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

There are currently no internship openings with the Office of Sustainability. For information about future openings please email

    On-Campus Opportunities

    Food Recovery Network - Fellowship & VISTA positions

    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. Made up of 150 chapters at colleges and universities in 37 states, FRN has recovered over 825,000 pounds of food and is rapidly expanding. FRN fellowships offer opportunities for skill development in the areas of leadership, collaboration, professionalism, and communication and will increase your technical understanding of hunger, food waste, and the logistics of food recovery. Fellows will, at times, work on projects outside of their departments to enhance FRN’s programming and further its mission.

    Expansions Fellowship

  • The Expansion Department works to start new Food Recovery Network programs on campuses throughout the country, mentoring students one-on-one to take them through the process of starting chapters and working to improve our processes, resources and outreach. The fellows will report to the Director of Expansion. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.
  • Development Consultant VISTA

  • The Development Consultant VISTA will work with FRN’s Director of Development to achieve the following: assess latent potential for giving of our current and past donors; develop strategies of thanking and engaging donors in our work; create an alumni ambassadors program to organize giving of past volunteers; maintain Customer Relationship Management system; and improve and implement fall annual fundraising drive. For best consideration, apply by June 28.
  • Member Support VISTA

  • The mission of FRN Member Support is to provide resources and advice to official FRN chapters to expand their food recovery capacity and impact, and to increase visibility on campus, in their communities, and on a national level. FRN Member Support Fellows work to build strong connections among all chapters and an affiliation with FRN National via monthly video chats, regional summits and a yearly national conference. The FRN Member Support Fellow will implement monitoring and measurement techniques to evaluate chapter successes; create trainings for chapters including best practices about approaching new locations about food recovery; and identify best practices in leadership and team building activities for student groups. For best consideration, apply by June 28.
  • Partner Liaison VISTA

  • The Partner Liaison VISTA will work with the FRN Member Support Department to achieve the following: develop strong communication between official FRN chapters and their hunger-fighting community partner agencies; strengthen relationships between student volunteers and client/staff of partner agencies; implement and update feedback channels for partner agencies; evaluate the communities served by partner agencies; support programming with local hunger-fighting partners that give volunteers opportunities to appreciate the importance of their work. For best consideration, apply by June 28.

Off-Campus Opportunities

    Maryland Climate Coalition - Outreach Intern

    The Maryland Climate Coalition is a coalition of Maryland environmental, health, faith, social justice, business, and other community groups working to protect our environment, health and economy. The Maryland Climate Coalition came together in 2010 to bring offshore wind energy to Maryland. The offshore wind campaign illustrated a bold vision for Maryland's cleaner and healthier energy future that inspired and energized thousands of citizens from across the state and captured the national spotlight. Comprised of national, regional, state, and local advocacy organizations, the Maryland Climate Coalition is committed to advancing policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and engaging diverse audiences in the demand for urgent action by decision-makers to support of innovative and effective solutions. Application deadline is July 15. To apply, please send your resume to JT Stokes at with a brief statment (maximum of two paragraphs) describing your interest in the internship.

    Enivronmental Working Group - Donor Mangement Intern

    Environmental Working Group (EWG) is searching for an enthusiastic and detail-oriented student for a paid part-time summer and fall internship with the Development team – particularly our donor management programs – in our Washington, DC office. The ideal candidate would be detail oriented, a strong writer/proofreader and have an interest in online fundraising and organizing for a non-profit. To apply for this position, send a cover letter addressing above responsibilities and qualifications, resume, and tentative date that you are avaialble to start, to Brett Dorow at

    Earthjustice Policy and Legislation Fall Intern

    Earthjustice is seeking a Policy and Legislation Intern to join our Washington, D.C. team. Through this internship, the candidate will work with the Policy and Legislation (PAL) department, which is comprised of environmental lobbyists and advocates who work with members of Congress and other environmental groups to protect and strengthen the same environmental laws Earthjustice defends in the courtroom. The intern will learn how a non-profit environmental organization weighs in on environmental policy at the federal level, and gain considerable insight into congressional procedures, the policy process, environmental nonprofit lobbying and advocacy strategizing, and associated communications and outreach. To apply for this position, please click here.

    U.S. EPA - Environmental Protection Specialist

    Earth Day is every day at EPA! Come help us protect the environment! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities. Find yourself at EPA. This position is located in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Chemical Control Division, Existing Chemicals Branch, Washington, DC. Deadline to apply is by June 29. For more information, click here.

