Real World Learning

Pitt-Johnstown Environmental Studies

Real World learning at Pitt-Johnstown is a unique blend of academics and experiential learning, leading to rewarding career opportunities.

Environmental Studies

Our distinctive people, place, and programs create a learning environment that gives students an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences in and outside the classroom. Real World opportunities, including internships, service-learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, and other creative and professional work experiences, result in exceptional performance. 

The Real World Action Program is a University-wide initiative designed to guide students through a series of programs, activities and experiences that complement their academic studies. 


Environmental Studies graduates find work in federal, state and county environmental agencies, non-profit environmental organizations, law practices and engineering firms, and some pursue graduate or professional degrees.

Opportunities On and Beyond Campus

All Pitt-Johnstown environmental studies majors must complete an internship or comparable alternative field experience for academic credit (3 to 12 credits). Most internships are full-time and occur during the summer. Environmental studies majors have completed internships with a wide range of agencies and offices at the federal, state and local levels as well as non-profit organizations, and companies, including:

  • Appalachian Forest Consultants
  • ATC Associates
  • Bedford County Conservation District
  • Berglorbeer Farma
  • Berks County Conservation District
  • Blairsville Municipal Authority
  • Blue Knob State Park
  • Bruckner Nature Center
  • Cambria County Conservation District
  • Cambria County GIS Department
  • Camp Sequanota
  • Central City Brownfields Project
  • Chagrin Valley Engineering, Ltd.
  • City of Johnstown, IEOC
  • Clinton County Conservation District
  • Conveyer Services Corporation
  • Concurrent Technologies Corporation
  • CWM Environmental
  • DEP, Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation
  • DEP District Mining Operations
  • DEP Bureau of Watershed Management
  • DEP West Nile Virus Program
  • DCNR, various offices
  • DCNR, Bureau of Forestry
  • EADS Group
  • EarthTech
  • FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company
  • Forest Hills Municipal Authority
  • Frick Environmental Center
  • Gannett Fleming, Inc.
  • Hampton Township
  • Highland Sewer and Water Authority
  • Heritage Reservation Boy Scout Camp
  • Johnstown Water Authority
  • Keystone State Park
  • Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team
  • Little Conemaugh Watershed Association
  • Melius & Hockenberry Environmental Services, Inc.
  • Moonlight Mushrooms, Inc.
  • Mountain Research LLC
  • Natural Biodiversity Conservation Strategy
  • National Park Service
  • NRG Conemaugh Power Plant
  • Office of Surface Mining
  • OSM Internship Program
  • Paint Creek Watershed Association
  • Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Pennsylvania State Parks
  • Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium
  • Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania
  • Raccoon Creek State Park
  • Shade Creek Watershed Association
  • Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
  • Somerset County Conservation District
  • South Fayette Municipal Authority
  • TriState Citizens Mining Network
  • Turtle Creek Watershed Association
  • Tyler State Park
  • US Dept. of Agriculture, NRCS
  • U.S. Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
  • Washington County Conservation District
  • Wells Creek Watershed Association
  • Westmoreland County Conservation District