Jobs and Internships

Student Internships

SMART Fund Sustainability Project LTE Intern, Dane County – Madison, WI

This project is intended to gather information and report on the 2012-2019 actual outcomes for the 84 Sustainable Management and Renewable Technologies (SMART) Fund capital projects awarded to Dane County departments. The intern’s main duties will be to review the list of SMART Fund projects awarded to departments between 2012 and 2019 and the project proposal descriptions and any projected outcomes for context and then develop a questionnaire to gather information from departments on outcomes relevant to the individual projects. Application deadline September 27.

Social Justice Hub Voting Intern, The Wisconsin Unions – Madison, WI

The Social Justice Hub Voting Intern’s job duties include developing and implementing a recruitment plan to attract fellow students, coordinating recruited students to support registration drives across campus, and utilizing social media to market voting, voter information, and related events. For maximum campus-wide effectiveness, many of these duties are conducted in concert with other campus vote interns, such as the ASM vote coordinator and the Morgridge Center for Public Service’s vote interns; and in consultation with the League Of Women Voters of Dane County. Applications are accepted through mid-September, with an intended start date of October 1.

Regulatory Relations and Policy Internship, Alliant Energy – Madison, WI or Cedar Rapids, IA

As an Intern in with the Regulatory Affairs team at Alliant Energy, you will gain hands-on experience and exposure to a wide range of energy industry topics. Responsibilities include developing utility pricing and innovative customer solutions and working with industry professionals and stakeholders on emerging energy issues. This internship will provide you with knowledge of regulatory agencies, processes, and procedures, including rate reviews and allow you to conduct research and analysis on issues that will inform business and strategic decisions. Application deadline October 6.

Environmental Social Governance Summer Intern, TDS – Madison, WI or Chicago, IL

In partnership with Corporate Relations leadership, the ESG Intern will build awareness and collect data on the Company’s Environmental, Social, and Governance efforts.  The intern’s primary responsibilities include researching and documenting existing Company metrics, processes, and policies to provide support for ESG disclosures. This position will also work to gather data to populate to the Global Reporting Institute (GRI) standards and form requirements. Application deadline not listed.

U.S. Green Building Council Internships – Washington D.C.

The USGBC is hiring a variety of paid and unpaid internships for summer, located at their headquarters in D.C. Positions include: Sustainability Education, State and Local Advocacy, Social Equity Campaigns, Sustainable Facilities Management, Public Policy, and more. Application deadlines vary, see the above link for individual position descriptions.

Entry Level and Professional Jobs


Energy Sustainability Specialist, APTIM – Madison, WI

This position is responsible for providing technical and administrative support to the Energy Portfolio team to ensure that information is accurate, projects are maintained and continuously reviewed, while providing continuous communication with key internal stakeholders. This position is additionally responsible for managing customer incentive reviews and processing, and supporting or directly coordinating projects with internal functional teams. Application deadline not listed.

Assistant Geologist, WSP – Madison, WI
Posted August 23

WSP is searching for an Assistant Geologist for our Madison office. Our Environmental staff ensures compliance with federal, state, and local environmental regulations, client environmental policies, and best management practices (BMPs). This position will be responsible for coordinating field activities, developing knowledge of standard field sampling procedures for various environmental media and for unconsolidated deposits and bedrock. As an Assistant Geologist, you will also prepare site Health and Safety Plans (HASPs) and implement safe work practices in the field. Application deadline not listed.

Internship and Project Specialist, Brown University – Providence, RI

This position will help to manage the student Sustainability Internship program, develop marketing and communication materials for the Office of Sustainability, organize and oversee multiple community-facing events, and develop and implement new student programs. Under the Program Manager, the project specialist will also provide mentorship to the intern projects and manage the larger community events. Application deadline not listed.


Sustainability Leader, Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) – Madison, WI

EUA is seeking an experienced leader for sustainability in the built environment. Given our AIA 2030 Commitment as well as a broad portfolio of sustainable projects across multiple markets to date, this individual will play an important role in continuing as well as defining future sustainability-related efforts at EUA. Responsibilities include providing leadership and direction to firmwide sustainability efforts and goals and identifying strategies and solutions for clients that improve the performance, sustainability, and resiliency of their project(s). Application deadline not listed.

Sustainability Operations Coordinator, Texas A&M University – College Station, TX

The Sustainability Operations Coordinator is responsible for fostering a culture of sustainability at Texas A&M University. This position will enhance sustainability public education and outreach initiatives through a variety of platforms including social media outlets, development and implementation of programs such as the Sustainable Office Certification, the Aggie Sustainability Alliance, and coordination and management of the Aggie Green Fund. Application deadline not listed.

Other Opportunities

Emerging Opportunities Program, The Water Research Foundation

The Emerging Opportunities Program is a Water Research Foundation (WRF) research program formed to enable WRF to sponsor time-critical research on emergent, high priority subscriber issues, and to collaborate on research ideas developed by approved WRF partners. This program enables WRF to address broadly relevant subscriber issues, challenges, and opportunities with targeted research, often in a series of projects. Open RFPs include PFAS Compounds in Water Treatment Plants, Definition of a Smart Utility, Decentralized Reuse and Treatment Systems, and more. Call for proposal deadlines vary.

2019 DreamUp Wisconsin Challenge – Dane County, WI

The challenge is to develop proposals to increase the net income of 10,000 Dane County households by 10 percent by the end of 2022. Proposals may include ideas to decrease cost of living and/or increase financial resources. Schmidt Futures has committed to providing additional support for at least one team from the University of Wisconsin with the ultimate opportunity to compete for a larger pool of capital funding (up to $1 million) in Summer 2020. Proposals due October 1, 2019.

Smart Cities – Smart Future Competition, Foxconn – Madison, WI

The Smart Cities-Smart Futures Competition encourages open-ended design thinking and concept-generation in order to bring forward the widest range of innovative concepts for enhancing the lives of Wisconsin residents.  This initiative is designed to create an avenue for bringing innovative concepts of all types forward and to be a catalyst that helps energize a “smart future.” New idea categories include mobility, energy, building, safety, healthcare, agri-tech, and manufacturing industries in Wisconsin. First round of submissions due October 20.

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship, National Estuarine Research Reserves – Lake Superior, WI or site locations across the U.S.

Through a research project, fellows will address a key coastal management question to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies. These fellowships are where fieldwork, research, and community engagement come together to create the scientific advances that change our communities and our world. Fellows will learn the ability to develop meaningful cross-discipline research projects in conjunction with scientists, community leaders, and other organizations. Application deadline December 20, 2019.

Bike the Barns Volunteer Opportunities, FairShare CSA Coalition – Madison, WI

Register to support FairShare’s biggest fundraiser of the year! This event relies heavily on reliable volunteers to support event logistics. Current volunteer opportunties include prep/sign making on August 29 and route-marking on September 14. Register at the link above.

Fund for the Public Interest – Madison, WI and other locations

Fund For the Public Interest is partnering with groups like Environment America to take on polluters, tackle climate change or get pesticides out of our food supply. These groups have recruited for 35 years to generate the people power they need to take on Exxon Mobil, Monsanto or other opposition and win. Students will get the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in grassroots organizing, learn valuable communication and leadership skills, and have the opportunity to plan and participate in a variety of campaign events.

Nelson Institute Scholarships – Madison, WI

Ongoing scholarships offered by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Application deadlines vary.