Sustainability at the University of Maryland

Sustainability Internships, Volunteer Opportunities and More!

The green industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy with many exciting career opportunities for college graduates. Get your foot in the "green jobs" door by working on sustainability initiatives at the University of Maryland, which is recognized as a national leader in campus sustainability.

Office of Sustainability Opportunities

On-Campus Opportunities

Off-Campus Opportunities

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Opportunities

Opportunities Abroad

Office of Sustainability Opportunities

    Green Office Education & Outreach Intern

    The Office of Sustainability seeks an intern to support the implementation of the University of Maryland Green Office Program. The Green Office program rewards and recognizes offices for taking steps to become more sustainable. It engages staff, faculty and students in a voluntary, self-guided program that promotes green practices in an office environment. The Green Office Education and Outreach Intern will support Green Offices in their implementation of the program. Interns will conduct the Green Office audits, track audit data, provide consultation services to GO Reps and support the implementation of the program. The Green Office Education and Outreach Intern will also participate in Green Office Representative (GO Rep) training, support Green Office special events and assist with the development of new tools and strategies for implementation. Interns will work under the supervision of the Sustainability Enhancement Coordinator who leads the Green Office Program. Students must have strong communication skills, comfortable with public speaking and giving presentations. Academic credit is available. Click HERE for more information.

    Sustainability Measurement and Assessment Intern

    The Office of Sustainability seeks one or two interns to assist with tracking the University’s progress toward becoming a sustainable campus. The intern(s) will work closely with a Project Manager on data collection and analysis to show trends in the number of sustainability courses, sustainability-related community service, campus water use, paper consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, popularity of alternative transportation, recycling rate and other categories. The intern(s) will become familiar with the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) that is managed by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Data collection will entail interviews with staff in various departments around campus, as well as compilation of data from departments’ annual reports. The intern will spend some time researching sustainability data collection initiatives at other colleges and universities. The intern will also help the Office of Sustainability with general outreach at campus events and perform other duties as assigned. Click HERE for more information.

    Video Production Intern

    A Video Production Intern is needed to enhance the Office of Sustainability’s online presence and better promote campus sustainability efforts. Responsibilities include developing content for the campus sustainability website including documenting and promoting campus sustainability news, events and programs through video, photographing new projects and events, and maintaining the Office of Sustainability’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The intern will also help the Office of Sustainability with general outreach at campus events and perform other duties as assigned. The intern will work 10 hours per week. Click HERE for more information.

    Communications Intern

    A Communications Intern is needed to enhance the Office of Sustainability’s online presence and promote campus sustainability efforts. Academic credit is available. Click HERE for more information.

    Graphic Design Intern

    A Graphic Design Intern is needed to enhance the Office of Sustainability’s on and off-campus identity and better promote campus sustainability efforts. Responsibilities include developing graphics, layouts, fliers, logos, brochures and content for the website. Academic credit is available. Click HERE for more information.

    On-Campus Opportunities

    Terp Farm Summer Staff

    The University of Maryland Department of Dining Services, in collaboration with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has established Terp Farm, a University of Maryland sustainable farming operation located at the University’s Upper Marlboro farm facility. The Department of Dining Services is seeking full-time student staff members for the 2016 summer at Terp Farm. The position runs from late May/early June through late August and offers $9.25 per hour. The Farm Program Manager and Lead Agricultural Technician will support the Terp Farm Student Staff by incorporating education and mentorship throughout the workday, as well as opportunities for field trips and workshops, based on Student Staff interest. The Terp Farm Student Staff will support the Farm Program Manager and Lead Agricultural Technician. Click here for more position details and to learn how to apply.

    College Park City-University Partnership Communications Internship

    The College Park City-University Partnership (CPCUP), a local development corporation dedicated to making College Park a top 20 college town by 2020, is seeking an intern to revamp the organization’s website design, enhance its social media presence by developing unique content, and increase its overall community engagement. The position is available starting November 1. The intern will be asked to work approximately 10 hours per week and will be paid $12/hour. Independent study and course credit may be able to be arranged. For more details and instructions on how to apply, click here.

    Cycling Outreach and Education Internship

    The Department of Transportation Services is looking for a highly motivated student to work with the Bike Coordinator on promoting a safe and inclusive environment for cyclists at the University of Maryland. This will include event support and educational outreach. The University will be launching a bikeshare system in partnership with the City of College Park in the spring that will result in many new cyclists on campus. The Intern will aid the Bike Coordinator in reaching out to these new cyclists, as well as creating a dialog with non-cyclists and undeserved cyclists in the UMD community. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential to this internship. Please contact with questions and to apply.

