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.

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

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.

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.

The Restorative Justice Movement Center is located at 2707 N. Taylor Ave, in the Ville neighborhood of St. Louis. Interns will work about 10 hours/week during the semester. This internship starts in September.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be enrolled students at WashU for the duration of the internship.
  • 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!

To apply, 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 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.

 

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