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

Terp Farm Summer Staff

The Department of Dining Services is seeking full-time student staff members for the 2015 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. Click here for details.

Campus Arboretum Opportunities

The Campus Aboretum has three unpaid internship and volunteer opportunities over the summer. Summer interns and volunteers are needed to work with PollinaTerps to bring the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly back to campus. Interns and volunteers will rear butterflies through life cycle, and to collect data for the project. Positions available to work with PollinaTerps on the Survey of Native Bees. Interns and volunteers will help trap and net native bees on campus. Student intern and volunteer opportunity to help supervise high school students working in the campus landscape to earn Student Service Learning credit; mornings from mid-June through the end of July. If any of these positions interest you please contact Carin Celebuski at

Off-Campus Opportunities

    Trash-Free Maryland Spring Internship

    The Trash Free Maryland Alliance is currently seeking an Intern to support its mission of reducing litter in Maryland and the Anacostia watershed, and advocating for policies and legislation that support a trash-free state. The intern’s duties include: strengthening Trash Free Maryland’s web presence; assisting the Director to redesign the organization’s website; assisting with management of contact database; potentially participating in ongoing advocacy campaigns in the state of Maryland; and providing administrative support to the Director. The position is unpaid but there is a chance to get academic credit. To apply, email cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to

    Naturalist Internships -- The Oregon Ridge Nature Center

    Located in Cockeysville, Maryland the center offers a variety of trails and exhibits featuring live animals and the history, wildlife and natural environment of the area. The Oregon Ridge Nature Center is seeking responsible, motivated, and organized interns to assist with and lead hands-on, outdoor environmental education programs. Training will be provided. Other general duties include assisting with live animal care, program materials maintenance, trail and garden work, assisting park visitors and exhibit interpretation. Intern Naturalists are expected to work for the Spring, Summer, or Fall season and generally work a minimum of 12 hours/week. Some evening and weekends may be required. To apply for an internship, please send cover letter, resume and three references to: Oregon Ridge Nature Center Naturalist Internship Attn: Jessica Jeannetta or by email to More information

    Conservation Intern - Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve

    Interns will work alone and with supervision on grounds and facilities maintenance, invasive species removal, conservation planting, and restoration science at the St. Jones Reserve and Blackbird Creek Reserve. This will include the management of invasive plant species populations throughout the Reserve. Interns will work alongside our Conservation Technicians to spray and physically remove invasive species as well as apply other methods and techniques as required. Interns will assist with mowing and weed eating, spreading mulch, taking care of wildlife boxes and other duties as assigned. Term of service - June 1, 2015 - August 28, 2015 - dates are flexible. 30+ hours per week. To apply -- Please complete the online application

    Association of Former Members of Congress

    The United States Association of Former Members of Congress is now accepting applications for undergraduate and graduate student interns. Recent graduates are also encouraged to apply. Our interns assist with FMC’s international programs and domestic initiatives. Language proficiency and Hill experience are a plus, but are not required. Summer Internship application deadline is May 1st. For more information:Domestic, International

    STEMconnector Client Services/Business Development Internship

    The intern will work with senior STEMconnector staff and will report to the VP/Chief Strategy Officer. Projects will include outreach efforts in computer science, design thinking, innovation, food and agricultural education and higher education reform. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, public and private universities, national non-profit organizations and government agencies. Interns will be tasked with completing thoughtful and strategic research that will inform our business strategy. Additionally, interns will interface directly with clients and prospective clients. More information

    Solimar International Internships

    Solimar is committed to building future leaders of sustainable tourism development! Our internship program is designed to help current students and recent graduates gain real-world experience in sustainable tourism development and project management. The positions are located in Washington, DC. Positions we are looking to fill include: Communications, Operations/Business Development, and Event Management Intern-Columbia Heights Day. Click here to view the different opportunities.

    Sustainability Intern, Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company. This full-time summer intern will be responsible for supporting the development of sustainability initiatives and stakeholder engagement in Lockheed Martin's Corporate Sustainability Department. This position is for a Sustainability Intern for the Summer of 2015 working 40 hours per week in the Corporate Sustainability Department supporting enterprise-wide efforts. Candidate will be responsible for supporting the development of sustainability initiatives and stakeholder engagement. Responsibilities include improving information for the sustainability report; supporting completion of investor-driven sustainability surveys and awards; and benchmarking sustainability disclosure best practices. The position in located in Bethesda, MD. More information

    Social Media Manager Internship, UnSectored

    UnSectored is DC-based community platform that hosts online and offline conversations with diverse opinions and critical dialogue on issues at the intersections of different areas of change. The social media manager interacts with all members of the UnSectored team to help promote both blog series and events, as well as promote other resources and events from organizations who work on cross-sector collaboration and social innovation. This volunteer position is mostly remote and expects 5-10 hours a week. Email if you are interested in learning more and applying.

    Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Internship

    A NAFO Intern Program allows students, post graduates or early career individuals from NAFO member countries an opportunity to improve their skills, enhance their experience and learn about NAFO and its activities. Interns will work at the NAFO Secretariat in Dartmouth, NS, Canada. Since the start of the program 5 interns have been hosted from USA, Canada, Russia, the UK and Italy. Applications are encouraged from all NAFO Contracting Parties. The results from the Internship Program have been very successful but due to budget restrictions the program will only be available for a three month term in 2015. More information

    SEIA Membership Market Analysis Internship

    SEIA is looking for a summer intern to work on a variety of high-priority membership projects focused on the U.S. solar industry. Internship duties will include, but are not limited to: helping staff stay involved and up to date with membership activities, invoicing and tracking membership dues, and Salesforce database maintenance. Prospective applicants will have the opportunity to work alongside passionate and talented individuals in a fast-paced Washington DC environment, with responsibilities that touch on all aspects of SEIA’s agenda. Candidates should be available to work at least 20 hours per week for the duration of the summer. Previous professional or academic experience in research and analysis and proficiency with Microsoft Office is preferred, as well as strong organization skills and attention to detail. More details

    SEIA Federal/State Affairs Internship

    The Solar Energy Industries Association is looking for 1-2 government affairs intern. The ideal candidate will be available 20-40 hours per week, demonstrate an interest in energy and environmental policy, and possess strong writing skills. Candidates should also have an understanding of the legislative process, keep up with current events, and have the ability to multitask in a fast‐paced environment. Computer literacy (online research, familiarity with Word, Excel, etc.) is expected. Interns at SEIA will have the opportunity to be a part of a fast-paced high-energy government affairs team and to participate in federal and state advocacy efforts on behalf of the solar energy industry. The interns will be involved in all aspects of SEIA’s government affairs agenda, including renewable electricity standards, public lands, transmission, tax policy, and appropriations. For more information, click here

    Program and Events Intern, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. The Foundation's Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) is a leading resource for businesses dedicated to making a difference. The Program and Events intern will assist the Corporate Citizenship Center's Program Managers with necessary research and coordination efforts. Specific research entails Corporate Social Responsibly efforts in the United States. The intern will also help plan and execute CCC’s major events. More information

    Chesapeake Bay Trust Internship

    The part-time paid intern will work at the Chesapeake Bay Trust during the Spring semester at a rate of $10 per hour, 4-10 hours/week, opportunity to transition into a full-time intern for ten weeks during summer. Duties at the Trust when part-time include administrative, grant review, communications/development tasks, general support throughout the grant lifecycle; duties at the Trust when fulltime during the summer months includes the description above as well as site visits to assess the success of small-scale community-based projects funded by the Trust, grant work, and an independent project of the student’s choosing. Eligible applicants must be graduate or undergraduate students attending a two- or four-year college with a GPA of 3.00 or higher. In addition, all undergraduate applicants must be entering or continuing their junior or senior year during the Spring 2014 semester. Interested students should send a resume and cover letter with “Intern 2015” to the attention of Heather Adams (

    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Student Volunteer Program

    The Office of Policy and Program Development is seeking organized, reliable and motivated students to assist the policy analysis staff in the development of regulatory impact analysis and policy effectiveness projects. Click here for more details.

    NASA Goddard Summer Journalism Internship

    NASA is inviting students pursuing degrees in areas including, but not limited to journalism, communications, media relations, and science writing, to participate in their science storytelling program and gain experience. For more information click here

    Foundation Fundraising Intern, Green America

    If you’re interested in working with an energetic team on expanding an environmental organization’s revenue base while getting solid foundations in fundraising and persuasive writing – then this is the fellowship for you. Green America is a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. For nearly 30 years we’ve been harnessing the economic power of consumers, businesses, and investors to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable economy. More information can be found here

    Sustainafest Internship, Annapolis

    SustainaFest is a Maryland nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and engage people of all ages and interests to take action in their everyday lives to strengthen our community, improve our environment, and support our local economy. We leverage the power of cutting-edge film, awe-inspiring music, visionary speakers, social entrepreneurs and seasoned educators to spark dialogue, spotlight innovations, and catalyze new solutions. More information

    Rails To Trails Internships, Washington, D.C.

