The Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change (ESCC) Internship Program is a multi-stakeholder program that places students in research and project teams, while simultaneously providing professional development and enrichment training. 

This page only lists the internship positions currently open for which we are accepting applications. Application deadlines are specified below for each employer. As students leave to graduate or study abroad, we usually have a few new openings each semester. 

For more information on each of the internship employers, visit this page. For any questions, email Michelle Patterson, Internship & Business Coordinator, at We are looking forward to reviewing your application!

Positions for Summer 2024

Office of Sustainability

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). Associates work collaboratively in groups on projects with oversight from the Office of Sustainability staff and will engage in a broad range of projects including communications and design, renewable energy, alternative transportation, waste diversion, sustainable food and dining, green buildings, green offices program, etc.

Summer Internship

Spend your summer in St. Louis doing a deep-dive in sustainable operations with one of the numerous Office of Sustainability collaborators. Student interns will gain exposure to real-life scenarios in which people are taking a sustainability challenge and figuring out how to operationalize a solution.

Host site selection is underway – the following partners are currently being considered: Dining Services, Student Technology Services, Environmental Health & Safety, the Radiology Department, and Sam Fox School of Art & Design. The goal of the placement is to advance one or more programs, initiatives, research, data collection, reporting, etc. connected to advancing sustainability activities at WashU while providing students with professional experiences.

In addition to working closely with a direct supervisor from within the host department, interns in this program will receive training and mentorship from Office of Sustainability staff and participate in the Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change (ESCC) Internship Program. The ESCC Program includes all students participating within the operational sustainability program, as well as other sustainability-related internships at WashU and within the St. Louis community. Participants are connected to one another through weekly professional development and social activities. The ESCC internship program offers an enriching cohort experience in which students report numerous benefits ranging from the development of soft and hard skills, as well as deepening a foundational network of peers and professional mentors.

The operational sustainability internship program spans June 3 – August 2 with the option to extend to Aug 9 (9-10 weeks). This full-time internship position will take place in person, on campus, with some flexibility for occasional remote work. The deadline to submit an application is March 31.

Successful summer interns will have the opportunity to be considered for placement in part-time internship positions at the Office of Sustainability for the following academic year.

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 software experience 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

Additional skills may be desirable and applicable for specific placements.

To apply, please complete an application and submit a cover letter, resume, and two academic or professional references with contact information.

Circularity Center Program Coordinator – Brown School Practicum Position

The Office of Sustainability is seeking a practicum student (or students) to lead efforts to build on the 12-year success of the Share Our Stuff program that collects and recirculates materials from student move out after the close of the academic year. The program coordinator will guide and develop the program, channeling new resources (a physical warehouse space and store) to achieve greater social and environmental impact for the WashU and St. Louis communities. The coordinator will develop standard operating procedures for program operations, evaluation and assessment tools, annual reports for leadership, and marketing materials. In addition, the coordinator will support program operations and logistics, in collaboration with staff from the Office of Sustainability, Campus Mail, the Office of Government and Community Relations, Residential Life, and other program stakeholders.

Successful applicant and supervisor will work out a mutually-agreeable schedule, which could be part-time or full-time in scope. While some work can be done remotely and on a flexible schedule, significant portions of the position may require in-person work during business hours. Work locations include the Circularity Center (warehouse and store on WashU’s North Campus, 700 Rosedale), the Office of Sustainability (Schnuck Pavilion on the Danforth Campus), and various networking meetings with campus and community partners (though these will likely be mostly remote). At least 1 1-hour meeting with supervisor and student will occur weekly through the duration of the engagement, at a mutually agreeable time during the work week.

In addition, the practicum students will be encouraged to participate in the Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change internship program, which provides interdisciplinary professional development and social experiences with undergraduate and graduate students working in internship positions through WashU.

Fully engaged students will gain a broad range of hands-on experience that mirror non-profit and start-up social enterprise contexts with the resources and support of a large institution.

Preferred skills, qualifications, and characteristics

Some combination of coursework and experience in the following areas are desired, though not all are required to apply:

  • Self-starter, independently motivated, entrepreneurial spirit
  • Working knowledge of sustainability and “circular economies”
  • Program evaluation and assessment design
  • Basic marketing and communication concepts
  • Highly organized and talented at setting up systems
  • Networking and stakeholder mapping
  • Familiarity with WashU networks and administration and/or environmental or social service organizations active in the St. Louis area
  • Retail experience
  • Data tracking and reporting

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Washington University in St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Dates: Spring semester 2024; Summer 2024; Fall 2024

Positions available: 1-2 positions per semester. Preference towards candidates that are able to stay in the position for multiple semesters.

Compensation: Students fulfilling practicum hours through work at the Office of Sustainability will be compensated up $1000 per credit hour, up to three credit hours per term.

Supervision: Reports to the Assistant Director of the Office of Sustainability

Eligibility: Students pursuing practicum hours for a MSW Concentration, MPH or MSP