The Office of Sustainability Student Internship Program (OSSIP) provides UGA students with opportunities for hands-on learning and professional development through meaningful engagement with the University of Georgia community. Prospective interns should be committed to practicing sustainability in their personal and professional lives and advancing a more Sustainable UGA. Opportunities are offered each semester in the form of unpaid, credit and paid internships.
Unpaid positions in the Office of Sustainability are available during each academic semester. Unpaid interns will have opportunities to collaborate with other interns and office staff and are expected to spend 5-10 hours per week working on the project or topical area assigned and assisting Office of Sustainability staff as needed.
Credit internships in the Office of Sustainability are available through academic departments. An independent study course is currently offered through the Odum School of Ecology (ECOL 4940). Credit Internships have been arranged through other departments in the past including Environmental Health Sciences, and Grady. Students are encouraged to initiate opportunities for relevant course credit within the OSSIP.
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 OSSIP 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 will work on a specific project or topical area and assist Office of Sustainability staff as needed.
For a list of past and present interns and the projects on which they worked, please click here.
Application deadline for Spring 2014: November 18, 2013
(Note: We appreciate the student interest in our program! We received the highest number of applicants to date for Fall 2013 internship positions. If you were 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.)
Internship Program Documents:
There are four open internships for Spring 2014. Please see below.
INTERN POSITIONS – SPRING 2014
Climate Action Planning
Intern will assist the Climate Action Planning sub-committee in putting together a Climate Action Plan for the University of Georgia. This will include working with the greenhouse gas emissions inventory, developing and evaluating mitigation strategies, drafting sections of the plan, and coordinating committee meetings. (Filled)
Intern is responsible for the planning and organization of annual and other sustainability-related events that engage the UGA Community. Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail are required. (Filled)
Intern will work at UGArden (campus community garden on S. Milledge Avenue) completing hands-on gardening tasks as directed by the Farm Manager. Intern will also keep a weekly blog, supervise at least 1 group of students every week, help with special events and tours, and submit a written report at the conclusion of the internship. (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. (Filled)
Sustainability Across the Curriculum
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. (Filled)
Communications and Outreach
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, news stories, press releases, calendar contributions, blogs, Facebook items and long range planning. The intern will also assist with event outreach. (Open)
Communications intern for the Spring semester who possesses very strong writing skills. This intern will write 5-10 press releases and will gather information to complete the text sections of our campus sustainability report, to be published by the start of Fall 2014. No social media responsibilities, no blogging, just hardcore writing in a super fun and relaxed atmosphere. Intern should be comfortable setting appointments and meeting with contacts to get to the heart of the subject. (Open)
Intern will support the Facilities Management Division Grounds Department in the planning and design of bicycle facilities on the UGA campus. Students in Landscape Architecture, Engineering or related field with experience in site design and construction - and interest in cycling - are preferred. (Open)
UGA Housing Sustainability
UGA 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, communicating between the two departments effective. The intern will gain experience working with a large population on projects including: a bike share program, a bottled water ban, and a campaign against junk mail. (Open)
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, contacting faculty, updating the website, research, stream walks, sampling, design, and assisting with other aspects of the project. (Filled)
Sustainable Office Program
Intern will support program material development and implementation of the UGA Sustainable Office Program. The intern will interact with and support program participants via a listserv, monthly update, meetings and/or workshops. Position requires excellent communication skills and knowledge of Excel is preferred. (Open)
Material Reuse Program
Interns 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. (Open)