Research and Internships

Research with Faculty

Talk with any of the Environmental Studies faculty members about opportunities to work with them on research projects and develop your own independent research projects.  To start, contact Professor Lisa Collins.



In addition to the summer opportunities offered by the ENST Program, internships are available with many organizations and government agencies. 

Here are some programs to look into:

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Internships

CDC Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health Program

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

REEF Marine Conservation Internship

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internships

United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office of North America Internship Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Student Summer Employment Opportunities

White House Council on Environmental Quality Internship Program

World Wildlife Fund Internship Programs


The Summer Undergraduate Research Fund is an opportunity for USC Dornsife students to pursue undergraduate research, in collaboration with Dornsife faculty, either on or off campus during the summer semester. Funds can be used to participate in a "Problems Without Passports" summer course.



The Student Opportunities for Academic Research program provides funding for undergraduates to be a research assistant in a faculty member’s project, or to pursue a scholarly research project of their own choosing (sponsored and supervised by a faculty member).

  • Dr. Karla Heidelberg
  • Director
  • Environmental Studies Program
  • Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Social Sciences Building (SOS) B15
  • 3502Trousdale Parkway
  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0036