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 Fall 2022

Environmental Studies Impact Interns

Program Coordinator Internship -(Ujima)

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

To Apply:  Please apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and your Fall 2022 class schedule to Griffin at knipp@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.

Food and Justice Fellowship Peer Mentor – (A Red Circle)

A Red Circle launched its Food & Justice Fellowship in 2021 with young adults from St. Louis County and City.  The Fellows will work from A Red Circle’s urban farm, community garden, and online.  The Fellowship will cover three topics: Equity & Justice, Growing Food & STEM, and Business & Entrepreneurship.  The Fellows will also read and discuss three books, related to the current topic.  We are seeking peer mentors to work and learn alongside the Fellows.

North St. Louis County’s economy can be traced to racist laws and public policies. A Red Circle’s vision is to restore North County to a safe, vibrant, sustainable, and economically viable community that remains diverse, and in doing so, help heal racial strife. Located in The Promise Zone, A Red Circle’s programming is designed to address five focus areas: employment, education, holistic living, policy, and the arts.

This position will be performed in person – with some time spent at A Red Circle’s office in Wellston, Missouri, near the Wellston Metrolink Station, and some time spent in the garden or at the urban farm.  “Transportation can be arranged from A Red Circle.”

Internship Activities

  • Perform supervisory tasks such as prepare curriculum, create documents, monitor attendance, administer an evaluation survey, and more
  • Work on A Red Circle’s urban farm and community garden
  • Share their insights into the topics from their educational experience
  • Help coordinate other A Red Circle events and activities

Experience and requirements

  • Passion for social and environmental justice
  • Experience in peer mentorship
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines to effectively reach goals
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and independent worker
  • Experience living, working, or volunteering in North St Louis County preferred (not required)
  • Means of personal transportation preferred (not required), personal phone and laptop preferred (not required).

Supervisors:  Erica Williams, MBA, erica.williams@aredcircle.org and Deborah Rice-Carter, deborah@aredcircle.org

Location:  A Red Circle 6439 Plymouth Ave, St. Louis MO.

Midwest Climate Collaborative

MCC Intern

The MCC is working at a regional level to accelerate climate action. We’re bringing together representatives across the Midwest from higher education, local government, business, and the non-profit sector to craft and implement a response to the climate crisis. The MCC launched in January 2022 and is actively convening members to work on projects to build a climate asset map, develop a Midwest climate research agenda, and address the urban heat island effect, to name a few. We are a relatively new collaborative so students are needed to help build out our communication and contact management systems. Student work will include aggregating data about the Midwest related to energy, climate and equity; updating the website and writing content for e-newsletters; helping plan for a 2023 Midwest Climate Summit in St. Louis; and working with our multi-sector partners to advance collaborative project goals. 

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

  • Highly organized
  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong communication skills and confidence communicating with leaders in higher education, government, and the corporate and non-profit sectors
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision
  • Knowledge of climate change topics 

HOURS: 7 – 10 hours/week

To apply send cover letter and resume to Heather Navarro at hnavarro@wustl.edu.

Deadline: September 9, 2022

Tyson Conservation Corps