    Applied Alternative Transportation, GIS, and Transportation Demand Management Internship

    The Department of Transportation Services is looking for a motivated student to work with the Bike Coordinator on evaluating bike parking on campus. The intern will be responsible for working in the field to geocode bikes that are incorrectly parked in order for DOTS to identify target areas for new bike parking facilities. This will involve hands-on work with ArcMap10, which is cutting edge Graphic Information Systems technology. The intern will be responsible for creating and maintaining a geocoded database at the direction of the Bike Coordinator. No previous experience with GIS is required, though it is considered a plus. Please contact with questions and to apply.

Off-Campus Opportunities

    SESYNC Environmental Sustainability Assistant

    The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) seeks a paid assistant (graduate student or 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student) interested in sustainability issues related to interactions between food, energy, and water (FEW) systems. Students with majors or research on topics related to human–environment interactions and interest in learning/researching across natural and social sciences are especially encouraged to apply. The student assistant will work with SESYNC staff and external advisors to identify and integrate diverse data related to FEW systems. The assistant will learn valuable research and data management skills, as well as how to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.For more details and to apply, click here.

    Amazon Conservation Association

    ACA is a creative, hard-working, team-oriented conservation organization and we welcome interns with the same qualities. Our internships are highly competitive and typically offered to candidates with specialized skills, relevant experience, and good language skills. In addition to a hands-on internship experience, interning at ACA gives you the opportunity to learn about nonprofit management and a chance to contribute to the conservation of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; internships are open until filled.

    U.S. Green Building Foundation

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. We believe in better buildings; places that complement our environment and enhance our communities. Places that give people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work and play. Green building is a win-win, offering both environmental and economic opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85 percent of future demand for energy in the United States and a commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million jobs.


    National Wildlife Federation

    America’s experience with cherished landscapes and wildlife has helped define and shape our national character and identity for generations. Protecting these natural resources is a cause that has long united Americans from all walks of life and political stripes. To hunters, anglers, hikers, birders, wildlife watchers, boaters, climbers, campers, cyclists, gardeners, farmers, forest stewards and other outdoor enthusiasts, this conservation ethic has evolved and is now integral to our heritage and fundamental to the very pursuit of happiness enshrined at the founding of this great country.


    World Wildlife Foundation

    Imagine waking up every morning, ready to take on important work in an organization that is changing the world. Imagine building your career while protecting the future of nature for generations to come. At WWF, our employees know they are making a difference every day. We share a spirit and devotion for wildlife and nature. Our unique backgrounds and qualifications blend together to help us fulfill WWF's mission. So whether you're working at a desk in our D.C. office, attending a climate change meeting in Europe, or relocating rhinos in Nepal, you have the benefit of knowing that everything you do is part of WWF's global effort to conserve life on Earth. Join us and make a difference. Be a part of the world's leading conservation organization and do the work you've always imagined.


    The Wildnerness Society

    The Wilderness Society has been the leading organization protecting our nation’s shared public lands since 1935. Through our conservation and public engagement efforts, we work to preserve our nation’s rich natural legacy for future generations.Over the years, The Wilderness Society has turned back industrial and ideological attacks on our most iconic wild places. We have gone toe-to-toe with high-priced lobbyists on the Arctic Refuge, on mining the Grand Canyon and other massive land grabs — and we have won. Since 1935, we have been at the forefront of almost every major public lands battle and landmark victories. We helped pass the Wilderness Act in 1964, establishing a system for protecting public lands as wilderness.


    Greenpeace USA

    Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. As a Greenpeace intern, you not only get to work on a daily basis with experienced environmental activists, but you will also be able to participate in trainings such as campaigns, non-violent direct action, corporate research, media relations, and more. In addition, all interns based in the Washington, DC or San Francisco offices participate in a full-day group orientation to the organization at the start of the semester. Internships are available in a number of cities and in all parts of the Greenpeace organization. Each intern is closely supervised by a member of the department to which they have been assigned. Interns are hired on a rolling basis, but since certain positions are filled quickly, we encourage applicants to apply early.

    World Resources Institute

    WRI is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, and the United States. Our more than 450 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources—the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is seeking a creative professional to assist its Marketing and Communications team in generating content for blog and news section, as well as monthly email newsletters. This internship is ideal for recent graduates or early-career professionals in communications, marketing, public relations, environmental studies, urban studies, English, liberal arts, or related studies. You will get real world experience in a fast-paced environment. Internships may vary in length depending on your schedule, interest, and abilities. To apply, please click here for more information.


