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Special Considerations for Graduate Students

The main NCA energy and sustainability industry page provides a helpful introduction to careers in these fields for all students, so make sure to read that, too. Here are some additional considerations for graduate students considering a career in energy and sustainability.

Articulate Relevant Skills and Experiences

Depending on how clearly your education and experience relate to the fields of energy and sustainability, you may have to provide additional explanation to help hiring committees understand how you are a good fit for the position. You can also demonstrate your commitment to sustainability and gain relevant experience by volunteering or taking an internship—keep your eyes out for internships open to graduate-level candidates.

Get Connected

Join LinkedIn groups and follow companies of interest to learn more about the field and to connect with insiders. Also, talk to alumni working in energy and sustainability. You can find alumni via and through the Northwestern University Alumni group on LinkedIn. 

Common Career Directions for PhDs
  • Engineer (Electrical, Civil)
  • Systems Research and Development
  • Consultant
  • Policy Research and Analysis
  • Campaign Organizer