SustainableUMD
Sustainability at the University of Maryland

Sustainability Internships, Volunteer Opportunities and More!

The green industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy with many exciting career opportunities for college graduates. Get your foot in the "green jobs" door by working on sustainability initiatives at the University of Maryland, which is recognized as a national leader in campus sustainability.

Office of Sustainability Opportunities

On-Campus Opportunities

Off-Campus Opportunities

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Opportunities

Opportunities Abroad

Office of Sustainability Opportunities

There are currently no internship openings with the Office of Sustainability. For information about future openings please email sustainability@umd.edu

    On-Campus Opportunities

    Food Recovery Network Fellowship

    Food Recovery Network is seeking talented individuals for nine month, full-time, paid fellowships to help build, grow and maintain our movement throughout the 2015-2016 school year from our national headquarters in College Park, MD. ​FRN fellowships offer opportunities for skill development in the areas of leadership, collaboration, professionalism, and communication and will increase your technical understanding of hunger, food waste, campus organizing, and the logistics of food recovery. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Priority deadline is June 1. Find position descriptions and application instructions here!

    Campus Arboretum Opportunities

    The Campus Aboretum has three unpaid internship and volunteer opportunities over the summer. Summer interns and volunteers are needed to work with PollinaTerps to bring the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly back to campus. Interns and volunteers will rear butterflies through life cycle, and to collect data for the project. Positions available to work with PollinaTerps on the Survey of Native Bees. Interns and volunteers will help trap and net native bees on campus. Student intern and volunteer opportunity to help supervise high school students working in the campus landscape to earn Student Service Learning credit; mornings from mid-June through the end of July. If any of these positions interest you please contact Carin Celebuski at ccelebus@umd.edu

    UMD Research Position in Department of Environmental Science and Technology

    Paid employment opportunities are available for UMD undergraduates to work in Dr. Brian Needelman’s lab in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology. We are seeking reliable people with strong lab and field work skills. The employees will have the opportunity to work with faculty and graduate students on a variety of projects including restoration of ditch-drained marshes, carbon sequestration and methane emissions from tidal marshes, and nitrogen removal from agricultural systems through denitrification. Responsibilities of the position will include field work, lab work, literature review, and potentially research as the student advances. GIS work may also be included, if the applicant has an appropriate background. Start date as early as possible. Transportation will be provided for travel; lodging and meals will be provided for overnight stays. Preference will be given to candidates available for full-time employment during the summer of 2015. Competitive salary. Background in environmental science preferred. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to R. Kyle Derby at rderby@umd.edu.

Off-Campus Opportunities

    Smithsonian Folklife Festival Volunteer

    The Smithsonian Institution is in need of volunteers to help run our precedent-setting Composting and Recycling Program for the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival, June 24 – 28 and July 1 – 5, 2015. Volunteers will be asked to tend Resource Recovery stations positioned at 11 points within the Festival grounds during the day and 3 different stations during the evening concerts. Volunteers will be asked to guide the public in placing their recyclables and compostable trash into the proper receptacles. Material categories will be Landfill, Recycling, and Compostable Organics. Volunteers will be provided with information to convey to the public about the Smithsonian’s recycling/composting effort and why it is important for all of our futures. Volunteers will also need to pull bags when full and replace liners at these stations. The recovery stations will have chairs and tents to provide shade and comfort to volunteers. The application for this opportunity can be found here.

    Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps Crew Leader

    The Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps (BCLC) is a summer outdoor learning experience for high school students. This year, 30 high school students will be paid to work on conservation projects in Baltimore City parks, farms, and green spaces, learn about the outdoors and environmental stewardship, and gain leadership skills. BCLC is a partnership of the Student Conservation Association and Civic Works, Inc. Crew leaders will facilitate outdoor work projects, train and supervise crew members, facilitate environmental education lessons, and lead team building and leadership development activities for crew members.The program runs June 29, 2015 – July 31, 2015, with a mandatory paid Crew Leader training June 17, 2015 – June 27, 2015.A full position description and details on how to apply are available here.

    Mission Thrive Crew Leaders

    Mission Thrive Summer is a five week summer employment program for 10th, 11th and 12th grade Baltimore City public school students. Mission Thrive keeps teens engaged, learning, active, and healthy throughout the summer. Crew Leaders must be fully invested in the program for the five weeks (in addition to two weeks of training prior and one week of wrap up after) and possess an enthusiasm for working with teens. While our program focuses on nutrition, cooking skills, agriculture, fitness/yoga and mindfulness, we do not require that Crew Leaders are experts in all, only that candidates are open to learning and engaging along with the participants. Crew Leaders are expected to serve 40 hours per week from June 9–August 9. The AmeriCorps member will complete a 300 hour term over the course of the summer serving Baltimore’s communities. In return, the AmeriCorps member will receive a stipend of $125/biweekly and an education award of roughly $1,100 that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans after completing 300 hours of service. More information can be found here.

