Studying the Environment at Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College prides itself on its wide variety of environmental and sustainability learning opportunities. Please explore our Environmental & Sustainability Programs and Majors for more information on what we offer here at Fort Lewis College.

Utilizing the Environmental Center for Coursework

Faculty who are interested in utilizing the EC to support their courses or research should read our quick guide to working with the EC. Connect with us on applied research opportunities, guest lectures, connections to community organizations, use of our campus growing spaces, or any other creative teaching ideas.

Students are encouraged to tap into the knowledge and expertise of our professional staff for support on class projects and research. Schedule a meeting with us to see how we can help!

Applied Research with the Environmental Center

The most effective change is that which is properly informed. Each year, the EC generates a list of applied research opportunities which would support environmental and sustainability efforts on campus and in the community. The potential projects cover a wide variety of topics and require a broad range of research approaches. Research undertakings are ideally sponsored by a faculty member who can incorporate the work into a course. On occasion, the EC will allow individual students or student teams to take on research for thesis work.

List of Current Research Opportunities

Students or faculty who are interested in working with the EC on applied research should contact EC staff.


Students who are interested in pursuing environmental careers should consider applying for an internship with the EC! Interns receive personal guidance and mentorship from EC professional staff throughout the course of their work.

Most internships are tailored to qualify for academic credit. EC professional staff work with interns and their advising Faculty to tailor the project work and deliverables n order to meet necessary academic requirements. Academic credit for internships available through independent study as well as through the environmental studies program the sociology block program.

Difference between Interns and EC Student Team Members: Interns work in some similar capacities as our EC Team Members, but there can be some differences. As compared to our general Team Member positions, Intern positions:

  • are typically focused on a single pre-defined project (though not always)
  • can be more self-driven
  • may require a higher level of time commitment, typically 10-15 hours per week
  • have the potential to qualify for academic credit

Visit our Working at the EC page for more information on Team Member opportunities and other positions.

Current Internship Opportunities

We do not have any openings for internships at this time. Be sure to check back at the end of fall semester for information on openings during spring and summer semesters in 2020.