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 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

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