    Community Cooking Educator

    Real Food Farm’s approach to improving access to fresh produce in neighboring communities addresses three basic barriers to healthy food consumption: proximity, price, and familiarity. We increase familiarity to new kinds of produce and healthy preparation techniques through of a variety of on- and off-farm educational events, including nutrition and cooking workshops. The Community Cooking Educator will share their passion for healthy food by planning and leading cooking demonstrations and nutrition-focused activities at Real Food Farm events, Mobile Farmers Market Stops, and Farm Alliance member farms to help Real Food Farm continue to cultivate a community of healthy eaters. This position is an unpaid 300-hour Civic Works AmeriCorps term requiring approximately 20 hours per week May through September. All Real Food Farm team members have access to surplus produce on a regular basis, including a weekly member produce share during the summer months. The deadline to apply is May 8th. For more details, click here.

    Construction Intern

    Spend your summer in West Virginia this summer with Natural Build and learn sustainable construction skills while building a straw bale workshop and earning college credit. This is a great opportunity to learn sustainable construction techniques. You can apply here: here!

    Bike Trail Ambassador

    Interns will work within a small team to support the Bike Trail Ambassador program at the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Work will include public outreach activities out on the Mount Vernon Trail and in the local community; conduct trail patrol activities; quickly and accurately report trail conditions; and engage the public around use and safety and bicycle/walker etiquette. A main objective will be to increase the use of the trails by multiple groups, which will involve some research and communication efforts in the local community. Ambassadors will sponsor trailside outreach activities with educational themes utilizing a mobile 'Ranger Mount Vernon Trail Visitor Center'. Ambassadors will also organize high profile volunteer trail clean up days with public participants along the trail and adjacent lands. To apply, click here.

    Archives and Museum Technician Internship

    The primary duties will be focused on assisting with the administrative tasks related to the transcription project for the interviews. Duties include assisting the curator and Chief of Resource Management in coordinating the collection of the oral history media and information within the Fort Hunt Oral History collection, track the completion of the transcriptions, and review/process the completed transcripts as well as assist with coordinating the reviews of processed transcriptions by others. The applicant may also work with park and regional staff, as well as the Friends' group, to develop public interpretation using available oral history information and materials as appropriate. Additional museum related work is possible as assigned. Applicants should be well organized and possess skills in documentary research. Background in cultural anthropology, history, or archives management is desired. Located at the George Washington Memorial Parkway, just outside of Washington, DC, in McLean,Virginia. To apply, click here.

    Cultural Resources Intern

    The Cultural Resources Intern for the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) of the National Park Service (NPS) will assist with archeological investigations, conduct historical research, work with archival and library records and materials, work with CRM files, help with the curation of museum collections, perform architectural conservation work on historic structures, and assist with cultural landscape management tasks. The intern will assist with other CRM tasks and projects that can include helping to manage museum and archival collections for projects and assist with other museum curatorial work following NPS Standards. Located in the greater DC area. To learn more and apply, click here.

    Research Internship with Amazon Conservation Association

    The Amazon Conservation Association is a non-profit organization that works to protect the biological diversity of the Amazon basin through field projects and research in southeastern Peru and northern Bolivia. ACA is seeking a Research intern for their Washing DC office to assist with: researching and tracking current events related to the major development sectors and extractive activities in the Andean Amazon; writing internal reports, memos, and fact sheets related to issues noted above; writing draft news alerts that will go public about illegal mining in the Peruvian Amazon; updating content on new Andean Amazon web portal being developed by ACA. The position is unpaid but credit may be available. In order to be considered, candidates must be able to read Spanish well (Spanish writing skills also preferred), have an interest in helping maintain and grow a new web portal, have a strong interest in conservation, and be able to multi-task and work in a team environment. To apply, send a cover letter and resume by email to applications@amazonconservation.org with the subject line “Research Intern.” Please indicate your availability in your cover letter.

    Communications and Social Media Internship

    ACA is seeking a Communications and Social Media intern for their DC office in Farragut to assist in: helping plan and facilitate fundraising events and campaigns; supporting monthly e-newsletter writing and design; generating material for the annual report; updating social media and networking sites; and managing ACA’s photo database. Requirements include: excellent verbal and written skills; Spanish proficiency preferred, especially written; experience conducting social media outreach; design skills (familiarity with Photoshop and InDesign ideal); knowledge of MS Office applications; ability to multi-task and work in a team environment. To apply, send a cover letter and resume by email to applications@amazonconservation.org with the subject line “Communications Intern.” Please indicate your availability and level of Spanish in your cover letter.

