internships since Spring 2010
hours of service performed by interns
degree programs represented

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. Since 2010 our internship program has grown from one intern to as many as 26 positions. 

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.


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.

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.

Spring 2018 Internships - Applications Now Accepted
Internship applications are due on November 27th.

Spring 2018 Internship Positions

The following paid positions are available for Spring Semester 2018:

Compost Intern
Intern will co-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), be willing to work outdoors in less than ideal weather conditions, and able to lift up to 50 pounds.

Events Intern
The Events Intern is responsible for coordinating, planning and implementing sustainability events during Spring semester including 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.

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.

Athens Farmers Market – Community Outreach Intern
Athens Farmers Market (AFM) seeks a highly organized and self-motivated intern to reach out to, and build relationships with, community organizations that support community members who use SNAP EBT. Intern would develop and implement a plan to communicate AFM's SNAP doubling program through social media posts, postcard mailers, handbills for community organizations to pass out with other materials, etc. A primary focus will include working with the Department of Family and Children Services. Intern will create a community resource database for AFM to use after the internship ends.

ACC Office of Sustainability - Communications and Planning Intern
This position will be responsible for initiating a multi-faceted communications program for the Athens-Clarke County Sustainability Office, and for supporting the ongoing development of the Athens Sustainability Plan. Intern will engage with a variety of community stakeholders to advance sustainability initiatives. Candidates should be flexible and outgoing, highly organized, possess strong written and graphic communication skills, and be able to produce informative and engaging media releases.

ACC Stormwater Intern
Position details forthcoming. Please check back soon.