Internships & Opportunities

On-Campus Opportunities

UMD Solar Decathalon

For SD2017, UMD’s team needs students and faculty from every campus discipline. The team will forge a significant advancement for residential design and construction—one based on clean energy, clean water, healthy materials, nutrient recycling, time-forward construction, resilience, and social equity.

Terp Farm Student Summer Staff (PAID)

The Department of Dining Services is seeking full-time student staff members for the 2017 summer at Terp Farm. The position runs from late May/early June through late August and offers $9.25 per hour. Housing on the Upper Marlboro Facility may also be available.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Net Zero Project Coming Mid 2017

Extending beyond just green building, this project will look at intensive sustainable and renewable designs that will aim for net zero building designs. With a project every month, the final portfolio will showcase twelve comprehensive designs.

Smithsonian Earth Optimism Student Video Competition (PRIZE)

Produce a two-minute video on a conservation/sustainability success story that you have been involved with or a story that needs to be highlighted. Visit link below for competition explanation, rules and submission instructions student-video- competition.

Move-Out and Goodwill Partnership Intern

This position will involve working closely with our contacts at Goodwill to research Move-Out program best-practices from campuses across the country, and collating them into a How-To Guide for setting up a Goodwill Not Landfill program. The intern will also be responsible for incorporating their research into PLAN’s existing Move-Out manual.

KaTO Project

KaTO seeks to create architecture as a catalyst to advance education in underprivileged cultures.

Arckit Design Project

Student group members will participate in an intensive design sessions that covers a wide breadth of topics exploring sustainable design in relation to rapid prototyping, physical modeling, construction/building assemblies, topography studies and computer information modeling.

NWF EcoLeader’s Virtual EcoCareer Conference 2017

NWF’s Virtual EcoCareer Conference is your opportunity to learn and network with leading EcoProfessionals who will share insider knowledge on the latest EcoCareer trends, current employment demand and how to best prepare for your Eco dream job!

EcoCareer Conference 2017: Building Pathways to Sustainable Careers

Don’t miss this opportunity to build your pathway to a sustainable career with advice from leading green professionals from General Motors, The Corps Network, Aramark, The Wildlife Society, the US Green Building Council and additional speakers with experience at various federal agencies and private businesses.

Communications and Events Internships

Children’s Environmental Health Network Internship

The Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN) is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment.

SZW17 & Conference Volunteer Coordination Intern (PAID)

PLAN is seeking a student with a passion for large event organizing and the skills to coordinate a group of volunteers to help run our 4th annual Students for Zero Waste Conference. The student will be expected to outreach to, confirm, and manage a team of student volunteers for the conference. They will work closely with PLAN’s Director of Tours and Events to identify volunteer roles and leadership positions, and develop volunteer trainings. In the week leading up to the conference, the SZW17 intern will be expected to increase their weekly hours in order to facilitate the volunteer training program, in addition to completing a variety of conference related tasks.

Development Internships

Zero Waste Roadmap Development Intern

Campuses across the country are increasingly advertising rigorous Sustainability goals, including target years for reaching Zero Waste. However, there is currently no official measurement of or certification for ZW on college and university campuses. PLAN is developing a model for campuses to measure their waste reduction efforts, and create long term holistic plans for reaching Zero Waste. This intern will work closely with PLAN’s Director of Research & Resource Development to gather data on Zero Waste measurements and existing campus Zero Waste plans.

Fundraising Development Intern

As PLAN grows its campus membership and prepares to open an office in Philadelphia, PA, it will be necessary for us to expand our fundraising efforts outside of our current base in New Hampshire. We are seeking a student interested in nonprofit management and development to help us establish creative fundraising campaigns to employ over the next year. The Fundraising Development intern will be tasked with researching and creating a Fundraising Campaign Plan, coordinated with social media promotion, that aligns with the organization’s strategic timeline for growth.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Partnership Development Fellow (PAID)

PLAN is seeking a recent graduate with an interest in social innovation and responsible businesses to manage relationships and projects with our growing list of partner companies.

Campus Coordination Fellows (PAID)

PLAN is seeking two Campus Coordination Summer Fellows to join the Campus Coordination team in advising and training the student leaders of the zero waste movement. Each Campus Coordination Summer Fellow will be tasked with the following:

Graphic Design Fellow (PAID)

PLAN is seeking a recent graduate with a knack for aesthetics and skills in graphic design, web design, and marketing to work under the guidance of our current Creative Director, with the potential for a future position. The candidate will be asked to perform the following tasks:

Outreach and Advocacy Internships

Environment America Internship: Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD, or Washington, DC

What do interns with Environment America do? You’ll help us educate and engage citizens on the most critical environmental issues of our time. You’ll help us get our issues into the media, build coalitions, organize events and lobby decision-makers. Ultimately, you’ll help us build the kind of public support it takes to win.

Sustainable DC Ambassador Team

Sustainable DC relies on the good work of Sustainable DC Ambassadors to spread the word around town about our great city’s sustainable ways. Join this impressive team of volunteers who engage all corners of the DC community!

Other Internships

Waterbird Biology Intern

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is seeking three to four full-time volunteer interns to assist with monitoring least terns (Sternula antillarum) and common terns (Sterna hirundo) on Poplar Island, an Army Corps of Engineers habitat restoration project located in the Chesapeake Bay.

Forest Aftercare Assistant

We are searching for Forest Aftercare Assistant to help us expand and meet our mission to inspire and educate children to think, feel, and act with depth imagination and purpose. In this position you will join us in facilitating the growth of our students and community as ecoliterate citizens experiencing a deep connection to the natural world. You bring warmth, care, and joy into the daily rhythms of the Forest Aftercare Program.

Opportunity Abroad

KaTO Intership

A design build studio where students of all majors interested in sustainable architecture would get to be a part of a team to use architecture to tackle healthcare and poverty in developing countries.