Program Overview

The Office of Sustainability Student Internship Program – a partnership 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 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 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, Environmental Health Sciences, Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communications, and others.  Students are encouraged to initiate opportunities for relevant academic course credit.

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 Fall 2014: April 27, 2014 (Sunday)

(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:

Internship Program Logistics

Intern Work Plan – Blank

Office of Sustainability Student Intern Evaluation Form

Student Internship Experience Evaluation Form

There are six open internships for Fall 2014.  Please see below.


Paid Positions

Green Office Program (Filled)
Intern will support the Green Office Program and implement the UGA Office Composting Program.  Tasks include routine written and personal communications with Office Champions and participating departments; weekly compost collection, documentation and delivery to UGArden; management of the Office of Sustainability Resource Library; and others as needed to promote and advance the UGA Green Office Program.

Social Sustainability Intern (Filled)
Intern will research social sustainability programs and connect with local groups and organizations on and off-campus focused on societal health and well-being.  Specific areas of interest include but are not limited to poverty alleviation, food security, education and workforce development.  Event planning and coordination experience preferred.

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.

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 supports 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.

Bike UGA Intern   (Filled)
Intern will advance cycling on campus generally through coordinating and promoting bike-related programs and specifically 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.

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 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.

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.