The Center for the Environment is an interdisciplinary hub of environmental research that

  • accelerates research across environmental solutions, biodiversity, environmental justice, and planetary health with earth systems and climate change as a cross-cutting driver.
  • fosters a diverse community of faculty, staff, researchers and students with shared interests in environment and sustainability.
  • amplifies transformative partnerships throughout Washington University and beyond.
  • supports interdisciplinary and emerging educational initiatives and postdoctoral research.
Center for the Environment Intern – Closed

The WashU Center for the Environment, an interdisciplinary hub for environmental research, is hiring an intern to advance the work of the Center. 

The Intern will work with the program managers and other interns to support the development of environmental research at WashU’s. Center for the Environment Interns are collectively involved in much of the Center’s function, including support with the development and administration of programming, communication, and other projects.  This position has the potential to work in any of these areas as well as others including kick-off activities for the Center. 

The Intern will participate in the Environment, Sustainability, and Climate Change (ESCC) Internship professional development opportunities and will be exposed to a broad range of projects through the program as well as to other departments and research groups on campus.

The internship program will take place January 17th – June 4th. The part-time internship position (7-10hrs/week) will be a hybrid of in person and virtual work. The deadline to submit an application is January 5th.

Basic Skills/Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of and passion for environmental issues
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to interact professionally and confidently with University faculty and staff
  • Strong organizational skills, time management skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel
  • Interest in communications and outreach  

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

  • Understanding or experience with WUSTL environmental research initiatives and course offerings
  • Experience in program management and event planning
  • Experience in website maintenance, including WordPress
  • Experience in event planning
  • Knowledge of social media communication strategies
Undergraduate Summer Research – Open

The Center for the Environment is excited to pilot an undergraduate summer research program this upcoming summer 2024. This 10-week program offers an incredible opportunity for students to engage in hands-on environmental research alongside faculty and graduate student mentors. We aim to create an accessible environmental research program for all undergrads, regardless of prior experience.

Program Overview

Over the course of ten weeks, students will have the chance to work closely with a dedicated faculty mentor as part of their environmental research team. The Center is committed to nurturing students’ passion for environmental research in all fields of study.

As a part of the program, the Center will provide comprehensive support:

  • Professional Development: Benefit from weekly professional development opportunities, including lunch and learn sessions, career panels, and discussions centered around our four research themes.
  • Social Cohort Building: Connect with fellow researchers through social events and collaborative projects, building lasting friendships within the environmental science community.
  • Housing and Travel Support: The Center will support housing accommodations and travel support to ensure a smooth and enriching experience. All students who participate in campus housing will live in the same building so that the cohort can connect and get to know each other.

At the culmination of the program, undergraduate researchers will showcase their research findings at a symposium, providing a platform to share their discoveries. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to present their work at the WashU Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Annual Center for the Environment Symposium, expanding their exposure to the academic community.