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

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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

    Water Resources Intern

    The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) is looking for a Water Resources Intern to assist project managers and the regional TapIt campaign, which promotes the use of refillable bottles and tap water. The intern will work with a COG project manager to raise awareness of the TapIt campaign, and recruit additional business partners. This position requires an interest in the environment, and strong communication and campaign skills. Click here to learn more about this paid position.

    Green America Internships

    Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. Its mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. The following opportunities are available:

  • Foundation Fundraising Intern
  • Green Business Network Certification Intern
  • Green Business Network Communications & Marketing Intern
  • Green Business Network Intern
  • Membership Marketing Fellow
  • Web & Online Engagement Systems Intern

    Water Resources and Water Security Program Internship

    The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) has immediate openings for 2-3 student interns. The interns will be working with COG project managers to perform various duties within the COG’s environmental programs related to the Chesapeake Bay Program, Anacostia Watershed and Water Security initiatives. Applicants should be dependable, hardworking, highly organized, independent and self-motivated individual with strong research and writing skills. Click here to learn more about this paid position.

    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.

    Maryland Energy Administration Internships

    Join the Maryland Energy Administration as it transforms energy for the State of Maryland.  You will have an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of shaping and implementing Maryland’s clean energy policies. It's looking for the best and the brightest interns to join the team that is quickly making Maryland one of the nation’s leaders in Clean Energy. You will have the opportunity to learn and understand State and Federal energy programs, policies and processes as they are developed. Click here to learn more.

    Department of Justice Volunteer Internship

    The Natural Resources Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, is seeking a talented, dedicated undergraduate student to assist trial attorneys in its motions- based and trial practices during the Fall of 2014 for approximately 10 hours per week. Applications are due on May 23rd. Click here to learn more.

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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.