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.
Fall 2017 Internship Positions
Curriculum – Certificate in Sustainability (Paid)
Intern will support the Certificate in Sustainability including coordinating events, communicating with students and faculty, representing the certificate (presentations and tabling) and updating the certificate website. In the coming year, the intern will also work on developing an alumni network.
Sustainability Across the Curriculum (Paid)
Intern will support the integration of sustainability across the curriculum at UGA including creating faculty support materials, conducting research, coordinating faculty events, updating OoS website material and supporting Office of Sustainability faculty and staff.
Campus Compost (Paid)
Intern will lead the bicycle-powered 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 passion for composting and engaging with others, be a confident bicyclist, have a valid driver’s license, enjoy working behind the scenes and getting your hands dirty (and sometimes smelly), and be able to lift up to 40 pounds.
Housing – EcoReps (Paid)
The Housing EcoReps Intern will assist University Housing with special projects and education for sustainability within on-campus housing. Specifically the intern selected will co-advise the EcoReps, a groups of students who hold community council elected positions dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability in the residence halls. Responsibilities include facilitating EcoReps meetings bi-weekly, providing support for EcoReps programming and bulletin board creation, and preparing for the EcoReps conference in the spring. The intern may also choose from a number of outreach and research opportunities within University Housing, depending on his or her interests. Additionally, the intern will serve as a liaison between the Office of Sustainability and University Housing ensuring regular communication and collaboration on sustainability projects.
Campus Kitchen (Paid)
Expand the capacity and support the operations of 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 into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need in Athens, GA. The . 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.
Urban Agriculture (Paid)
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.
Intern will coordinate community distribution of UGArden produce through markets, harvest and donations. Candidates must demonstrate strong leadership skills, comfort with training others, effective communications and social media skills, be dedicated and hardworking. This position is intended to last the entire academic year (both fall and spring semesters) and will require specific scheduled hours (TBD).
Chew Crew (Unpaid)
Intern will be responsible for managing 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.
The Grants Intern will help administer the Campus Sustainability Grants program for UGA students and the Odum Environmental Grants program for local K-12 teachers and students. Tasks include communication of grant opportunities to targeted audiences; refinement of program logistics; coordination with selection committees and donors; and other support as needed. Candidates should possess strong organizational skills and enjoy creating spreadsheets and talking to people.