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. Since 2010 our internship program has grown from one intern to as many as 26 positions.
Unpaid internship positions in the Office of Sustainability are available during each academic semester. Unpaid interns have opportunities to collaborate with other interns and office staff and are expected to spend up to 10 hours per week working on a specified project or topical area and assisting Office of Sustainability staff as needed.
Credit internships in the Office of Sustainability are available through a student’s academic department. To date, credit internships have been arranged through Odum School of Ecology, College of Environment & Design, College of Public Health, Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communications, and others. Students are encouraged to initiate opportunities for relevant academic course credit through their college / school.
Paid internships in the Office of Sustainability are available each semester. Preference is given to students who have first served in an unpaid or credit position. Paid interns work in the Office of Sustainability for up to 10 hours per week during fall and spring semesters, and for up to 20 hours per week during the summer. Paid interns work on a specified project or topical area and assist Office of Sustainability staff as needed.
Apply to be an Office of Sustainability Intern
Applications are closed for Fall 2016. Please check back here in November 2016 for Spring 2017 positions.
Applications Due on April 25th
Interviews April 26- May 3rd
Fall Semester 2016
Open Internship Positions
- Sustainability across Curriculum Intern
Intern will support the Certificate in Sustainability and general integration of sustainability across the curriculum at UGA including, supporting faculty, conducting research, coordinate events, updating the OoS website material and supporting Office of Sustainability faculty and staff. Graduate Student preferred.
- UGArden Intern
Intern will work at UGArden (campus community garden on S. Milledge Avenue) completing hands-on gardening tasks as directed by the Farm Manager, specifically including creation of an active composting program and physical improvements to UGArden compost facilities. Intern will also keep a weekly journal; submit a written report at the conclusion of the internship; help with special events and tours; and supervise student groups as needed.
- Bike Program Manager Intern
Intern will assist the bike program manager by maintaining and managing UGA’s Bulldog Bikes bike-share program. Bike-share responsibilities include preventative and responsive maintenance, bike fleet management, and host site support. Intern will also refurbish abandoned bikes through the UGA reCYCLE Program, which provides bikes to students and employees who cannot afford transportation. Applicants must have bike mechanic experience. Strong organization and communication skills preferred.
- Compost Intern
Intern will support development and implementation of the UGA Campus Composting Program including physical collection of compost bins from 30+ campus locations, communication with current and prospective program participants, and general promotion of composting at UGA. Candidates should have a passion for composting, enjoy engaging with others, and be willing to get their hands dirty.
- Communications and Outreach Intern
Intern will support the communication and outreach mission of the Office of Sustainability including compilation, coordination, and distribution of weekly e newsletter (using Mail Chimp), web content development, google calendar coordination, social media posts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn), and event outreach.
- Video Intern
Intern will create a series of visual stories related to sustainability at UGA as well as initiatives undertaken by the Office of Sustainability. Video creation experience required, samples of work should be attached as links within cover letter. As an example of the desired video direction, please see https://www.youtube.com/user/msusustainability
- Sustainability Narratives Intern
Do you love research, writing, and editing? Do you care deeply about the state of our world and want to put your skills to work for social change and sustainability? This intern will write a series of stories designed to promote sustainability initiatives at UGA including text for a Campus Sustainability Report. Intern will receive editorial direction and potential contacts. This position will require research, reporting, and coordinating with other interns. Links to writing samples should be added to resume.
- Material Reuse Program Intern
Intern will assist the Material Reuse Program which reclaims construction and demolition debris otherwise destined for the landfill to create useful amenities for the campus and community. Intern will report to the program director and will provide assistance through project design, program organization, student / volunteer coordination, and other tasks as needed to support the Material Reuse Program.
- Material Reuse + Arts Intern
Intern will facilitate the “Dodds and Ends” project at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The project features a multi-use structure that serves as a distribution point for materials salvaged from campus. The main objective of the project is to facilitate and further integrate reuse and recycling through BFA and MFA projects with a formal system of reuse coordinated through the Material Reuse Program. Intern will coordinate and serve as the primary contact for the project, update the pictorial inventory, maintain social media, and generally promote “Dodds and Ends.” (Art students preferred)
- UGA Housing Sustainability Intern – Green Cup
The Housing Green Cup Intern will assist University Housing with special projects and education for sustainability within on-campus housing. Specifically, the intern will help plan and implement the Green Cup, an energy and water conservation competition between the five buildings in the Hill Community. Planning includes collaboration with others in Housing and around the campus and community, logistics and advertising for programming, and maintaining the Green Cup Facebook page. The intern selected for this position may also choose from a number of outreach and research opportunities within University Housing depending on his or her interests. Additionally, the intern will serve as a liaison between the Office of Sustainability and University Housing ensuring regular communication and collaboration on sustainability projects.
- UGA Housing Sustainability Intern – EcoReps
The Housing EcoReps Intern will assist University Housing with special projects and education for sustainability within on-campus housing. Specifically the intern selected will co-advise the EcoReps, a groups of students who hold community council elected positions dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability in the residence halls. Responsibilities include facilitating EcoReps meetings bi-weekly, providing support for EcoReps programming and bulletin board creation, and preparing for the EcoReps conference in the spring. The intern may also choose from a number of outreach and research opportunities within University Housing, depending on his or her interests. Additionally, the intern will serve as a liaison between the Office of Sustainability and University Housing ensuring regular communication and collaboration on sustainability projects.
- Campus Kitchens Intern
Intern will expand the capacity and support the operations of the Campus Kitchen at UGA, a student-powered hunger relief program of the Office of Service-Learning. Each week, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need in Athens, Ga. The Campus Kitchen at UGA goes beyond meals by using food as a tool to participate in nutrition education, combat senior isolation, and create dialogues on food waste and hunger in the UGA community. Intern work plan is catered to student interests in this dynamic food recovery and redistribution program. Past OoS intern projects have included forming partnerships with UGA Food Services and grocers for food recovery, writing grants for sustainable food service materials, overseeing UGArden produce distribution, and much more!
- Chew Crew Watershed Intern
Intern will be responsible for managing the Chew Crew project, a student-led effort to restore campus watersheds and engage the Athens community in UGA streams and ecosystems, including coordinating among project partners, planning events and implementing events and work days, and running vegetative experiments at the chew crew sites. Intern will serve as a liaison with student organizations and will help implement all aspects of the Chew Crew Project.
- Green Arch Program
Intern will support development and implementation of the Green Arch Program. Intern will assist in creating outreach materials and engaging faculty and staff participants through meetings, emails and monthly updates. Position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills, effective collaboration, ability to plan and coordinate complex schedules and meetings, and a strong interest in sustainability issues including waste reduction, energy efficiency and water conservation.
Internship Program Documents
- Internship Program Logistics
- Intern Work Plan – Blank
- Office of Sustainability Mid-Semester Student Intern Evaluation Form
- Office of Sustainability Mid-Semester Internship Evaluation – For Interns
- Office of Sustainability Internship Etiquette Guide
- End of Semester Internship Experience Evaluation Form