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

    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. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 27th. 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. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 27th. Click here for more information.

On-Campus Opportunities

    BSOS Communications Intern

    The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, Office of External Relations is looking for a Communications Intern to join their marketing & communications team. The experience will help build your resume, gain professional exposure, and work with the largest college on campus. Paid & For-Credit opportunities available. Click here to learn more.

Off-Campus Opportunities

    SESYNC Video Assistant

    The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), a national research center funded through a grant to the University of Maryland, seeks a part-time student assistant to help develop educational and promotional videos for SESYNC. This position is located in Annapolis, MD, and is for 10-15 hours per week. Click here to learn more.

    Corporate Sustainability Internship

    Lockheed Martin's Besthesda office is hiring for a corporate sustainability intern this Spring. Responsibilities for this paid internship include summarizing and reporting on topics and coverage of selected sustainability issues; reviewing life-cycle assessment model outputs; drafting and editing of responses to surveys issued by investor-represented groups including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index/Robeco SAM; staff events and attend conferences/policy briefings related to sustainability topics. To apply, please visit  here and search for Req ID 279649BR.

    Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internship Program

    The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and  beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC's professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant. Click here to learn more.

Fellowships & Scholarships

    D.C. Schools Conservation Fellowship

    The Sustainability and Energy Division of the D.C. Department of General Services (DGS-SE) seeks (5) results-oriented individuals with excellent communication, data collection, and organizational skills for a 10 month full-time, paid fellowship position to support the agency's waste and energy reduction efforts in D.C. Public Schools (DCPS). The deadline to apply is June 1st. Click here to learn more.

    National Wildlife Federation Emerging Leader Fellowships

    New in 2013, the program has expanded to provide fellowship opportunities not only to current students, but also to post-graduate, young professionals (ages 21-35) interested in career development and leadership opportunities within the conservation movement.  The program is an extension of NWF’s successful Campus Ecology Fellows Program.  Throughout the fellowship term, selected applicants are provided leadership opportunities through NWF and its state affiliate organizations, seed funding for their entrepreneurial efforts, additional leadership and skills trainings, and a diverse support network of peers and mentors. The deadline for the 2014 class of Fellows is May 14th. Click here to learn more.

Graduate Opportunities

    Program Assistant for Oakland Hall/Denton Community

    The Program Assistant (PA) for Oakland Hall/Denton Community is staff member in the Department of Resident Life. The PA will serve as an educator of sustainable living practices within Oakland Hall and the Denton Community. The PA will provide significant support to large-scale programmatic and event planning functions related to sustainability within the Denton Community. As needed, the PA will provide collaborative assistance to events planned through or by other constituents within the Denton Community, including the Syn*Quest Collaborative program and Denton Community hall councils. Click here for details.

    Social Innovation PR Internship

    Waggener Edstrom Worldwide (WE) is hiring an intern for the Social Innovation (SI) practice team in the Washington, D.C. office. The intern will join an experienced group of experts from the for-profit and non-profit worlds. WE’s SI practice helps organizations across sectors — for-profits, non-profits, foundations, governmental and inter-governmental organizations — accelerate the adoption of solutions that improve lives and transform societies. It does this through integrated, state-of the-art communication services that help clients navigate the increasingly complex intersection where private sector meets public good. Working alongside the dynamic SI team, the intern will help SI clients drive positive societal change by enabling them, through communications, to address crucial social and environmental issues. Click here to learn how to apply.

    Food Recovery Network Fellows

    Founded in September of 2011, Food Recovery Network (FRN) is the largest national student-led food recovery movement working to bring food recovery programs to colleges across the country. It islooking for 7 fellows to work full-time on the Expansion and Member Support teams at FRN HQ in College Park, Maryland. Fellowships start on August 11, 2014 and end May 15, 2015. Fellows receive a $1,500 per month stipend. Please send only one application for your preferred fellowship role; please indicate if you wish to be considered for other roles. Click here to learn about the Expansion Fellow position and here to learn about the Member Support Fellow position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through May 15, 2014.

    Crossroads Community Food Network Microenterprise and Community Kitchen Program Coordinator

    The Crossroads Community Food Network, along with a coalition of dedicated community volunteers, a local church, and other agencies, envisions the successful launch of the Community Kitchen in spring 2015. To complement the kitchen, the VISTA will launch a microenterprise training program so that local residents living in poverty can become successful food entrepreneurs. The VISTA will: 1. Conduct a needs assessment with potential microenterprise training program participants; 2. Coordinate, launch, troubleshoot, and evaluate the initial microenterprise program offerings and kitchen operations; 3. Develop and finalize systems and resources to sustain the program long-term. The deadline to apply is May 16th. Click here for details and here for the flyer.

    Crossroads Community Food Network Farmers Market Incentives Development Associate

    Crossroads Community Food Network (Crossroads), a food access non-profit based in Takoma Park, aims to combat hunger and increase community food security through models mutually supportive of those who produce food and those who consume it. The VISTA member will help to identify new funding sources and create internal systems for annual events and fundraising asks to sustain the Fresh Checks Program and effectively continue to bridge the gap between low-income consumers and healthy foods. This position is sponsored by Greater Homewood Community Corporation (GHCC) in Baltimore, MD; and the VISTA member will serve at the Crossroads Community Food Network in Takoma Park, MD. The application deadline is May 16th. Click here for details and here for the flyer.

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, at for more information.