The Energy, Environment and Sustainability 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 Semester 2021

Office of Sustainability

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. Undergraduate positions start at $10.30/hour, graduate positions start at $12/hour. Associates work collaboratively in groups on projects with oversight from the Office of Sustainability staff.

The positions listed below are the only openings for Fall 2020. We anticipate that all work will be completed remotely, although depending on the position there may be occasions that will require you to be on campus. Fall 2020 applications are due by Sunday, September 6th.

Carbon Neutrality Specialist (1)

The Carbon Neutrality Specialist will support a collaborative effort to set WashU’s next carbon reduction goal. This student associate position will report to the Office of Sustainability and support an advisory committee of faculty, staff, and students throughout the University charged with proposing pathways towards an ambitious, science-based 2030 carbon reduction goal and strategy. Work will include: researching best-practices from leading higher education, private sector, local government, and non-profit organizations; synthesizing findings into succinct executive-level briefs and presentations; and analyzing various implications (ex: feasibility, risk, cost, environmental impact) of multiple carbon reduction scenarios. In addition, logistical support of planning committees (meeting scheduling, note taking, meeting follow up, etc.) will be an important part of the role.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Strong foundational knowledge of and passion for climate change mitigation
  • In-depth knowledge knowledge and experience with carbon reduction strategies, including an understanding of common sources of organizational carbon emissions, carbon accounting methodologies, and basic understanding of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets.
  • Strong research and analysis skills. Ability to synthesize complex information into executive-level summaries
  • Systems thinker
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • 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
  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision

Washington University 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 and curriculum, including opportunities to plan the program’s Climate Conversation series and develop climate curricular guides.

The Associate will participate in the Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (EES) Internship professional development opportunities and will be exposed to a broad range of projects through the program as well as to other departments and research groups on campus. This is a paid part-time semester long position with the potential to continue into the upcoming school year.  Associates are expected to work between seven and ten hours per week. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; the application deadline is Thursday, January 14th, 5pm CT. 

Climate Associate

The Climate Associate will work with the director, coordinator, and other climate associates to sharpen WU’s climate focus in community outreach and curriculum, including opportunities to plan the program’s Climate Conversation series and develop climate curricular guides.

The Associate will participate in the Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (EES) Internship professional development opportunities and will be exposed to a broad range of projects through the program as well as to other departments and research groups on campus.

This is a paid part-time semester long position with the potential to continue into the upcoming school year. Associates are expected to work between seven and ten hours per week. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; the application deadline is Thursday, January 14th, 5pm CT.

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