Internships and Jobs
All Environmental Health majors complete a 400 hour internship as part of their program requirements. The internship is intended to provide students with an opportunity to use the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in an actual work setting. Usually taking place during the summer, these paid and non-paid training positions provide students with invaluable connections to careers after graduation.
Environmental Health majors have recently interned with the following companies and agencies:
- Public Health Seattle King County
- Washington State Department of Health
- Tacoma Pierce County Health Department
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Many Environmental Health majors go directly into career level positions after graduation. We have alumni working in environmental health-related agencies of the federal government, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We also have alumni working at county and state level agencies, such as Public Health Seattle King County and the Tacoma Pierce County Public Health Department.
Other alumni go into the private sector, working for environmental consulting firms and biotech companies such as RGA Environmental, Fremont Analytical, and IEH Laboratories. Another career pathway for many alumni is occupational safety; they are working for companies including Amazon and Boeing.
Graduate School and Professional Programs
The Environmental Health curriculum provides good preparation for students who wish to go to onto professional programs such as medical school and pharmacy. The required supporting science courses and electives overlap with the admission pre-requisites for many medical schools, including the University of Washington. Other students stay go on to pursue graduate degrees in field such as toxicology, exposure sciences, epidemiology and global health.