Internships

The Office of Sustainability is a dynamic team of staff and students charged with providing the vision, organizational strategy, and leadership for advancing operational and cultural sustainability efforts at the university. The Office of Sustainability staff manages a team of approximately 20 part-time, paid student associates during the school year and four full-time paid associates over the summer to support the university’s efforts to be a sustainability leader.

The internship program started in 2012 with two interns and quickly grew due to strong student interest. Since the program’s inception, 70 students have held internship positions averaging three semesters in length. The Office of Sustainability student associate program is one of the highest impact internship programs at Washington University in terms of the caliber of work students produce; professional development and leadership training provided to prepare students for high-impact lives and careers; and the number of students served.

Associates work collaboratively in groups on projects with oversight from the Office of Sustainability staff. Associate teams work across a number of domains, including alternative transportation, waste diversion, renewable energy, sustainable food, green offices, environmental justice and communications and marketing.

Associates’ leadership and hard work significantly expands the Office of Sustainability’s reach and impact at the university. The internship experience provides students with professional growth opportunities and exposure that enhances their effectiveness and strategically positions them for a range of careers in the sustainability field.


We are looking for enthusiastic and hard-working graduate or undergraduate students who want to be part of the movement to advance sustainability at Washington University. The multi-semester positions require a commitment of 5-10 hours/week during the school year; summer positions are full-time (37.5 hours/week). Undergraduate positions start at $10/hour; graduate positions start at $12/hour. Associates work collaboratively in groups on projects with oversight from the Office of Sustainability staff.

Now hiring: Communications/Marketing Associates (1-2). Deadline: May 15. 

 

The Communications & Marketing Associate will work with the Office of Sustainability to strengthen communications and marketing of the University’s sustainability initiatives, accomplishments, and upcoming events. The Associate will play a role in managing the ongoing communications needs of the Office of Sustainability. Duties will include coordinating with campus partners to develop content for the website; developing communications materials including flyers, posters, and pamphlets; assisting with the bi-monthly Office of Sustainability newsletter; maintaining and building the Office of Sustainability’s social media communications on Facebook and Twitter; and outreach to students at events. Now accepting applications for 1-2 openings in Fall 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply soon for consideration. Deadline: May 15, 2017.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Design experience with the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Basic knowledge of and passion for sustainability issues.
  • Interest in outreach and education.
  • Basic familiarity with social media.
  • Experience with marketing strategy is desirable.

 

The Office of Sustainability supports alternative transportation programs and works to catalyze a campus culture that values commuting options that are sustainable, flexible, and rewarding. The Alternative Transportation Associate facilitates this process in partnership with Office of Sustainability staff and the Alternative Transportation Coordinator. Duties include helping with marketing the Driving Change Campaign and planning/marketing the bi-annual Active Transportation Month. The spring semester Active Transportation Month takes place in April, and it features activities such as the Active Transportation Challenge, bike tune-ups, personal transportation consultations for University members, and an award ceremony. The Associate will also promote alternative transportation initiatives and events through tabling, flyers, and social media. Positions are currently filled.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to approach challenges creatively and problem solve.
  • Experience with event planning and creating promotional materials (PowerPoints, graphics, flyers, etc.) are a plus.
  • Experience with and passion for alternative/active/public transit and biking. Knowledge of and interest in the environmental and health benefits of alternative transportation.
  • Ability to interact professionally and confidently with University staff members.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision.


The Office of Sustainability plays a lead role developing renewable energy projects for the University. The Renewable Energy Associate will work closely with staff to explore renewable energy project opportunities including on-site solar PV and solar thermal projects, as well as off-site wind projects. Projects will vary in scale from large-scale projects that generate a lot of energy to smaller-scale projects with a strong research component. Tasks will include: gathering information about and assessing the viability of potential sites, researching options for structuring projects, and interaction with professionals in the field. Positions are currently filled.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to approach challenges creatively and problem solve.
  • Knowledge of renewable energy technologies, policy, financials, and/or project development.
  • Ability to interact professionally and confidently with University staff and external consultants.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision.
  • Project management experience preferred.

Washington University is working diligently to reduce the amount of waste we send to the landfill through recycling, composting, reuse, and donations. The Waste Reduction/Diversion Associate plays a critical role moving these efforts forward. We are seeking a data-driven individual who is good at and has experience with problem solving, communications, and data analysis.

Intern position duties will include: conducting waste audits in various campus locations to help determine opportunities for improvement and diagnose problems; organizing and recruiting volunteers for waste audits and the Recycling Genius outreach program; tracking campus-wide waste data; researching a variety of waste-related projects on campus, such as the environmental impact of different approaches and the feasibility of composting on-site; and working on various other waste-related projects as they arise. Positions are currently filled.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel.
  • Experience planning and running projects.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience recruiting and training volunteers is a plus.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision.
  • Ability to conduct research to evaluate different strategies.
  • Foundational knowledge of sustainability, the impact of different waste streams, and how waste sorting operates on campus.

We are looking for individuals who are able to make a multi-semester commitment to be a part of our team, beginning in June. The positions require 37.5 hours/week, Monday through Friday, and pay starts at $10/hour. Student Associates will work collaboratively in groups on projects with oversight from the Office of Sustainability team, and will engage in a broad range of projects including renewable energy, alternative transportation, waste diversion, sustainable food and dining, green buildings, green offices program, etc. Positions are currently filled.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of and passion for sustainability issues.
  • Systems thinker.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel, design experience with the Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.
  • Ability to interact professionally and confidently with University staff members.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision.
  • Works well in a group setting.
  • Ability to conduct research to evaluate different strategies.
  • Interest in outreach and education.

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