Learn Through Experience

Our program puts a strong emphasis on experiential learning, including internships and guaranteed externships that lead to full-time jobs for our MA in Environmental Policy (MAEP) graduates. Because our faculty maintain active partnerships with more than a dozen dozen government offices and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), our students have been placed in externships where they work alongside professional policy makers in government, science, and conservation.

Examples of student externship projects:

Village of Pleasantville: Climate Smart Community

Andrew Welch (’18) and Nicole Virgona (’18) conducted a Greenhouse Gas Inventory and set priorities for a Climate Action Plan in the Village of Pleasantville. This work supported Pleasantville’s aim at becoming among the first New York State municipalities to seek certification as a Climate Smart Community (CSC).

Wolf Conservation Center

Nadya Hall (‘18) developed and implemented a series of workshops at the Wolf Conservation Center, exploring how scientists, lawmakers, and citizen activists shape the future of wildlife policy.


While at Riverkeeper, Alexandra DeRosa (’18) supported major campaigns including the closure of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant; the U.S. Coast Guard’s Hudson River barge anchorages proposal for crude oil transport; and the PCB Superfund cleanup of the Hudson River. Alex also wrote sample resolutions passed by municipalities; created tool kits for public use; compiled NYC Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) data and visited legislators to lobby environmental bills.

Billion Oyster Project

Pavan Naidu (’18) and Nadya Hall (‘18) worked with the New York Harbor School and Pace University on a National Science Foundation grant to develop and implement a marine policy curriculum in New York City schools focused on restoring oyster beds in the harbor with the Billion Oyster Project.

Pace University Environmental Systems CoLab

Andrew Welch (’18) worked as a policy intern with the Environmental Systems CoLab (Escolab), a training and research collaborative at Pace University, to support their efforts to develop real-time water quality monitoring through the use of sensor platforms; the creation of education and training programs in the design, deployment, operation and management of real-time technologies; and the application of those technologies to policy and science.

Humane Society of the United States

As a District Leader for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Alexxis Granger (‘20) acted as an activist for animal welfare and protection, including contacting representatives and legislators to advocate for animals and inform them of pertinent bill issues, while staying up to date on key legislation HSUS is fighting for or against.

Wildlife Road Mortality Working Group

Nadya Hall (’18) spent a summer assessing culverts, monitoring turtle populations, and performing wildlife mortality surveys supported by a grant to Assistant Professor Matthew Aiello-Lammens and Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs John Cronin from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program..

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

During her externship at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Region 2, Alexandra DeRosa (’18) developed an environmental justice policy report analyzing and comparing policies of state agencies across the country. Alex also had the opportunity to work with their EcoQuality project in Jamaica, Queens which helps prevent NYSDEC regulated facilities from negatively impacting residents in environmental justice neighborhoods.

Other recent internships/externships via the MA-EP Program include:

Pace Energy and Climate Center
Legislative Offices
County Executive Office
Teatown Lake Reservation
Hilltop Hanover Farm