2020 Transitions Lab

Student Engagement

Internship Program in Sustainability

Academic Year 2017-18 Internships

Continuing a tradition of student engagement in campus sustainability research and implementation, the Indiana University Office of Sustainability is recruiting applicants for the Academic Year Internship Program in Sustainability.

Explore background information about the program and read the Acadremic Year 2017-2018 position descriptions below.

Note: The Communications and Marketing position has an accelerated application process.  The position will remain open until filled. This student will start as soon as possible. Apply now!


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The Office of Sustainability is hiring seven new interns through the Internship Program in Sustainability, mentored by IUOS, the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB), and campus faculty and staff.


Communications and Marketing InternThis position works directly with the Project Coordinator and is aimed at the development of written, visual, and graphic media to publicize campus sustainability efforts. This intern will create and maintain a social media strategic plan using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, take and edit photos, create graphics for the web and print, and maintain the IUOS newsletter and blog to highlight current events and initiatives. Strong journalism, creative writing, or graphic design background required. Experience using Adobe Creative Suite, strong graphic design skills, photography skills, attention to detail and grammatical accuracy required. Experience with coding, DreamWeaver, and/or with Cascade’s Web Content Management System (WCMS) is preferred, though not required.

Transportation Working Group InternIndiana University was among the first 20 Bicycle Friendly Universities in America and received a bronze certification. IU recently reapplied for a new Bicycle Friendly University ranking and IU’s first Bicycle Master Plan is due to be completed soon. The academic-year intern will work with the Transportation Working Group to identify and implement opportunities presented by these two recent efforts and assist with further analysis of potential bike sharing and other active transportation programs. This intern will also assist with the Transportation Working Group meetings and share findings with other campuses in the IU system to assist with their bicycle planning as called for in the Bicentennial Strategic Plan.

Sustainable IT Intern, Curriculum and Outreach: Over the past few years, the Sustainable IT groups has extended its reach from department-oriented projects (printing, purchasing, and power use) to more student and community-focused issues. Our goal for this coming year is to explore ways to develop academic research opportunities for students and faculty interested in the relationship between computing and the environment, as well to harness the growing interest and energy of student groups such as Net Impact. To this end, our internship opportunity will focus on coordination and communication within the IU community. Additional responsibilities might include helping to organize public events such as documentary film screenings.

First Year Experience Intern: The Office of First Year Experience Programs (FYE) and Residential Program Services (RPS) serve nearly 8,000 new students each year. Both organizations are working to integrate sustainability into their operations and programming. This intern will build on previous work that generated recommendations for improving sustainability as a part of FYE programming and continue existing partnerships with RPS. Most notably, the intern will work with the Associate Director of Sustainability and Utilities and Behavior Change Intern to plan and execute the fall and spring Energy Challenges in the residence halls. This work involves coordinating events related to the Energy Challenge, organizing volunteers and service learning students, and evaluating the effectiveness of programming related to the Energy Challenge. Evaluation of the program may will include close collaboration with Utilities staff to assess energy conservation during the challenge.

Campus Garden and Farm Intern: The Campus Farm Intern will coordinate IU student involvement with the management and production needs of the campus farm. The intern will concentrate efforts on volunteer recruitment and training, class recruitment, marketing of farm and events, website development, special event coordination, general farm labor, and attendance at necessary meetings. The farm intern will help bridge student academic interests and initiatives with crop production and food consumption needs.  The Campus Farm intern will focus ~10 hours a week working on the IU Campus Farm and ~5 hours a week working at the Campus Garden. Hours are dependent on specific weekly needs, including day, evening, and weekend hours. Farm intern will report directly to part-time farm manager.

Education and Research Intern: This position works directly with the IU Bloomington Director of Sustainability and the co-chairs of the Education and Research Working Group to make IU a national leader in sustainability education and research. The intern will play a role in managing, planning, and tracking the Sustainability Course Development Fellowship program, the Sustainability Research Development Grant program for students, and Sustainability Community of Practice workshop for faculty. The intern may also contribute to an Innovation Fund proposal, encourage and coordinate service learning in sustainability, and lead working groups efforts to make sustainability a part of the core undergraduate curriculum at IU. This position is ideal for graduate students or students with a keen interest in research and academia.

Natural Resources--Creative Outreach and Design: This intern will create a permanent, smartphone-based outreach/education campaign on the Bloomington campus that enables the IU community and campus visitors to learn where the raw materials for everyday objects come from. The intern will conduct research and generate engaging web content designed to communicate to diverse audiences what raw materials are used to make familiar objects, what environmental consequences result from harvesting those materials, and what actions are taken to mitigate those consequences. To develop engaging content, the student will collaborate with IUOS’s Resource Use and Recycling working group and the IUOS communications intern, and work directly with personnel in SESAME Lab in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the Science Outreach Office in the College of Arts and Sciences. This position is ideal for students that are seeking experience working at the interface of science, communications, and policy.