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! 

Positions for Summer 2020

The Living Earth Collaborative

Various opportunities with various application deadlines. 

Summer Research Internships

The Living Earth Collaborative™ offers paid 10 week summer research internships at the Missouri Botanical Gardens and the St. Louis Zoo for Washington University undergraduates.

Find more information about applying and to learn more on the Living Earth Collaborative website

Office of Sustainability

Applications are currently closed.

Full-time Summer Associates

The Office of Sustainability is seeking candidates to join a team of 6 who will work collaboratively on a variety of projects that support the University’s sustainability commitments. Successful candidates will have interdisciplinary backgrounds and be able to demonstrate creative problem-solving, systems thinking, and success in self-directed work. Ideally, summer associates will be open to continuing work with the Office in a part-time capacity for at least the following academic year. Positions over the 10-week program require 37.5 hours/week, Monday through Friday, and pay starts at $10/hour. Student associates will work collaboratively in groups on projects with oversight from the Office of Sustainability staff, and will engage in a broad range of projects in areas including renewable energy, alternative transportation, waste diversion, sustainable food and dining, green buildings, green offices program, etc. 

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 experience with the Adobe Creative Suite 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

Tyson Research Center

Applications are currently closed.

Summer Research Internships

Spend your summer immersed within the Tyson research community. In this 11-week summer program, undergraduate students work elbow-to-elbow with faculty, post-doctoral scientist, staff scientist, and graduate student mentors on field-based research projects at Tyson Research Center offers paid 10 week summer research internships at the Missouri Botanical Gardens and the St. Louis Zoo for Washington University undergraduates.

Find more information about applying and to learn more about Tyson

WashU Climate Change Program

Applications are currently closed. 

Climate Summer Associate

The Washington University Climate Change Program, an interdisciplinary program working in collaboration with the Environmental Studies Program, the Office of Sustainability and the International Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (InCEES) is hiring a Summer Climate Associate to advance the work of the Program and our associated faculty initiatives. The Summer Associate will support the work of the Program Steering Committee through the coordination of the Climate Conversation Series, Climate Across the Curriculum initiative, and social media marketing.

The Associate will participate in Office of Sustainability and school-wide professional development opportunities throughout the summer, and will be exposed to a broad range of projects through the Office of Sustainability and other departments and research groups on campus. This is a full-time 37.5 hour, 8-10 week paid position with a flexible June start date. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; application review begins March 16th

Basic Skills/Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of and passion for climate 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 and attention to detail
  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel
  • Interest in research or outreach and education

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

  • Understanding or experience with WUSTL climate research initiatives
  • Experience in program management and event planning


 

Positions for Fall Semester 2020

Office of Sustainability

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Alternative Transportation Associate (2)

The Office of Sustainability supports alternative transportation programs and works to catalyze a campus culture that values commuting options that are sustainable, flexible, and rewarding. The Alternative Transportation Associate facilitates this process in partnership with Office of Sustainability staff and the Alternative Transportation Coordinator. Duties include helping with marketing the Driving Change Campaign and planning/marketing the bi-annual Active Transportation Month. The spring semester Active Transportation Month takes place in April, and it features activities such as the Active Transportation Challenge, bike tune-ups, personal transportation consultations for University members, and an award ceremony. The Associate will also promote alternative transportation initiatives and events through tabling, flyers, and social media. 

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to approach challenges creatively and problem solve
  • Experience with event planning and creating promotional materials (PowerPoints, graphics, flyers, etc.) are a plus
  • Experience with and passion for alternative/active/public transit and biking. Knowledge of and interest in the environmental and health benefits of alternative transportation
  • Ability to interact professionally and confidently with University staff members
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision
Food Associate (1)

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. Duties may include: plan and market the Green Monday program, which asks students, faculty, and staff to eat plant-based, low-carbon meals at least one day per week; deliver food choice/Green Monday presentations to WashU departments and student groups; organize events during Food Week in October; and promote participation in the Community Supported Agriculture program, which will be available at Danforth, School of Medicine, and West Campuses in 2018. The associates promote the Office’s efforts through tabling, flyers, social media, and e-newsletter stories.

Skills / Qualifications: 

 

  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including presentation and public speaking skills
  • Ability to approach challenges creatively and problem solve
  • Experience with event planning and creating promotional materials (PowerPoints, graphics, flyers, etc.)
  • Commitment to supporting local and sustainable food options
  • Knowledge of and interest in the environmental and public health impacts of food choices
  • Ability to interact professionally and confidently with university staff members
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision
Green Office Associate (2)

The Green Office Program synthesizes goals within the Strategic Plan for Sustainable Operations into a checklist and educates staff about how to incorporate more sustainable practices into their operations and practices. Through participation, staff transform into new advocates for the university’s sustainability ethic. The program is comprised of a point-based, self-assessment checklist with which offices can assess their current practices, set goals, and be recognized for their achievements. For more information about the program please visit https://sustainability.wustl.edu/community-involvement/green-offices.

The Green Office Associate plays a key role administering, promoting and expanding this important program. Tasks include marketing the program to new offices, meeting with offices to provide an overview of the program, processing completed checklists as they are submitted, sending re-submission reminders to offices, making periodic updates to the checklist, and writing monthly newsletters. This position acts as a liaison between the Office of Sustainability and participating offices and WashU staff. As a liaison, s/he will promote various initiatives and events coordinated by the OOS, like Alternative Transportation Month and Green Mondays. The associate will also play a role planning an annual certification ceremony for newly certified offices.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel
  • 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
  • Experience giving presentations and creating promotional materials (PowerPoints, graphics, flyers, etc.)
  • Strong communication skills and willingness to “cold call” potential participants.
Renewable Energy Associate (1)

The Office of Sustainability plays a lead role developing renewable energy projects for the University. The Renewable Energy Associate will work closely with staff to explore renewable energy project opportunities including on-site solar PV and solar thermal projects, as well as off-site wind projects. Projects will vary in scale from large-scale projects that generate a lot of energy to smaller-scale projects with a strong research component. Tasks will include: gathering information about and assessing the viability of potential sites, researching options for structuring projects, and interaction with professionals in the field. 

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to approach challenges creatively and problem solve
  • Knowledge of renewable energy technologies, policy, financials, and/or project development
  • Ability to interact professionally and confidently with University staff and external consultants
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision
  • Project management experience preferred
Waste Reduction/Diversion Associate (1)


 

Positions for Spring Semester 2020

Environmental Studies

 

Office of Sustainability

 

WashU Climate Change Program