Student Programs

Student interns in the Office of Sustainability.

The Office of Sustainability employs students year-round to work on a variety of campus sustainability projects. There is an academic year student program and a 10-week summer internship program.

The student programs are open to any undergraduate who is passionate about sustainability, regardless of major. Application periods will be announced on our homepage and in our newsletter.


Academic year student projects

The 2016-2017 student staff comprise two work teams: the Waste & Recycling team and the Green Office Certification Program team.

Learn more about the current students.


Summer 2016 internship projects

During summer 2016, Office of Sustainability students worked with a range of campus partners. Project summaries are in progress and will be posted here as they become available.


See what some of our past interns have to say:

Bre Nehls (2014-2016, geography and environmental studies): 

What made you interested in the internship initially? 

“I always knew I was interested in an environmental type of career, hence environmental studies and geography, but I’ve always liked the more human side of things, so I thought sustainability would be a good way to get involved in the more human side of environmental concerns.”

What have you taken away from your internship with the Office of Sustainability? 

“What I’ve taken away is that I have been able to see sustainability it in practice a lot. Now I can better understand where I can see myself fitting in the future with the experience that I have. It helps with what your idea of what sustainability is and it helps you know how to do it, like little daily things. For instance, I know what can be recycled, but what can’t be recycled? What are the differences between dual-stream and multi-stream? All stuff like that.”


Jake Kositzke (2013-2014, biological systems engineering):

What have you taken away from your internship with the Office of Sustainability? 

“It is very possible for any student in this university to make a huge impact. You can make a connection between different organizations that can all be persuaded to work together. But you have to figure out how that can be done and how we can come together with the brilliant minds on campus to execute these huge projects by connecting a lot of people that realize that they are working towards the same goal.”