Join the Office of Sustainability Team

Are you a student interested in making a difference and gaining professional development experience? The following paid opportunities with the Office of Sustainability are available to all Wake Forest University undergraduate students. Unless otherwise indicated, all positions will begin in April 2019 and continue through at least the Fall 2019 semester.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two professional references to Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 8, at 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 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.

Athletics Waste Reduction & Diversion
The Athletics Waste Reduction & Diversion Intern 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: game day recycling initiatives, waste diversion efforts among student-athletes, and maintenance and expansion of the organics collection program. Requirements include a flexible schedule and strong organizational skills.

Campus Garden
The team of Campus Garden Interns collaborates with the Campus Garden Manager, as well as faculty, staff, student, and community volunteers, to care for the Campus Garden on Polo Road. Tending this outdoor learning space includes, but is not limited to, digging garden beds, spreading compost and mulch, weeding, planting and harvesting seasonal produce, delivering produce to Campus Kitchen and composting food waste from Campus Kitchen. Interns will learn to communicate the fundamentals of sustainable organic agriculture and engage volunteers in conversations about the differences between conventional and sustainable agriculture. In addition, interns will coordinate special events at the Campus Garden and maintain a vibrant, engaging communications plan. The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership experience in a collaborative team environment and a desire to work outside.

Environmental Education
The Environmental Education Intern will connect student volunteers with the Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA) to teach their environmental education curriculum in local schools. The successful candidate for this position will be comfortable and confident training peers and teaching middle school students; flexible to work with the busy and changing schedules of teachers and non-profit employees; and dedicated to engaging with the Winston-Salem community in thoughtful and impactful ways. This will involve recruiting and training new student volunteers, conducting bi-weekly meetings with stakeholders from PEA, and teaching in local schools for at least 1-2 hours each week.

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

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. This position would begin at the start of the Fall 2019 semester.

Meet our current intern team here.

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