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A Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, Sustainability Studies, or Urban Studies provides marketable skills and broad viewpoints on environment and society that enables graduates to move beyond entry-level positions. Graduates from the Department are prepared for 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 Liberal Arts Career Services and Texas Career Engagement. We strongly recommend that all students sign up for Handshake, the LACS career management system. UT's Office of Sustainability also has an exceptional career development online resource. The Department of Geography and the Environment also offers the opportunity to receive academic credit for internship courses (URB 360 or SUS 379L) that combine an internship and coursework.

Below are examples of organizations that have hosted internships completed by majors in Geography, Sustainability Studies, and Urban Studies. Students have been able to utilize academic knowledge and skills in a wide variety of work environments. The list below is not all-inclusive, but highlights the variety of work available to our majors.

There are numerous ways to get hands-on experience with Geography and Sustainability on campus. For example, check out these initiatives: The Office of SustainabilityDivision of Housing and Food Service, Landscape Services, and UT Athletics.  


Austin EcoNetwork

LBJ Wildflower Center

Keep Austin Beautiful

Save Our Springs

Sustainable Food Center

Urban Roots

Travis County Audubon Society

Austin Parks Foundation

Earth Day Austin

Colorado River Alliance

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

Public Citizen

Save Barton Creek Association

Shoal Creek Conservancy

Pease Park Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy

Glimmer of Hope

Hill Country Alliance

Bat Conservation International

Environmental Defense Fund

Clean Water Action

Global Wildlife Conservation

Rainforest Partnership

Generation Citizen

Foodways Texas


Green Gate Farms


Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas General Land Office (GLO)

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Austin Resource Recovery

Texas Railroad Commission

City of Austin Office of Sustainability

City of Austin Urban Forestry

City of Austin Planning and Zoning

City of Cedar Park

City of Pflugerville

Texas Archaeological Research Lab

Texas Department of Transportation 

Austin Energy

Lower Colorado River Authority

Texas Water Development Board

Texas Natural Resources Information System

US Green Building Council


Drilling Info

W&M Environmental Group

Banks Environmental Group

GeoSearch Environmental Consultants

Apex Consulting (Apple Inc)

Dell Global Sustainability

WhiteWater Midstream

Bloom Communications

CenterPoint Energy