University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jobs and Internships

The Office of Sustainability provides information about sustainability jobs and internships in the Madison area and across the country. Students, faculty, staff, and members of the larger community are encouraged to use the jobs page to find opportunities to engage in sustainability through work experience.

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies also maintains a jobs list here.

Last update: November 6, 2018


Partner Shares Program Intern, FairShare CSA Coalition – Madison, WI

FairShare’s interns play a critical role in our work.  You will become immersed in the local food movement through supporting FairShare’s outreach and education efforts, helping ensure that Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is accessible to all households and strengthening the community of family farmers in Southern Wisconsin. The intern will also be encouraged to attend relevant conferences, workshops, and meetings to gain valuable community organizing experience and contribute to the critical programs that work to build the strength and vitality of our local farms and to increase access to good, healthy food. Application deadline November 2.

Clean Energy Programs Intern, Navigant – Verona, WI

Navigant’s Clean Energy Programs team advances the full lifecycle of distributed energy resource (DER) programs through research, analytics, evaluation and market strategies that foster our clients’ success in a clean energy future.  As a Summer Associate, you will be responsible for specific components of a project, such as analyzing a client’s or market’s performance or conducting primary and secondary research, as well as for translating your research and analysis into client presentations and reports. Summer Associates may get exposure to clients involved in a wide range of energy-related activities, including energy efficiency, demand response, distributed energy resources, energy storage, and alternative fuel transportation. Application deadline not listed.

Environmental and Sustainability Intern, Oshkosh Corporation – Oshkosh, WI
Posted October 23

The Environmental and Sustainability Intern will be responsible for benchmarking third-party sustainability programs, participate in sustainability reporting, and create content for the sustainability webpage. Other duties include collecting data from various parts of the company and conducting a gap analysis between our data and Global Reporting Initiative requirements. Students with Sophomore standing and excellent communication skills are encouraged to apply. Application deadline not listed.

Sustainability Intern, Sodexo Inc. – Iowa County, WI
Posted October 29

As a Sustainability Intern for Sodexo, you will assist with providing feedback on guidelines, preparing recipes and formulas, and the day-to-day operations. Interns may also be assigned special projects that pertain to their interests and the internship or ensure compliance with local HACCP/OSHA policies and procedures. Eligible applicants must be in pursuit of a degree, and exhibit professional and communication skills. Application deadline not listed.


Environmental Compliance and Strategy Associate, Invenergy – Chicago, IL
Posted October 3

Powered by decades of entrepreneurial experience and unparalleled execution, Invenergy solves the energy challenges facing our customers and communities. As the Environmental Compliance & Strategy Associate, you will be responsible for assisting Invenergy’s in-house environmental team in support of responsible development, construction and operation of wind and solar facilities across the US. Other duties include leading land and wildlife agency communication and coordination, NGO outreach, reviewing technical reports, and participating in regional and national initiatives, symposia, conferences, and industry groups. Application deadline not listed.

B2B Business Development Associate, The Raw Office – Milwaukee, WI

At The Raw Office, we not only save our clients money via our next generation procurement platform but our emphasis is on environmentally-friendly products reducing our clients eco-footprint. We are an eco-forward, B Certified, fast-growing business supply start-up, located in downtown historic Ward 3 area in Milwaukee in an open plan office environment. The Business Development Associate is responsible for identifying and developing strategic business relationships throughout the US. As the Business Development Associate, you will take the lead in the development of new business opportunities that supports the company’s overall growth strategy. In this key position, you will be expected to achieve established sales goals and implement business development initiatives that maximize and grow the company and generate bottom line revenue. Application deadline not listed.


Environmental Compliance Technician, Gundersen Health System – La Crosse, WI
Posted November 6

Performs technical duties for Gundersen’s Comprehensive Waste and Environmental Compliance Program under the direction of the program manager. Employee will perform work in fields related to industrial health and hygiene, environmental issues, health issues, biological safety, and waste management. Employee will assist with the safe handling of hazardous waste, bio-hazardous “red” bag waste, pharmaceutical waste, laboratory waste, radiation oncology waste, oil and chemical waste, batteries, lighting/lamps, maintenance/facility waste and all other identified waste streams. Application deadline not listed.