    GIS and Remote Sensing Internship

    ACA is seeking GIS and Remote Sensing interns for their Washington DC office for the summer. The GIS-focused internship largely center on work needed for an important project dealing with protected areas in the Peruvian and Bolivian Amazon. This work includes creating baseline maps for the project and managing the map’s ArcGIS database and also the analysis of the created maps. The Remote Sensing-focused internship will focus on work needed for an exciting project dealing with tracking deforestation in near real-time. The position includes using ArcGIS to create informative and user-friendly maps of the deforestation data detected in CLASlite. These positions are unpaid but credit may be available. In order to be considered, candidates must have experience with ArcGIS, have a strong interest in conservation, and the ability to multi-task and work in a team environment. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume by email to applications@amazonconservation.org with the subject line “GIS and RS Intern.” Please indicate your availability in your cover letter.

    Marketing and Sustainable Tourism Internship

    ACA is seeking a Marketing and Sustainable Tourism intern for their DC office in Farragut. Responsibilities include: developing content and design for marketing materials for ACA’s three biological stations; assisting in developing a webpage for birding clients; researching tour operators and birding groups; assisting in updating the biostations webpages and social media. The position is unpaid but credit may be available. Candidates should have excellent verbal and written skills, experience with graphic design (InDesign software preferred but not required), knowledge of MS Office applications, interest in conservation, and the ability to multi-task and work in a team environment. Spanish proficiency preferred. To apply, send a cover letter and resume by email to applications@amazonconservation.org with the subject line “Marketing and Sustainable Tourism Intern.” Please indicate your availability and level of Spanish in your cover letter.

    Program and Grants Support Internship

    ACA is seeking a Program and Grants Support intern for their DC office in Farragut to assist in: creating, editing and updating project fact sheets and/or web content; assist with grant proposal preparation and grant reporting; translating proposals and other project documents to and from Spanish. Dates for the position are flexible but should last roughly from June through August. Spanish proficiency and experience with InDesign preferred. Candidate must have excellent verbal and written skills, knowledge of MS Office applications, interest in conservation, and must be able to multi-task and work in a team environment. To apply, send a cover letter and resume by email to applications@amazonconservation.org with the subject line “Program Support Intern.” Please indicate your availability and level of Spanish in your cover letter.

    Solimar International Internships

    Solimar is committed to building future leaders of sustainable tourism development! Our internship program is designed to help current students and recent graduates gain real-world experience in sustainable tourism development and project management. The positions are located in Washington, DC. Positions we are looking to fill include: Communications, Operations/Business Development, and Event Management Intern-Columbia Heights Day. Click here to view the different opportunities.

    Chesapeake Climate Action Network Positions

    The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is always looking for talented organizers, fellows, and interns. CCAN is dedicated to grassroots and local activism and believes that this movement can succeed only by including everyone affected by global warming. Click here for more information.

    National Parks Business Plan Internship

    Build marketable skills and enhance the lives of countless Americans while working in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Teams of consultants are assigned to national park sites across the country where they lead strategic projects that affect the long term health of our Park System. To learn more, click here

    Fairfax County Park Authority

    The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking a variety of interns throughout Summer 2015. To view the listings click here

    Urban Watershed Science Internship

    The UMD Biogeochemistry Lab at UMD is seeking interns interested in urban watershed science during the summer and fall terms. Located in the Geology Department, our lab focuses on a variety of environmental issues regarding urban water quality, storm water management, stream restoration, and coastal eutrophication in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area. Intern volunteers will gain hands-on experience measuring water quality in nearby streams alongside graduate students, areas and learn key laboratory techniques used in water research. Interns may gain credit in the geology department for the summer term. To apply: Please send a 1-page resume, unofficial academic transcript, and one paragraph statement of interest (what is your background and what would you like to gain from this experience?) to Rose Smith, rsmith24@umd.edu and Sujay Kaushal, skaushal@umd.edu.

    Solar Energy Industrics Association Internships

    SEIA is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, project developers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants and financiers. Established in 1974, SEIA works to make solar energy a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, strengthening the industry, and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. There are a variety of internships available with SEIA.

    GEO Globel Agricultural Monitoring Team

    The GEOGLAM (GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring) team in the Geographical Sciences Department at UMD are looking for a summer intern to help us with our agriculture research. We are looking for someone who is interested in GIS, remote sensing, conflict and food security. We are happy to help the intern get class credit through the university. Please contact Katie McGaughey, katiemc@umd.edu or Brian Barker, bbarker1@umd.edu.

