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Internships2022-03-18T11:34:25-04:00

Sustainability Internships

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 internships will begin a few days prior to the start of the Fall 2022 semester. The length of each internship is indicated in their respective descriptions. Some positions are eligible for renewal in subsequent semesters based on availability and performance. Depending on the position, successful candidates may be asked to engage in knowledge transfer sessions during the final week of the Spring 2022 semester. 

All positions pay $10/hour. Unless otherwise indicated, all current Wake Forest students are eligible to apply, including those who qualify for federal work study. Some internships may also be pursued for class credit upon departmental approval. Interns should expect to work approximately 5 hours per week on average (see position descriptions for positions that may require a larger time commitment).

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, the names and contact information for two professional references, and any supplemental information needed for specific positions via this application form. PDF formatting is preferred for all documents. You may apply for multiple positions; please check the boxes for all of the internships for which you wish to be considered. Members of underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

In your cover letter(s), 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; and
  • what you hope to gain from the experience.

Applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, March 30, 2022

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Available Fall 2022 Sustainability Internships

Athletics Waste Reduction & Diversion Internship
Two internship positions are open for the Fall 2022 semester. This position will report directly to the Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling, but will also work closely with the Office of Sustainability and be part of the OoS intern team. 

The Athletics Waste Reduction & Diversion Interns may work on a variety of projects related to WFU athletics, primarily football and soccer. Interns will be asked to attend all home football games to assist with tailgate recycling, organics (compost) collection, and general waste diversion tasks. Interns will also be asked to assist with research on a variety of topics related to waste reduction and with with the Compost Crew. The successful candidate should expect to work roughly 5-9 hours per week, and some manual labor will be required. Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Football & soccer games: assisting with educational outreach, handing out recycling bags, organics (compost) collection, volunteer recruitment, guiding/managing volunteers
  • Research: researching waste reduction and diversion topics and presenting findings 
  • Compost Crew and general waste diversion tasks: organics (compost) collection at events, recruiting and managing volunteers, guiding attendees on how to sort their waste, educational outreach

Campus Garden Internship
Two internship positions are open for the Fall 2022 semester. 

The WFU Campus Garden is a service-learning space that engages participants in sustainable agricultural practices and sustainability dialogue. The Campus Garden Interns are primarily responsible for coordinating volunteer hours and special events at the garden, located at 1141 Polo Road. Responsibilities include:

  • Developing proficiency in sustainable agriculture concepts and techniques
  • Leading Sunday volunteer hours from 5:00-7:00pm (4:00-6:00pm after daylight saving time ends)
  • Organizing the Cultivation Leadership Team 
  • Facilitating the Fall Harvest Celebration planning committees
  • Attending Campus Garden internship team meetings as scheduled

Communications & Events Internship
This is a year-long position beginning in August 2022 and continuing through the Spring 2023 semester.

Are you skilled at crafting compelling narratives about the environment and sustainability? Do you have a passion for bringing the campus together through sustainability-focused events? If so, apply to be the next Communications & Events Intern! The person in this position works closely with the Communications and Event Specialist as a member of the communications intern team to develop communications content and assist with event planning. The successful candidate will have an appetite for storytelling, a background in journalism and/or writing for a publication, and a  knowledge of campus life. Preference will be given to candidates who have successfully completed or are currently enrolled in JOU270 or an equivalent course, have a proven ability to meet deadlines, and possess 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).


Energy: Buildings Data Internship
This is a year-long position beginning in August 2022 and continuing through the Spring 2023 semester. This position will report directly to Facilities and Campus Services, but will also work closely with the Office of Sustainability and be part of the OoS intern team. In their cover letter, candidates should describe their areas of interest and experience within the expansive energy field.

Buildings are the single largest source of energy use at Wake Forest University. The Buildings Data Intern will be responsible for assisting the building systems team with building-related energy data collection and evaluation. This internship will include a variety of projects and analysis focused on increased energy efficiency in buildings. 

