Who We Serve

The YSE Career Development Office (CDO) is open to YSE master's and doctoral students and alumni. Students' spouses and significant others may seek assistance in local job searches. Other Yale students interested in environmental careers must seek a referral from their “home” career office.

COVID-19 / CDO Operations

Please note that Yale University has implemented a social distancing policy and many staff are working remotely. CDO is fully operational during this time, so please contact us directly or at ysecdo@yale.edu.

COVID-19 / Virtual Advising Available

CDO has moved all advising to virtual sessions indefinitely.

Our team is available throughout the summer for individual advising appointments by Zoom, telephone, or by e-mail for quick questions and resume, cover letter, CV, and other materials review. 

Please e-mail us and indicate preferred times and formats for advising. Advisers will be in touch on an individual basis to facilitate specific requests.

Race, Justice, and Equity in the Workplace and Beyond: A Call to Action

From the Center for Positive Organizations:

"Join us for a hard, powerful, and action-oriented conversation with thought leaders on issues of race, justice, and equity. Learn about racial justice and equity issues in the workplace and beyond, how we got here, what strategies have worked and have not worked, and what you can do as individuals and leaders. Leave with concrete, actionable, “how to” strategies for moving forward issues of racial justice and equity productively and toward a more equitable future for all."

How to Start Making Real Change in your Organization | ExecOnline

From ExecOnline TV:

"Join Yale SOM leadership expert Heidi Brooks in a crucial conversation on how leaders should respond to structural inequality and racism. Heidi will discuss why many companies have a bias towards taking quick action that is ill-suited to a complex and ambiguous issue. And instead, what steps organizations should take to reflect on their own culture and power dynamics and create a long-term plan for impact."

Being Black in Academic and Corporate Culture

From the National Association of Colleges and Employers:

"In this important conversation on being black in academic and corporate culture, our expert panel focused on the current state of recruitment, retention, and the responsibility of staff. They spoke passionately about racial injustice and how it affects the personal and professional growth of black people. What are our responsibilities at the organizational level? What should diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts take into account? How can we eliminate barriers to success for black students and employees? Find out more in this don’t-miss session."

Race, Work, and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience

Race, Work & Leadership from Kindea Labs on Vimeo.

Antiracism, Allyship, and Authenticity: Building Internal Capacity for Institutional Change

From the Center for Positive Organizations:

In this follow-up virtual event to “Race, Equity, and Justice: A Call to Action,” we will address what skills and actions are necessary for workplaces to advance beyond statements to being antiracist organizations that dismantle systemic racism and rebuild equitable structures in their place.

Race, Work, and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience

From the publisher:

Race, Work, and Leadership
is a rare and important compilation of essays that examines how race matters in people’s experience of work and leadership. What does it mean to be black in corporate America today? How are racial dynamics in organizations changing? How do we build inclusive organizations?

For Individuals: Gain insights on ways to fuel the career paths and prospects of black professionals and other underrepresented groups.

Manage Your Career Development at YSE

  • Research job and internship postings
  • Schedule career advising appointments
  • Apply for on campus interviews
  • Register for career development programs
  • Upload and store resumes and cover letters

Develop Your Career Strategy

  • Meet with us in the fall semester to develop an individual career action plan
  • Meet with us in the spring semester for guidance on summer and post-graduation career decision-making
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Career Exploration

Where do you start when you have questions about your career development strategy? Our checklist and the job market research resources below offer a great way to start exploring. You can also meet individually with our team, and explore YSE-specific career fields through our Learning Communities and Employment Profiles and Salary Data.

Environmental Career Opportunities

Recommended job search sites organized by interest and practice areas, updated annually

Job Market Research

O-Net online tool for career exploration and job analysis
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook website
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Corporate Equality Index 2017
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Research Workplaces based on LGBT Equality Ratings
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Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Research potential employers by quickly identifying brands and manufacturers committed to sustainability and innovation
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Global resource on nonprofit organizations available to Yale community
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Job and Internships Board for Environmental and Social Impact Careers from NetImpact!
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Research directory of non-profit partners and business directory to find sustainability-minded employers
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Access their four networks to find employers committed to sustainable practices and policies:

Perfect Your Job Search Materials

Cover Letter
Resume Writing
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Connect to Alumni

Alumni Fire Networking Platform


Alumnifire provides current YSE students the opportunity to directly search, reach out to, and build relationships with alumni. It's interactive, has a quick registration process, is exclusively for the YSE community, and it's easy-to-use!
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Yale / Cross Campus

Cross Campus is Yale’s new, online networking, community-building, and mentoring program. Cross Campus facilitates relationships between Yalies — whether that’s alumni to student or alumni to young alumni.

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YSE Alumni Listservs
Join a regional listserv if you’re heading to the Pacific Northwest (Google Group), New York (Google Group), Philadelphia (Google Group), Washington, D.C. (Yahoo Group), or San Francisco (Google Group).  Note that all lists are organized and maintained by alumni volunteers.

Regional alumni groups can also be found in AlumniFire--be sure to access all of the features of this exclusive in-house system!
The official LinkedIn group for current students, graduates, faculty, and staff of the Yale School of the Environment (YSE). Environmental Studies majors from Yale College may also join.  Learn more about setting up and using your LinkedIn account in their help section.