Wondering what you can do with your degree in freshwater sciences? Water is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global economy, and employers are looking for people with the skills and experience you’ll develop here. Whatever aspect of water interests you most, you will be ready to join this exciting field. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

As you build your freshwater knowledge, we’ll provide you with personalized career advising that will help plan your career path. We’ll also help you build lasting relationships with water professionals through collaboration with top scientists, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and industry partners.

Types of Employers

The table below shows a sampling of the employers that have hired School of Freshwater Sciences students as interns or employees.

  • City of Racine Public Health Department
  • Milwaukee Water Works
  • Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD)
  • NEW Water
  • Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Duke University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Marquette University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  • A.O. Smith
  • Badger Meter
  • LanzaTech
  • Pentair
  • Veolia Milwaukee
  • WelIntel
  • Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • Clean Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Riverkeeper
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Reflo
  • Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust (Sweet Water)
  • Urban Ecology Center
  • Booz Allen
  • CH2M
  • Graef USA
  • Ramboll
  • Ruekert & Mielke Inc.
  • Stantec
  • Tetra Tech
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UWM Career Center

UWM’s Career Planning and Resource Center offers career/major exploration, career planning, finding on-campus and off-campus jobs and internships, resumes, interviews and more. Stop in for quick questions or drop-in career advising, or schedule an appointment.

Freshwater Opportunities

UWM utilizes Handshake as it’s job search a career platform that helps students and recent graduates find jobs and internships. Additionally, Handshake allows employers to post jobs/internships that will connect them with UWM students and alumni.

Advisory Board

The School of Freshwater Sciences established a group of water leaders to advise and support our programs and students to meet the demands of the future workforce and advance the school as a global leader in freshwater sciences.