    Our employees come from diverse backgrounds but with a common purpose—to enrich the lives of millions of Americans by creating a nationwide network of trails, which supports active transportation, health and wellness, environmental sustainability and economic vitality in communities across America. To learn more, click here.

    Sierra Club Internships, Washington, D.C.

    With over 1.4 million members, the Sierra Club is one of our nation's largest grassroots conservation organizations. We seek to accomplish our mission statement, to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth, through active education and promotion of the responsible use of the Earth's ecosystems. For more information, look here

    Security & Sustainability Program Internship, Global Green USA

    The Global Green USA Environmental Security & Sustainability Program in Washington, D.C. 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. For detail, click here.

    Chesapeake Climate Action Network Positions

    The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is always looking for talented organizers, fellows, and interns. CCAN is dedicated to grassroots and local activism and believes that this movement can succeed only by including everyone affected by global warming. Click here for more information.

    National Parks Business Plan Internship

    Build marketable skills and enhance the lives of countless Americans while working in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Teams of consultants are assigned to national park sites across the country where they lead strategic projects that affect the long term health of our Park System. To learn more, click here

    U.S. House of Representatives House Vacancy Announcement and Placement Service Internship

    This service lists all available internship positions for the House of Representatives. To apply, click the link and follow the instructions for the Representative you wish to work for!

    UMD Research Position in Department of Environmental Science and Technology

    Paid employment opportunities are available for UMD undergraduates to work in Dr. Brian Needelman’s lab in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology. We are seeking reliable people with strong lab and field work skills. The employees will have the opportunity to work with faculty and graduate students on a variety of projects including restoration of ditch-drained marshes, carbon sequestration and methane emissions from tidal marshes, and nitrogen removal from agricultural systems through denitrification. Responsibilities of the position will include field work, lab work, literature review, and potentially research as the student advances. GIS work may also be included, if the applicant has an appropriate background. Start date as early as possible. Transportation will be provided for travel; lodging and meals will be provided for overnight stays. Preference will be given to candidates available for full-time employment during the summer of 2015. Competitive salary. Background in environmental science preferred. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to R. Kyle Derby at Contact Kyle for additional information.

    Garden Apprentice at Rockland Farms

    Rockland Farms is looking for energetic young students to join their staff of ‘next generation’ farmers. For more info, click here.

    City of Takoma Park Special Energy Efficiency Internship

    This internship is through the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) but works at the City of Takoma Park on special energy efficiency grant project for apartments. The student should be bilingual, Spanish/English preferred, but other fluencies may be helpful, such as Amharic or French. Students will gain experience on program design, community engagement, grant projects, energy efficiency programs, public-private partnerships, and sustainability in local government. The start date would be immediately, and the duration is 10-15 hours per week, through December. The pay is $10 per hour, and the days of the week are flexible, preferably they have some early evening availability for outreach. To learn more, contact Gina Mathias, Sustainability Manager, City of Takoma Park, 301-891-7623,

    Fairfax County Park Authority

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

    Soils Laboratory and Field Assistant for Beltsville Agricultural Center

    Work with soil scientists on research projects studying nitrogen conservation by cover crops, and cycling of nitrogen in agricultural systems. Perform sample preparation, assist with chemical analysis of soil and plant samples, and perform data entry and data summary from field experiments and laboratory studies to assess: recycling of nitrate by cover crops, and improving manure management practices. Specific instructions on operating procedures and protocols for the above work will be given by supervising soil scientist and laboratory staff who will work with the employee. Work will include field collection of soil, water, and plant samples. Candidate is preferred to have one year of inorganic chemistry, laboratory and field research experience. The position pays $10 to $11.50 per hour, depending on training and experience. Temporary hourly employee through the Univ. MD College Park. Dept. of Plant Sciences, no fringe benefits. If interested, contact Dr. J. Meisinger. E-mail: Voice Ph.: 301-504-5276 (please leave message if not in)

    Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center Camp Counselor

    The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is a private, non-profit located on the Eastern Shore in Grasonville, Maryland dedicated to creating the next generation of Bay stewards by providing “hands-on, feet-wet” environmental education. Our summer camps allow students to explore life around the Bay through science, environmental studies, arts, and recreation. These are unpaid internship positions; however we work with interns to secure college credit from their schools. If you are interested in applying to be an intern this summer, please send a resume to the Camp Director, Katey Nelson at Resumes will be reviewed as they are received and selected applicants will be contacted to schedule a phone or in-person interview.

