Department of Geography and the Environment

Careers and Internships

The Bachelor of Arts degrees in Geography, Sustainability Studies and Urban Studies provide marketable skills and the broad viewpoint on environment and society that enables graduates to move beyond entry-level positions. Although few jobs include the title “geographer”, a Bachelor’s degree provides skills that are desired in a variety of occupational settings including all levels of government, non-profits and the private sector.

Students are urged to familiarize themselves with campus career resources such as the Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling and Liberal Arts Career Services. We strongly recommend that all students sign up on the Beyond the Tower (BTT) Gateway through LACS. The Geography department also offers the opportunity to receive credit for its internship course (GRG 379L or URB 360) by applying your internship experience to your academic coursework in the major. Internships are a great avenue for gaining work experience to complement your education and skills gained through your coursework as well as help you make connections to aid in employment post-graduation.

If you have questions regarding GRG 379L: Practicum: Internship in Applied Geography, please contact undergraduate academic advisor Craig Gilden or Internship course instructor Dr. Molly Polk

There are numerous ways to get hands-on experience with Geography and Sustainability here on campus. Here are examples of offices on campus that have hosted student interns and volunteers before working on Sustainability related initiatives: The Office of SustainabilityDivision of Housing and Food Service, Longhorn Steam Team, Landscape Services, and UT Athletics

Below are some examples of previous internships done by Geography students, which include work in non-profits, government jobs and private industry. Students have been able to utilitze knowledge and skills gained from Geography classes in a wide variety of work environments. The list below is not all-inclusive, but highlights the variety of work in which Geograhy, Sustainabiltiy and Urban majors engage. 


LBJ Wildflower Center

Save Our Springs

Sustainable Food Center

Urban Roots

Travis County Audubon Society

Austin Parks Foundation

Austin Earth Day

Texas Wildlife Association

Well Aware

El Camino Real de los Tejas Historic Trail Association

The Sierra Club – Lone Star Chapter


Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA)

Workers Defense Project (WDP)

Foundation Communities

Texas Campaign for the Environment

Food for Black Thought

Save Barton Creek Association

Shoal Creek Conservancy

Pease Park Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy

Colorado River Alliance

Hill Country Alliance

Bat Conservation International

Environmental Defense Fund

Global Wildlife Conservation

Glimmer of Hope Foundation


Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas General Land Office (GLO)

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

City of Austin

City of Cedar Park

City of Pflugerville

Texas Archaeological Research Lab

Texas Department of Transportation

Austin Energy


Drilling Info

W&M Environmental Group

Apex Consulting

Dell Global Sustainability