Join the Office of Sustainability 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 students. All positions begin in January 2019. Pending student availability and individual evaluations at the conclusion of the Spring 2019 semester, internships and assistantships may be extended to the Fall 2019 semester. Members of underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

Please note: successful candidates may be required to return to campus prior to the start of the spring semester to attend an orientation session.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two professional references to Applications are due at 11:59pm on Thursday, November 15, 2018. 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 are project-based opportunities that offer professional development experience. Interns follow a project management framework to identify a problem and create a plan that will lead to a solution. The intern team meets weekly and offers feedback to one another.

Greeks Go Green Intern
The successful candidate for this position will facilitate the Greeks Go Green program and empower Greek students to incorporate sustainability into their daily lives and chapter values through discussion and action. The intern will hold weekly meetings with chapter representatives, recruit and train new representatives when needed, and support the group as they work to implement sustainability-focused initiatives within their chapters. Requirements include regular and effective communication with representatives, Greek chapter presidents, and the Office of Student Engagement; exceptional problem-solving abilities; and accountability to self and others. Current Greeks Go Green representatives are encouraged to apply.

This position is only open to undergraduate students who are current members of a social or service Greek organization.

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

Propose a Unique Internship
Have a great idea for a sustainability-focused internship that’s not listed? We are always looking for new, innovative ways for students to generate sustainability-focused solutions on campus. To propose a unique internship, submit an outline of your proposal that includes an articulation of the need for the proposed project, evidence of the need, and the landscape of issues surrounding the project (environmental and social indicators, key stakeholders, etc.).

Meet our current intern team here.

Assistants contribute to ongoing projects with the Office of Sustainability and work to fulfill already identified needs.

Athletics Waste Reduction & Diversion Assistant
The Athletics Waste Reduction & Diversion Assistant will liaise with Athletics staff and the Office of Sustainability. The successful candidate will work on all aspects of waste diversion, including, but not necessarily limited to: maintenance and expansion of the organics collection program, game day recycling initiatives, and waste diversion efforts during concerts and special events. Requirements include a flexible schedule and strong organizational skills.

Content Development Assistants
Do you want to use your journalistic instincts to craft compelling narratives about the environment and sustainability? If so, apply for a Content Development Assistantship. Content Development Assistants will work with the Communications and Event Coordinator to develop content for the campus sustainability websites and social media outlets. The successful candidate will have an appetite for storytelling and some background in journalism and/or writing for a publication. Requirements include: successful completion of or current enrollment in JOU270 or an equivalent course, proven ability to meet deadlines, and strong writing skills.

Please submit one journalistic writing sample with your application materials. Your sample can be unpublished (e.g. story written for a class) or published (e.g. in the OGB).

Zero-Landfill Assistant
The Zero-Landfill Assistant will aide with new and existing on-campus initiatives aimed at reducing the amount of waste Wake Forest sends to the landfill. The primary responsibility of the assistant will be managing zero-landfill events and coordinating efforts of the Compost Crew. Event management may include meeting with stakeholders, organizing waste stations, and overseeing volunteers. Compost Crew coordination may include recruiting new students, filling volunteer slots, and conducting training. Requirements include a flexible schedule and strong organizational and peer leadership skills.