    Urban Watershed Science Internship

    The UMD Biogeochemistry Lab at UMD is seeking interns interested in urban watershed science during the summer and fall terms. Located in the Geology Department, our lab focuses on a variety of environmental issues regarding urban water quality, storm water management, stream restoration, and coastal eutrophication in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area. Intern volunteers will gain hands-on experience measuring water quality in nearby streams alongside graduate students, areas and learn key laboratory techniques used in water research. Interns may gain credit in the geology department for the summer term. To apply: Please send a 1-page resume, unofficial academic transcript, and one paragraph statement of interest (what is your background and what would you like to gain from this experience?) to Rose Smith (rsmith24@umd.ed) and Sujay Kaushal (

    Seabird Animal Care and Research Internship

    There is an opening for a summer unpaid internship position at the U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD, starting in May after classes are over and running through the summer. Primary responsibilities include: assisting with egg collection and raising of new chicks, assisting with daily care of birds, using behavioral training techniques to shape research behaviors, observation of research trials, data entry and analysis, and maintenance/cleaning tasks. The ideal applicant will have: experience working with animals, be interested in biological research, and be willing to work outside in all weather conditions. Full-time preferred, but part time (at least two full days per week) may be accepted. Course credit through the university may be possible. The applicant must provide their own transportation to the center. We are also looking for volunteers – that can commit a minimum of 2 hours per week. These volunteer positions involve feeding the colony and assisting with the animal care and research, but to a lesser degree than the internship. These positions offer an excellent opportunity for qualified and motivated individuals to obtain research and animal care experience under the mentorship of both University of Maryland faculty/graduate students and U.S. Geological Survey researchers. If you are interested, please send a resume and brief letter of interest to Sara Therrien at

    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.

    GEO Globel Agricultural Monitoring Team

    The GEOGLAM (GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring) team in the Geographical Sciences Department at UMD are looking for a summer intern to help us with our agriculture research. We are looking for someone who is interested in GIS, remote sensing, conflict and food security. We are happy to help the intern get class credit through the university. Please contact Katie McGaughey at or Brian Barker at

    Camp St. Charles Naturalist

    Seeking a passionate and knowledgeable person to teach environmental science to children ages 6-13 years old. Develop activities with an emphasis on Bay ecology, each lesson is 1 hour, campers will have between 2-4 environmental education sessions during their time at camp. Must be patient, caring and good with managing groups of campers, passion for the environment and knowledge of local flora and fauna. Naturalist will live on site, be on duty 6 days/week. Pay is $1700 for the summer. Find more information here.

    Entomology Department Student Research Assistant

    Full time May – September, Student Research Assistant needed to help study Organic farming, with focus on weed ecology. Paid intern positions are available for undergraduate assistants to assist with multiple field studies that examine effects of cover cropping and tillage on a range of ecological and environmental factors in organic agriculture systems. This will be a good opportunity to learn about the ecology of agricultural systems, the design and implementation of field research, and how to think about the world as a scientist. Specific field duties will include counting and identifying arthropods, counting and identifying weeds in the field and greenhouse, measuring greenhouse gas emissions, and assisting with plot maintenance. You may also be involved in sorting of samples in the laboratory and data entry. Candidate should be able to spend several hours at a time outside in summertime conditions (hiking and lifting in heat, humidity, etc.). Candidate should be able to take clear data and notes. If you are interested, please send a resume or CV to Peter Coffey at

    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

    Positions at Cascade Mountain School

    Cascade Mountain School is hiring two summer positions in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Cascade Mountain School is a science-based outdoor education program for middle and high school students based out of the Columbia River Gorge near Hood River, Oregon and Trout Lake, Washington. The summer science school offers seven- to 14-day courses where the outdoors serve as the classroom for students as they learn about climate change, watershed science, sustainable agriculture and more. More information on Program Assistant Position and Operations and Risk Manager

