Jobs and Internships

Student Internships

City Strategy and Engagement Intern, National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) – Chicago, WI

NRDC is seeking a City Strategy and Engagement Intern to work with the American Cities Climate Challenge team in our Chicago office. This will be a full-time paid position for ten weeks during the summer of 2020. Responsibilities will include drafting public-facing resources in partnership with city and conducting research on a wide range of topics including utility regulations, real estate, mobility, transit, EVs, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and equity in the context of local city policy and programs. Application deadline not listed.

Sustainability Intern, Birchwood Foods – Kenosha, WI

The Sustainability Intern will engage in a variety of activities to address a wide range of sustainability initiatives. Under the direction and mentorship of our Corporate Sustainability Team, the Sustainability Intern will undertake projects directed at quantifying and benchmarking current sustainability metrics and provide recommendations for continuous improvement within the framework provided. Apply on Handshake before April 1.

Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation Internships – Ecuador

Ceiba’s internships at the Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve offer students and young professionals to chance to develop their research, community development, conservation, or environmental education skills, gaining invaluable professional skills while making a tangible contribution to ongoing conservation projects.  We offer a variety of projects focusing on habitat conservation, reforestation, environmental education, community development, and scientific research. Application deadlines vary by position.

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


Environmental Resources Planner, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission – Madison, WI

The Environmental Resources Planner works under the supervision of the Environmental Resources Planning Division Director. They perform independently to provide support in preparing water resource management plans. This position collects, analyzes, and communicates water resource and other natural resource data to provide meaningful conclusions, performs preliminary work on plans, prepares outreach and information materials, creates graphic presentations, and performs geographical information systems (GIS) work and related work as required. Application deadline April 6.

Sustainability and Diversity Educational Programs Manager, UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) – Santa Cruz, CA

The Sustainability Office at UCSC critically evaluates its own communications, approaches, and priorities to environmental efforts in order to reduce bias and elevate the voices of UCSC’s increasingly diverse campus community. The Sustainability and Diversity Educational Programs Manager plays a key role in supporting existing programs, as well as advancing further innovation in education, diversity and inclusion efforts and research for sustainability and environmental operations at UCSC.  Application deadline April 16.

Program Manager, Sustainability Minor, George Washington University – Washington, D.C.

The Program Manager will manage several budgets associated with the Sustainability Program and facilitate the hiring of consultants and interns. This person will be the first point of contact for all student inquiries about sustainability GW, both in the classroom and on the campus. A main responsibility of this job is to manage outreach to students around sustainability academic program offerings, internships, and career opportunities. The Program Manager will support and enhance the growth of the Sustainability Minor, and other degree programs that are developed within the Sustainability Minor program. Application deadline not listed.



Director of Sustainability, Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, VA

The Director of Sustainability’s primary responsibilities include fostering a culture of sustainability among faculty, staff, and students; identifying and prioritizing areas for institutional sustainability efforts; planning and developing long- and short-range programs; and engaging with institutional leaders to foster sustainability broadly across campus units. The Director of Sustainability also coordinates with the University’s academic community to integrate sustainability into the curriculum. The Director of Sustainability will be responsible for overseeing the VCU Free Store and ensure that the on-campus resource promotes equitable access to everyday needs. Application deadline not listed.

Senior Sustainability Data Analyst, University of Virginia – Charlottesville, VA

The Senior Data Analyst is a core member of the Sustainability team, which seeks to engage our communities, steward resources, and discover ways to improve Grounds and beyond for generations to come. Under the supervision of the Sustainability Director, the Senior Data Analyst – Sustainability is responsible for analyzing energy, emissions, water, materials, and other sustainability-related metrics to draw conclusions and create sophisticated analysis and reports from complex data sets, both to evaluate progress towards goals, as well as to develop projections to determine the most effective strategies for UVA to meet sustainability goals. Application deadline not listed.

Energy Efficiency Project Manager, Tufts University – Medford/Somerville, MA

The Energy Efficiency Project Manager collaborates with Facilities, Campus Planning, and Business Operations & Analytics colleagues to identify energy efficiency project and program opportunities across all campuses. In addition, the Project Manager works with third-party utilities and consortia to identify potential energy efficiency incentive programs from which compelling energy savings projects can be derived. The Project Manager develops business plans, operating budgets, negotiates contracts and arrangements with third-party utilities and ultimately directs all phases of resulting, approved energy efficiency projects and programs. Application deadline not listed.

Sustainability Program Manager, Swarthmore College – Swarthmore, PA

The Program Manager in the Office of Sustainability directs the following sustainability initiatives, and more: the residential Green Advisors, including their role in New Student Orientation; the Sustainability Advocates for staff & faculty offices; event planning for the annual UN climate conference delegation and/or other engaged scholarship activities; and design and implementation of the Zero Waste Plan. The Program manager convenes the Zero Waste Working Group and leads budgeting for and installation of campus waste stations, oversees the campus-wide compost system and the Worthmore Free Store and move-out donation process, supervises waste consultants, and leads presentations of reduction and diversion educational strategies. Application deadline not listed.

Other Opportunities

Sustainability Fellow, University of Mississippi – Oxford, MI

This position assists in the performance of career specific duties to support the development, coordination, and operation of sustainability programs and projects, while developing skills and abilities. Responsibilities include assisting in the development, coordination and/or operation of assigned programs or projects, conducting surveys to gather information, and providing recommendations based on review of applicable data. Application deadline not listed.

Summer Institute on Sustainability & Energy: Resiliency – Chicago IL

In 2020, the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) considers what it takes to be resilient in the face of climate change. It explores this generation’s greatest questions, the nature of resiliency and sustainability, and future opportunities through the research of local experts. SISE Fellows will engage with a new energy mapping initiative being develop by the American Energy Society and identify best-practices for activists and advocates committed to achieving climate justice by offsetting climate catastrophe. Application deadline May 30.

Social Justice Hub Action Team(s) – Madison, WI

The Social Justice Hub invites UW-Madison students and campus members to join current Social Justice Teams or to form yours.  Find friends, choose a social justice topic of interest, schedule a kickoff, and determine steps to create positive change. Current Action Teams include the Voting Team, which increases campus civic engagement, and a Criminal Justice Action Team. Application deadline March 22.

Unsolicited Research Program, The Water Research Foundation

The Unsolicited Research Program (URP) is designed to fund innovative research projects that can significantly advance scientific knowledge and result in practical water quality solutions. The program routinely receives 10% of WRF’s allocated research budget each year. Pre-proposals are due by March 30.

Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) Scholarship Program

Scholarships are awarded to recognize excellence in master’s and doctoral waste management research and education. EREF named scholarships support students studying to become the next generation of waste industry professionals through monthly stipends and opportunities to integrate students into conferences, fundraisers, and facilitates visits to companies within the industry. Apply online before April 17.

Climate Solutions Acceleration Fund – Second Nature

The Climate Solutions Acceleration Fund is a small innovation fund that is dedicated to supporting the scaling of the climate action acceleration activities of colleges and universities. Funding may be used for project implementation, or to support climate action planning activities. All submitted proposals must advance cross-sector (campus and external stakeholders) climate action. Application deadline April 3.

Climate Corp Fellowships, Strategic Energy Innovations – Across the U.S.

Climate Corps is a full-time, paid 10-month fellowship program where participants receive extensive training & support, including monthly trainings and a personal development plan, to help them implement climate change resiliency projects in their community. Application deadlines vary by position.

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 – UW-Madison

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