Welcome to Physical & Natural Sciences career community. We all interact with the physical and natural world. As the need for innovation in this community intensifies, many industries will require the best and brightest minds to discover and create new solutions.

The Physical & Natural Sciences Career Community prepares students to be leaders in an increasingly sophisticated scientific society through research, innovation and public service. Physical sciences generally focus on the study of non-living systems and natural sciences on objects observable in nature; positions in this field often work in laboratories, conduct experiments, analyze findings, operate necessary equipment, and develop tests and theories in a private research laboratory, government agency, or as a teacher.

Meet with Jacklyn Fischer, the dedicated advisor for the physical and natural sciences community.

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Find career-specific resources related to the physical and natural sciences, such as environment, natural resources, and wildlife; engineering; scientific research and development, and more!

Career Development Resources 

Don't know how to start looking for an internship or job? Need help writing a resume or cover letter? Check out these useful guides.

Nicole Chodkowski, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, searches for snails while working on summer research Monday, July 19, 2021, at Sawyer Creek Nature Trail And Oak Savanah Forest in Oshkosh, Wis. Photo by Danny Damiani

Workshops and Programs

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    Internship Spotlight 

    Lawrence has existing partnerships with local and national arts organizations, such as: 

    Urban Ecology Center logo

    With a mission to connect people in cities to nature and each other, the Urban Ecology Center has a vision to inspire generations to build environmental curiosity, understanding, and respect. Lawrentians in recent years have been hired in both internships and full-time roles.

    Explore more internship opportunities with existing partners.

    Get funding for internships and experiential learning

    As a Lawrence student, you're eligible to apply for funding designed to enhance your access to opportunities for summer internships, service or volunteer work, and/or research projects. 

    Relevant Student Organizations 

    Joining a student organization can connect you with peers with similar interests and goals. Get involved, learn, experience, and give back. 

    • Society of Physics Students
    • Lawrence University Womxn in Physics

    Alumni Connections

    Alumni can offer invaluable insights into your fields of interest and provide career advice to help you reach your goals.  

    These Lawrence alumni are currently working in the physical or natural sciences:

    Connect with them on Viking Connect for an informational interview. (PS. Viking Connect is our new online alumni mentoring platform giving you quick access to connect directly with alumni!)

    Not sure where or how to start with an informational interview? We've got your back!

    Professional Associations

    Professional associations are a great source of field-specific information, career path ideas, and networking contacts. Examples of associations for professionals in the physical and natural sciences: