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

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.