    Temporary Field Canvassers

    Beyond Pesticides is looking for a passionate, dedicated team to engage with the community this summer on the health risks associated with exposure to lawn pesticides, and their impact on the environment. Do you want to protect public health, keep water clean, and ensure that the air we breathe is free from harmful chemicals? Then we are looking for you. Specifically, we are looking for the right person to join our campaign to end toxic dependency by going door-to-door in communities to advocate to the public the harmful effects of pesticides, and benefits of alternative methods. As a canvasser, you will mobilize community members in priority districts at their homes to assist with a letter writing campaign and to raise awareness of environmental and public health issues related to pesticides. Pay starts at $11.50 per hour, with bonus opportunities available. We are looking for someone who can commit to 24 hours a week. Candidates must commit to at least one month beginning the first week of July. Training will be provided. Send resume and cover letter with "Attn: Job Search/Canvassing" to

    Resources For the Future Communications Internship

    Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonpartisan organization that conducts rigorous economic research and analysis to help leaders make better decisions and craft smarter policies about natural resources and the environment. For more than 60 years, RFF experts have been helping governments, organizations, businesses, and communities face complex environmental and natural resource challenges and better prepare for the future. The Communications Department at RFF is currently seeking a creative, organized, and energetic student or recent graduate with exceptional writing skills to join its team as a Communications Intern. The deadline for this position is July 3rd. To apply, please click here.

    Center for Clean Air Policy - Development and Communications Intern

    Since 1985, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, U.S. national and international levels. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policy-makers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests. CCAP seeks a detail-oriented undergraduate or graduate student for an unpaid internship to learn about communications and fundraising in the nonprofit sector. The internship will include in-depth training on the customer relationship management (CRM) tool Salesforce. The right candidate will also have the opportunity to build their research, writing, and analytical skills. Days and hours are flexible, but expect to be in the office approximately 20-25 hours per week. Applications, including a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample should be sent to:

    National Wildlife Federation - Wildlife and Climate Safeguards Intern

    The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife for our children's future. The National Wildlife Federation is seeking a Wildlife and Climate Safeguards Intern to support NWF's Climate Change Safeguards team. This team focuses on climate adaptation and resilience, wildlife conservation, and the use of nature-based approaches for natural hazard risk reduction. Major team initiatives include work with federal and state agencies and other conservation organizations in the application of NWF's adaptation planning guidance (Climate-Smart Conservation), as well as work on coastal resilience supporting post-Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. The position also assists the Safeguards team in policy and legislative work on issues ranging from wildlife conservation funding, endangered species protection, invasive species prevention, climate-change science, and land protection and management. To apply, please click here.

    RESOLVE Biodiversity & Wildlife Solutions Program Environmental Journalism Internship

    The Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions program (BWS) at RESOLVE, based in Washington, DC, is looking for interns to help research, write, edit, photograph, and film news, reviews, stories, and events on the use of technology to help bridge the gap between innovators in the tech and wildlife fields. BWS is one of three founding partners of, a new site on the environmental news platform, designed to bring together designers of innovative technology with on-the-ground forest managers, wildlife researchers, and conservationists that can use it to conserve wildlife and wild places. To apply, please click here.

    World Resources Institute Writer and Editor Intern

    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.

    World Wildlife Fund Commmodities & Illegality Research Internship

    World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Commodities & Illegality Research Intern to work on the illegality issues in global commodity production and trade.The China Program of WWF-US facilitates and coordinates the collaboration with WWF-China at the programmatic and operational levels; designs and supports the initiatives that aim to help China improve its environmental performance in its growing international trade and overseas investment; and serves as a bridge that helps match China’s domestic environmental needs with international experience and best practices and deploy resources accordingly. The deadline to apply is by late August. To apply, please submit resume and cover letter through the Careers page.

    Green America Communications and Marketing Intern

    Green America (formerly Co-op America) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a just and sustainable society by harnessing economic power for positive change. Our unique approach involves working with consumers, investors, and businesses in their unique roles as economic actors. Our workplace reflects our goal of creating a more cooperative, environmentally sound economy. We have a participatory decision-making process that aims to build consensus within the departments and teams. We’re celebrating 30 years of growing the green economy. Green America’s Green Business Network (GBN) is the first and largest association of socially and environmentally responsible businesses in the nation. Working together, GBN combines community, environmental sustainability, and social justice in a way that builds each business, benefits everyone, and helps heal the planet. The GBN team provides all key services to the approximately 3,000 members that work at the intersection of sustainability and business. To apply, email your cover letter and writing samples.

