Benefits of F&ES Center and Programs

Benefits of F&ES Center and Programs

Authored by Sam Faries, MEM ’19

Many students at F&ES choose to supplement their coursework by taking on positions with one of the 15 Centers and Programs affiliated with F&ES or participating in their events. Centers and Programs are an integral part of the F&ES community and provide a wide range of functions supporting students, faculty, and staff. From sponsoring student internships and projects to creating symposia, conferences, newsletters, and outreach programs, Centers and Programs take on a vital role in educating students, providing opportunities, and preparing students for the workplace with hands-on experience in a variety of environmental topics.

One of the most accessible ways to benefit from the Centers and Programs is through the lecture series that many of the centers sponsor. These lecture series range from the “Pathways in CSR” hosted by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) to the “Yale Forest Forum” hosted by the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry. Many students find value in attending these lectures, no matter what their focus is at F&ES, and use the information to tie together concepts they are learning in their classes. The lecture series are often accompanied by a formal or informal networking portion with the presenter where students can dig deeper into a concept and learn from an expert in their field of interest.

Additionally, there is a wealth of opportunity to formally join one of the Centers and Programs as a part-time employee. The experienced gained through working for Centers and Programs is especially valuable for students in one of the professional programs, enabling them to bolster their resume with experience relevant to their future career objectives. Despite increasing their workload and further compacting their daily schedule, students often find their work to be one of the most valuable experiences they have at F&ES. These jobs also serve the purpose of lessening the financial burden of attending graduate school and there are work-study as well as non-work-study positions offered.

I can personally vouch for the merits of F&ES Centers and Programs through my work with the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP) and participation in events and lectures hosted by other Centers. Working with YCELP has rapidly exposed me to a variety of topics surrounding environmental law and policy that I would not have gained exposure to through classes alone. Most importantly, this experience is directly relatable to tasks I might be assigned in my future career. Attending events hosted by other Centers, like a workshop on wolf-rancher conflict in western Washington, has pushed me outside of my specific field of study and exposed me to a new set of problems and challenges in the environment. Centers and Programs add a new dimension to life at F&ES and are invaluable to the success of the student body.

A full list linking to the center and program homepages can be found at: