internships since Spring 2010
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Program Overview

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.

All interns participate in a kickoff event, weekly meetings, leadership development programs, and the Semester in Review event on Reading Day.


Internship positions with 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 10 hours per week working on a specified project or topical area and assisting Office of Sustainability staff as needed.

Academic Credit

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.

 Internship Program Video

Apply now through April 5 for Fall 2019 Internship Positions.

Fall 2019 Internship positions – This list is not finalized. More positions being added in the next couple of days!

ACC Office of Sustainability Internship
The intern will work with the ACC Office of Sustainability on the implementation of a Community Driven Neighborhood Climate Solutions Grant. Community residents have developed a series of priorities for making Athens West Broad neighborhood more resilient to climate change. Intern will support project partners in implementing these priorities such as lowing energy and water costs and maintaining tree canopies. Applicant should be a good communicator who is organized and able to balance a diverse workload.

ACC Recycling Division – Food Waste Reduction Intern
The intern will be responsible for managing and researching the organics and food waste recovery program through the ACC Recycling Division. They will be managing a variety of data and educational materials pertaining to organics waste and landfill material for the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department, with the overarching goal of reducing waste to the landfill. The intern will then assist in the creation of public engagement tools, which may include but would not be limited to presentations, infographics, guides, and reports. This position will work in collaboration with the Athens-Clarke County, GA Unified Government and the University of Georgia Office of Sustainability.

Artist in Residence
The Artist-in-Residence (AiR) will engage with the Office of Sustainability programs and activities, promote collaboration between disciplines, and give artists an opportunity to explore ideas and develop work related to sustainability. The AiR will spend up to 10 hours each week at the Office of Sustainability in the Chicopee Building, where they will embed in existing sustainability-related programs and develop creative projects that engage the campus and/or community (such as workshops, exhibitions, performances, publications, etc.). The AiR receives support and resources from the Office of Sustainability with guidance from the Social Ecology Lab and Ideas for Creative Exploration. All arts disciplines are encouraged to apply. This internship will last both Fall and Spring semesters.

Campus Compost Intern
The intern will co-lead the bicycle-powered UGA Campus Compost Program including the physical collection of compost bins from 60+ 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 smelly), be willing to work outdoors in less than ideal weather conditions, and able to lift up to 50 lbs.

Campus Kitchens Food Operations Intern
Campus Kitchens is looking for a mission-oriented, creative and organized individual to serve as the Food Operations Intern in the fall 2019 semester. The Food Operations Intern assists in leading daily food operations for Campus Kitchen with an emphasis on meal planning, cooking, space organization, supply management and peer leadership of Campus Kitchen Shift Leaders. This is a 15 hours/week position paid at $10/hour. For a full position description, visit

Chew Crew Intern
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, managing invasive species, and coordinating vegetation monitoring and research 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.

Curriculum Intern
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.  

Envision Athens Intern
This position will report to the Envision Athens Project Manager and will address an Envision Athens priority action within the domain of Environment, Agriculture, or Transportation. A potential project could be to increase fresh food access on the east side of Athens; however, the specific project focus will depend upon pressing priority actions and the selected student’s aptitudes and interests. Internship duties include representing the Envision Athens action agenda in stakeholder and partner settings; supporting the project manager with administrative, strategic planning, creative marketing, and outreach activities; assisting with collection and management of statistical data; managing volunteers; attending community events as an ambassador for Envision Athens; and conducting research on community development policies and practices. Candidates must have interest in community development; excellent written and oral communication skills; familiarity with social networking and communication software; and be flexible, collaborative, teachable, willing to initiate, accept responsibility, and work well with autonomy.

Foodshed UGA Intern
Foodshed UGA is a town/gown food solutions initiative aimed at engaging the campus and community in sustainability and innovation through food.  Intern will support all aspects of this initiative including curricular integration, identified projects, research, events, and administration.

Greek Life Intern
Are you a member of a Greek organization on campus?  Do you want to see the Greek community expand its 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.

Reclamation Intern
The purpose of the Reclamation Internship is to foster a culture of repair and reuse at UGA and beyond through intervention in the UGA institutional landfill stream. The intern will make functional items using discarded materials, use those items to communicate and demonstrate the potential of repair and reuse, connect campus stakeholders with available surplus property, and work within the constraints of state regulations. Applicants must have a background as a maker, a drive to learn new hands-on skills, and excellent interpersonal communication skills to interact with a broad variety of UGA tradespeople and other employees.

Strategic Communications
The communications intern will work directly with the communications team in promoting The Office of Sustainability’s work to the public. The nature of the communications team is cross-functional, thus the intern has the opportunity to work on various projects across many areas. The intern will participate in various duties across the events, press and digital arms of the communications team. Responsibilities of the communications intern include, but are not limited to, assisting at events; developing communications strategies, writing short and long-form stories, assembling weekly newsletters (Mailchimp), publishing blogs (WordPress), publishing multimedia presentations (adobe spark), and creating videos.

  • When assigned to campaigns/marketing, the intern will use MailChimp to create and distribute emails promoting sustainability-related events and opportunities, will work to promote the Office of Sustainability on LinkedIn, create strategic communications for our alumni network, and plan events to strengthen the bond between the cohort of interns.
  • When assigned to Foodshed, the intern will create and implement focused campaign communications around the Foodshed UGA initiative. Foodshed is a town/gown food solutions initiative aimed at engaging the campus and community in sustainability and innovation through food.
  • When assigned to Multimedia, the intern will tell the stories of UGA sustainability through non-traditional media including video, 360 photos, podcasts, augmented reality, and Adobe Spark pages.

UGArden Compost Intern
This intern will report to UGArden and manage our composting system. They will work with a Master Gardner to manage the piles, grind and turn them with a tractor, and record the temperature for our compost records. Experience operating equipment not required. However, this intern will be expected to operate the tractor and should be prepared and willing to do so.  

UGArden Public Relations Intern
This intern will report to UGArden and be responsible for promoting the farm on campus and in the community and recruit students and community volunteers.  This student will also organize and give tours and lead groups on the farm, table at events, and serve as liaison to Foodshed UGA. This intern will also help promote UGArden through social media and a regular newsletter.

Zero Waste Intern
The intern will lead Zero Waste initiatives such as assessing campus waste reduction infrastructure, conducting waste audits of campus buildings, installing recycling signage, implementing the reconditioned water bottle program, developing/assisting recycling and zero waste campaigns, and/or other waste reduction efforts.  The intern will work closely with multiple people and departments to carry out projects. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license, a passion for reducing waste and engaging with others, an ability to plan and coordinate complicated logistical tasks and be willing to work hard behind the scenes.