FES in DC Trek

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Photo: Ladd Flock
Students and alumni at networking reception during F&ES in DC.  Event co-sponsored by CDO and the F&ES Alumni Services Office.  Hosted by Ryan Valdez of NCPA and Brian Goldberg, President of F&ES Alumni Board.

What is a job trek?

A job trek is a great way for students to learn firsthand about an organization, specific fields and a region. It is an opportunity to step inside a headquarters, visit workplaces, and network with alumni and employers. Trek visits may consist of presentations with Q&A session, tours, or panel presentations. 

Why host a regional job trek and career events in Washington, DC?

Washington, DC is home to approximately 600 F&ES alumni in a variety of economic sectors. In a two-day period, current students will have the opportunity to meet with a large number of alumni and employers through trek site visits, interviews for jobs (applications in advance, selected by employers, interviews arranged by employers directly, and will be on-site), informal arrangements on their own and during the Friday night networking mixer. The DC trek can be beneficial to students who are interested in learning about a particular sector, the general lay of the land for environmental work in the DC area (federal, international conservation and development, etc.), or about the work of a specific organization.

Who attends FESinDC?

FESinDC is open to all first-year and returning graduate students interested in networking, research on careers, and learning about specific upcoming jobs or internships. CDO staff members accompany students at all employer visits.
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Photo: David McCarthy
Students visiting WWF headquarters as part of 2-day event in Washington, DC.
Thanks again for organizing F&ES in DC – the group at the information session was engaged and engaging, and all of the candidates were very professional in their interviews.  We enjoyed the morning – and we agree that the onsite trek visit and interviews create an easier / more productive lift than a career fair format.  We look forward to hosting students again next year.
— William Pott, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
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Photo: Kathy Douglas
ELM mentor/alumni/student dinner. #fesindc With Jen Molnar, TNC, Stephanie Wnuck, Ryan Sarsfield, WRI and Stefan Kuzmanovski.
How will the job trek portion of FESinDC be organized?
Two days of visits to employers, scheduled on February 16 and 17th, 2017, will be organized by CDO with the help of students who commit to attending. ALL F&ES students will be invited to provide top choices of employers to visit in Washington, DC, and outreach and scheduling will be planned according to top choices selected by the student body.

CDO is looking for 3-4 volunteer student organizers for general planning suggestions and to conduct outreach to alumni and employers.

F&ES CDO will provide the following support:
  • Create and manage Google Doc for gathering commitments and top employer choices
  • Take the lead on outreach and scheduling
  • Work with student volunteers on outreach, including providing suggested contacts and sample outreach e-mails
  • Conduct outreach, post positions, and collect resumes for on-site employer interviews at selected organizations (per employer recruiting)
  • Manage individual visit sign ups
  • Compile and distribute final trek schedules
  • Prepare a resume book for distribution
  • Provide information on best practices
  • Lead and attend all employer visits
  • Co-sponsor alumni networking reception with F&ES Office of Alumni Services
Who pays for the trek?
Students are responsible for self financing personal travel, lodging and meals. Funding is not provided by F&ES or CDO.

Confirmed Employers (1/13/17)


Confirmed Employers:

  • Chemonics
  • CI
  • EcoAg Partners
  • EDF
  • FAO
  • IADB
  • IUCN
  • NatGeo Partners Digital Products
  • NOAA
  • NPCA
  • NPS
  • NRDC
  • Tetra Tech
  • TNC
  • US EPA
  • US Senate Environmental Advisors
  • USFS
  • Wilson Center Urban Sustainability Lab
  • World Bank
  • WRI
  • WWF
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