Student Intern Program

Farley CenterThe Intern Program

The Office of Sustainability Internship is a year-long program in which student teams work to raise awareness of sustainable practices, influence consumer behavior, and train partners across campus in individualized strategies for implementation. Interns work closely with campus offices, departments, and auxiliary units like University Housing or the Wisconsin Union. Students can expect to gain concrete knowledge of sustainability solutions as well as professional development training in an upbeat, collaborative environment.

The student intern program is open to any undergraduate who is passionate about sustainability, regardless of major. Application periods are announced both on the Office of Sustainability homepage and in the Office of Sustainability Newsletter. You can learn more about the current student interns here.

See below for some of the collaborative services that our interns offer to campus partners.

Working for the Office of Sustainability has helped me prepare for my future in many different ways! I’ve been given this great opportunity to work in a professional setting with a group of peers I really enjoy. I’ve learned so much about teamwork and cooperation, but also how to work independently to reach a common goal. We practice project management through the various ways we are trying to improve campus. The experience I have gained from this internship has put me on a pathway towards my intended career of environmental consulting.

Ally Burg, 2017-2018 Intern

Intern Teams

Breakfast with Bucky photo

Communications Team

The Communications Team creates content for social media, the Office of Sustainability newsletter, and other platforms that helps create a culture of sustainability on campus. They are also responsible for leading Earth Week events. Read more here.

Green Allies team

Social Sustainability Coalition

The Social Sustainability Coalition seeks to build collaborative partnerships that support a culture of equity and inclusion aligned with the three pillars of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental. Read more here.

A cheerleader with the UW Spirit Squad runs a large W flag across the field during a season-opening, night football game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Aug. 31, 2018. The Badgers won, 34-3. (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)

Green Athletics

The Green Athletics team works collaboratively with UW-Madison Athletics Department to address sustainability in athletic facilities, operations, and events. Read more here.

Earth Day attendees.

Green Events

The Green Events team advises campus partners on improving the sustainability of their events. Read more here.

Green Greeks

The Green Greeks program seeks to establish and support efforts within the Greek Life community that improve environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Read more here.

Green Labs

The Green Labs team helps all laboratories on campus, whether research or teaching, to become more sustainable. Read more here.

Green Office Arboretum presentation

Green Office

The Green Office Certification Program provides resources for UW–Madison employees to learn how and why to integrate sustainability into their workplaces. Read more here.

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Podcast Team

The SustainUW Podcast is created and hosted by student interns. Each episode explores a different question related to sustainability as it impacts the UW-Madison campus and the broader community. Guests include professors, student activists, campus staff, and other experts.