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.

Funded by the Washington University Environmental Studies Community Internship Program. 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 RJM 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 space for community healing and therapeutic horticulture, and seek an intern to help move the project forward.

The Community Garden Intern will ensure that the RJM Center’s community garden project continues through the Gateway Greening garden process, which could include helping to coordinate the garden installation. Once the garden is installed, the intern will support gardeners in running a healthy, safe, and productive garden. This will likely include acquiring resources and putting systems in place. In addition to community garden work, there is ample opportunity for interns to gain experience related to nonprofit administration and to get to know community members.

If interested, interns may provide the RJM Center support with writing grants, drafting promotional materials, updating website and social media, and helping with RJM Center programs. Past interns have assisted the RJM Center with initiatives like hosting health clinics, hosting Narcan training, and becoming a food pantry outreach site with the St. Louis Food Bank.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be enrolled students at WashU for the duration of the internship. Undergraduate and graduate students welcome to apply. Commitment to environmental justice, anti-racism work, and to supporting communities of color
  • Experience with vegetable gardening (basic skills like identifying vegetable plants, understanding when to plant, weed, water, and harvest, and troubleshooting problems in the garden), or willingness to learn
  • Experience working with people who are unhoused, recovering from addiction, formerly incarcerated, or otherwise marginalized
  • Strong verbal and written communication, and confidence in making initial contacts with new people
  • Strong sense of initiative and independent problem-solving Patience and a go-with-the-flow attitude- anything can happen in the garden!

Hours: Interns work about 10 hours/week during the semester. This internship for Spring 2019 starts in January and ends in late April or early May. Intern may continue for more than 1 semester if both intern and site supervisor wish.

Location: This internship will take place at the Restorative Justice Movement Center, located at 2707 N Taylor Ave in The Ville neighborhood of St. Louis. Compensation: $10/hr*

Please send a resume and cover letter to Amber Harris at amberisouth@yahoo.com and Carolyn Cosgrove Payne at ccosgrovepayne@wustl.edu with “Community Garden Intern” in the heading by 11:59pm on Friday, December 14th.

*if you have interned with Environmental Studies, the Office of Sustainability, and/or INCEES for 2 or more consecutive semesters, you may be eligible for a higher starting rate. Graduate students start at $12/hr. This position is FWS-eligible.

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 tenets 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
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines to effectively reach goals
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and independent worker Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience in community organizing and community outreach preferred
  • Knowledge of environmental advocacy and/or St. Louis/ Missouri politics preferred
  • Means of personal transportation preferred, personal phone and laptop preferred

Hours: Minimum 15 hrs/week with flexibility available and some evening and weekend hours. This internship for Spring 2019 starts in January and ends in late April or early May. Intern may continue for more than 1 semester if both intern and site supervisor wish.

Location: This internship will take place at the Sierra Club Office at 2818 Sutton Blvd in Maplewood.

Compensation: $10/hr*

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Grechen Waddell Barwick at gretchen.waddellbarwick@sierraclub.org and Carolyn Cosgrove Payne at ccosgrovepayne@wustl.edu with “Sierra Club Intern” in the heading by 11:59pm on Friday, December 14th.

*if you have interned with Environmental Studies, the Office of Sustainability, and/or INCEES for 2 or more consecutive semesters, you may be eligible for a higher starting rate. Graduate students start at $12/hr. This position is FWS-eligible.

Environmental majors on campus are spread out between Biology, Political Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Anthropology, and other departments. Our senior surveys have shown that students feel disconnected from other environmental majors and minors, and want more opportunities for both fun events and meaningful interdisciplinary engagement. The Engagement intern will work on implementing our student engagement plan, and will also support some community engagement activities. Projects may include academic or social events, student retreats, teambuilding, days of action, social media campaigns, or other ideas generated by interns.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to candidates working toward environmental majors or minors
  • Enthusiasm! We are looking for someone who can generate energy and excitement around our environmental programs, and convey that in our messaging and communications.
  • Experience creating promotional materials (flyers, graphics), and managing social media (Facebook, Instagram)
  • Experience planning events and giving presentations
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to move projects forward independently
  • Self-motivated and willing to try new things
  • Commitment to anti-bias and anti-racism work in our environmental programs
  • Availability to attend and help lead events.