  • Campus building energy data analysis: utilizing building energy data to discover potential opportunities for improvement
  • Classroom IAQ study: continuing the process of collecting & formatting classroom data for Facilities use (the data collection devices are being rotated through classrooms over time)
  • Coppertree building analytics: Coppertree Fault Detection is continuously active in over 30 Campus buildings; there is an opportunity to regularly assess the findings and with the assistance of the building systems team prioritize an action plan to address the findings.
  • Lighting audits: assistance in performing a building lighting audit for a future LED conversion

Energy: Carbon Data Internship
This is a year-long position beginning in August 2022 and continuing through the Spring 2023 semester. This position will report directly to Facilities and Campus Services, but will also work closely with the Office of Sustainability and be part of the OoS intern team. In their cover letter, candidates should describe their areas of interest and experience within the expansive energy field.

As a part of Wake Forest’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2040, we track our campus GHG emissions every year. The Carbon Data Intern will be responsible for assisting in the annual collection of utility usage for WFU owned and operated properties. The successful candidate will help evaluate a new web based-reporting tool and functionality and outputs compared to the current process. Specific tasks include:

  • Reviewing and analyzing WFU’s greenhouse gas footprint
  • Calculating and inputting annual data
  • Evaluating the SIMAP tool and the benefits of transition

First-Year Leadership Internship
This is a year-long position beginning in August 2022 and continuing through the Spring 2023 semester. Only students who have already participated in SLG are eligible to apply.

The First-Year Leadership Intern will work on a variety of initiatives with and for first-year students that focus on social norming and leadership skills. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Planning and running Sustainability Leadership Group (SLG ‘26) meetings, projects, and initiatives
  • Mentoring and assisting SLG ‘26 members with behavior change efforts 
  • Planning and conducting sustainability outreach and initiatives targeted at first-year students 
  • Researching best practices and coming up with data-driven ideas to employ on campus

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, assertive, and personable. An open and creative mind is essential.


Outdoor Learning Spaces Internship
This is a year-long position beginning in August 2022 and continuing through the Spring 2023 semester.

The Outdoor Learning Spaces Intern assists the Campus as Lab Program Coordinator by cataloging best practices in the development and use of outdoor learning spaces in higher education, promoting and scheduling engagement opportunities for faculty, students, and staff, and coordinating the maintenance of existing outdoor learning spaces. Responsibilities may include:

  • Compiling and/or conducting research into best pedagogical practices and design elements for outdoor learning spaces
  • Communicating with the Director of Landscaping and zone managers in order to coordinate maintenance of the Tohi Garden, the Winston Hall Rain Garden & Monarch Waystation, the Three Sisters Garden, and other outdoor learning spaces as they are developed
  • Coordinating volunteer hours at the locations as needed
  • Developing content for sustainability tours at each location

Social Media & Graphic Design Internship
This is a year-long position beginning in August 2022 and continuing through the Spring 2023 semester.

The Social Media & Graphic Design Intern will craft and execute social media campaign ideas/posts and assist in graphic design needs for the Office of Sustainability. The successful candidate will work closely with the Communications and Event Specialist as a member of the communications intern team. An aesthetic eye, social media savviness, and ability to work under deadlines are critical for this role. Previous experience with Adobe Creative Suite and/or Canva is preferred. Please submit 1-2 of your own graphic designs and an example of a social media post/campaign idea with a sample caption with your application.


Sustainability and the Arts Internship
This is a year-long position beginning in August 2022 and continuing through the Spring 2023 semester. 

Are you passionate about the arts? Do you have a strong interest in sustainability? The Sustainability and the Arts intern will work closely with the Communications and Event Specialist, sustainability intern team, and campus partners (e.g. Wake the Arts, stArt Gallery, and academic departments) to explore and develop ways in which the arts can highlight and foster sustainability, from using recycled and natural materials to inspiring campus awareness of pressing environmental issues. In their cover letter, candidates should describe their areas of interest and their experience in the arts and sustainability.


Sustainable Dining: Carbon Reduction Internship
This is a year-long position beginning in August 2022 and continuing through the Spring 2023 semester. This position will dually report to Harvest Table and the Office of Sustainability and will also be part of the OoS intern team. In their cover letter, candidates should describe their areas of interest and their experience within the field of sustainable food.

