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Environmental Studies Program Post New Internship Positions

The Environmental Studies Program has announced five open internship positions for Spring 2018. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed starting November 20. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for the best chance of receiving consideration.

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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. Associates work collaboratively in groups on projects with oversight from the Environmental Studies staff and faculty.

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Environmental Studies seeks two interns to assist with GIS, research, and marketing for the Green City Coalition (GCC). Interns will work 10-20 hrs/week and earn $11/hr. We would prefer interns start work ASAP, or prior to spring semester if availability allows.

The GCC works to co-create and conserve ecologically rich urban green spaces that promote healthy, vibrant, and engaged communities through a deeper connection with nature. GCC focuses on low-income neighborhoods where access to nature is constrained by decades of disinvestment. The GCC is currently in the first stage of these projects in the Wells Goodfellow and Walnut Park East neighborhoods of St. Louis. This stage consists of documenting and tackling the negative effects of vacant property in these neighborhoods, and mobilizing to demolish or deconstruct strategically located vacant properties for future green space development. WashU is working with the GCC on a Land Trust Feasibility Study to develop strategies for creating and managing this green space that incorporate principles of community engagement and social justice. Positions are currently filled.


  • Assist faculty with data collection for the Land Trust Feasibility Study
  • Create one-page white papers on GCC projects
  • Assist with marketing and communications on the GCC website and social media
  • Create materials for community workshops/events
  • Fact-check parcel data for ownership/vacancy, vacancy duration, condemnation status
  • Develop GIS or database tools for distinguishing between privately-owned vacant lots and extended yards
  • Collect publicly available baseline data related to neighborhood health, economics and ecology

Skills / Qualifications

  • Coursework and/or experience with GIS, Microsoft Excel, and data visualization
  • Interest in the intersection of environmental studies and social/racial justice
  • Ability to interact professionally, confidently, and enthusiastically with University staff, students, partners, and community residents
  • Strong writing, organizational, and time management skills; self-directed
  • Prefer experience with Python
  • Prefer experience living/working/volunteering in low-income St. Louis neighborhoods
  • Federal Work Study-eligible candidates encouraged to apply

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The Environmental Studies Program seeks two interns to assist with fostering student engagement and interaction within the program.  We are seeking to build cohesion among students in departmentally-based environmental majors as well as in our interdisciplinary minor. Our surveys have shown that students feel disconnected from other students in other majors and even within their own environmental major. Students have asked for both more fun events and meaningful interdisciplinary engagement. Events and Engagement interns will work together to assess student feedback, create a multi-year student engagement plan for the program, and begin implementing that plan during Spring 2018. Projects may include academic or social events, student retreats, teambuilding, days of action, field trips, social media campaigns, or other ideas generated by interns. A successful internship will result in an engagement plan, implementing 2 or more events, and positive feedback from participants about those projects’ impact on engagement. As interns, you will have the critical role of developing and stewarding our Environmental Studies community culture. Interns will work 8-20 hours/wk and will be paid $11/hr. Positions are currently filled.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to candidates with majors related to Environmental Studies who are Federal Work Study eligible
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, creating promotional materials (flyers, graphics), and social media (Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Instagram)
  • Ability to interact professionally, confidently, and enthusiastically with University staff and students
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to move projects forward
  • Self-motivated and willing to try new things
  • Experience planning events and giving presentations

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Environmental Studies seeks an intern to assist with data and communications for the So Fresh So Clean So Creative project investigating and mitigating illegal dumping in the Dutchtown South neighborhood. This position is 9-15 hrs/week and pays $11/hr.  The intern will intake information received at DSCC events and input information into a data management system. The data must be processed and put into a format and a platform suitable for each of DSCC’s stakeholders (residents, City Officials, federal government etc). This role will take on special projects such as Environmental Social Enterprise.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Scott Krummenacher at and Carolyn Cosgrove Payne at by the end of the day on Friday December 22, 2017. One position is open for Spring 2018, now accepting applications.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Interest in the intersection of environmental studies and social and racial justice
  • Ability to interact professionally and confidently with community partners and residents
  • Strong writing, organizational, and time management skills; self-directed
  • Prefer experience living/working/volunteering in low-income St. Louis neighborhoods
  • Federal Work Study eligible candidates encouraged to apply

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