Spring semester events include a Winter Warmer on Weds January 23rd from 3:30-5:30, community engagement events in February and March, Planting and a Picnic on one of the first 2 Saturday mornings in April, and a DeStress event during spring semester reading week.

Hours: Interns work 5-10 hours/week during the semester. This internship for Spring 2019 starts in January and ends in late April or early May. Intern may continue for more than 1 semester if both intern and supervisor wish.

Location: This internship will take place primarily ON CAMPUS, with potential for 1 or 2 off-campus events per semester.

Compensation: $10/hr Please send a resume and cover letter to Carolyn Cosgrove Payne at ccosgrovepayne@wustl.edu with “Engagement Intern” in the heading by 11:59pm on Friday, December 14th.

Industrial agriculture operations often threaten water quality, air quality, and soil health – all things necessary for a healthy food system and for healthy communities. This intern will assist Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) with organizing community members across Missouri interested in monitoring the water quality of rivers near industrial farms to determine the impacts of industrial farming on environmental quality and public health. MCE has a list of individuals and local community groups that the intern would use to bring these concerned citizens together for this project.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be enrolled students at WashU for the duration of the internship.
  • Academic background in environmental studies, public health, or related field Interest in community organizing, citizen science, data collection, and data analysis Experience or interest in specifically water quality data collection and analysis is a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication. This applies to communicating professionally with colleagues and allies as well as educating new audiences about an important topic
  • Confidence in making initial contacts with new people via phone and email, including regular follow up communication when needed
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Very organized and willing to follow deadlines
  • Experience in event planning and execution, including researching event venues, reserving rooms, and creating event flyers, agendas, and powerpoint presentations

This position is a 12 hour/week minimum internship, with a start date in early September.

Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: mvatterott@moenviron.org and ccosgrovepayne@wustl.edu with “River Protection Organizer Intern” in the heading by 3:00pm on Friday, September 7th.

*if you have interned with Environmental Studies, the Office of Sustainability, and/or INCEES for 2 or more consecutive semesters, you may be eligible for a higher starting rate. This position is FWS-eligible.

This internship is funded by the Washington University Environmental Studies Community Internship Program. Dutchtown South Community Corporation runs the So Fresh So Clean So Creative Project (SFSCSC), which​ aims to create a Green Social Enterprise addressing waste management issues and generating green jobs for neighborhood residents. SFSCSC​ came about through the need to address illegal dumping, trash, and litter in four neighborhoods located on the south side of St. Louis. For more information: https://www.dutchtownsouth.org/so-fresh-so-clean-so-creative-south.

The Green Social Enterprise intern will build upon previous work done for this project and become the liaison between solid waste management & recycling businesses, community members, and other key stakeholders on behalf of DSCC. The intern will: Apply for funding related to social enterprises, environment, recycling, solid waste management (ex. EIERA, SWMD, EPA). a list of options will be provided. Be point of contact between market feasibility study consultant and DSCC Develop a business plan based off of market feasibility study Seek partnerships for the development of business plan and/or Green Enterprise.

This internship will take place at Dutchtown South Community Corporation’s office, located at 4204 Virginia Ave St. Louis, 63111. One open position.

Skills / Qualifications:

Applicants must be enrolled students at WashU for the duration of the internship
Very organized and willing to follow deadlines
Self-directed worker with strong initiative
Able to treat internship as a high priority
Able to effectively and realistically manage time (sticking to a consistent internship schedule, taking on only as much work as you can complete, not overcommitting to outside tasks)
Flexibility Strong verbal and written communication. This applies to communicating professionally with colleagues and allies as well as educating new audiences about an important topic Experience writing grants a plus

* if you have interned with Environmental Studies, the Office of Sustainability, and/or INCEES for 2 or more consecutive semesters, you may be eligible for a higher starting rate. This position is FWS-eligible

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