Jobs and Internships

Student Internships

Internship in Excellence Program, Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) – various locations

The EREF Internship in Excellence Program offers full-time students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree a unique, hands-on opportunity to experience the world of solid waste management. Interns will work full-time at companies focused on solid waste management, where they will learn to talk trash, understand day-to-day business operations and contribute to the industry. Companies are looking for talented candidates representing a wide range of majors. Upon successful completion of the program and other requirements, interns will be eligible to receive a cash scholarship. For best consideration, apply before December 4.

Virtual Internship: Social Media for Climate Activism, Bard College – Annadale-On-Hudson, NY

Gain valuable practical experience working with a team of students in the development, execution and assessment of a social media campaign in support of a national climate education project, Solve Climate By 2030. The project is mobilizing US educators to engage over 100,000 students in dialog about ambitious action to stabilize the climate. This unpaid internship will meet once-weekly in the evening for two hours (via webinar), and will require three hours of weekly outside commitment to the social media campaign which will be designed, delivered, and evaluated by the students. Application deadline not listed.

Non-Profit Development and Special Events Internships – Monona, WI

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) is looking for several motivated individuals to join our Non-Profit Development and Special Event Management internship program. Primary responsibilities include assisting the Development Director in drafting development plans to support the organization’s mission and strategic goals and expanding existing development programs such as membership drives, direct mail solicitations, major donor campaigns, and special appeals. Application deadline not listed.

Sustainability Engineer Co-op, Trek Bicycle – Waterloo, WI

Starting as early as January 2020, this 6 month co-op is a great opportunity to put your coursework to use in practical applications. This intern will help establish clear goals for the product development team to create innovative products while reducing our environmental impact, benchmark best-in-class life cycle analysis practices, and work with key stakeholders to develop and document a product sustainability scorecard. In addition to helping with Trek’s product development process, this position will be responsible for working with Trek’s suppliers to document materials, chemicals, and processes used in production to identify “hot spots” and serve as a baseline for establishing goals and metrics for future improvement. Application deadline not listed.

Education Intern, Madison Audubon Society – Madison, WI

This is a part-time, entry-level position beginning as soon as reasonably possible and continuing through May or June. The ideal candidate will have experience in education, a background in environmental sciences, or both, and will be passionate about connecting children with nature. Primary responsibilities include leading after-school sessions, preparing activities, and coordinating with community centers. This position is paid at a rate of $12 per hour and applications are accepted until position is filled.

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.

Citizen’s Climate Lobby Internships – Nationwide and remote locations

Internships with CCL are enriching learning experiences working with our dynamic and passionate staff and volunteer leaders. Our interns go on to top graduate schools and careers in environmental, political, or nonprofit fields. Internships are usually unpaid but receive free registration to CCL’s national conferences in Washington DC and are also eligible for lodging and transportation support for the event. Positions include options in Policy & Advocacy, Outreach & Education, and Communications & Education. Application deadlines vary.

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


Sustainable Food Group Coordinator, IPM Institute of North America, Inc. – Madison, WI

There is a full-time coordinator position available with an independent non-profit organization working to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Responsibilities include coordinating the development and operation of sustainability programs for national food companies and their supply chains. The individual in this position will work with the project team, project partners, clients, scientists, and experts to research, develop, implement and verify standards focused on sustainability, IPM and pesticide risk reduction. The scope of work includes standards development, verification, communications, training, program evaluation, and reporting. Application deadline not listed.

Energy and Sustainability Analyst, OSF Healthcare – Rockford, IL

The Energy Analyst provides technical expertise in the areas of energy management, waste reduction, and water efficiency, as a team leader or team member, during the planning, design, construction, and operations of OSF HealthCare System facilities. In addition, the analyst will support data collection and reporting, lead project implementation, and quantify metrics and results to meet OSF Healthcare System sustainability goals. Application deadline not listed.

Climate Justice Policy Associate – City of Providence, RI

Under the guidance and supervision of the Director of Sustainability, the Climate Justice Policy Associate is responsible for working with frontline communities to advance collective goals and strategies that help Providence become a more just and climate-resilient city. Providence’s frontline communities are communities of color most impacted by the crises of ecology, economy, and democracy, including the Indigenous, African-American, Black, Latinx, and Southeast Asian communities in Providence. There is particular emphasis on people of color who are refugees and immigrants, people with criminal records, those who speak languages other than English, and LGBTQ. Application deadline not listed.



Associate Program Officer for Advancing Climate Change Solutions, The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation – Flint, MI

The new Associate Program Officer (APO), ACCS, will manage the Foundation’s efforts addressing clean energy access in East Africa, primarily Tanzania. The Foundation’s grantmaking under this program area seeks to create the conditions necessary for the private sector in Tanzania to develop mini-grids powered by distributed renewable energy, typically solar, for productive economic uses in remote “last-mile” communities. The individual filling this position will work with an experienced team of consultants that know Tanzania well and be part of the eight-person Environment program team at the Foundation. Application deadline not listed.

Assistant Director of Sustainability, UMass Lowell – Lowell, MA

The Assistant Director of Sustainability will support the University’s commitment to sustainability initiatives and programs that reduce environmental impacts, improve efficiency of the University’s operations, increase environmental awareness, and engage students in experiential learning opportunities. This position will manage and coordinate the sustainability programs at the university, in the greater Lowell community and with a wide-variety of state partner organizations. Leveraging these relationships and successfully receiving and executing sustainability-related grants are essential requirements for this position. Applications accepted until position is filled.

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.

Other Opportunities

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.

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. Call for proposal deadlines vary.

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.