The Energy, Environment and Sustainability 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 mpatterson@wustl.edu. We are looking forward to reviewing your application!

We are no longer accepting application for Fall 2020 positions.

Positions for Fall Semester 2020

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. 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.

The positions listed below are the only openings for Fall 2020. We anticipate that all work will be completed remotely, although depending on the position there may be occasions that will require you to be on campus. Fall 2020 applications are due by Sunday, September 6th.

Carbon Neutrality Specialist (1)

The Carbon Neutrality Specialist will support a collaborative effort to set WashU’s next carbon reduction goal. This student associate position will report to the Office of Sustainability and support an advisory committee of faculty, staff, and students throughout the University charged with proposing pathways towards an ambitious, science-based 2030 carbon reduction goal and strategy. Work will include: researching best-practices from leading higher education, private sector, local government, and non-profit organizations; synthesizing findings into succinct executive-level briefs and presentations; and analyzing various implications (ex: feasibility, risk, cost, environmental impact) of multiple carbon reduction scenarios. In addition, logistical support of planning committees (meeting scheduling, note taking, meeting follow up, etc.) will be an important part of the role.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Strong foundational knowledge of and passion for climate change mitigation
  • In-depth knowledge knowledge and experience with carbon reduction strategies, including an understanding of common sources of organizational carbon emissions, carbon accounting methodologies, and basic understanding of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets.
  • Strong research and analysis skills. Ability to synthesize complex information into executive-level summaries
  • Systems thinker
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • 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
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision

Engagement Specialist (2)

Student Associates will work collaboratively in groups to facilitate campus engagement activities with oversight from the Office of Sustainability team. Programming will span a wide range of topics, both virtual and in-person. Associates will provide logistical and promotional support for events like: Online speakers and panels, the Midwest Climate Summit, bike tune-ups, online sustainability tour, etc. In-person and virtual outreach for students and employees may also be included within the semester’s scope of work.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of and passion for sustainability issues
  • Event planning experience
  • Ability to prioritize inclusive event hosting principles and think outside of the box, both for programming content and format
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel, design experience with the Adobe Creative Suite is a plus
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision
  • Works well in a group setting

GIS Associate (1)

Student Associate will maintain and update current GIS maps and will develop new ones. Examples of current maps include a map of campus sustainability features and infrastructure (in development), electric vehicle parking spots, and the sustainability tour story map. Significant work is required to recreate historical campus maps to tell the story of changes in the physical campus environment over the past 10 years.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Intermediate ArcGIS competency and confidence with using basic tools for drawing shapes, assigning attributes, and creating maps within ArcGIS
  • Successful completion of Introduction to GIS is required and Applications in GIS (or equivalent training) is preferred
  • Positive referral by GIS instructor is required; please provide reference name and contact information as part of the application process
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision
Strategic Planning and Research and Coordination (2)

Student Associates will engage in a broad range of research and analysis for developing the vision and goals for the university’s sustainability-related strategic planning. Specific areas of interest include energy & emissions, alternative transportation, waste, food & dining, and equity/anti-racism. Associates will work collaboratively in groups on projects with oversight from the Office of Sustainability team. In addition, logistical support of planning committees (meeting scheduling, note taking, meeting follow up, etc.) will be required as needed.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of and passion for sustainability issues
  • Ability to conduct research to evaluate and synthesize different strategies and ideas
  • Systems thinker
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • 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
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision
  • Works well in a group setting

Sustainable Buildings (2)

The Sustainable Buildings Associate will work with the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Planning & Management to further improve how sustainability is integrated into the design and construction of campus infrastructure. The Associate will explore projects involving construction waste diversion standards, plug and process load planning, thermal comfort, healthy building material standards, and various green building certification systems.  Duties will include: conducting research in various fields, organizing and documenting findings, and interacting with professionals in the field.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision.
  • Ability to conduct research to evaluate different strategies.
  • Ability to interact professionally and confidently with University staff members.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills and willingness to “cold call” industry professionals
  • Familiarity with building systems, energy efficiency systems and techniques, or a willingness to learn
  • Familiarity with LEED and/or other building certification systems
  • Students with background in architecture encouraged to apply

Tyson is the environmental field station for Washington University in St. Louis and a resource for faculty, staff, and students at WashU and beyond. Together with our laboratory and experimental facilities, our 2,000-acre landscape provide opportunities for multi-scale research and teaching. We encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and integrate educational programs into faculty research programs for authentic research apprenticeships.

Tyson Conservation Corp (TCC)

Assistant Student Coordinator (1)

The roles of the Student Coordinator and Assistant Student Coordinator are to act as student leaders for the Tyson Conservation Corps (TCC), a student group dedicated to conservation and ecological restoration at Tyson Research Center (tyson.wustl.edu). The Assistant Student Coordinator serves as a liaison between WashU undergraduate students and the staff ecologists at Tyson Research Center, organizing events and designing programming that meet the experiential and educational interests of student volunteers, along with the research and conservation needs of the staff ecologists and Tyson Research Center as a whole. The Assistant Student Coordinator assists the Student Coordinator in organizing and planning activities, and communicating with students. This is a paid position.  The Assistant Student Coordinator role requires 1-5 hours per week and can be integrated into the Office of Sustainability internship program. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Recruit student volunteers by tabling at the semesterly activities fair, class announcements, and social media posts
  • Brainstorm, organize, and facilitate work days throughout the semester
  • Establish and maintain contacts with conservation partners (e.g., Shaw Nature Reserve, The Nature Conservancy, US Fish & Wildlife Service)
  • Coordinate events that will follow COVID-19 guidelines
  • Check TCC email and facebook/social media pages regularly 
  • Communicate regularly with Tyson staff ecologists, Beth Biro and Solny Adalsteinsson 
  • Send out group-wide emails with event sign-ups, event logistics, and general updates
  • Publicize other environmental events and opportunities on campus and in the community through social media and direct emailing
  • Attend Student Environmental Council meetings and OOS professional development trainings (not required but encouraged for Assistant Student Coordinator)

Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Responsive and communicative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Strong ability to take initiative 
  • Excellent follow through
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Familiarity with Tyson Research Center (preferred)
  • Coursework or experience in biology/ecology/conservation/restoration (preferred)

Supervision and Requirements:

  • The positions report to Tyson staff ecologists, Solny Adalsteinsson and Beth Biro
  • Supervise student volunteers during workdays
  • Work on select weekends and after class hours during week as events are scheduled
  • When in person events resume, must get a Missouri class E drivers license or equivalent 
  • Commit to position until end of the school year, May 2021

How to apply:

Complete the application here by September 25th, 2020. Applicants will be notified during the week of October 5th. Contacts: Beth Biro: ebiro@wustl.edu and Solny Adalsteinsson: solny.adalsteinsson@wustl.edu