Career Preparation

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We’ll help you find the path to your perfect career

Kirsten White’s decision to join the Peace Corps began with the knowledge that she wanted to go into the environmental field. Through a series of defining moments that included learning about conservation and ecological restoration in New Zealand, to the yearlong personal exploration offered through the Leadership Institute, she feels secure about the next stop on her career journey.

Wherever this path may take her, she goes knowing that it was her time in the College of Natural Resources and Environment that paved the way: “Everything I’ve done and everyone I’ve met have played a role in helping me get to this point.”

You can take advantage of the same opportunities. In CNRE, you’ll receive guidance from professors and advisors, find opportunities for building job skills, and start building career networks for success.

Start your career planning

It’s never too early to get started on preparing for your career, whether it’s thinking about a summer internship or starting to investigate full-time job opportunities for after graduation.

Get started by learning what’s available in CNRE and through Career and Professional Development.

Are you an employer? We want to partner with you!

John Freeborn

The college is committed to building strong relationships with our forest industry and natural resources partners. As a central point of contact, John Freeborn, director of employer relations, assists employers with recruiting students for internships and other career opportunities, arranges campus visits, and provides information about campus resources. John also coordinates the annual CNRE Career Fair.

Contact John at at 540-231-1138 or

Take a job on a test run with an internship

Internship - Tim Greene

Internships are great ways to see if a career is the right fit, learn real-world job skills, and connect with a potential future employer. In fact, a Michigan State University study found that employers tend to hire about 50 percent of interns as full-time employees.

Whether you intern at New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Observatory or stay closer to campus by working with the Virginia Water Monitoring Council, you’ll set yourself up for career success.    

Employers at the career fair

The annual CNRE Career Fair will take place on September 19, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum. More information will be available, including a link to the registration site, closer to the date of the event. In 2018, more than 35 employers and 375 students attended. Below is just a sampling of the businesses and organizations that were in attendance:

  • Arborscapes, LLC
  • Bartlett Tree Experts
  • Esri
  • Hancock Forest Management
  • Huber Engineered Woods
  • International Paper
  • NASA DEVELOP National Program
  • Packaging Corporation of America
  • SavATree, LLC
  • Three Rivers Forestry
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Virginia Department of Forestry
  • Virginia State Parks
  • WestRock
  • Weyerhaeuser