Environmental research and internships are crucially important to learning your specific niche in this broad subject. We encourage all students to take at least one internship during their time at UB.
Environmental research at UB is conducted on a wide array of topics and includes faculty modeling the movement of pollutants in aquifers in Western New York through to examining the ability of reef corals to respond to global climate change, and faculty research sites extend from western New York to the tropics to the Greenland icecap. These and many similar projects provide undergraduates in Environmental Geosciences opportunities to learn about and participate in research.
Internships within Environmental Studies (facilitated by Prof. Sandy Geffner) have been a very strong part of the Environmental Studies and Geoscience programs. In any given year, students obtain around 150 environmental internships for credit through Mr. Geffner. A sampling includes:
We have over 60 internship relationships, and growing, which span the areas of environmental policy, resources and education. More than a third of these sites have hired our students on either a part-time or full-time basis as a result of their experiences during the internships. Students have been employed, for example, by NYSDEC, the National Park Service, the Attorney General’s Office, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Severn Trent Laboratories, and Clean Air Coalition of Western New York and many others are examples of recent employment confirmations. These opportunities provide students with real-world problem-solving skills, hands-on experience, and often result in full-time employment for its graduates.
The program in Environmental Studies requires practical fieldwork through an internship experience. The course is usually taken in the senior year.
The Department of Environment and Sustainability encourages students in both majors to take part in a study abroad experience. Advisors in the program will work with students to review study abroad courses for possible use in the major.