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!

Positions for Spring 2023

Environmental Studies Impact Interns

Office of Sustainability

Communications and Marketing Intern

The Communications & Marketing Associate will work with the Office of Sustainability to strengthen communications and marketing of the University’s sustainability initiatives, accomplishments, and upcoming events. The Associate will play a role in managing the ongoing communications needs of the Office of Sustainability. Duties will include coordinating with campus partners to develop content for the website; developing communications materials including flyers, posters, and pamphlets; assisting with the bi-monthly Office of Sustainability newsletter; maintaining and building the Office of Sustainability’s social media communications on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; and outreach to students at events. Applications for this position will be accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, January 13, 2023.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Design experience with the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Basic knowledge of and passion for sustainability issues
  • Interest in outreach and education
  • Basic familiarity with social media
  • Experience with marketing strategy is desirable
Circularity Center Program Coordinator – Brown School Practicum Position

**This position is for Brown School students only who are pursuing their practicum hours for a MSW Concentration, MPH or MSP.**

Dates: Spring semester 2023; Summer 2023; Fall 2023

Positions available: 1-2 positions per semester. Preference towards candidates that are able to stay in the position for multiple semesters.

Compensation: Students fulfilling practicum hours through work at the Office of Sustainability will be compensated up $1,000 per credit hour, up to three credit hours per term.

Supervision: Reports to the Assistant Director of the Office of Sustainability

About the Circularity Center and Share Our Stuff program

To encourage and support circularity broadly and build on existing programs, The Circularity Center launched as a pilot in May 2022. The project is funded through the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration and made possible by numerous partners, including Mail & Receiving Services, Resource Management, Residential Living, Quadrangle Housing, and Government & Community Relations. The Circularity Center is located on WashU’s North Campus.

From April – September, the Circularity Center operates Share Our Stuff, a program that collects and processes materials donated from students moving out of on-campus and off-campus housing, and makes the materials available for reuse to other students moving into housing over the summer and fall. From October – April, the Circularity Center is available as a resource for offices, labs, and departments looking for lightly-used office supplies, equipment, electronics and furniture.

Position Description

The Office of Sustainability is seeking a practicum student (or students) to lead efforts to build on the 12-year success of the Share Our Stuff program that collects and recirculates materials from student move out after the close of the academic year. The program coordinator will guide and develop the program, channeling new resources (a physical warehouse space and store) to achieve greater social and environmental impact for the WashU and St. Louis communities. The coordinator will develop standard operating procedures for program operations, evaluation and assessment tools, annual reports for leadership, and marketing materials. In addition, the coordinator will support program operations and logistics, in collaboration with staff from the Office of Sustainability, Campus Mail, the Office of Government and Community Relations, Residential Life, and other program stakeholders.

Successful applicant and supervisor will work out a mutually-agreeable schedule, which could be part-time or full-time in scope. While some work can be done remotely and on a flexible schedule, significant portions of the position may require in-person work during business hours. Work locations include the Circularity Center (warehouse and store on WashU’s North Campus, 700 Rosedale), the Office of Sustainability (Schnuck Pavilion on the Danforth Campus), and various networking meetings with campus and community partners (though these will likely be mostly remote). At least 1 1-hour meeting with supervisor and student will occur weekly through the duration of the engagement, at a mutually agreeable time during the work week.

In addition, the practicum students will be encouraged to participate in the Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change internship program, which provides interdisciplinary professional development and social experiences with undergraduate and graduate students working in internship positions through WashU.

Fully engaged students will gain a broad range of hands-on experience that mirror non-profit and start-up social enterprise contexts with the resources and support of a large institution.

Preferred skills, qualifications, and characteristics

Some combination of coursework and experience in the following areas are desired, though not all are required to apply:

  • Self-starter, independently motivated, entrepreneurial spirit
  • Working knowledge of sustainability and “circular economies”
  • Program evaluation and assessment design
  • Basic marketing and communication concepts
  • Highly organized and talented at setting up systems
  • Networking and stakeholder mapping
  • Familiarity with WashU networks and administration and/or environmental or social service organizations active in the St. Louis area
  • Retail experience
  • Data tracking and reporting

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to cassandra.hage@wustl.edu. Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis with the goal of filling the position by January 20, 2023.

Midwest Climate Collaborative

Tyson Conservation Corps