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.

Apply for an internship position

The application period for Fall 2020 internship opportunities begins on March 30, 2020.  Applications are due by April 12.  Applicants will be notified by the May 1, 2020. 

Fall 2020 positions

UGArden Compost Intern

This intern will report to UGArden and manage the farm composting system. They will work with a Master Gardener 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. Intern may be asked to assist with other UGArden.

Bee Campus USA Intern

Intern will provide support for UGA’s Bee Campus USA Certification and Campus Pollinator Committee including assessing and mapping habitat, assisting with planting plans and sourcing in support of the UGA Grounds Department, and developing tours and brochures to educate the campus community.   Students from Horticulture or Landscape Architecture are preferred. Candidates should have a rudimentary knowledge of pollinator species and habitat and possess basic computer and mapping skills. Intern will collaborate with the UGA Campus Arboretum Intern and Committee.

Campus Compost Intern
Intern will co-lead the tricycle-powered UGA Campus Compost Program including physical collection of compost bins from 80+ 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.


The communications intern will work to promote sustainability initiatives at UGA to the public through the production of electronic newsletters and social media posts.  Intern may also write short and long form stories, publish multimedia presentations and blogs, and create videos. Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and possess a passion for sustainability and creative, effective communications. 

Athens Clarke County Sustainability Office- Natural Resource Management and Habitat Restoration Intern

Intern will assist with the development and implementation of natural resource land management plans and activities on public lands in Athens Clark County.  Position will assist sustainability staff in efforts to evaluate plan, manage, and restore natural areas for habitat and ecosystem service purposes. Key asks include inventorying parks and natural areas for plants, cultural features, and hazards and inputting this information into GIS. Other activities include volunteer and stakeholder coordination, educational events, research and documentation.   Candidates should have a background in botany and or plant id, be organized, and willing to work outdoors. GIS skills preferred. 

Campus Engagement Intern

Intern is responsible for engaging the campus community in sustainable initiatives and involvement.  For the first half of the semester, the intern will plan and coordinate the Green Cup Challenge- a conservation competition among the lower five residential halls (Hill, Boggs, Church, Lipscomb, and Mell). The competition engages these first year residence halls to compete in conserving electricity, water, and participate in educational programs. It kicks off at the beginning of October and ends with the winning hall announced at a large celebration at the end of October. The intern will be responsible for building engagement and awareness among those residents throughout the month long competition. As well as maintain social media and engagement as daily scores are announced. For the second half of the semester the intern will focus on campus engagement with classes, clubs, departments and other organizations.  The position requires creativity, effective communication and collaboration, strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Some evening hours will be required.

EcoRep Intern

The Intern will assist the Housing Sustainability Coordinator 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 sustainable behaviors in the residence halls. Responsibilities include facilitating EcoReps meetings bi-weekly, providing support for EcoReps programming and bulletin board creation, planning the EcoRep retreat in fall, 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 their 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. The position requires effective communication and collaboration skills, organizational skills, and the ability to think creatively. Some evening hours will be required. Students with experience living or working on campus preferred.

Sustainability Metrics Intern

The Intern is responsible for coordinating UGA’s Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Reporting System (STARS) Report, a comprehensive review of UGA’s sustainability performance across various metrics.  This position requires extreme organization and self-motivation. Candidates should enjoy online research; developing processes for data collection; communicating with stakeholders through email, phone calls, and meetings; creating and updating spreadsheets; and taking responsibility for completing a complex task with limited supervision.  The anticipated outcome of this position is a completed UGA 2020 STARS Report by December 2020.

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.
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.