "The best way to delve into the green energy field is to be an entrepreneur, at least on the side. The waste products of many industries are the feedstock for another."

Green Employer Spotlight

  • Jacobs
    With over 50,000 employees worldwide, Jacobs has led the industry of sustainable consulting to the tune of $13 billion in annual revenue and a 2019 Climate Leadership Award. They offer solutions pertaining to water, transportation, construction, cybersecurity, and much more... And they are perennially commended for being at the forefront of workplace mental health initiatives.

  • Seventh Generation
    Since 1988, Seventh Generation has been creating environmentally safe household cleaners, paper, and personal care products using renewable plant-based materials. While the organization has expanded considerably over the years, the mission to promote health and sustainability remains the same. Today, the privately held company distributes its products all over the country.

  • Tesla Motors
    With its focus on manufacturing electric cars and battery products, Tesla Motors has earned a spot as one of the nation's top green employers. The newest automaker in the U.S., Tesla was founded in 2003 and went public in 2010. The company, which now has dealerships in several states across the nation, is also California's largest automotive employer.

Expert Tips & Strategies

Boosting Your Skills

While postsecondary degrees specific to green careers are becoming more widely available at colleges across the country, there are also other educational and training paths to help individuals enhance or specialize their skills to meet the demands of the green industry. Here, Gabrielle Lindau, Director of Sustainability Marketing and Communications at Emerald Brand, shares some tips and strategies for acquiring and boosting green skills:

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    Don't underestimate the applicable skills you can gain from traditional studies

    "Some of the most in-demand skills include mathematics, communications, graphic design, and business management." Skills and knowledge gained in these disciplines can easily translate to the world of green energy.

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    Focus on your passion, then figure out how to apply it

    "It was my diverse skill set in media development that helped me segue into working for a sustainable disposables company. It's important for individuals to develop the skills they love the most and then apply them to an industry they are passionate about."

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    Keep learning

    "Don't be afraid to go back to school to learn additional skills. There's nothing more refreshing than taking a continuing education course on new subject matter." A variety of certificates in topics related to sustainability, renewable energy, conservation, and efficiency are available both on traditional campuses and as online courses.

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    Don't focus on the money—yet

    Sacrificing financial reward at the outset can help individuals get the experience they need to make up for it later. For current students, recent graduates, or professionals transitioning from a different industry, one of the best ways to get a foot in the door and gain experience is via an internship or apprenticeship, or through volunteering. Nonprofits in particular are always looking for workers.

How to Land a Green Job

Because it's such a new - and still evolving field - finding and landing a green job can be a little challenging. Expert Gabrielle Lindau offers the following advice on landing a job in the green sector.

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    Narrow your choices

    "Decide whether you want to work in the private or public sector. Are you interested in academics, corporate America, or nonprofit organizations?"

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    Look beyond the traditional

    "Remember to think outside the box and to be open. For example, if you're interested in working in sustainability and love to explore new places, perhaps working for a green hotel or an eco-friendly airline is a good match. Find the not-so-obvious connectors that drive your passion."

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    Use industry terms to demonstrate your green knowledge

    "Take time to learn the lingo. As non-governmental organizations and corporations continue to foster and develop careers in sustainability, new terminology will continue to develop. Familiarize yourself with important terms such as bio-based, PLA, bio-preferred, water-based ink, carbon tax, and composting, to name a few."

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    Don't take no for an answer

    "Be persistent when applying to jobs and don't be afraid to take jobs in the mailroom, cafeteria, or janitorial departments. These offices are making very important decisions about where the everyday products we use are sourced. Sustainable opportunities and practices can be found in many divisions within one company."

Green Collar Jobs and Veterans

About ten percent of the American population is military veterans, but the unemployment rate among veterans is far higher than the national average, especially among younger vets. The green industry, however, is becoming a promising path for many veterans looking for post-service employment, especially those who want to work in the field rather than behind a desk. Veterans come armed with a set of skills that often translate well into jobs in the green sector. For instance, these professionals are trained to quickly adapt to new situations and cutting edge technologies - a skill that is especially useful in the evolving green industry. If you're a veteran interested in a green job, the following tips can help you get started:

  • Make your existing skills green
    Whether leading a group of soldiers, manning a submarine, or serving as the communications lead, the skills used in military situations often correlate to roles within the green sector. More specifically, the military's emphasis and training on safety is an example of an in-demand skill in renewable energy. Other military skills that employers in the green industry value are resourcefulness, innovation, and an ability to think outside the traditional parameters of a given role in order to find a solution or make a contribution.