    EPA Office of Water, Urban Waters Student Volunteer

    EPA's Office of Water, Urban Waters program is seeking a student volunteer for the summer (June through August—full-time/40 hours/week) and/or fall (September through November—part-time/20 hours/week). The ideal candidate will be a current undergraduate or graduate student from a local university studying Environmental Studies, Environmental Science or Policy, Environmental Communications or a similar degree program. For more information click here

    Social Media/Marketing and Communications Intern for the U.S. Green Building Foundation

    Help us get through the fray of all of the OTHER information overloading everyone’s brain cells about sustainability, “do no ‘harm,” re-purposing, transformation, “net positive and net zero,” healthy buildings, social responsibility, LEED, Living Buildings, Living Walls, Green Globes, Green Buildings, codes, ratings, etc…. Enliven our website and our social marketing efforts for programs and events so we matter to our members and partners, and they HEAR and SEE the US Green Building Council. For more information click here.

    Positions at Cascade Mountain School

    Cascade Mountain School is hiring two summer positions in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Cascade Mountain School is a science-based outdoor education program for middle and high school students based out of the Columbia River Gorge near Hood River, Oregon and Trout Lake, Washington. The summer science school offers seven- to 14-day courses where the outdoors serve as the classroom for students as they learn about climate change, watershed science, sustainable agriculture and more. More information on theProgram Assistant Position and the Operations and Risk Manager

    Communications/Marketing Intern, Loggerhead Marinelife Center

    The Communications internship is open to students (undergraduates or recent graduates) with a focused interest in either marketing, public relations, communications, development or non-profits. Students will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the communications efforts in a non-profit environment by working directly with Loggerhead Marinelife Center staff. The internship is unpaid, and housing is not provided. Start and end dates are flexible to accommodate school schedules. The position is located in Juno, Florida. Click here to learn more!

    Crossroads Community Food Network Volunteer

    Crossroads Community Food Network is a charity that aims to improve community health through local food access programs and education for at-risk members in the Takoma/Langley Crossroads community. They are looking to fill a variety of volunteer positions for the 2015 market season. Click here to learn more.

    Global Green USA

    Global Green USA in Washington, DC is offering an internship for undergraduate or graduate students interested in gaining practical experience in international security, arms control, environmental research, public policy, and the legislative process. Interns participate in a variety of activities that support both organizational and individual development. Click HERE for more information.

    Paid Intern at the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), in Takoma Park

    The intern should be bilingual, Spanish/English preferred, but other fluencies may be helpful, such as Amharic or French. Interns will gain experience on program design, community engagement, grant projects, energy efficiency programs, public-private partnerships, and sustainability in local government. The start date is immediately and the duration is 10-hours per week through December. The intern will be paid $10 an hour, paid through the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy, and will work in the City of Takoma Park. Contact ginam@takomaparkmd.gov for more information.

    Sierra Club Internships in DC

    Our year-round issue internships provide a hands-on opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the field of environmental protection and the specific role that the Sierra Club plays in it. An intern may be expected to conduct research, gather and analyze information, help develop background information on a specific issue, write summaries and fact sheets, and prepare briefing materials, among many other tasks. D.C. Office Interns also learn firsthand how Congress works and the role of other non-governmental organizations in Washington as they help prepare Congressional testimony, accompany staff on visits to Congressional offices and monitor Congress. Interns are selected on the basis of their interests, education and experience in related fields. We especially seek interns who have been directly involved in conservation work and have good communication and writing skills. Our intern rotations are in the fall, winter/spring, and summer. Click here to learn more.

    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Washington, D.C.

    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is the nation's leading advocate for trails and the only national organization devoted to converting unused railroad lines to multi-use trails. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails. With headquarters, Washington, D.C., and offices in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Massachusetts, RTC is a nonprofit public charity carrying out a program of technical assistance and public education. RTC is looking for interns interested in working on environmental and public policy issues. Click here to learn more.

Fellowships & Scholarships

    Distributed Sun Fellowship Program

    Distributed Sun is seeking enthusiastic fellows with an interest in solar project development for the following departments: business development, marketing, finance, electrical engineering, and policy & market research. Duties range from assisting solar array design to financial modeling to researching potential new clients and state markets. Requirements include: relevant coursework in departments previously stated; proficiency with Microsoft Office suite; strong written and verbal communication skills, aptitude for working independently and producing results with minimal supervision; enthusiasm for working in a fast paced, changing environment; and a passion for building a new energy future. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to careers@distributedsun.com with the subject line “D-SUN Fellow Program – Department”.

Graduate Opportunities

There are currently no graduate opportunities available at this time.

Opportunities Abroad

    Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

    Looking for an exceptional study abroad or internship opportunity in Israel? Come  discover an experience that combines cutting-edge environmental academics and research with coexistence. The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies brings together students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and North America, and provides them with the skills to become the next generation of environmental leaders. Learn about all opportunities here. Learn about our internship opportunities here. Please contact Sarah Rubin, Program Manager, Sarah@friendsofarava.org for more information.

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