The Office of Sustainability Student Internship Program—a collaboration with UGA’s Fanning Institute for Leadership Development—provides opportunities for experiential learning, leadership and professional development while making a positive and tangible impact within the University of Georgia and Athens communities. Since 2010 our internship program has grown from one intern to as many as 26 positions.
Internship positions in the Office of Sustainability are available during each academic semester. Interns have opportunities to collaborate with other interns and office staff and are expected to spend at least 10 hours per week working on a specified project or topical area and assisting Office of Sustainability staff as needed.
Some degree programs require an internship. Students are encouraged to initiate opportunities for relevant academic course credit through their college or school. To date, credit internships have been arranged through the Odum School of Ecology, the College of Environment + Design, the College of Public Health, the Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communications, and others.
Spring 2017 Internship Positions
Compost Intern (Paid)
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 must have a valid driver’s license, a passion for composting and engaging with others, be willing to work behind the scenes and get your hands dirty (and sometimes smelly), and be able to lift up to 40 pounds.
Communications and Outreach Intern (Paid)
Intern will support the communication and outreach mission of the Office of Sustainability including compilation, coordination, and distribution of weekly e newsletter (using Mail Chimp), web content development, community calendar coordination, social media posts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn), and event outreach.
OoS Artist-in-Residence Intern (Paid)
This new position will focus on expressing the value of sustainability initiatives at UGA. Primary goals of the program are to integrate arts, sciences, and operations at UGA; increase awareness of sustainability issues among expanding audiences; and inspire effective actions. The Artist-in-Residence Intern will participate in a current project related to watershed health, waste reduction, alternative transportation, or another sustainability initiative at UGA. Based on personal research and project-based learning, the intern will develop - and ideally implement - a strategy to interpret and communicate important issues related to the project. This is an experiment. Candidates should be passionate about sustainability and the arts; possess critical thinking, problem-solving and effective communication skills; enjoy collaboration; and be comfortable with trying new things.
Intern will create a series of visual stories related to sustainability at UGA as well as initiatives undertaken by the Office of Sustainability. Video creation experience required, samples of work should be attached as links within cover letter. As an example of the desired video direction, please see https://www.youtube.com/user/msusustainability
Events Intern (Paid)
The Events Intern is responsible for coordinating, planning and implementing sustainability events during Spring semester including the Zero Waste Extravaganza, Earth Week, Semester in Review and others as needed. This intern will work with multiple student organizations and campus and community departments. This position requires creativity, effective communication and collaboration, strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Evening hours will be required.
Campus Kitchens Intern
Intern will expand the capacity and support the operations of the Campus Kitchen at UGA, a student-powered hunger relief program of the Office of Service-Learning. Each week, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need in Athens, Ga. The Campus Kitchen at UGA goes beyond meals by using food as a tool to participate in nutrition education, combat senior isolation, and create dialogues on food waste and hunger in the UGA community. The Spring 2017 Office of Sustainability intern will work to increase the in-kind resources donated to Campus Kitchen, specifically by securing year-round volunteers and financial contributions through the LEAD Athens Midnight 5K, as well as managing Campus Kitchen’s current volunteers on uga.givepulse.com. Advertising, public relations, event planning, volunteer management or marketing skills are a plus for this position.
Greek Life Intern
Are you a member of a Greek organization on campus? Do you want to see the Greek community take a leadership role in sustainability and waste reduction? The Greek Life intern coordinates the Greek Goes Green program and serves as a liaison between fraternities/sororities, Greek Life, Athens Clarke County Recycling Division and the UGA Office of Sustainability. This position includes empowering fraternity/sorority sustainability coordinators and ensuring compliance with ACC recycling regulations. Candidates should have a passion for sustainability and waste reduction, strong communication and organizational skills, and an ability to collaborate effectively with others.
Watershed UGA Communications Intern (Paid)
Intern will implement communication strategies for Watershed UGA, engaging the campus community in sustainability through streams and watersheds. This will include the creation of a short video documenting the project, social media updates, events, press releases, graphics, web content and outreach. Intern will coordinate closely with the other Watershed UGA intern and the Watershed UGA project team.