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 $11/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 
Environmental Studies seeks interns to assist with GIS, research, and marketing for the Green City Coalition (GCC). Interns will work 10-20 hrs/week and earn $11/hr. We would prefer interns start work ASAP, or prior to spring semester if availability allows. The GCC works to co-create and conserve ecologically rich urban green spaces that promote healthy, vibrant, and engaged communities through a deeper connection with nature. GCC focuses on low-income neighborhoods where access to nature is constrained by decades of disinvestment. The GCC is currently in the first stage of these projects in the Wells Goodfellow and Walnut Park East neighborhoods of St. Louis. This stage consists of documenting and tackling the negative effects of vacant property in these neighborhoods, and mobilizing to demolish or deconstruct strategically located vacant properties for future green space development. WashU is working with the GCC on a Land Trust Feasibility Study to develop strategies for creating and managing this green space that incorporate principles of community engagement and social justice. Positions are currently filled.


  • Assist faculty with data collection for the Land Trust Feasibility Study
  • Create one-page white papers on GCC projects
  • Assist with marketing and communications on the GCC website and social media
  • Create materials for community workshops/events
  • Fact-check parcel data for ownership/vacancy, vacancy duration, condemnation status
  • Develop GIS or database tools for distinguishing between privately-owned vacant lots and extended yards
  • Collect publicly available baseline data related to neighborhood health, economics and ecology

Skills / Qualifications

  • Coursework and/or experience with GIS, Microsoft Excel, and data visualization
  • Interest in the intersection of environmental studies and social/racial justice
  • Ability to interact professionally, confidently, and enthusiastically with University staff, students, partners, and community residents
  • Strong writing, organizational, and time management skills; self-directed • Prefer experience with Python
  • Prefer experience living/working/volunteering in low-income St. Louis neighborhoods
  • Federal Work Study-eligible candidates encouraged to apply


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