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Applications Available for Sustainability Internships

Applications for open internship positions with the Office of Sustainability and affiliated partners are now posted. The deadline to apply is November 12. In-person application reviews are available through November 10.

Food Associate – 1 positions AVAILABLE

The Office of Sustainability seeks to foster a food system that advances environmental and public health while supporting a strong local economy. The Food Associates facilitate this process in partnership with Office of Sustainability staff, WashU Dining Services, and other campus stakeholders. The Associate will support a variety of food-related initiatives outlined in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan for Sustainable Operations and assist with tracking report metrics that will improve transparency and accountability in the university food system.

Environmental Justice Associate – 1 Position Available

The Environmental Justice Associate supports the development of a strong internal and external Environmental Justice network by informing, energizing, and connecting students, faculty, staff and community partners through forming relationships and offering resources. Associates support the soon-to-be-launched Environmental Justice Steering Committee (scheduled to convene in February 2018); coordinate events; represent the EJ Initiative through presentations, event attendances and outreach activities; and conduct research to build out the EJ database and resources on the EJ Initiative website. Associates must be highly collaborative and have excellent communications skills. Prior experience or coursework providing greater context for EJ issues is highly desirable. Experience facilitating group discussion and an established networks among student groups is also desirable.

More information and the application can be found hereAdditional positions for Spring 2018 will be posted on our website as they become available. 

About the Program

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 and/or affiliated faculty members. 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.

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.