How to Engage with Our Students & Faculty

Our professional Career Center staff members are here to help your organization create cost-effective and time-efficient strategies to connect with our outstanding network of students, faculty, and alumni.

Whether you want to create a student internship, hire an experienced professional, or seek expert advice, we can help you find what you need.

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Engaging with students early can help you reduce your recruiting costs and increase employee retention. Here are some ways to interact with our students:

  • Career Treks: this innovative program brings students to your organization for a brief in-person visit.  To host a career trek, e-mail CPDC
  • Employer Engagement & Recruiting Events: meet students face-to-face through networking events and career fairs held throughout the year.
  • Become a speaker or project client: our students relish the opportunity to learn from real-world challenges and success stories. Share your insights and expertise with relevant student groups in the areas of business and sustainability, energy, and resource management and policy. Contact us to discuss ways to share your story .


If you have a large project that requires in-depth data collection, research, and quantitative or qualitative analysis, Nicholas School students and faculty can help. Student consultants produce practical responses to real-world science, policy, and management challenges under the guidance of expert faculty advisors.

Tap into our diverse experience by bringing your next project to us. In addition to getting valuable information and advice, engaging Nicholas School students can help you build a pipeline of candidates with proven work experience and knowledge of your organization.

You can become a pro bono client by participating in a client-based course or Master’s Project. Learn more at our Client-Based Courses & Master’s Projects page.


From current students to recent graduates to mid-career professionals, our network represents an incredibly diverse and well-qualified pool of candidates to meet your organization’s needs.

Career Center staff members can help raise your organization’s visibility on campus and in our alumni network. Contact us to discuss your needs in detail.

Here are some resources to help you get started:


Most Nicholas School students are pursuing a Master of Environmental Management (MEM), Master of Forestry (MF), or a concurrent (dual-degree) program. We also have affiliated undergraduate programs and doctoral programs.

Master’s Programs
Our master’s programs strive to produce a new breed of environmental leaders. We graduate approximately 170 master’s students each year.

Our renowned residential Master of Environmental Management (MEM) program teaches students how to analyze and manage natural environments for human benefit and ecosystem health. Students in this two-year program choose one of seven specialized concentrations and complete a Master’s Project demonstrating in-depth engagement with a selected environmental or organizational challenge.

Our Duke Environmental Leadership Master of Environmental Management (DEL-MEM) program offers working professionals the opportunity to continue their education while working full time through an innovative online learning format.

Our SAF-accredited Master of Forestry (MF) program equips graduates for careers as expert environmental problem-solvers in industry, conservation organizations, Timber Investment Management Organizations, and other organizations involved with the use and conservation of forests.

Our MEM and MF programs emphasize:

  • Quantitative methods (statistics, risk assessment, decision analysis)
  • Qualitative methods (survey and interview techniques)
  • Program management (life-cycle analysis, sustainability assessments, cost-benefit analysis)
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Communication skills (conflict resolution, stakeholder process, technical writing)
  • Policy, regulation, and framework evaluation
  • Computer, field, and laboratory skills (statistical applications, rapid inventory assessments, QA/QC procedures)

Learn about our graduates’ career tracks.

Concurrent Degree Programs
Nicholas School students can seek concurrent degrees with Duke’s Fuqua School of Business (MBA), the School of Law (JD), the Sanford School of Public Policy (MPP), and a variety of other programs. These students often have rich and diverse skill sets that prepare them to succeed in highly-specialized roles.
Learn more about our concurrent degree programs.

Undergraduate Programs
The Nicholas School’s undergraduate degrees are offered in cooperation with Trinity College (Duke University). Students can pursue our affiliated A.B. or B.S. degrees, minors, Marine Lab programs, or certificate programs.
Learn more about our undergraduate programs.

Doctoral Programs
Our rigorous doctoral (PhD) program prepares students for careers in university teaching and research. With a heavy emphasis on research, doctoral students concentrate on deep investigation of a well-defined topic area.
Learn more about our doctoral programs.