The Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change (ESCC) Internship Program is a multi-stakeholder program that places students in research and project teams, while simultaneously providing professional development and enrichment training. 

This page only lists the internship positions currently open for which we are accepting applications. Application deadlines are specified below for each employer. As students leave to graduate or study abroad, we usually have a few new openings each semester. 

For more information on each of the internship employers, visit this page. For any questions, email Michelle Patterson, Internship & Business Coordinator, at mpatterson@wustl.edu. We are looking forward to reviewing your application!

We are still hiring for PAID summer 2022 internships. Please see listings below.

Positions for Summer 2022

Office of Sustainability

Sustainable Buildings Intern

We are looking for individuals who are able to make a multi-semester commitment to be a part of our team, beginning in June. The positions require 37.5 hours/week, Monday through Friday. Associates will work collaboratively in groups on projects with oversight from the Office of Sustainability team, and will engage in a broad range of projects including communication and design, renewable energy, alternative transportation, waste diversion, sustainable food and dining, green buildings, green offices program, etc. The internship position will take place in person. Applications are rolling and will be reviewed as soon as they are submitted.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of and passion for sustainability issues
  • Systems thinker
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel, design experience with the Adobe Creative Suite is a plus
  • Ability to interact professionally and confidently with University staff members
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision
  • Works well in a group setting
  • Ability to conduct research to evaluate different strategies
  • Interest in outreach and education

Environmental Studies

Restorative Justice Movement – Outreach and Garden Intern

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 Outreach & Garden Intern will help get the RJM Center’s community garden up and running again, and ensure it is a healthy, safe, and productive garden. In addition to community garden work, there is ample opportunity for interns to gain experience related to nonprofit administration, events coordination, 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 trainings, and becoming a food pantry outreach site with the St. Louis Food Bank.

Qualifications:

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.

Experience coordinating and running events.

Strong sense of initiative and independent problem-solving.

Patience and a go-with-the-flow attitude.

Hours: Interns work about 10 hours/week during the semester and about 35 hours/week during the summer.

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.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Amber Harris at amberisouth@yahoo.com and Carolyn Cosgrove Payne at ccosgrovepayne@wustl.edu with “Restorative Justice Movement Center Intern” in the heading by 11:59pm on April 30th.

Ujima Program Coordinator Internship

This position will provide the opportunity to work with Ujima, learn more about philanthropy, and become more involved in the St. Louis community. Food justice, environmental stewardship and youth empowerment are Ujima’s foundations. As a non-profit, pay-what-you-can service provider, they provide equitable access to food, education, and employment to marginalized communities. Ujima cultivates community through food justice, environmental stewardship, and youth empowerment.

The intern will provide support to George Washington Carver Farms (Ujima’s urban farm), produce donations, Apprenticeship Program, Be Well Cafe’s Farmer’s Market, Fairground neighborhood clean up efforts and additional programming support. An ideal candidate has some level of experience in grassroots and community philanthropy, urban agriculture, community engagement, social media management, fundraising, and/or data entry. Reliable access to transportation is essential because we will meet at multiple sites throughout the summer.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Helping Founder with planning and executing special events 
  • Support staff to plan and manage social media content for Ujima’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. 
  • Support staff with farm and garden maintenance 
  • Support staff with neighborhood clean up efforts and other special events
  • Lead or co-lead tours and volunteer groups as needed
  • Coordinate produce and meal donations as needed
  • Developing an evaluation for participants in Ujima’s Apprenticeship Program.
  • Learn about Ujima, and issues in the St. Louis community by attending meetings with staff, board members, and other volunteers as needed
  • Support planning and coordination of Apprenticeship Program workshops, field trips, and camping trips
  • Ensure implementation of policies and practices during Apprenticeship Program
  • Monitor project budgets and track expenditures/transactions
  • Keep all members of the team up-to-date with relevant project information
  • Bi-Weekly check-ins will Founder to discuss Apprenticeship Program progress
  • Keep updated records of attendance and create reports as needed
  • Create presentations, summaries and helping materials to ensure better communication for information sessions and board meetings

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Efficient – able to complete tasks in a timely and effective manner
  • Flexible – able to respond to a variety of tasks and needs; able to work some evenings and to attend community events on occasional weekends (work schedule adjusted to provide equal time off during the work day)
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Desire to learn more about philanthropy
  • Desire to learn about community development, food justice, cooperative ownership, social enterprise, community wealth-building, and local economic development
  • Desire to learn more about effective nonprofit practices, and what makes strong nonprofit and community groups
  • Experience working or volunteering with diverse groups

Application Instructions: To apply, please send a resume and ​a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications to Carolyn Cosgrove Payne at ccosgrovepayne@wustl.edu ​and Lauren Mae Sugay at l.m.sugay@wustl.edu.