    Intern for the National Parks

    The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the "clearinghouse" for 500+ internships in the National Parks as well as other federal and/or non-profit agencies. The SCA wants students from ALL years and ALL majors. The SCA has a one-time application fee of $25, but they help you prepare a competitive application. Interns receive housing, uniforms, training, and a refund on their travel. They also receive a small weekly stipend and an AmeriCorps grant at the end of the summer. To learn more click here

    Urban Resources Initiative (URI) Internships

    URI is a partnership of the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks; The Parks & People Foundation: and area universities and institutions. We are accepting applications for over 15 different internships including forest management, deer management, trail maintenance, etc. Academic credit may be available. Internships are 10-12 weeks for 15-18 hrs/week unpaid. To learn more: email

    Career Discover Internship Program with US Fish & Widlife Service

    This summer program contains many focuses including natural resource management, visitor services and refuge management. Housing, living, and travel allowance are all provided. Interns will be assigned a mentor. For more details.

    Certification Assistant for Wildlife Habitat Council

    Located in Silver Spring, MD this summer job provides vital assistance and support to the WHC Certification Department. Preferred majors are wildlife biology, biology, animal science, plant science, natural resources, geography, conservation education, or related field. Proficiency in computer programs, including MS Outlook, MS Word, and MS Excel Conservation education experience is highly regarded. Work will be full time. Pay is $10/hr. Click here for more information.

    U.S. Forest Service Region 5

    We are hiring 100+ seasonal employees through the federal pathways program. Current students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply. To learn more, visit this link

    Research Intern, Wilfrid Laurier University's Forest Ecology Lab

    We are looking for a motivated, energetic individual to join our Scotty Creek Forest Dynamics Plot team. The plot is part of the Smithsonian Institute’s Global Earth Observatory (SIGEO) program, which forms a network of 49 large forest monitoring plots from the tropics to the boreal. The research assistantship position is from late May to late August and is located in Scotty Creek Research Basin, a remote study site near Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, Canada. In addition to a research assistant stipend, travel between Waterloo, Ontario and the field site(s) will be provided and food and accommodation while in the field will be provided. The research assistant will contribute to the completion of the Scotty Creek 20.8 ha mapped forest plot. Click here to learn more.

    Naturalist Intern, Marshy Point Nature Center

    This unpaid internship has duties which include helping to lead educational programs, developing new programs/educational materials, greeting visitors, maintaining park trails, caring for the live animal collection, and developing new exhibits. Shifts are 8-10 hours per week. Applicants should have interest in the outdoors, interest in wildlife, good communication skills, and willingness to learn. Preferred majors are education, natural history, biology, cultural history, or related field. This position is located in Baltimore, MD. More information can be found here.

    Plant ID & Mapping Internship

    Glenstone is seeking an intern for three months to conduct a plant identification and mapping exercise in Potomac, Md. Primary duties include collection, organization, and entry of all field data as part of an intensive plant inventory and mapping effort of all existing flora, including trees, understory and invasive species. Interns will use GPS units to map target plant areas throughout the 180-acre site, and work with existing staff to organize the field data and enter into appropriate software for analysis. In addition to mapping, interns may begin testing natural and/or organic weed-control strategies in heavily infested areas of the site. Other duties may be assigned by the Superintendent or Sustainability Director as needed. The position requires a reasonable background in plant identification, with strong record-keeping skills. Focus, self-motivation and the desire to work primarily outdoors in a typically warm, even hot, environment are also requisites. Requirements: A driver’s license, the ability to get to Potomac on a daily basis, the ability to lift 50-75 pounds, and computer and data entry skills. Please e-mail resume and cover letter to: Mr. Paul Tukey, Chief Sustainability Officer Glenstone 12002 Glen Road Potomac, MD 20854

    Indiana Bat Biologists and Technicians, West Inc.

    This national environmental consulting firm, is seeking biologists and technicians to conduct summer mist-net, acoustic, and telemetry surveys targeting the endangered Indiana bat and Northern long eared bat. Approximately 5-7 days of work/week from May 15 to August 23 with the possibility of work extending into the fall. Competitive hourly rate, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Housing, transportation, per diem, and cell phone for field work provided. The applicant should have experience selecting suitable mist-net locations, conducting mist-net surveys independently, identifying eastern bat species, and interacting positively and effectively with field crew, project managers, clients, and landowners. To apply for this position, include the following in one combined file (.doc or .pdf ): 1. Cover letter stating why you are the best candidate for the job, 2. Resume or CV (include dates of employment and contact information for employers), 3. Three references with contact information.