  • Check out the Veterans Conservation Corps
    This organization leverages the leadership skills of veterans to address conservation issues on public lands. Whether working in wildfire prevention, habitat restoration, or recreation, participants spend 10 or more weeks learning these skills before receiving training credit and certification. A full list of states with active Conservation Corps can be found on the organization's website.

  • Take advantage of Veterans' preference
    The federal government gives preference to veterans over outside applicants, giving vets an edge when applying for the large number of green and sustainability-focused jobs in the government. Veterans can also leverage their status to avoid competing for positions in the private or nonprofit sectors.

  • Find out about the VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program
    The Department of Veterans Affairs offers vocational rehabilitation and employment services to veterans seeking job training, resume assistance, skills coaching, and employment accommodations. Veterans with an eye to starting their own green companies may also access services for developing and enhancing entrepreneurial skills.

Green Job Resources for Veterans

  • Archi's Acres
    Based in California, this hydro-organic farm is owned and operated by veterans and seeks to provide training to military service members and vets. Through an agricultural entrepreneurial incubator program administered at the Pomona campus of California State Polytechnic University, veterans are trained in agricultural and entrepreneurial skills.

  • Farmer Veteran Coalition
    With the mission of mobilizing veterans to feed America, this group collaborates with farming and military communities to help veterans launch agricultural careers.

  • Green Collar Vets
    This organization helps veterans find the education and employment resources they need to land their first green job.

  • Green Veterans
    GV helps soldiers transitioning from military to civilian life learn about green living by providing education, training, networking, and green entrepreneurship opportunities.

  • Solar Ready Vets
    As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to increase solar energy use, veterans are trained for careers related to solar energy.

Scholarships for Green and Sustainability Education

Scholarships

Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship
  • Sponsoring organization: Annie's Homegrown, Inc.
  • Application due date: Previously, March 15
  • Amount: Varies

The goal of this scholarship is to support the next generation of farmers committed to sustainable farming practices. It is open to students studying sustainable and organic agriculture as part of an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an accredited college in the U.S. to qualify.

Gals Go Fish Scholarship
  • Sponsoring organization: Gals Go Fish
  • Application due date: Previously, July 15
  • Amount: $500

Female students who major in an area related to the environment and conservation at a college in Missouri or Kansas may apply for this scholarship. Applicants must attend school full-time and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The recipient will be awarded $250 per semester for a total of $500.

Garden Club of America Scholarships
  • Sponsoring organization: Garden Club of America (GCA)
  • Application due date: Varies
  • Amount: Varies

Since 1928, GCA has awarded scholarships to more than 1,300 scholars. Students may apply for one of 27 merit-based scholarships in the following areas:

  • Botany
  • Coastal Wetlands Studies
  • Conservation & Ecological Restoration
  • Desert Studies
  • Garden History & Design
  • Horticulture & Related Fields
  • International Work & Study
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Native Bird Habitat
  • Pollinator Research
  • Summer Environmental Study
  • Urban Forestry
Good360 Sustainability Scholarship
  • Sponsoring organization: Good360
  • Application due date: Currently unavailable
  • Amount: $1,000

This scholarship, open to high school seniors and undergraduates, requires applicants to write an essay of 200-300 words that answers the question, "What does sustainability mean to you?" Students must have at least a 3.8 GPA as well as an interest in environmentalism or sustainability, although they need not major in the subject.

Minority Scholarship
  • Sponsoring organization: Brown and Caldwell
  • Application due date: Not yet open
  • Amount: Up to $5,000

This scholarship is for members of minority groups who have a goal to pursue careers in environmental engineering. In addition to being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, applicants should be enrolled full-time as a junior, senior or graduate student at an accredited college or university, with a declared major in environmental, civil or chemical engineering, or in an environmental science. Students must hold a minimum GPA of 3.0 to qualify.

Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship
  • Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
  • Application due date: July 1
  • Amount: $2,000 annually ($3,000 for graduate students)

Students majoring in forestry, wildlife or marine science at a public college or university in Louisiana may apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen and have lived in Louisiana for at least one year. The scholarship requires undergraduate applicants to have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and for graduate students to have a 3.0 GPA. Students must also fill out the FAFSA.

Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship
  • Sponsoring organization: Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc.
  • Application due date: Previously, April 8
  • Amount: $3,500

This annual merit scholarship is awarded to a single recipient who demonstrates excellence and outstanding dedication in an environmental field of study. TGF awards the scholarship for senior year study or graduate study in a major such as conservation biology, ecology, environmental law and policy, hydrology, natural resource management, or zoology. To qualify, applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 in environmental concentration courses.

Timothy L. Taschwer Scholarship
  • Sponsoring organization: Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Application due date: March 15
  • Amount: $500

College sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are members of Tau Kappa Epsilon may apply for this scholarship. Applicants must major in natural resources; earth sciences; environmental sciences; or any of the pure sciences, such as geology, biology, chemistry or physics. A minimum 2.75 GPA is required, and applicants are evaluated based in part on their active involvement in TKE.

Wisconsin Garden Club Scholarship
  • Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Garden Club Federation (WGCF)
  • Application due date: January 20
  • Amount: $1,000-$2,500

Scholarships are designed to promote education in areas such as horticulture, forestry, agronomy, environmental studies, land management, city planning, and others. Wisconsin residents enrolled at a college or graduate school in the state may apply for an award. Applicants must be majors in an environmental science degree program and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Internships

EarthCorps Corps Program
  • EarthCorps | Western Washington
  • Application deadline: Varies

Volunteer members work February through December on restoration projects in the Puget Sound region. Whether assisting with native plant installation or stream and habitat restoration, members spend about 80 percent of their time outdoors, performing physically demanding tasks. The remaining time is spent in classes and workshops focused on an environmental sciences curriculum. Participants receive a monthly stipend.

NOAA-NGI Diversity Internship Program
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Northern Gulf Institute (NGI) | Northern Gulf of Mexico
  • Application deadline: Unavailable

Interns in this 10-week summer program explore careers in fields such as climate change, fisheries management, and coastal science. Participants work alongside experts and leading scientists from regional, state and federal laboratories and agencies. Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program in science, engineering, or education to qualify. Interns receive a stipend to cover basic living expenses.

Mosaics in Science Internship Program
  • National Park Service (NPS) | Various Locations
  • Application deadline: Unavailable

NPS established this internship program in 2013 with the goal of exposing youth typically underrepresented in natural resource science career fields to hands-on experience. Interns take part in inventorying, monitoring, research, using geographic information systems (GIS) and other technologies, and other activities. The internship culminates with a career workshop in Washington, D.C. at which participants present their work. Applicants must be U.S. citizens 18-35 years old, and a member of a minority group.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) | Multiple Locations
  • Application deadline: Varies

Undergraduate students majoring in areas such as Biological Science and Ocean Science at U.S. colleges and universities can participate in NSF-funded research opportunities held at REU sites across the country. Groups of undergraduates work on research projects at host institutions along with faculty and other researchers. Students receive stipends as well as housing and travel assistance. Interested students can search a list of participating institutions by using keywords that match their research interests and desired locations.

Environmental Defense Fund Internship Program
  • Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) | Multiple Locations
  • Application deadline: Varies

Undergraduate students and recent graduates may apply for an EDF internship. Summer internships range from 10 to 12 weeks, and are offered on a flexible schedule during the academic year. Fellowships are available to undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students. Fellowship recipients spend one to two years working on environmental projects for academic credit or a salary. Each fellowship has a specific budget and requirements.

