Betsy and Jesse Fink Career Development Program
The program is intended to promote the career and professional development of students at ESF and are made possible by the generous donations of alumni and supporters of the college, who are committed to solving environmental challenges and supporting students who strive to do the same.
The Career Fellowships support internships and independent exploration for undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must provide evidence of their exceptional engagement in their field of study, as well as their intention to pursue a career in it. These Fellowships are made possible by the generous donations of alumni and supporters of the College, who are committed to solving environmental challenges and supporting students who strive to do the same.
Regional Internship Program
The ESF Regional Internship Program, funded through the Betsy and Jesse Fink Career Development Program, is a summer internship program organized by the Office of Career Services. This program connects ESF students with local employers annually for several paid opportunities.
Thomas Slocum Career Advancement Award
The Thomas Slocum Career Advancement Award has been created from the Betsy and Jesse Fink Career Development Program and will provide one graduating senior (May) with a $2,500 award to assist with job travel related to interviews, relocation expenses, building a professional clothing closet, and more.
Thomas Slocum served ESF from 1977 to 2008 as the Director of Career and Counseling Services. This award has been created to honor the support Tom showed to Jesse in making possible his attendance at a job interview that helped launch his professional career. This award will be given to students who embody this career readiness spirit and would benefit from the jumpstart this award would provide.
2023 Award Recipient - Sarah Crane, '23
Growing up I saw the impacts of water scarcity on my community. I lived with well water that was deemed undrinkable because of agricultural runoff, which caused high nitrate concentrations. Anthropogenic impacts on water have denied my family and others in my community the right to clean drinking water. Observing this throughout my life has made me want to learn how to protect our water resources while we still can. After graduating from ESF, I plan to attend graduate school for my PhD in chemistry. My hope is to be able to quantify the impact that humans are having on our water supply, which in turn can be used in the creation of regulations that would help to protect this scarce resource.
2022 Award Recipient - Emily Li, '22
Born and raised in NYC, I studied the ebbs and flows of neighborhoods across the city, from the growing Asian populations in Brooklyn and Queens to the dwindling lines of Chinatown in Manhattan. I didn't have the vocabulary until now to realize the gentrification of urban communities and the displacement of minority neighborhoods across cities in the US. The culmination of these growing concerns led me to my career path in community planning, focusing on environmental justice communities. My plan post-graduation is to move to an urban center and obtain a job in community planning with a non-profit or in local government.