Department of Geography and the Environment

Careers/Internships

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, Sustainability Studies and Urban Studies provide marketable skills and a 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 for the Beyond the Tower (BTT) Gateway through LACS. The Geography Department also offers the opportunity to receive credit for its internship courses (URB 360 or GRG 379L) by combining internship experience to academic coursework in the major. Internships are a great avenue for gaining work experience to complement education and skills gained through  coursework as well as help make connections to aid in employment post-graduation.

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

There are numerous ways to get hands-on experience with Geography and Sustainability on campus. Here are examples of offices on campus that have hosted student interns and volunteers 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, Urban and Sustainability students, which include work in non-profits, government agencies 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, Sustainability, and Urban majors engage. 

NON-PROFITS

Austin EcoNetwork

LBJ Wildflower Center

Keep Austin Beautiful

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

EcoLogic

TreeFolks

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

Glimmer of Hope

Colorado River Alliance

Hill Country Alliance

Bat Conservation International

Environmental Defense Fund

Global Wildlife Conservation

Rainforest Partnership

Generation Citizen

Foodways Texas

PODER

Green Gate Farms

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas General Land Office (GLO)

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Austin Resource Recovery

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

BUSINESS

Drilling Info

W&M Environmental Group

Banks Environmental Group

Apex Consulting (Apple Inc)

Dell Global Sustainability

CenterPoint Energy