World Wildlife Fund Volunteer Internship Program
  • World Wildlife Fund | Global
  • Application deadline: Varies

This internship program is open to people ages 19-27 interested in working with one of the world's largest environmental organizations performing conservation work in developing countries. Volunteer experiences are available in Africa, Asia/Pacific, and Latin America. WWF International also offers internships in Gland, Switzerland. All interns must pay their own expenses, including vaccination and visa fees, round-trip airfare, and costs for food and personal items. Programs last three to six months, followed by a six-month post-experience. There are also opportunities working for WWF offices in the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency Student Internship Program
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Washington, D.C. and other U.S. cities
  • Application deadline: Varies

The EPA offers paid summer internships for high school and college students to perform administrative/clerical duties as well as technical assignments in life sciences, program or policy analysis, and engineering. Students can locate opportunities at the USAJobs portal, where summer internships are advertised in March, April and May. Unpaid internships are also available at individual EPA offices in Washington, D.C. and around the nation.

Department of Energy Student Internships

Department of Energy (DOE) | Varies Application deadline: Varies

The DOE offers several internship/fellowship programs, including the following science-related opportunities:

  • Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and Student Career Experience Program (SCEP): Both programs are open to students attending a part-time or full-time accredited program. SCEP assignments must be directly related to the student's area of study; STEP assignments do not.
  • Stipend-based internships: These internships are offered for 8-10 weeks in areas such as scientific research and administration.
  • Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship: Sponsored by the DOE's Office of Fossil Energy, this 10-week summer internship is open to women and minority students.
White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Internship Program
  • Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) | Washington, D.C.
  • Application deadline: Varies depending on season

The CEQ coordinates federal environmental efforts and assists in developing environmental policies and initiatives with other White House offices. Interns conduct research, manage inquiries, and attend meetings in an office environment. Applicants must be computer literate and have relevant classroom or practical experience. All CEQ internships are unpaid but may fulfill academic requirements. Internships typically follow a semester schedule (May-August, September-December, January-April).

U.S. Green Building Council Internship Program
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) | Washington, D.C.
  • Application deadline: Unavailable

Students with an interest in the green building movement can apply for an internship with USGBC, which maintains an updated list of opportunities. Applicants should email or fax a resume and letter of interest to the human resources department with the title of the position. Examples include internships in state and local advocacy, resource development, and data analysis and research.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Participant Program Internships
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) | Washington, D.C.
  • Application deadline: Varies

Interns at NREL gain experience while participating in the lab's research and development programs. Applicants must attend an accredited college or university full-time, and successfully complete their sophomore year of school by June of the current year. The program is open to undergraduates enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, and graduate students enrolled in at least nine credit hours with a GPA of 3.0. During the academic year, undergraduate and graduate students can work a maximum of 25 hours and 30 hours per week, respectively.

Resources

  • Eco Jobs
    This job board for green careers allows users to search for jobs, share their resumes, and pick up helpful tips on working in the green sector.

  • Explore Green Jobs
    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Career One Stop highlights more than 200 green careers in the top 12 sectors.

  • Going Green Jobs
    Operating under the umbrella of CareerBuilder, GGJ specializes in hosting jobs in the areas of environmental protection, sustainability, alternative energy, and organics.

  • Green Jobs
    This subsection of the Bureau of Labor Statistics website is devoted to green jobs, providing an overview of opportunities, salary information, a list of jobs, and answers to frequently asked questions.

  • Green Collar Blog
    The GCB offers one-stop shopping with job boards, information on job fairs and events, training and education initiatives, and information and reports on green industries.

  • Green Job Search
    This comprehensive search tool for jobs in the industry allows users to browse openings via location, keywords or categories.

  • Green Jobs: A Resource Guide for Individuals with Disabilities
    The U.S. Department of Labor, in concert with the NTAR (National Technical Assistance and Research) Leadership Center, created this guide to help individuals with disabilities learn more about jobs available in green industries.

  • iSeek Green
    This website, sponsored by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, provides a series of day-in-the-life interviews with professionals working in the field to help those interested find their niche.

  • Making Green Work: Best Practices in Green-Collar Job Training
    The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights offers this resource to individuals already working in the green sector who are looking to train new employees for these specialized roles.

  • Understanding the Green Economy
    California's Employment Development Department created this comprehensive page of reports and studies about the green industry.

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