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A versatile foundation

Our students leave Stanford for careers in the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors. They work as scientists, data experts, conservationists, policy makers, engineers, attorneys, academics, and physicians, among other professions. The data analytics and observational skills students acquire in our programs are in high demand across a variety of careers.

Where our programs can lead you

Our alumni talk about their career journeys in the stories below.

Academic researcher, water policy expert

Kate Brauman

Environment and Resources PhD ’10

Green venture capitalist

Dave Mount

MBA/MS Environment and Resources ’08

Washington lobbyist

Kai Anderson

Geological and Environmental Sciences BS, ’93 PhD ’98

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Professional development programs

We want our students and postdocs to be ready for the next step when they finish their academics. We prepare them with three kinds of co-curricular training: Skillshares, Workshops, and Pro-Seminars, as well as personal development courses. 

Check out our offerings


Modern mentorship moves fast. Learn how (and why) to join in.

Read how six alumnae think about mentorship

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When the career path takes a sharp left

Three E-IPER alumni share what led them to take a chance on a less conventional job change.

Read their career stories


Search the Stanford Alumni directory for informational interview contacts.

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