Climate ChangeThe idea of the Washington University Climate Change Program (WUCCP) was born of an InCEES initiative called “Topics of Conversation.” Established in 2011, it is designed as a series of discussion groups drawing together faculty and disparate disciplines, administrators and community colleagues to address shared areas of opportunity. Early conversation groups addressed climate change and building for the future of our cities. The two groups came together to help launch WUCCP. The specific goals of the program are to connect and effectively inform a global network of institutions, scholars, practitioners and citizens to address significant climate related challenges.

More information about WUCCP

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

Climate Associate – open

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 Climate Associate to advance the work of the Program. 

The Climate Associate will work with the director, coordinator and other climate associates to  sharpen WU’s climate focus in community outreach and communications, including planning the program’s Climate Conversation series.

The Associate will participate in the Energy, Environment and Sustainability (EES) Internship  professional development opportunities and will be exposed to a broad range of projects through the program as well as to other departments and research groups on campus.

This is a paid part-time semester long position with the potential to continue into the upcoming school year.  Associates are expected to work between seven and ten hours per week. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; the application deadline is Monday, December 2nd, 5pm. (one position available)

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, time management skills and attention to detail
  •  Proficiency with MS Word and Excel
  •  Interest in communications and outreach  

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

  • Understanding or experience with WUSTL climate research initiatives
  •  Experience in program management and event planning
  •  Experience in website maintenance, including WordPress
  • Experience in event planning
  • Knowledge of social media communication strategies

Regional Climate Action Internship Opportunities

Thanks to generous support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, we are able to offer positions working with partner institutions to support their work advancing  climate action in the St. Louis region. We are excited to have students join us and our partners in this important work.

Climate Vulnerability Assessment Intern Transportation (East-West Gateway) – Open

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

Energy Policy Intern (Renew Missouri) – Open

Renew Missouri is a 501(c)(3) non-profit policy organization that advocates for renewable energy and energy efficiency policy statewide. Our mission is to transform Missouri into a leading state in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Renew Missouri’s St. Louis office works to advance best practices policies in St. Louis City and County and across the region’s municipalities. Renew Missouri is also committed to ensuring that clean energy solutions are delivered to low-income residents, renters in multifamily buildings, and communities of color across Missouri.

The Policy Intern will work closely with the Regional Director in Renew Missouri’s St. Louis office to develop the St. Louis region’s investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Projects will involve policy research, tracking legislative matters at the St. Louis Board of Alderman and Missouri Legislature, organizing with other advocates, and communications with the general public. The intern will gain familiarity in utility law and regulatory policy, get experience in writing and presenting before the public, and be exposed to the solar, wind and energy efficiency industries.

The ideal applicant should have an interest in pursuing practical gains toward a cleaner electricity grid, should be open-minded about working with individuals and groups from various political persuasions, and should have a basic understanding of the legislative process and the state and local levels. Flexibility and the ability to work both individually and in groups are key qualities in any Renew Missouri intern. Relevant experience may include: energy policy and electric utility regulation, legislative experience, climate advocacy experience, racial equity training, advocacy in low-income or disadvantaged communities.

Primary Projects

  • Assist staff in communication with legislators about renewable energy and energy efficiency policies
  • Assist staff in researching policies from other states and municipalities
  • Help educate Renew Missouri’s supporters on renewable and energy efficiency policies

Basic Qualifications:

Intern should have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong oral and written communication skills, proficiency with computers (fluency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, and Google Sheets). This internship may involve occasional travel to Columbia, Jefferson City, or Kansas City.

Hours: 10-15 hours/week, between January and May, 2020. Internship may be extended into the summer or beyond, and could develop into a full-time paid position.

Green the Church Intern (New Northside Missionary Baptist Church – Open

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.

Grassroots Organizer Intern (Sierra Club) – Open

Do you want to protect the planet? Are you looking to make a difference? Do you want to help move Missouri towards clean energy and protect our wild places? The Sierra Club is the place for you!

The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the country with 3.5 million dues paying members nationwide and more than 10,000 members in Missouri.

Scope: Work closely with supervisor to engage Missouri residents to enjoy, explore, and protect the planet.  Learn building blocks of Midwest Academy Grassroots Organizing and strategic community advocacy. Learn to organize people to take action and make a difference in your community. Lobby elected officials, work with community partners, engage the media, plan events, and speak to Missourians about the importance of protecting the planet.

Internship Activities

  • Learn and execute the tenants of the Midwest Academy of Grassroots Organizing model
  • Organize, plan, lead, and participate in events to highlight pro-environmental messages
  • Educate and inform audiences on Sierra Club priorities
  • Help coordinate events and activities
  • Produce written material, track data effectively, communicate with volunteers and support volunteer recruitment efforts

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
  • Knowledge of environmental advocacy and/or St. Louis/ Missouri politics 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:  Gretchen Waddell Barwick, MSW, gretchen.waddellbarwick@sierraclub.org

Site location:  2818 Sutton Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63143

Renew Missouri is a 501(c)(3) non-profit policy organization that advocates for renewable energy and energy efficiency policy statewide. Our mission is to transform Missouri into a leading state in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Renew Missouri’s St. Louis office works to advance best practices policies in St. Louis City and County and across the region’s municipalities. Renew Missouri is also committed to ensuring that clean energy solutions are delivered to low-income residents, renters in multifamily buildings, and communities of color across Missouri.

The Policy Intern will work closely with the Regional Director in Renew Missouri’s St. Louis office to develop the St. Louis region’s investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Projects will involve policy research, tracking legislative matters at the St. Louis Board of Alderman and Missouri Legislature, organizing with other advocates, and communications with the general public. The intern will gain familiarity in utility law and regulatory policy, get experience in writing and presenting before the public, and be exposed to the solar, wind and energy efficiency industries.

The ideal applicant should have an interest in pursuing practical gains toward a cleaner electricity grid, should be open-minded about working with individuals and groups from various political persuasions, and should have a basic understanding of the legislative process and the state and local levels. Flexibility and the ability to work both individually and in groups are key qualities in any Renew Missouri intern. Relevant experience may include: energy policy and electric utility regulation, legislative experience, climate advocacy experience, racial equity training, advocacy in low-income or disadvantaged communities.

Primary Projects

  • Assist staff in communication with legislators about renewable energy and energy efficiency policies
  • Assist staff in researching policies from other states and municipalities
  • Help educate Renew Missouri’s supporters on renewable and energy efficiency policies

Basic Qualifications:

Intern should have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong oral and written communication skills, proficiency with computers (fluency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, and Google Sheets). This internship may involve occasional travel to Columbia, Jefferson City, or Kansas City.

Hours: 10-15 hours/week, between January and May, 2020. Internship may be extended into the summer or beyond, and could develop into a full-time paid position.

Benchmarking Intern (USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter) – Open

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.

Information on compensation and commitments for these positions are available on the Environmental Studies page.