Program Overview

The Office of Sustainability Student Internship Program – a collaboration with UGA’s J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development - provides opportunities for hands-on learning, leadership and professional development while making a positive and tangible impact within the University of Georgia and Athens communities.

Unpaid Internships
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
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
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.

All interns participate in leadership development programs provided by UGA Outdoor Recreation and the Fanning Institute, as well as the Semester in Review event on Reading Day.

For a list of past and present interns and the projects on which they worked, please click here.


Application deadline:  The application deadline for Fall 2015 has passed.  Applications for Spring 2016 will be accepted later in the semester (most likely in November 2015), please check back. 


Email completed applications to by the deadline!

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 Ettiquette Guide

End of Semester Internship Experience Evaluation Form


Thank you for your interest in becoming an intern with Sustainable UGA.  Our program is closed for applicants until the Spring Semester, 2016.  Please check back closer to the end of Fall semester 2015.

Paid Positions

Sustainability across Curriculum Intern
Intern will support the integration of sustainability across the curriculum at UGA including the implementation of a certificate in sustainability, creating faculty support materials, conducting research, helping to coordinate faculty events, updating the OoS website material and supporting Office of Sustainability faculty and staff.

Zero Waste Intern
Intern will support implementation of single-stream recycling infrastructure in UGA buildings and develop additional waste reduction strategies toward achieving the 2020 Strategic Plan goal of 65% reduction in landfill waste.

Urban Agriculture Intern
Intern will advance the Athens Urban Food Collective rooftop garden on the Geography and Geology building through hands-on garden management and departmental composting, development of strategic partners to address urban food insecurity through research and outreach, and other tasks as needed to promote AUFC and place-based urban agriculture at UGA. This position may coordinate closely with UGArden staff and student organization, Campus Kitchens and will report jointly to Athens Urban Food Collective faculty and the Office of Sustainability.

UGArden Intern
Intern will work at UGArden (campus community garden on S. Milledge Avenue) completing hands-on farming tasks as directed by the Farm Manager, specifically including the maintenance of an active composting program and physical improvements to UGArden compost facilities. At times intern will also be expected to help with other activities related to the farm. 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.

Compost Intern
Intern will support development and implementation of the UGA Campus Composting Program, including written and verbal communications, organics collection, and general promotion of composting at UGA. Intern must possess strong communication skills, a willingness to “get their hands dirty”, and will be required lift up to 40 pounds.

Communications and Outreach Intern
Interns will support the communication and outreach mission of the Office of Sustainability including, but not limited to the Weekly Update, website development and content, press releases, calendar contributions, social media, and event outreach.

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.

Bulldog Bikes and Bike Repair Intern
Intern will advance cycling on campus through development, management and marketing of UGA’s Bulldog Bikes bike share program. Bike share tasks include supporting host sites, refining registration and check-out procedures, developing and implementing program outreach, coordinating bike maintenance, ensuring even bike distribution among sites, and others as needed. Other duties will include coordinating bike safety maintenance checks for campus community members, and may also include management of a bike recycling program. Bicycle repair experience is required. Students who enjoy cycling, communicating with others, and thinking creatively and logistically are preferred.

Unpaid positions

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, water conservation, and social sustainability.

Complete Streets Intern
The Complete Streets intern will work with OoS staff to coordinate planning and policy development to improve biking and walking infrastructure on campus. Intern will support the UGA Complete Streets Committee (Office of University Architects, Grounds, Parking Services,UGA Transit, UGAPD, BikeAthens, campus bike advocacy groups, and Athens-Clarke County Government). Duties will include working towards the completion of an application for Bicycle Friendly University status from the League of American Bicyclists, as well as finding physical improvement opportunities on campus through surveys and site assessments.

Campus Watersheds Intern
Intern will assist with the implementation of a Watershed Management Plan for campus streams and the management of the Campus watersheds database. This may include coordinating BMP implementation, applying for grants, updating the database and website, contacting faculty, research, stream walks, sampling, design, and assisting with other aspects of the project including the Chew Crew prescribed grazing experiment.

Sustainable Food Services Intern
Intern will work closely with UGA Food Services to research, develop and implement strategies to advance sustainability in UGA food service operations. Projects may support energy and water conservation, waste reduction, local and sustainable food purchasing, and/or other related initiatives. Candidates should be organized, analytical, posses effective communication skills and a passion for sustainability.

Sustainable Events Intern + Class Raps
Intern will identify and present short 2 minute class wrap up speeches that promote the Office of Sustainability programs and initiatives. Intern is responsible for the planning, organization and implementation of annual and other sustainability-related events that engage the UGA Community.  Strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, social media, and event planning experience are required.

Video Intern
Intern will make short films on sustainability at UGA. A passion for sustainability and experience in making videos are required.

Green Labs Intern
Intern will assist Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management Division Safety Department, and Environmental Safety Division with developing and implementing a green labs program to enhance safety, environmental compliance, conserve energy and water, and reduce waste. Candidates must have experience working in laboratories at UGA, a passion for sustainability, and strong written and verbal communication skills. Graduate students are preferred, but experienced undergraduates are also encouraged to apply.

UGA Housing Sustainability Intern
The Housing Sustainability Intern will assist the Housing Doctoral Intern for Sustainability with special projects and education for sustainability within on-campus housing. Additionally, the intern will serve as a liaison between the Office of Sustainability and University Housing ensuring regular communication and collaboration on sustainability projects. The intern will work on various projects including: co-advising the EcoReps community council members and working on Green Cup, and energy and water conservation competition in the Hill Community.

Campus Kitchens Intern
Interns will work with Campus Kitchens and the Office of Service Learning to advance community food distribution and otherwise promote food related programs and events. The Campus Kitchens Project is a national student run network of almost 30 universities and high schools. Each branch works differently, but they all have the common goal of reducing food waste in their university and community and putting an end to food-insecurity.

Water Trails Intern
Intern will support the Oconee Rivers Water Trails Committee by assisting with marketing, outreach and activities to educate the UGA and local community about the Middle and North Oconee Rivers and the benefits of water trails. Candidates should possess written, verbal and graphic communication skills; experience with social media; a passion for sustainability; and an interest in promoting our local rivers. Internship will require one or more evening meetings per month and may include planning and executing a community engagement event.

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.

Sustainable Purchasing Intern
Intern will help to develop and implement a sustainable purchasing policy and action plan for UGA. Intern will engage with UGA Procurement and other UGA departments. Candidates should be analytical with strong written and verbal communication skills and a passion for sustainability.


(Note: We appreciate the student interest in our program! Internship positions are very competitive. If you are not selected this semester, please consider future opportunities with the Office of Sustainability. Internship positions are posted toward the end of each semester for the following term.)

What does your internship experience mean to you? It varies for each intern…here is what it meant to Samantha Morton.