UChicago Climate and Energy Careers is a multi-industry track at Career Advancement, serving students interested in careers focused on energy, climate change, and more!
Climate and energy are critical issues facing all industries and sectors, from for-profit businesses to advocacy organizations to governments at all levels. Students can engage with a variety of Career Advancement programs, Jeff Metcalf Internships, and career treks to maximize their growth and impact!
Career Advancement offers a number of programs to help develop your professional goals and aspirations in climate and energy.
- Green Data Program. The Green Data Program is an early engagement program for first and second-year students to accelerate their professional development at the nexus of data, public policy, and climate change.
- Energize. Learn about career pathways focused on climate, energy, and the environment through networking with alumni and employers. Energize is UChicago’s largest networking event for students and employers with a distinct focus on energy, climate, and sustainability. Stay tuned for more information on Energize 2023 in Winter Quarter!
- UChicago Conservation Corps and Global Water Innovation Cohort. Students who obtain qualifying Conservation Corps or Global Water Innovation Cohort internships participate in professional development programming together with their peers to explore the sustainability and conservation sectors.
- Wanxiang Ambassador Fellow Program. UChicago Career Advancement partners with the Wanxiang Corporation to offer a summer program to send UChicago students to China for a six-week, pre-professional educational experience focused on exposing students to Chinese culture and language. Stay tuned for more details!
- Clean Energy Track. The Clean Energy Track is an interactive program designed to foster exploration into clean energy career pathways. This program immerses students in the theory and practice of innovative advancements in physical sciences and engineering disciplines, with a focus on battery storage and electric vehicles.
- Sustainability Innovation Competition. Climate and Energy Careers host student competitions to promote professional development. In the past, competitions have focused on ESG reporting in the European Union, water innovation in Chicago, and efficient routes to decarbonize the United States.
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Schedule an Appointment
Students can make an appointment through Handshake to have a strategic conversation with a career adviser.
Our team of expert advisors includes professionals with experience in in many industries related to the environment, energy, and climate.
- Sam Constance, Senior Associate Director for Careers in Business. Sam works closely with students exploring careers in business, including traditional energy, infrastructure, utilities, consulting, and beyond.
- Will Lutterman, Director, STEM Employer Strategy. Will works with students newly exploring pathways in climate and energy. He has a background working in social impact consulting, software development strategy, and energy. Will serves as the leader for the Green Data Program.
- Tara Ford, Senior Program Director for Careers in Physical Sciences. Tara advises students interested in applying technology and science to tackling climate and energy, including renewable energy, quantum technology, battery storage, electric vehicles, and more. She serves as the leader for the Clean Energy Track.
- Dave Lerner, Program Director for Careers in Biological Sciences. Dave helps students explorer careers in energy and climate from the perspective of the biological sciences, including areas such as ecology, conservation, and more.
Career “treks” are experiences that give students the opportunity to travel to a new city and meet potential employers. These are incredible opportunities to explore your interests, build your network, and stand out in the recruiting process!
Upcoming treks in climate and energy include:
- Winter 2022 Renewable Energy and Decarbonization Trek (Houston, Texas). Interested in learning about how companies are moving the needle on renewable energy? Join us to learn more about decarbonization, renewable energy production, and the shifts occurring in the traditional energy sphere.
- Spring 2023 Capitol Hill Climate and Energy Policy Trek (Washington, D.C.). Join your peers to learn about opportunities in the policy and social impact sectors. Explore how you can launch a successful career in climate and energy policy in the nation's capital!
- Spring 2023 EPIC Trek (New Delhi, India). Offered in partnership with the Energy Policy Institute at UChicago (EPIC), this trek will immerse students in how researchers are working with government and industry to tackle pollution and other environmental challenges in India.
Students on previous climate and energy treks have engaged with nonprofits, government agencies, policy think tanks, material sciences business, food-focused startups, and technology companies from Boston, California, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
Treks take place during winter, spring, and summer breaks. Visit the upcoming treks page to stay up to date!
Climate and Energy Jobs and Internships
A diverse range of employers recruit students for jobs and internships in industries pursuing climate and energy careers. To search for these opportunities on Handshake:
- Log in to your UChicago Handshake account
- Click “Jobs”
- Select “All Filters”
- Scroll down to “Labeled by Your School”
- Type and then click “green careers”
Top employers who have hired candidates from UChicago include:
- Alliance for the Great Lakes
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Climate Impacts Research Center
- Credit Suisse
- Cruz Foam
- Delta Institute
- Earth Law Center
- Environment America
- Environmental Law & Policy Center
- Institute for Applied Ecology
- Marine Biological Laboratory
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
For more information about climate and energy career resources, contact Will Lutterman at email@example.com.