Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies program at Washington University offers three major tracks, including environmental biology, environmental earth science, and environmental policy as well as an interdisciplinary minor in environmental studies. These majors each have a different disciplinary focus, but also expose students to interdisciplinary problem solving in environmental studies, taking advantage of faculty expertise in anthropology, biology, economics, earth and planetary sciences, political science, and engineering. In addition to these three majors, anthropology majors can choose a track within the major focused on global health and the environment.

The Environmental Studies program maintains close relationships with the Office of Sustainability, the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES), and other Washington University organizations, to provide opportunities for internships, seminars, events, and research.

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; summer positions are full-time (37.5 hours/week). Undergraduate positions start at $10/hour; graduate positions start at $12/hour. Associates work collaboratively in groups on projects with oversight from the Environmental Studies and Office of Sustainability staff.

Dutchtown South Community Corporation is advancing neighborhood vitality through community empowerment, housing stabilization, and real estate development. DSCC supports four vibrant neighborhoods in South St. Louis City: Dutchtown, Gravois Park, Marine Villa, Mt. Pleasant. With business districts like Cherokee Street, Chippewa-Broadway and Downtown Dutchtown, the southside is a great place to live, work, visit, shop and play.

Minnie Wood and Laclede Park are pocket parks nestled in the neighborhood of Dutchtown near 3 major neighborhood schools. Minnie Wood is located off a thoroughfare boasting practice fields and informal neighborhood vendors. Laclede Park is an arborist’s dream, with mature trees and a figure eight walking trail. Dutchtown South Community Corporation initiated an engagement process to seek the needs and wants of residents for their parks and developed a master plan. Now the plan needs to be stewarded by committed stakeholders. The Pocket Parks intern will build the stewardship committee who will further identify programming needs and funding opportunities. One open position.


  • Share the engagement process and planning that led to the implementation of the Pocket Park Master Plan.
  • Develop a visual toolkit for Pocket Park programming, fundraising, and beautification for individuals who want to pursue the stewardship of the Pocket Park Master Plan.
  • Organize a committee–(i.e. Friends of Pocket Parks) to steward the implementation of master plan.
  • Connect with potential and current users of the park to identify programming needs. Position is currently filled

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Community organizing,
  • strong interpersonal skills,
  • interest in green space and parks, and time management
  • Applicants must be WashU students

The Environmental Studies Program seeks interns to assist with fostering student engagement and interaction within the program. We are seeking to build cohesion among students in departmentally-based environmental majors as well as in our interdisciplinary minor. Our surveys have shown that students feel disconnected from other students in other majors and even within their own environmental major. Students have asked for both more fun events and meaningful interdisciplinary engagement.

Events and Engagement interns will work together to assess student feedback, create a multi-year student engagement plan for the program, and begin implementing that plan during Spring 2018. Projects may include academic or social events, student retreats, teambuilding, days of action, field trips, social media campaigns, or other ideas generated by interns. A successful internship will result in an engagement plan, implementing 2 or more events, and positive feedback from participants about those projects’ impact on engagement. As interns, you will have the critical role of developing and stewarding our Environmental Studies community culture. Interns will work 8-20 hours/wk and will be paid $10/hr. Positions are currently filled.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, creating promotional materials (flyers, graphics), and social media (Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Instagram).
  • Ability to interact professionally, confidently, and enthusiastically with University staff and students.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to move projects forward.
  • Self-motivated and willing to try new things.
  • Experience planning events and giving presentations.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with majors related to Environmental Studies

United People Market is a 1-year-old, Black-owned cooperative grocery store in Ferguson. It is currently a project of Beacon of Light Ministries. The Market seeks an intern or interns to assist in drafting a business plan to help the Market transition from a project of a 501c3 nonprofit into a true cooperative business.

The market aims to grow its membership to 500 members by 2021, and it would like to adopt a cooperative structure in which members have co-ownership of the business and vote on matters affecting it. Currently the market is a project of Beacon of Light Ministries, a 501(c)3. The market would also like to expand its offerings from locally sourced produce, meat, eggs, and sustainable packaged goods to also provide household staples that would turn it into a one-stop shop for neighbors. The intern(s) will be responsible for developing a business plan for United People Market and convening stakeholders to assess the feasibility of various business opportunities. Teams of students could be considered for this role.

United People Marker is located at Greater St. Mark Family Church, 9950 Owen Dr., Ferguson, MO. Interns will work 20 or more hours/wk during the summer or 9-15 hours/week during the Fall and will be paid $10/hr OR course credit.

Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be current WashU students. Summer interns must be continuing students returning to campus for at least one semester.
  • Completed basic business coursework, such as accounting, supply chain and/or operations management, marketing, and financial management.
  • Nuanced understanding of racism and oppression in the context of North St. Louis County, including Ferguson.
  • Demonstrated commitment to dismantling racism & oppression in the food system.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Completed coursework on entrepreneurship or social entrepreneurship
  • Community organizing experience
  • Experience living or working in North St. Louis County
  • Experience starting a business
  • Skills in writing business plans, conducting feasibility studies, leading meetings, and/or forming committees

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Carolyn Cosgrove Payne at ccosgrovepayne@wustl.edu and Audrey Hollis at wil.audrey.hollis@gmail.com by May 1, 2018 for summer or by July 1, 2018 for fall. Feel free to email with questions about the internship, or to further explore course credit options.

The Restorative Justice Movement Center is a community resource in the Ville neighborhood for formerly incarcerated individuals or those facing drug addiction to re-integrate into the community. The RJ Center hosts support group meetings, sober events, and community outreach events to reach this goal. They are currently in the process of installing their first community garden, and are seeking an intern to help move the project forward.

The community garden Intern will ensure that the Restorative Justice Movement Center’s new community garden project continues its progress through the Gateway Greening garden process, which could include helping to coordinate the garden installation. The intern will ensure that gardeners have the tools, water, soil, mulch, and supplies necessary to work in the garden, and that infrastructure in the garden is kept in top notch condition. They will coordinate between activities and programs happening in the garden to make sure plants are tended to.

The community garden intern will maintain a log of tasks that need to be completed, and pounds of food harvested. They can network with and learn from other nearby garden projects. They will keep a working list of priority garden projects and cool new ideas. They can also coordinate outside volunteer groups to do service in the garden, lead field trips and tours, and provide administrative support as needed, such as writing grants, updating website and social media, and helping with RJ center events and programs.

The Restorative Justice Movement Center is located at 2707 N. Taylor Ave, St. Louis MO. Interns will work 20 or more hours/wk (these hours are flexible) during the summer and will be paid $10/hr OR course credit


  • Candidates must be current WashU students
  • Prior experience working with community garden projects and/or restorative justice projects are preferred.
  • Experience taking care of a vegetable garden, or the willingness to learn on your feet!
  • Collaborative working style.
  • Patience & go-with-the-flow attitude- anything can happen in the garden.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Active commitment to anti-racism work.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Carolyn Cosgrove Payne at ccosgrovepayne@wustl.edu and to DeAndre Harris-Bey at restorativej1@gmail.com by May 1, 2018. Feel free to email with questions about the internship, or to further explore course credit options.


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