Manager of Energy and Sustainability Services, OSF HealthCare – Peoria, IL

The Manager of Energy and Sustainability Services is responsible for the development and maintenance of OSF Healthcare System’s Energy, Sustainability, and Commissioning Services. This position requires strong leadership skills to manage a small work team and to work with OSF Healthcare Leadership to develop and implement Energy and Sustainability directives. Provides consulting services in areas of expertise to OSF Operating Units and implementation of Facilities Management and Construction process improvement projects. Application deadline not listed.

Senior Consultant – Energy & Energy Sustainability Systems, Navigant – Chicago, IL
Posted October 31

As a Senior Consultant with Navigant, you will work on projects for industry and public-sector clients around the world. You will work on diverse projects ranging from assessing the environmental performance of products and corporate value chains, to working with governments to develop scenarios for a transition to a fully renewable global energy system. You will be responsible for gathering and analyzing data, researching best practices, writing reports, inspiring clients, and working within a world-class team. Application deadline not listed.

Global Sustainability Leader, Dupont – Johnston, IA
Posted October 8

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ is recruiting for a Global Sustainability Leader to pave the way and position our organization as a market leader in sustainability. As a Sustainability Leader, you will shape our global, corporate sustainability program and lead the implementation of our global sustainability strategy to drive growth and business value for Corteva. Responsibilities will include engaging global external and internal stakeholders to position Corteva’s sustainability value proposition and support execution of global sustainability initiatives. Application deadline not listed.


Wisconsin Idea Fellowship, Morgridge Center  – Madison, WI
Posted October 8

The Wisconsin Idea is the driving mission to ensure that the education and research at UW-Madison is used to benefit communities beyond our campus borders. Wisconsin Idea Fellowships are awarded annually to undergraduate student projects working towards solving a challenge identified along with a local or global community partner. Fellowships are awarded to semester-long or year-long projects designed by an undergraduate student (or group of students) in collaboration with a community organization and a UW-Madison faculty or academic staff member. Projects can receive up to $7,000 in total funding and students receive 3 academic credits. Final proposals due February 8, 2019.

Zero Impact Fund, PepsiCo Recycling – Madison, WI
Posted October 3

PepsiCo Recycling is expanding the Zero Impact Fund, which offers eligible colleges and universities an opportunity to bring campus sustainability ideas to life. The PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund is designed to engage your entire campus community by offering a chance to win up to $10,000 to create or strengthen green initiatives on campus. Representatives or employees of eligible college or university campuses may submit proposal(s) that explain details about their initiative to advance an environmental sustainability agenda on their campus. Application deadline is December 21.

MFMC Grant Program, Minor Foundations for Major Challenges– Various Countries
Posted October 1

The Minor Foundation for Major Challenges is a Norwegian trust that funds communication projects which mitigate anthropogenic climate change. The foundation welcomes applications from all over the world. The board grants support to the projects they believe have the greatest impact on influencing public opinion and increasing political support for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Applications for this round of funding are due November 16.

Global Sustainability Scholars Program, UC-Boulder – Various Countries
Posted September 27

The GSS program is affiliated with the University of Colorado at Boulder, targeted to underrepresented students who are interested in building careers in sustainability fields. GSS offers students a three-year summer experience. During the three summers, students will travel abroad (while locations are yet to be determined, they will likely consist in European countries), learn about sustainability issues, and conduct research while building their professional network.  The 2019 cohort of GSS students will focus on the links between water, energy, and food in urban areas. Must be a current sophomore to apply. Applications accepted October 1 – November 15, 2018.

2019 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, Howard Huges Medical Institute – Chevy Chase, MD
Posted September 14

HHMI seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. We know that the biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking. The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through their successful careers, HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows will become leaders in academic research and inspire future generations of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. Applications due January 9, 2019.

Nelson Institute Scholarships – Madison, WI
Posted January 22

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

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