Our vision is a Chesapeake Bay and watershed that is healthy and thriving; one in which natural systems and human communities are in balance. Interdisciplinary academic programs promote the integration of environmental issues, social values, and good old river mud.
The Center for Environment & Society seeks to create meaningful internship experiences for Washington College undergraduates. In the past, CES has offered internships for students interested in campus sustainability, climate action, coastal ecosystems, conservation, ecology, archaeology, and urban greening.
CES strives to collaborate with other organizations to provide a wide range of internships across a wide range of disciplines. In the past CES has collaborated with Echo Hill Outdoor School, Horn Point Laboratories, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Sassafras River Association, Sultana Projects, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, National Aquarium, and Council Fire.
The Chesapeake Semester engages a select group of students on an interdisciplinary exploration of North America’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay. This is a four-course program for 16 credits offered only in the fall semester. It combines intensive study, fieldwork, and outdoor adventure.
Still deciding whether or not to apply for an internship? Read testimonials from past CES Interns, and find out what their undergraduate internships enabled them to do with their careers.
Freshman Orientation Explore Trips
Just confirmed your acceptance to Washington College? The college has some great explore orientation opportunities for incoming freshman. Why not learn more about the Center for Environment & Society by participating in one of our awesome trips led by CES staff!
Environment & Society Fellows
Each year, the Center for Environment & Society offers select first-year students membership into the Environment & Society Fellows program. These students must demonstrate a commitment to their academics as well as an interest in the world’s diverse environments and the people that live in them. If selected, students receive a renewable yearly scholarship of $1,500, and priority application consideration for CES internships and our flagship Chesapeake Semester program.
In honor of 2018, the Year of the Bird, the Center for Environment & Society will award two incoming freshmen from the class of 2023 (starting in the Fall of 2019), a scholarship of $1,500 per year for the four years they attend Washington College.