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

LEAF Outreach Team

The Office of Sustainability seeks interns to support the implementation of the LEAF Outreach Team at the University of Maryland. LEAF is an acronym and stands for Lead, Educate, Act, Facilitate – this is your job description! Your primary goal will be to “LEAF Out” across campus at special events, games, gatherings and tabling opportunities to promote and reward green practices on our campus. If you are outgoing and love interacting with people, are passionate about sustainability, and are looking to gain some valuable work experience, then join our Outreach Team. You'll be working with a dedicated and knowledgeable team working to effect positive change towards sustainability on our campus. Click HERE for more information.

On-Campus Opportunities

Campus Pantry Volunteer Opportunities

The Campus Pantry is looking for volunteers for Fall 2015! Volunteers will work during the Pantry’s operating hours to distribute emergency food to students, faculty, and staff in need. Pantry volunteers should be aware of the sensitive, confidential nature of working with Pantry clients, and should have an interest in service. Click here for more info.

UMD Recycling Team Volunteer

The UMD Recycling Team (Terps Recycle) is seeking volunteers for the 2015 Football season to help distribute bags. This year, we are concentrating our recycling efforts in parking lots and reaching out to tailgaters to encourage maximum recycling participation. We need volunteers to greet folks entering parking lots around campus, hand out bags for recycling and trash, and explain what to do with the bags when tailgating is finished. Click here for details.

Arboretum and Botanical Garden Volunteers

We have many and varied opportunities for people to help us beautify our campus landscape while spending time in the great outdoors. When you come to volunteer, we’ll ask you to really get your hands dirty--weeding, raking, pruning, planting trees, shrubs, and flowers, cleaning up landscapes, mulching, or replenishing footpaths--and you will feel like you have accomplished something special when you are done. We always come up with fun, active projects that enhance the beauty of campus and engage you with nature and your fellow volunteers. Our volunteers come from a variety of places--service organizations, academic departments, university alumni organizations, and local high schools. No matter what your background, the Arboretum & Botanical Garden wants to benefit from your hard work. Please email: for more information.

Farmers Market at Maryland Volunteers

The Farmers Market at Maryland is looking for volunteers to help us with operations, marketing, and promotion. If you love the Farmers Market as much as we do and want to get more involved, please click here to fill out the form and we will be in touch with you with more details about signing up to volunteer.

Public Health Garden Volunteers

Drop in to any of our work hours and assist with planting, pruning, weeding, planning, watering, or harvesting. As an added bonus, you can take home whatever vegetables, fruit, and herbs we harvest that day! NO experience is necessary. Work hours are times when you can generally expect other gardeners to be there. Otherwise, you are welcome to work in the garden on your own. If you are not available during any work hours but would still like to help with the garden, please set up a time to get an introduction from Ryan Kieft, Director of Membership & Education. He can be reached at Come learn with us!

Off-Campus Opportunities

    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. To apply, please follow the instructions within the internship description(s) that most interest you, and send all documents to 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. To see available positions, click here.

    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. To see positions available, click here.

    Chesapeake Climate Action Network

    CCAN is dedicated to grassroots and local activism and believes that this movement can succeed only by including everyone affected by global warming (and that is everyone). We do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, economic background, or age. If there are any considerations or qualifications not acknowledged in our application, we encourage you to bring them to light. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is always looking for talented organizers, fellows, and interns. See specific job availability, or feel free to contact us at

    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.

    Government Relations Internship

  • The Government Relations team at The Wilderness Society (TWS) is seeking highly motivated individuals to join us for our Fall 2015 internship session. Our team is dedicated and passionate about protecting wild places across the US. We are responsible for the public advocacy of TWS’s agenda. Our priority campaigns include work on wilderness designation, conservation funding, and responsible energy development on public lands. The GR team manages legislative and regulatory strategy, issue positioning, Executive Branch and Congressional outreach and education, appropriations matters, strategic communications, and builds grassroots support for the protection and management of public lands. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Please use the subject line, "Government Relations Internship" and indicate what semester you are applying for.
  • Communications Internship

  • Students looking to burnish their public relations, writing and journalism skills will find our Communications Department to be a fast-paced, high-energy place where they can learn about the environmental community and how The Wilderness Society works to protect the country’s most important public lands and natural resources. Our interns roll up their sleeves to research critical environmental issues, craft press releases, author editorials and pitch both bloggers and traditional journalists. The Wilderness Society offers communications interns hands-on opportunities to strategize with Policy and Government Affairs staff, influence public opinion and protect America’s wild places. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Please use the subject line, "Communications Internship" and indicate what semester you are applying for.

  • Safer Chemicals Healthy Families - Digital Communications Internship

    Launched in 2009, the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition runs the national campaign to protect public health from toxic chemicals in everyday products. We're challenging Congress to fix our broken chemical safety system by overhauling the obsolete federal law that allows toxic and untested chemicals in our homes and bodies. We are seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented Digital Communications Intern to work with a national coalition. This position would report to the Digital Content Coordinator, Alesia Lucas, and would assist in a variety of tasks including: copy editing, blogging, research, event planning, social media. The Digital Communications Intern will be expected to work in our office a minimum of 3 days a week, Sep-Nov 2015. Intern will receive a small stipend at the completion of the internship. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter with the subject line, "Digital Communications Internship Applicant" to The deadline to apply is August 14th.

    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. See the links at right for descriptions of the different internships available, the qualifications required for each, and what cities they are offered in. Interns are hired on a rolling basis, but since certain positions are filled quickly, we encourage applicants to apply early. The deadline for these positions are August 31st.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.
  • 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.

    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

    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

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.