Internships to Careers - Education to Practice
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, Tacoma Pierce County Public Health Department, and the Washington State Department of Health.
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.
Alumni consistently report that experience and skills they gained through the 400 hour required internship were essential to landing their first job. Usually taking place during the summer, these paid and non-paid training positions provide students with invaluable connections to careers after graduation.
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Read About the Paths from Internship to Career for Environmental Health Alumni (click on each alumni's name to read about their path)
- Vy Tran (2016) interned with Tesoro, and now works as an Environmental Health and Safety Consultant with Google X.
- Wafa Tafesh (2014) interned with the Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition/Technical Adivsory Group, and is now a Public Health Adviser for the Drinking Water Office of the Washington State Department of Health.
- Will Bond (2012) interned with Amazon as a student, and is now an Occupational Safety Specialist with Amazon.
- Kendra Broadwater (2011) talks about how her environmental health studies and research experience led to a meaningful career in workplace safety and health at the National Insitute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
- Brie Paske (2008) interned with the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, and is now a .
Graduate School and Professional Programs
The Environmental Health curriculum also 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.
- Vivian Yu (2011) interned at UW's Gynecological Tissue Bank, and she is now a 3rd year student at Georgetown University School of Medicine.