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 for Spring 2016 Internships is 11/30/2016

Open Intern Positions Spring 2016

Campus Composting 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. (Paid)

Bulldog Bikes Intern
Intern will be primarily responsible for preventative maintenance and on-demand repair of the Bulldog Bikes bike-share fleet, coordinating with UGA Libraries staff at checkout locations. Candidates must have bike repair experience. Students who enjoy cycling, communicating with others, and thinking creatively and logistically preferred. (Paid)

reCYCLE Intern
Intern will refurbish abandoned bicycles reclaimed from campus bike racks and provide them to students who apply. Intern will also work with staff to refine an application process and selection criteria for bike recipients, as well as work with recipients to finish repairs on their bikes. Candidates must have bike repair experience, be self-motivated, and have strong organizational and interpersonal skills. (Paid)

Jr. Herder Elementary Education Intern
Intern will be responsible for the Elementary Education portion for the Ford Community Engagement Grant for the Chew Crew, a student-led effort to restore campus watersheds and engage the Athens community in UGA streams and ecosystems.  The Elementary Education Intern will implement the Junior Herder After School Program at Barrow Elementary by engaging Barrow students once a week in sustainability-related exercises and activities.  Duties include contacting administration at Barrow; working with administration and faculty to develop a curriculum; identifying courses and student organizations at UGA that could assist in the weekly ASP activities and provide student volunteers; and assisting Barrow faculty in these weekly activities.  Intern will work closely with other Office of Sustainability Watershed Interns and the Ray Anderson Grant Education Research Assistant.  Intern must be available from 2-4:30 at least one day a week (when the After School Program meets).​  Experience with the Jr. Herder program this fall preferred. (Paid)

Sustainable Events Intern
Intern is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing sustainability-related events that engage the UGA community including Earth Week and Semester in Review.  Intern will also serve as an ambassador to student organizations, UGA departments, and classes. Strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and event planning experience are required.  (Paid)

Chew Crew Watershed Intern
Intern will be responsible for implementing the Ford Community Engagement Grant for 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. (Unpaid)

(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.

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