The Office of Sustainability Student Internship Program, a collaboration with UGA’s Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, provides opportunities for experiential learning, leadership, and professional development while making a positive and tangible impact within the University of Georgia and Athens communities.
All interns participate in a kickoff event, weekly meetings, leadership development programs, and the Semester in Review event on Reading Day.
Internship positions with the Office of Sustainability are available during each academic semester. Interns have opportunities to collaborate with other interns and office staff and are expected to spend 10 hours per week working on a specified project or topical area and assisting Office of Sustainability staff as needed.
Some degree programs require an internship. Students are encouraged to initiate opportunities for relevant academic course credit through their college or school. To date, credit internships have been arranged through the Odum School of Ecology, the College of Environment + Design, the College of Public Health, the Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communications, and others.
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Fall 2019 Internship positions
Deadline to Apply: April 14, 2019, midnight.
Semester(s): Fall Semester (Aug-Dec)
Hours per Week: 10
Work Location: Creature Comforts Brewing Company
How will this position advance sustainability at UGA and/or Athens?
This intern is responsible for maintaining and updating Key Performance Indicators at Creature Comforts Brewing Company. Resources currently being tracked are water, electricity, natural gas, and carbon dioxide usage, as well as solid waste stream analysis.
Additionally, the intern will work with the Supervisor to develop innovative new methods to further reduce resource consumption rates, boost the company’s diversion rate, and close open loops.
Key duties and responsibilities
Tracking production processes to analyze resource intensity, working with Supervisor to identify open loops and planning strategies to close loops, interfacing with other employees on the sustainability issues, and assisting Creature Comforts to achieve B-Corporation certification.
Skills and knowledge required
Proficiency in Excel is required. Basic knowledge of chemistry, physics, and biology is beneficial. Solutions-oriented personality and mindset are also beneficial. Innovative and creative thinkers are preferred.
What resources will be provided to facilitate intern success?
Manuals regarding brewery sustainability will be provided to intern, as well as on-site training on the brewing process. Access to tracking equipment will be provided, as will access to our internal data sets.
Expert personnel are available to answer any questions the intern may have that the Supervisor may not know.
What experiences will be gained in this position that will complement a student’s academic program or career goals?
Practical experience in assisting with the development of a sustainability program at a private enterprise, as well as assisting in the creation of sustainability metrics, as well as participating in discussions with equipment suppliers, vendors, and other sustainability professionals.