internships since Spring 2010
hours of service performed by interns
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Program Overview

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.

Academic Credit

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.

 Internship Program Video

The application period for Spring 2019 will open October 22 and close November 7.

Spring 2019 Intern Positions

Campus Arboretum Intern
Intern will provide technical support for the University of Georgia Campus Arboretum under the guidance of Grounds Department staff.  Students from Forestry, Horticulture or Landscape Architecture departments are preferred.  Candidates should have a rudimentary knowledge of southeastern tree species and possess basic computer skills.  Approximately 25% time will be spent observing trees in the field, 75% will be spent creating a storymap of the arboretum for use on the web using technology found at

Waste Reduction Information Systems Intern
The Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division, in coordination with UGA Office of Sustainability, is hiring for the position of Waste Reduction Information Systems Intern. This student would be responsible for managing a variety of incoming recycling, compost, reuse, and landfill data for the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department, as well as data collected in public engagement surveys and waste audits. The intern would then assist in the interpretation of data and creation of public engagement tools to share this data, which may include but would not be limited to infographics, reports, and data submission to umbrella organizations such as Georgia Recycling Coalition. This position will work in collaboration with the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the University of Georgia.

Strategic Communications
Communications Intern will work as part of the Office of Sustainability outreach team. Examples of duties are weekly newsletter creation (Mailchimp), website analytics (Google Analytics), content creation, video,  calendar maintenance, and press releases. Individual duties will be assigned based on office needs, skill-set, and interest.

Campus Kitchen Food Operations
The Campus Kitchen at UGA exists to spotlight sustainable solutions to hunger and food waste and to showcase a mutually beneficial university-community partnership. Campus Kitchens runs a food recovery and redistribution enterprise led by UGA student volunteers that transform unused food into meals and groceries for delivery to older adults and human service agencies in Athens, GA. The Food Operations Intern assists the Program Coordinator in leading daily food operations for Campus Kitchen with an emphasis on meal planning, space organization and supply management. Through supporting Campus Kitchen volunteer Shift Leaders and behind-the-scenes planning, this position enables the provision of nutritionally balanced meals and groceries for older adult families in Athens Clarke-County. View full position description at

Compost Intern
Intern will co-lead the bicycle-powered UGA Campus Compost Program including the physical collection of compost bins from 50+ campus locations, communication with current and prospective program participants, and the general promotion of composting at UGA. Candidates must have a passion for composting and engaging with others, be a confident bicyclist, have a valid driver’s license, enjoy working behind the scenes and getting your hands dirty (and smelly), be willing to work outdoors in less than ideal weather conditions, and able to lift up to 50 lbs.