    Green America Editorial Intern

    Green America is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Since 1983 we’ve been working to create a green economy defined by environmental restoration and sustainability, social and economic justice, thriving and inclusive local communities, and personal health and well-being. We inform people’s choices, organize consumer collective action, and bring together businesses and other stakeholders to achieve system-wide change. Our editorial interns are fully involved in the Green America editorial team. Editorial interns spend most of their time researching and writing stories, fact-checking, and proofreading listings for the National Green Pages™. Interns have the opportunity to acquire short published clips and gain exposure to many aspects of magazine publishing. The deadline to apply is July 15. Please email: and send your cover letter, resume, and 2-3 short writing samples that are particularly relevant.

    Member Program and Climate Change Project Intern

    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.

    U.S. EPA - Office of the Administrator

    The Office of Public Affairs and additional program offices within EPA's Office of the Administrator are seeking volunteer interns who are motivated, hard-working and interested in environmental issues.

    Food & Water Watch Campaign Organizer

    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 apply, please click here.

    RideAmigos Business Development Associate

    RideAmigos provides a Transport Demand Management platform called Unity, allowing organisations, cities and states to better manage their transport needs and meet their sustainability goals. RideAmigos is based out of Santa Monica, California, with offices in Indianapolis and Washington, DC. RideAmigos is a fast growing start-up, and is looking for 3 ambitious and motivated Business Development Associates on a part-time basis. To apply, please click here.

    EarthShare Outreach Intern Fall 2015 - Bethesda, MD

    EarthShare is seeking a vivacious, energetic, and ambitious Part-time/Full-time intern to attend charitable fairs throughout the DC metropolitan area for the fall. You will be the face of EarthShare on the campaign trail, so a positive and enthusiastic attitude is a must. Your main focus will be to engage potential donors, provide materials and take away items, and explain EarthShare and our role within the given campaign. These tabling fairs are a key component to EarthShare’s mission of promoting environmental education and charitable giving. To apply, please click here.

    Natural Resources Defense Council Energy Communications Intern

    NRDC is seeking an enthusiastic and strong writer to be an Energy Communications intern. He or she must care about environmental issues, be able to meet deadlines, take initiative, be familiar with social media, and possess an understanding of how video, photos, and graphics can help communicate a story. Duties will be varied and are expected to include assisting with Twitter outreach; helping to update and/or generate new material for a new energy efficiency website; helping to generate fact sheets, news releases, and statements; and assisting with drafting and/or editing blogs for program staff. This is a 15-20/hour per week, semester-long unpaid internship commencing in the Fall of 2015.To apply, please click here.

    SmartPower Communications Intern

    SmartPower is an award-winning nonprofit organization that works on behalf of utilities, businesses, foundations, state agencies and the federal government to turbo-charge energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts. Our innovative on-the-ground campaigns use friendly competitions and challenges to engage customers, drive results, improve customer satisfaction and save energy.

    SmartPower seeks an intern to provide social media expertise, content and digital marketing strategies to advance energy efficiency and solar campaigns and assist in other projects as needed.

    To apply, please click here.

    American Forests Internships

    Communications and Marketing Internship

  • American Forests Communications & Marketing department has a hand in all of American Forests communications channels — social media (Facebook, Twitter), publications (American Forests magazine, e-newsletter Forest Files) and web content (website articles, Loose Leaf blog). In addition, it is responsible for all publicity activities related to the organization, as well as creating marketing materials (such as brochures, online videos and print and web PSAs). Interns in this department will have the opportunity to assist on projects related to all of these items.
  • Programs Internship

  • American Forests Programs Department oversees all of the organization’s conservation and restoration work, research and assessment projects, and policy and advocacy initiatives. It focuses on both urban and rural conservation issues and works closely with federal, state and local partners to accomplish the organization’s mission.
  • Environmental Compliance Specialist

    An Environmental Compliance Specialist I is the entry level of environmental regulatory compliance work in the areas of water pollution control; sediment and erosion control; tidal and nontidal wetlands; flood control and waterway construction; stormwater management; coal, noncoal and surface mining; air quality and air management control; solid waste management; hazardous waste control; and oil pollution control. Employees ensure compliance with State and federal environmental laws and regulations through consultation, negotiation, inspection and investigation activities and initiate enforcement actions. Employees in this classification do not supervise. Candidates applying to this position may work in specific areas of MDE including: Water Management Administration, Air & Radiation Management Administration, or Land Management Administration. The filing deadline for this position ends June 26th. To apply, please click here.

