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 Spring Semester 2020

Environmental Studies

Application deadline:
Note: A la carte internships are also available with Environmental Studies. Click the button below to learn more. 

Climate Vulnerability Assessment Intern Transportation with East-West Gateway (1)

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the St. Louis region. Its service area includes the city of St. Louis, the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin, and the Illinois counties of Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair. EWG’s board of directors includes the chief elected officials of the eight county-level jurisdictions that it serves. As the MPO, EWG is responsible for transportation planning for all projects using federal funds in the region. This entails ongoing analyses of housing and employment trends, as well as environmental issues. EWG also functions as a council of governments, addressing other issues of regional concern at the direction of the board.”

Internship Description

The intern will assist in developing a climate vulnerability assessment for transportation assets in the St. Louis region. This work will inform the 2023 Long Range Transportation Plan produced by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the St. Louis region. The first phase of the project will entail downloading and processing downscaled climate projection data for multiple emissions scenarios and multiple climate models. In the second phase, the intern will use these projections as inputs for the Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool (VAST) developed by the Federal Highway Administration.

Essential skills include:

  • Ability to download and process large data sets using Excel.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Desirable skills include:

  • Familiarity with statistical software such as SPSS or R
  • Some familiarity with geographic information systems.
  • Graduate standing or junior/senior standing in a quantitative discipline preferred.

 Internship Details

Start Date: Spring or Summer 2020
Duration: 2 semester commitment is preferred
Hours per week: 10
Supervisor: John Posey, Director of Research
Location: East-West Gateway’s downtown office

Green the Church Intern with the New Northside Missionary Baptist Church (2)

Green The Church (GTC) is a national network seeking to leverage the power of the African American church to empower people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities. The 2019 Green the Church Conference took place here in St. Louis, hosted by New Northside Missionary Baptist Church (NNMBC). NNMBC is pursuing many projects as part of its environmental mission, and is seeking interns to support research, education, and advocacy activities. Not all of these activities will be completed at one time- based on intern ability & interest, interns can choose a focus area and NNMBC will prioritize project activities.

Research Intern
Bench-marking: Learn bench-marking, assist NNMBC in tracking, learning and participation.

  • NNMBC as a Model Site: We would like NNMBC properties to be a model to educate, inform, assist and train of churches of color how to build, retrofit, equip, and adapt to best energy efficiency practices. Interns could research, identify grants, programs, that will allow for installation and implementation of as many technologies or being a test site for new technologies, create contextually informed communication to teach Faith communities of color how to access. This could include bench marking activities for NNMBC buildings
  • Interns can study, assist, as we begin to navigate with the EPA to help Faith Communities of Color learn and access current government programs to promote higher utilization of energy efficiency practices

Education Intern
Create, plan, fund, and implement a series of contests for African American youth to inform and raise awareness of environmental justice and climate issues using social media, and other arts such as graffiti with a special focus on getting participation of developmentally challenged youth (including contest categories for blind students/ deaf students and their community). Such intentionality not only empowers the developmentally challenged but would cause future leadership development for climate change leaders from that community.

  • Create, plan, organize, find funding for Green outings (bus tours/field trips) for African American faith communities to teach, inform, and educate on EJ, Climate change, Food security, energy efficiency.
  • Develop Climate Aware curriculum, create, plan, fund implement after school program to use curriculum to include food component and prepare format to replicate in other urban settings.

Benchmarking Intern with the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter (1)

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter seeks a Benchmarking Intern to assist with our regional voluntary energy benchmarking efforts.

The primary responsibilities of the Benchmarking Intern are to:

  • Assist the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Staff and Advocacy Committee volunteers with outreach to local municipalities, non-profits, and congregations to encourage participation in the Chapter’s voluntary benchmarking campaign.
  • Assist municipalities and other building owners with the process of benchmarking their buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, which will include working with staff to collect building energy and water data, property use details needed for benchmarking, setting up properties in Portfolio Manager, and setting up a process so municipalities can be successful with continued benchmarking in the future. Training to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager will be provided.
  • Work with municipal staff and / or municipal green team to make municipal building data publicly available.
  • Work with municipal staff and / or municipal green team to recommend options for improving energy efficiency in municipal buildings – taking advantage of utility incentives and other resources – with the ultimate goal of reaching an ENERGY STAR score of 75 and applying for certification where applicable.
  • Work with municipal staff and / or municipal green team to encourage private building owners to participate in the Chapter’s voluntary benchmarking campaign. This could include, but is not limited to, working with municipal staff to conduct outreach to and provide benchmarking assistance to specific groups of building owners (congregations, schools, etc.).
  • Assist with promotion and recognition of voluntary benchmarking campaign and its participants, including the solicitation and compilation of relevant case studies and success stories.
  • Maintain consistent communication with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Staff and Advocacy Committee volunteers about activities, and attend Advocacy Committee meetings when possible (first Wednesday of the month, noon – 1:30 pm at the Chapter office).

The Benchmarking Internship will be of interest to students in technical, engineering, architectural, or scientific programs, as well as students in urban planning and environmental programs.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working for and knowledge of government, particularly local/city government
  • Experience with issues surrounding energy use, transportation, utilities, and/or solid waste;
  • Assertive personality, persistence, and strong people skills critical for working with a variety of city departments and personalities;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • General understanding of the causes, science, and impacts of climate change;
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and basic data manipulation skills;
  • Basic computer skills; and
  • Ability to work at least 10 hours per week

Location:  The intern will work at USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s offices to assist local municipalities and other building owners with benchmarking their building energy use. Local travel to municipal meetings may be required. Working remotely is also possible.