    Association of Climate Change Officers

    This position supports activities related to ACCO's working groups, advisory board and Board of Directors. The intern will be expected to support all ACCO member meetings by helping with meeting logistics, taking minutes, reporting and tracking action items, and online collaboration. This internship position will also involve event support and speaker coordination for ACCO webinars and workshops. Full-time and part-time Internship positions are available. The specific hours of the internship are flexible. If you participate in a work-study program please indicate that in your application. We welcome applications from volunteer interns, as well. To apply, please email: and send your cover letter, resume, and any supporting materials and/or writing samples related to the nature of the position.


    Food & Water Watch

    Food and Water Watch is an international non-profit advocacy group that has fought for clean water, safe food, and a healthy environment since 2005. We are looking to expand our field organizing team to fight hydro-fracking in Maryland with grassroots support. We are hiring community organizers to educate the public and build strength in numbers so we can ensure our water is safe and healthy to drink, our communities are toxin free, and our systems of government protect the health of all citizens equally. We are looking for exceptional individuals to empower people to take ownership of their communities and work together for meaningful and tangible change. To browse internship listings, please click here.


    Solar Energy Industries Association Internships

    SEIA is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, project developers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants and financiers. Established in 1974, SEIA works to make solar energy a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, strengthening the industry, and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. There are a variety of internships available with SEIA.

    American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

    The intern should be bilingual, Spanish/English preferred, but other fluencies may be helpful, such as Amharic or French. Interns will gain experience on program design, community engagement, grant projects, energy efficiency programs, public-private partnerships, and sustainability in local government. Interns will work in the City of Takoma Park.


    Sierra Club Internships in DC

    Our year-round issue internships provide a hands-on opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the field of environmental protection and the specific role that the Sierra Club plays in it. An intern may be expected to conduct research, gather and analyze information, help develop background information on a specific issue, write summaries and fact sheets, and prepare briefing materials, among many other tasks. D.C. Office Interns also learn firsthand how Congress works and the role of other non-governmental organizations in Washington as they help prepare Congressional testimony, accompany staff on visits to Congressional offices and monitor Congress. Interns are selected on the basis of their interests, education and experience in related fields. We especially seek interns who have been directly involved in conservation work and have good communication and writing skills. Our intern rotations are in the fall, winter/spring, and summer. Click here to learn more.


    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Washington, D.C.

    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is the nation's leading advocate for trails and the only national organization devoted to converting unused railroad lines to multi-use trails. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails. With headquarters, Washington, D.C., and offices in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Massachusetts, RTC is a nonprofit public charity carrying out a program of technical assistance and public education. RTC is looking for interns interested in working on environmental and public policy issues. Click here to learn more.


Fellowships & Scholarships

    Distributed Sun Fellowship Program

    Distributed Sun is seeking enthusiastic fellows with an interest in solar project development for the following departments: business development, marketing, finance, electrical engineering, and policy & market research. Duties range from assisting solar array design to financial modeling to researching potential new clients and state markets. Requirements include: relevant coursework in departments previously stated; proficiency with Microsoft Office suite; strong written and verbal communication skills, aptitude for working independently and producing results with minimal supervision; enthusiasm for working in a fast paced, changing environment; and a passion for building a new energy future. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to with the subject line “D-SUN Fellow Program – Department”.

Graduate Opportunities

Alliance for Green Heat - Renewable Energy Project Coordinator

The Alliance for Green Heat (AGH), a wood and pellet heating educational non-profit, based in Maryland is seeking a full-time project coordinator. Founded in 2009, they address renewable energy access and justice for American households. The ideal candidate will be an organized self-starter with excellent communication skills and a passion for renewable energy. The position is based in Takoma Park, MD. The salary is $30,000 and benefits include vacation and holidays, as well as retirement and health insurance after one year of work. To apply, send resume, cover letter, and three references to John Ackerly, The deadline to apply is August 8th.

Opportunities Abroad

    Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

    Looking for an exceptional study abroad or internship opportunity in Israel? Come  discover an experience that combines cutting-edge environmental academics and research with coexistence. The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies brings together students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and North America, and provides them with the skills to become the next generation of environmental leaders. Learn about all opportunities here. Learn about our internship opportunities here. Please contact Sarah Rubin, Program Manager, for more information.