Climate Science & Solutions Student Resources
International Advisory Board of Professionals
An international Advisory Board of professionals ensures the CSS program is meeting the current needs of the growing climate industry and provides direct assistance to students in growing their professional network, securing internships and advancing in their careers.
Career advising Accordion Open
One of the unique benefits of the CSS Program is our ability to work one-on-one with CSS students to identify and meet their career goals. Successful professionals understand how to use career and professional development skills such as:
- Writing an effective resume
- Developing an online career profile
- Networking and building a professional network
- Researching prospective employers and job opportunities
- Building on personal strengths to develop effective career goals
- Understanding your own communication style and its strengths and weaknesses
- Speaking to those factors that matter most to prospective employers
The CSS Program provides in-class development support in building professional competencies supplemented with one-on-one assistance to help students and graduates enhance their professional skills and discover a fulfilling career. Students in the CSS program have multiple opportunities to work with leaders in the private, non-profit and governmental sectors that incorporate climate science. These industry professionals advise the program and help students to identify a career path that fits their unique strengths.
CSS Alumni continue to benefit from the Professional Development Coordinator through assistance in reviewing their professional portfolios, application materials and networking opportunities.
Professional internships Accordion Closed
The CSS program is a non-thesis based Master’s of Science program. As part of the program requirements, all students are required to complete a minimum of 200 hours in a professional internship. The internship experience provides valuable professional experience and helps students to build their professional skills and network.
The Professional Development Coordinator will work with you to identify prospective internships and present your CSS skills competitively.
Previous internship experiences:
- 3 Degrees
- Abt Associates
- Architectural and Environmental Associates
- Delaware North – Grand Canyon
- Eco Coach, Inc.
- GE Unison Industries
- Scientific Certification Systems Global
- Xanterra Parks and Resorts
- American National Standards Institute
- Climate Friendly Parks Program of the National Park Service
- Illinois EPA
- National Weather Service
- Oakridge National Laboratory
- Arizona Corporation Commission
- Clean Air-Cool Planet
- Clean Coalition
- Climate Solutions
- Dine Care
- Grand Canyon Trust
- Grand Canyon Youth
- Sustainability Trust, New Zealand
- The Climate Registry
- Union of Concerned Scientists
Financing your education Accordion Closed
In addition to tuition, there is a program fee of $4500 spread over three semesters that goes to support the Advisory Board and Career Services for you during and after the completion of your degree.
Our CSS program is consistently one of the most cost-effective programs in the cutting edge field of climate science!
Students who are residents of 14 participating western states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands receive in state tuition through the Western Regional Graduate Program.
A limited number of tuition waivers are available within the School of Earth & Sustainability. These funding sources will be awarded on an-as-needed basis.
Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) Resident Tuition
The CSS program is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program. Applicants from any of the 15 participating western states are eligible for in-state tuition.
Independent scholarship and fellowship programs
The Wyss Scholars Program supports the graduate education of future conservation leaders in the American West. Northern Arizona University is fortunate to be one of four universities (including University of Michigan, University of Montana, and Yale University) to host Wyss Scholars. These future conservation leaders focus their graduate education on conservation science and policy with the aim of applying this knowledge to their careers in land management agencies and non-profit conservation groups working to protect landscapes in the Intermountain West. This program provides half of tuition costs, a $5k summer research stipend and additional funding upon graduation for students that seek careers in land management agencies and non profit conservation groups.
EPAZ Environmental Scholarship Program
Encouraging students who have invested their future in the environment, Environmental Professionals of Arizona (EPAZ) awards over $8,000 each year to graduate and undergraduate students in environmental programs in Arizona.
Professional Research Opportunities in Patagonia
The School of Earth & Sustainability has partnered with the Omora Sub-Antarctic Research Alliance (OSARA) on a project funded by the National Science Foundation to provide opportunities to conduct scientific research in Argentina, based in the world’s southernmost city – Ushuaia. Patagonian Research Experiences in Sustainability Science (PRESS): Understanding Social-Ecological Drivers & Consequences of Global Change provides an in-depth research and educational experience in Patagonia, where the student will have the benefit of learning from the combined expertise of 17 Argentine scientific and management mentors from the Austral Center for Scientific Research (CADIC), Argentine National Parks Administration (APN), and the National Universities of Tierra del Fuego (UNTDF) and Southern Patagonia (UNPA). Graduate students with strong Spanish language skills may be eligible on a competitive basis to participate in a 15-20 week research program that covers housing costs and a stipend of $5,250 for participating researchers.