The Sustainable Dining: Carbon Reduction Intern will focus on carbon reduction processes and initiatives, such as sustainable sourcing, plant-forward dining, energy and water conservation, and waste reduction and diversion (both organic waste and recycling). The successful candidate will be self-motivated and possess research skills, experience with data, and an operational mindset. This position will also work closely and collaboratively with the Sustainable Dining: Engagement Intern as well as be advised through the sustainable dining working group. 


Sustainable Dining: Engagement Internship
This is a year-long position beginning in August 2022 and continuing through the Spring 2023 semester. This position will dually report to Harvest Table and the Office of Sustainability and will also be part of the OoS intern team. In their cover letter, candidates should describe their areas of interest and their experience within the field of sustainable food.

The Sustainable Dining: Engagement Intern will develop, create, and implement new and existing engagement information on the components of sustainable dining at Wake Forest. Engagement will be focused both internally for Harvest Table and externally towards students and other patrons. Requirements include a creative mind and excellent time management and communication skills. This position will also work closely and collaboratively with the Sustainable Dining: Carbon Reduction Intern as well as be advised through the sustainable dining working group.


Sustainable Fashion Internship

The Sustainable Fashion Intern will be responsible for creating and implementing initiatives that lead to measurable changes in the way that students consume and dispose of clothing. The successful candidate will focus on one or more of the following: alternatives to fast fashion, clothing reuse and repair, second hand markets and sharing systems, and end-of-life disposal. Responsibilities may include:

  • Continuing and expanding existing campus-wide initiatives, such as the semi-annual clothing exchange
  • Leading collaborative efforts with campus partners to enhance participation in clothing and fashion projects across campus
  • Cultivating and managing relationships with, and creating engagement opportunities for, student groups and organizations
  • Collecting and analyzing information and data that leads to new initiatives aimed at student behavior change on campus and beyond

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, assertive, and creative. Strong communication and collaboration skills are a must. Prior experience with social norming, behavior change campaigns, and/or community-based social marketing (CBSM) is preferred.


Transportation: Electric Vehicle & ZipCar Internship
This is a year-long position beginning in August 2022 and continuing through the Spring 2023 semester. This position will report to the Office of Sustainability with guidance and support from Transportation and Parking Services, and will also be part of the OoS intern team. In their cover letter, candidates should describe their areas of interest and their experience within the field of transportation.

Alternative transportation is essential to reducing the environmental impact of the students, faculty, and staff who travel to, from, and around the Wake Forest University campus. WFU Transportation and Parking Services oversees the electric vehicle charging stations as well as the ZipCar car share program. As the department looks for continuous improvements in both of these areas, this internship will assist with the growth and development of EVs and ZipCar. Responsibilities include:

  • Developing a marketing program to increase awareness and utilization of ZipCars among the Wake Forest University community
  • Conducting an analysis of current EV users and future growth of EV stations throughout campus and satellite locations
  • Researching best practices of peer institutions with emerging EV infrastructure and car share programs

Waste Reduction & Diversion Internship
This is a year-long position beginning in August 2022 and continuing through the Spring 2023 semester. This position will report directly to the Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling, but will also work closely with the Office of Sustainability and be part of the OoS intern team. 

The Waste Reduction & Diversion Intern may work on a variety of initiatives, including peer education and behavior change, social media management, zero-landfill event management, clothing waste reduction, the organic waste (compost) collection program, waste assessments, waste diversion at athletics facilities, and more. Some manual labor may be required. In their cover letter, candidates should describe their areas of interest and their experience within the field of waste reduction and diversion. Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Peer education and behavior change; residential compost program expansion 
  • Social media management: managing and updating Instagram account weekly 
  • Compost Crew management: organics (compost) collection at events, recruiting and managing volunteers, guiding attendees on how to sort their waste, educational outreach
  • Waste assessment assistance: recruiting volunteers, waste sorting, data collecting, social media promotion

Propose Your Own Unique Internship

Do you have a great idea for a sustainability-focused internship that’s not listed above? 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 a clear articulation of the need for the proposed project and the landscape of issues surrounding the project.


If you have any questions about specific internship positions or the application process, please email sustainability@wfu.edu.


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