    Smithsonian Folklife Festival Volunteer

    The Smithsonian Institution is in need of volunteers to help run our precedent-setting Composting and Recycling Program for the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival, June 24 – 28 and July 1 – 5, 2015. Volunteers will be asked to tend Resource Recovery stations positioned at 11 points within the Festival grounds during the day and 3 different stations during the evening concerts. Volunteers will be asked to guide the public in placing their recyclables and compostable trash into the proper receptacles. Material categories will be Landfill, Recycling, and Compostable Organics. Volunteers will be provided with information to convey to the public about the Smithsonian’s recycling/composting effort and why it is important for all of our futures. Volunteers will also need to pull bags when full and replace liners at these stations. The recovery stations will have chairs and tents to provide shade and comfort to volunteers. The application for this opportunity can be found here.

    Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps Crew Leader

    The Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps (BCLC) is a summer outdoor learning experience for high school students. This year, 30 high school students will be paid to work on conservation projects in Baltimore City parks, farms, and green spaces, learn about the outdoors and environmental stewardship, and gain leadership skills. BCLC is a partnership of the Student Conservation Association and Civic Works, Inc. Crew leaders will facilitate outdoor work projects, train and supervise crew members, facilitate environmental education lessons, and lead team building and leadership development activities for crew members.The program runs June 29, 2015 – July 31, 2015, with a mandatory paid Crew Leader training June 17, 2015 – June 27, 2015.A full position description and details on how to apply are available here.

    Cultural Resources Intern

    The Cultural Resources Intern for the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) of the National Park Service (NPS) will assist with archeological investigations, conduct historical research, work with archival and library records and materials, work with CRM files, help with the curation of museum collections, perform architectural conservation work on historic structures, and assist with cultural landscape management tasks. The intern will assist with other CRM tasks and projects that can include helping to manage museum and archival collections for projects and assist with other museum curatorial work following NPS Standards. Located in the greater DC area. To learn more and apply, click here.

    GIS and Remote Sensing Internship

    ACA is seeking GIS and Remote Sensing interns for their Washington DC office for the summer. The GIS-focused internship largely center on work needed for an important project dealing with protected areas in the Peruvian and Bolivian Amazon. This work includes creating baseline maps for the project and managing the map’s ArcGIS database and also the analysis of the created maps. The Remote Sensing-focused internship will focus on work needed for an exciting project dealing with tracking deforestation in near real-time. The position includes using ArcGIS to create informative and user-friendly maps of the deforestation data detected in CLASlite. These positions are unpaid but credit may be available. In order to be considered, candidates must have experience with ArcGIS, have a strong interest in conservation, and the ability to multi-task and work in a team environment. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume by email to with the subject line “GIS and RS Intern.” Please indicate your availability in your cover letter.

    Fairfax County Park Authority

    The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking a variety of interns throughout Summer 2015. To view the listings click here

    Solar Energy Industrics 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.

    EPA Office of Water, Urban Waters Student Volunteer

    EPA's Office of Water, Urban Waters program is seeking a student volunteer for the summer (June through August—full-time/40 hours/week) and/or fall (September through November—part-time/20 hours/week). The ideal candidate will be a current undergraduate or graduate student from a local university studying Environmental Studies, Environmental Science or Policy, Environmental Communications or a similar degree program. For more information click here

    Communications/Marketing Intern, Loggerhead Marinelife Center

    The Communications internship is open to students (undergraduates or recent graduates) with a focused interest in either marketing, public relations, communications, development or non-profits. Students will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the communications efforts in a non-profit environment by working directly with Loggerhead Marinelife Center staff. The internship is unpaid, and housing is not provided. Start and end dates are flexible to accommodate school schedules. The position is located in Juno, Florida. Click here to learn more!

    Global Green USA

    Global Green USA in Washington, DC is offering an internship for undergraduate or graduate students interested in gaining practical experience in international security, arms control, environmental research, public policy, and the legislative process. Interns participate in a variety of activities that support both organizational and individual development. Click HERE for more information.

    Paid Intern at the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), in Takoma Park

    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. The start date is immediately and the duration is 10-hours per week through December. The intern will be paid $10 an hour, paid through the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy, and will work in the City of Takoma Park. Contact for more information.

    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

Center for Global Development - Multimedia Communications Assistant

The Center for Global Development, an independent nonpartisan research organization based in Washington DC, seeks a creative, resourceful, and proactive multimedia communications assistant to help develop more engaging ways to tell CGD’s story across multiple platforms and to diverse audiences. The primary responsibilities of this position will encompass audio and video production, including the CGD Podcast and other output. We are also keen to develop in-house infographics and motion graphics capability. If you have a passion for development issues, a creative mind and solid production skills we want to hear from you. Secondary responsibilities of this role will include assisting members of the communications and policy outreach team with other tasks as needed, including helping to prepare and disseminate the weekly email newsletter, posting blogs, formatting web publications, assisting with publications preparation, and contact database management. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two samples (or links) to and use "Multimedia Communications Assistant" in the subject line.

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.