Background: USGBC-Missouri Gateway believes that Green Buildings Are Better – better for living, working, and learning. Nearly all buildings can benefit from implementing green building strategies and sustainability practices. More specifically, all buildings have to start somewhere in their green building journey. For many, that starting point is benchmarking – or tracking – energy and water use regularly.

In 2014, USGBC-Missouri Gateway worked with several regional partners to launch a regional energy benchmarking campaign, challenging buildings to regularly benchmark their energy use. Since then, nearly 90 entities have signed onto the voluntary campaign. We have also worked closely with the City of St. Louis on their benchmarking efforts, which include participation in the national City Energy Project and the American Cities Climate Challenge, and passing a Building Energy Awareness Ordinance. We continue to promote benchmarking through Better Buildings Through Benchmarking, our regional voluntary benchmarking campaign. We also support the implementation of the City’s benchmarking ordinance through stakeholder outreach and training. And we are active with OneSTL efforts, specifically the Energy & Emissions working group.

Food Systems Data Analysis Intern with A Red Circle (1)

North St. Louis County’s economy can be traced to racist laws and public policies. A Red Circle’s vision is to restore North County to a safe, vibrant, sustainable, and economically viable community that remains diverse, and in doing so, help heal racial strife. Located in The Promise Zone, A Red Circle’s programming is designed to address five focus areas: employment, education, holistic living, policy, and the arts. 

The intern will work on a project to survey the 73 Food Systems Work Group members of the Missouri Council of Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) and compile what food systems work they do, and where they do it.  Once the surveys are completed and the data is compiled, A Red Circle’s data team, along with a student intern, will create an interactive Eco-Map to be embedded onto MOCAN’s website for member use.  The Eco-Map will be used to identify organizations that align with its strategies and where there are gaps.  Furthermore, the Eco-Map will become a useful tool to reengage members of the Food Systems Work Group that have not been as active in recent years. The goal of the Eco-Map is to increase cohesion and collaboration between organizations, help MOCAN with recruitment efforts, identify potential future members and partners, and allow members to go into their profiles and update them as appropriate.  The plan is to pilot the project with the Food Systems Work Group first, then introduce the concept to the other workgroups, following a successful evaluation. 

Internship Activities

  • Design & disseminate survey in partnership with stakeholders
  • Analyze survey data & compile findings into the Eco-Map
  • Help coordinate other A Red Circle events and activities
  • Produce written material, track project progress effectively, communicate with other stakeholders

Experience and requirements:

  • Strong written and verbal skills, experience in public speaking
  • Passion for social and environmental justice
  • Experience in community organizing and community outreach preferred
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines to effectively reach goals
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and independent worker
  • Means of personal transportation preferred (not required), personal phone and laptop preferred (not required)

Internship Details:

Site Supervisor:  Erica Williams, MBA, erica.williams@aredcircle.org

Site location:  A Red Circle’s office, 6439 Plymouth Ave

Internship Duration: Spring semester or summer semester, possibility to continue for multiple semesters for a successful intern.

Office of Sustainability

Application deadline: January 31st

Communications/ Marketing Associate (1)

The Communications & Marketing Associate will work with the Office of Sustainability to strengthen communications and marketing of the University’s sustainability initiatives, accomplishments, and upcoming events. The Associate will play a role in managing the ongoing communications needs of the Office of Sustainability. Duties will include coordinating with campus partners to develop content for the website; developing communications materials including flyers, posters, and pamphlets; assisting with the bi-monthly Office of Sustainability newsletter; maintaining and building the Office of Sustainability’s social media communications on Facebook and Twitter; and outreach to students at events.  1 position available

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Design experience with the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Basic knowledge of and passion for sustainability issues
  • Interest in outreach and education
  • Basic familiarity with social media
  • Experience with marketing strategy is desirable

Sustainable Buildings Associate (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

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.

WashU Climate Change Program

 


 

Positions for Summer 2020

InCEES

Proposal deadline: March 8, 2020

Summer Research Internships

The 2019 InCEES Summer Research internship program will run for ten weeks from May 27, 2019 to August 2, 2019. The proposal submission and registration deadline is March 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM. During the ten-week program, students will work closely with their research mentor on their proposed projects. Students must identify a research mentor prior to completing application.

Benefits
The program will expose students and future investigators to research in a lab or field-based setting and further their interest in research on energy, environment and sustainability. Financial support includes a stipend ($4,000), food allowance ($500), and funding for the mentor to cover research supplies ($500).

Proposal Eligibility
All students at Washington University in St. Louis who are continuing as undergraduates at WUSTL in Fall 2019 are eligible to apply to the InCEES Summer Research Internship program. Award recipients must be registered for fall classes prior to beginning the summer project. Projects must be completed at WUSTL, and/or be under the supervision of a WUSTL faculty/staff member.

Students must be present for the duration of the internship period and work at least 40 hours per week on the proposed project. While students may apply for funding for different projects, students may not accept funding for 2 different projects (that is, students cannot receive funding for a separate internship during the project period). However, faculty members are encouraged to supplement InCEES funding with additional funding for supplies.

Students must submit a research paper at the end of the program and may be asked to present on their findings at an InCEES event during the 2019-20 academic year.

FULL PROPOSAL DUE DATE:  Friday, March 8, 2019
Proposals should be emailed to InCEES no later than 5 PM on Friday, March 8, 2019.

All proposals must be sent as a single PDF to: InCEES@wustl.edu.

Fore more information about INCEES summer research opportunities click here.

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

Tyson Research Center

Application deadline: February 1

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

Application accepted on a rolling basis. 

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 and provide background research and support to the Program’s efforts to sharpen WU’s climate focus in curriculum, research, community outreach, and operations.

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 February 15th. The Associate may have the opportunity to continue the role part-time in the fall semester. (applications are closed)

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
  • Experience in website development and construction

Office of Sustainability

Application deadline: March 30

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