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Join the Office of Sustainability's Intern Team - Sustainability at Wake Forest

Sustainability at Wake Forest

Join the Office of Sustainability’s Intern Team

Are you a student interested in making a difference and gaining professional development experience? The following paid opportunities are available to all Wake Forest University undergraduate students. Unless otherwise indicated, all positions are with the Office of Sustainability and begin in August 2018. Pending student availability and individual evaluations at the conclusion of the Fall 2018 semester, internships and assistantships may be extended to the Spring 2019 semester.

Please note: successful candidates may be required to return to campus early at the end of the summer to attend orientation sessions on August 20 and 21.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two professional references to sustainability@wfu.edu. Applications are due Sunday, April 15 by 11:59 pm. In your cover letter, please include the following:

  • the position for which you are applying;
  • relevant work and/or volunteer experience;
  • relevant coursework;
  • a brief description of why you want to pursue the position;
  • skills you would bring to the internship or assistantship; and
  • what you hope to gain from the experience.

Internships

Interns will be part of the OoS Intern Team and are required to attend weekly team meetings.

Campus Garden
The team of Campus Garden Interns collaborates with expert garden mentors, as well as faculty, staff, student, and community volunteers, to manage the Campus Garden on Polo Road. Managing this outdoor learning space for sustainable agriculture includes, but is not limited to, developing and maintaining rotation and cover cropping plans, starting and transplanting seasonally appropriate crops, watering, mulching, and composting food/yard waste. Interns coordinate volunteer hours and engage volunteers in conversations about the differences between conventional and sustainable agriculture. In addition, interns explore service learning possibilities with interested faculty, organize major events in the garden, and maintain a vibrant and engaging communications plan. The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership experience in a collaborative team environment.

Re-Cycle Bike Share Liaison
The Re-Cycle Bike Share Intern serves as a liaison between the Office of Sustainability and Outdoor Pursuits. Primary responsibilities include marketing the program, applying for funding to continue the expansion of the fleet; updating the website with all relevant safety, branding, and calendar updates; working with Ken’s Bike Shop for maintenance throughout the year, especially around semester changes; teaming with Outdoor Pursuits to create and keep program content up-to-date.

Waste Reduction Intern
The Waste Reduction Intern will work to create and implement various initiatives that reduce the amount of waste generated on campus. These initiatives may include, but are not necessarily limited to, waste audits; development of zero-landfill events plans; residence hall waste reduction; move-in and move-out waste reduction and diversion; and related behavior change campaign development.

Propose a Unique Internship
Have a great idea for a sustainability-focused internship that’s not listed? Submit a unique internship proposal. We are always looking for new, innovative ways for students to generate sustainability-focused solutions on campus. Your proposal should include an articulation of the need for the proposed project and the landscape of issues surrounding the project.

 

Assistantships

Content Development Assistant
The Content Development Assistant will work with the Communication and Event Coordinator to develop content for the campus sustainability website and social media outlets.

Event Assistant
The Event Assistant will work directly with the Office of Sustainability’s event coordinator and with a group of campus stakeholders in planning, supporting, and executing sustainability events and programs. Major duties will include assisting in social media marketing both before and during events, aiding in onsite event logistics, and leading a small group of volunteers during events. Experience with live-streaming events is preferred.

Waste Reduction & Recycling Assistant
The Waste Reduction & Recycling Assistant will be tasked with monitoring, assessing, and facilitating various waste diversion initiatives. Responsibilities may include assisting with management and organization of the Compost Crew, conducting inventories of recycling and waste receptacles and their placement on campus, assessing levels of contamination, and identifying areas that require intervention.