Environmental Studies Opportunities

Learn about opportunities for research experience, internships, and student jobs.

There are a variety of ways that you can gain research and job experience working in your academic field. These kinds of experiences can be important in helping you be admitted to graduate school, medical school, or other programs. Research experience can also help you obtain internships or begin your career after you graduate.


Many professors hire research and laboratory assistants to assist them with their research. There may also be employment opportunities at the Soka Instructional Garden and Aquaculture facilities. Look for on-campus student job opportunities on the internal Portal or speak directly with a professor.

Independent study courses, taught at the advanced (300 and 400) level, allow you to design own your learning experience with a faculty member. An independent study course might be an opportunity to engage in laboratory, field, or other research, or might be linked with an internship or other external learning experience.

During your fourth year at Soka, you will explore a topic of your choice during your Capstone Experience. In this year-long project you will gain in-depth knowledge about a topic chosen by you and your faculty mentor within your field of concentration, drawing upon all the skills and knowledge you have developed during your career at Soka. The Capstone Experience is required for all undergraduate fourth-year students.

Students have conducted Capstone research in laboratories outside of SUA, including the University of California, Irvine, and Soka University of Japan. Many students have presented their Capstone research at international and local conferences, where they have the opportunity to network with students and faculty in their chosen research area. Other students have had their work published in academic journals.