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 5-10 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.

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 engaging leadership development programs provided by the Fanning Institute.

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


Application deadline for Spring 2015: December 1, 2014 

See below- updated deadlines



Internship Program Documents:

Internship Program Logistics

Intern Work Plan – Blank

Office of Sustainability Student Intern Evaluation Form

Student Internship Experience Evaluation Form



Paid Positions

Sustainable Office Program (Filled)
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.

Zero Waste Intern (Filled)
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 (Filled)
Intern will advance the Athens Urban Food Collective rooftop garden on the Geography and Geology building through hands-on garden management, development of strategic community partners to address urban food insecurity, and other tasks as needed to promote AUFC and place-based urban agriculture at UGA.  This position will coordinate closely with UGArden staff and student organization and will report jointly to Athens Urban Food Collective faculty and the Office of Sustainability.

UGArden Compost Intern (Filled)
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.

Compost Intern (Filled)
Intern will support development and implementation of the UGA Campus Composting Program, including written program development, communication with participating departments, organics collection, and general promotion of composting at UGA.

Chew Crew Watershed Intern (Filled)
Intern will be responsible for implementing the Ford Community Engagement Grant for the Chew Crew project including coordinating among project partners, planning events, and running vegetative experiments at the chew crew sites.  Intern will be the liaison with student organization and will help with the implementation of the design competition.

Campus Watershed Communications Intern (Filled)
Intern will conduct communications and outreach for campus watersheds with a particular focus on the Chew Crew, a prescribed grazing project using goats to remove invasive species on campus. This will include management of social media such as Facebook and twitter as well as written and verbal communication, community engagement and event planning. Applicants will work up to 10 hours a week and should have a strong communications background.

Sustainable Facilities Outreach Intern (Filled)
Intern will develop and implement communications strategies for documenting and promoting sustainable design, construction, operations and maintenance initiatives at UGA. Intern will work closely with multiple departments in Facilities Management Division to document and communicate sustainability initiatives to the UGA community. Ideal candidates will have strong written and verbal communication skills, interest in websites and social media, and general knowledge of sustainable design.

Video Intern (Filled)
Intern’s main focus will be Campus Watersheds. This will include meeting with project partners, taking footage of streams and watershed activities and creating several short films. Other sustainability projects may be included depending on time available. Candidate should include a link to a previously completed video in their application materials.

Unpaid positions

Sustainability across Curriculum Intern (Filled)
Intern will support the integration of sustainability across the curriculum at UGA including the development 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.

Communications and Outreach Intern (Filled)
Intern will support the communication and outreach mission of the Office of Sustainability including, but not limited to the Weekly Update e-newsletter, Office of Sustainability calendar contributions, and event outreach.

Communications and Outreach (Filled)
Intern will support the communication and outreach mission of the Office of Sustainability by managing our social media channels.

Bulldog Bikes Intern (Filled)
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, and others as needed.  Students who enjoy cycling, communicating with others, and thinking creatively and logistically preferred.

Bike UGA Intern (Filled)
The Bike Infrastructure intern will work with OoS staff to coordinate infrastructure planning and policy development to promote biking on campus including supporting the UGA Bike Task Force with representitives from UGA Campus Architects, Grounds, UGAPD, BikeAthens, campus bike advocacy groups, and Athens-Clarke County Government. A main project for spring semester will be working towards the completion of an application for Bicycle Friendly University status from the League of American Bicyclists.​

Zero Waste Intern (Filled)
Intern will work with Office of Sustainability staff and interns, Facilities Management Division building supervisors, and building occupants to plan and execute the installation of single-stream recycling bins into campus buildings.  The position will require effective collaboration, written and verbal communication, organization, attention to detail, and manual labor including lifting up to 40 pounds. Candidates should have a passion for sustainability and waste reduction and an ability to work well with multiple stakeholders.

Campus Watersheds Intern (Filled)
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 Events Intern (Filled)
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, and event planning experience are required.

Green Labs Intern (Filled)
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 (Filled)
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 (Filled)
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 (Filled)
Intern will support the Oconee Rivers Water Trails Committee by developing a marketing plan, outreach materials 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 strong written, verbal and graphic communication skills; experience with websites and social media; a passion for sustainability; and an interest in promoting our local rivers.  Internship will require one or more evening meetings per month, may include planning and executing a community engagement event, and will definitely include getting wet in a kayak.

Material Reuse Program Intern (Filled)
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.

Sustainability in Athletics Intern (Filled)
Intern will research leading athletic sustainability programs throughout the country, document existing initiatives at UGA, and identify opportunities for advancing sustainability through athletics at UGA.  Candidates should have strong written and verbal communication skills and a passion for both sustainability and UGA athletics.

Sustainable Purchasing Intern (Filled)
Intern will research sustainable procurement programs at other universities and develop recommendations for UGA.  Intern will engage with UGA Procurement and others.  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.