Deadline for all remaining summer applications has been extended to April 30th, 11:59pm.

For more information about Ujima, visit www.ujimastl.org.

Idleburg Consultants – Renewable Energy and Affordable Housing Intern

IDLEBURG CONSULTANTS produces and provides resources, trainings, webinars, and research to build the capacity of leaders and organizations, and advance the impact of the field. Expertise includes law and policy frameworks necessary to create change, racial equity problem-solving, goal-setting, strategic planning and organizational development. Justin Idleburg (principal) strives to be a catalyst to bring together individuals, organizations, and communities to build strength and cohesion around racial equity, and sustainable and innovative infrastructure for affordable energy efficiency.

Idleburg Consultants has partnered with the Missouri Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) coalition to conduct racial equity training and consulting. EEFA is a national coalition of energy and housing advocates working across 12 states to advance energy efficiency solutions for affordable multifamily housing. As part of its focus on energy justice in low-income housing, EEFA has made racial equity a top concern. Idleburg Consultants is seeking a Renewable Energy for Affordable Housing Intern to focus in on this work in St. Louis.

The Renewable Energy for Affordable Housing Intern will report directly to Justin Idleburg, and will work with other members of the MO EEFA coalition on reducing energy burdens for families using a combination of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and smart technology. This work will include:

  • Creating architectural renderings of historic affordable housing structures (like Preservation Square or Alpha Gardens) retrofitted with renewable and smart technology and appliances, as well as more modern multi-family units that are historic, modern sustainable, smart, and bankable.
  • Obtaining cost estimates for renewable energy retrofits and supporting brainstorming for strategies on fundraising for these projects.
  • Research and preparation of presentation materials.
  • Meeting logistics & thorough note taking during meetings.
  • Engagement of advocacy groups and coalitions to foster initiatives around racial equity commitments, forging organizational alignment and cohesion.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants should have experience creating architectural renderings (coursework counts as experience). Additionally, applicants should have fluency in racial equity issues, dialogues around race and public policy, green energy, sustainable design, architecture and the concept of ‘energy burdens’ and consequences for health equity. They should be self-directed, have organizational skills, attention to detail, oral and written communication skills, and proficiency with computers (fluency with Microsoft Word and Excel, Google Docs and spreadsheets, and proficiency with video chat software). 

Applicants should familiarize themselves with the “Environmental Racism in St. Louis” report prepared by the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic at Washington University’s School of Law, and should strive to incorporate or leverage some of the report’s conclusions as part of the internship.

Applicants can also review the report “Segregation in St. Louis: Dismantling the Divide,” produced by Health Equity Works in the Brown School at Washington University.

Compensation: This position may involve a payment of $1,000 upon completion of the term, in addition to the compensation provided by Washington University described further down on this page.

Internship is from May/June – August, 2022.

To Apply:  Please apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and example of a past architectural rendering you have created with a short description included to Carolyn at ccosgrovepayne@wustl.edu and Lauren at l.m.sugay@wustl.edu in pdf format, and include “Renewable Energy for Affordable Housing” in the subject line. In the cover letter, please highlight your interests and most relevant experience. 

Deadline for all remaining summer applications has been extended to April 30th, 11:59pm.

Positions for Fall 2022

WashU Climate Change Program (WUCCP)

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, curriculum, and research. Climate Associates have a collective responsibility for much of WUCCP’s programming, including planning the Climate Conversation series, developing climate curricular guides, and maintaining the program’s online presence.  This position has the potential to work in any of these areas as well as others. This is a paid part-time semester-long position with a preference to continue into future semesters.  Associates are expected to work between seven and ten hours per week.

The Associate will participate in the Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change (ESCC) Internship program and will be exposed to a broad range of professional development, social activities, projects within the program as well as to other departments and research groups on campus.

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 and course offerings
  • Experience in program management and event planning
  • Experience in website maintenance, including WordPress
  • Experience in event planning
  • Knowledge of social media communication strategies

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; the application deadline is Thursday, May 12th, 5pm CST.