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A law degree with an environmental emphasis is a great segue into the governmental sector. 


International: United Nations, foreign governments, American Samoa, World Bank. Many ENR alums have worked with foreign countries, assisting in the development of environmental law.

Federal: EPA, Department of Interior, Department of Justice, Department of Defense (and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), NOAA Fisheries (Department of Commerce), Department of Agriculture (Forest Service), State Department, Senate or House (working as staff for individual senators or congressmen, or working as staff for committees).

State: State attorney general offices, state environmental agencies, state water agencies, state lands agencies, Senate or House (working as staff for individual senators or congressmen, or working as staff for committees).

Local: Prosecuting attorney(civil), municipal and public utilities.

Spotlight Alumni in the Government Sector

Rachel Kastenberg (’06), Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State
Rachel has worked on international environmental policy at the U.S. Department of State since September, 2006. She began her career focusing on environment and trade issues in Latin America. She currently works as a special assistant in the Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change. In this capacity, Rachel helped to develop international climate change policy and strategy leading up to the Copenhagen negations that took place in December 2009.

Jeremy Arling (’04), Attorney, Environmental Protection Agency
Jeremy works in Washington, D.C. at the Environmental Protection Agency. He writes regulations that implement Title VI of the Clean Air Act, specifically the phaseout of stratospheric ozone depleting chemicals?such as CFCs, HCFCs, and methyl bromide.

Matthew McKeown (’94), Associate Solicitor for Land and Water, Office of the Solicitor, United States Department of the Interior

Molly Holt (’84), Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Molly works in Washington, D.C., focusing on the development of marine protected areas, coastal resource management issues and endangered species, MARPOL and domestic marine debris legislation, and Indian law.