    Double Oak Farm Intern

    Double Oak Farm is seeking volunteer interns to assist with field work for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project. The farm is located on land protected by the American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT). The farm uses organic, ecologically friendly growing practices. Interns are encouraged to ask questions and opportunities may exist to pursue specific interests. The tasks are varied and may include: soil preparation and bed prep, starting seed, transplanting, weeding, pest identification and management, high tunnel management and production, farm construction, harvesting, assisting with beekeeping, working with compost, foliar spraying, and irrigation maintenance. To apply send a resume and a short statement of interest to Chris Rasmann at chris.rasmann@ARS.USDA.GOV.

    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!

    GIS Intern, More County Fire Department IT Division

    GIS interns are desired to perform duties with in the Mapping Section of the IT Division. This division produces maps that are carried on all Baltimore County fire and EMS apparatus. The mapping section works closely with the County GIS Division, the Emergency Dispatch Center and the Emergency Operations Center. Activities for GIS internship: map hydrants; convert previously mapped hydrants to spatially accurate county base map; map rural water sources; prepare annotation for revised firebox maps; make comparisons of revised fireboxes to older maps; label features on maps using Arc GIS; produce firebox maps using advanced features and layers of Baltimore County; generate New Street Notices to fire personnel. Contact Greg Harrer at for more information.

    Internships for Living Classrooms Foundation

    The Living Classrooms Foundation is looking for On-Board Education Coordinators, Science Educators, and Deckhands. These individuals must be interested in joining a team of dedicated professionals to work with youth aboard one of our historic Chesapeake Bay workboats. Programs range in length from one-day trips to ten-day extended land/sea expeditions in the waters of Baltimore, the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries as well as off the New England coast. Qualified applicants must possess a strong commitment to the education of all students, be motivated self-starters, function successfully as part of a team, and maintain a desire to work outdoors in a challenging but fun environment. Education/biology background is preferred, but we will train the right people. Drivers license and clean driving record required. This is a physically demanding job that necessitates a certain amount of physical fitness. Positions available March through mid-November 2014.

    Please send resume and cover letter to: Lisa Jones at

    Environment America Intern

    Apply to be an Environment America intern, you’ll learn how to make an impact on critical environmental issues, and there’s no better way to get the experience to launch your career with us. To learn more click here.

    Reef Relief Intern

    Interns selected will help to organize and staff events, promote Reef Relief and its programs, present classroom lessons on marine science and work on marine field projects as needed. This internship is a great opportunity to gain hands on experience in marine education and conservation as well as marketing, and event planning. Reef Relief is a non-profit organization so all internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. Applicants must have a degree in marine science, or education or be actively seeking one. SCUBA certification required or ability to obtain certification once in Key West. Start and end dates are flexible. To apply please send a letter with your interest in the internship and a resume here for more information.

    Crossroads Community Food Network Volunteer

    Crossroads Community Food Network is a charity that aims to improve community health through local food access programs and education for at-risk members in the Takoma/Langley Crossroads community. They are looking to fill a variety of volunteer positions for the 2015 market season. Click here to learn more.

    SESYNC Summer Internship Program

    This program aims to provide interns with opportunities to develop professional skills, meet people working on environmental problems, and deepen their understanding of socio-environmental issues. Click here to learn more.

    Summer Internships at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Environmental Education

    The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, located on Maryland's Eastern Shore in Grasonville, MD is currently accepting applications for their Environmental Education summer internship program. Click here to learn more.

    Amazon Conservation Association Communications and Social Media Intern

    ACA is seeking a Communications and Social Media intern for our DC office in Farragut. This internship would provide great hands-on communications & social media experience, 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. Click here to learn more.

    Amazon Conservation Association Marketing and Sustainable Tourism

    ACA is seeking an intern for Marketing and Sustainable Tourism. This internship would also provide a great experience to learn about nonprofit management and a chance to contribute to the conservation of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Click here to learn more.

    Kalu Yala Internships in Panama

    Kalu Yala is a new sustainable town being built in Panama. Since Summer 2010, they've had students from 17 countries, 45 states, and 160 colleges. Currently 7 different entrepreneurial internships are open: Outdoor Recreation, Biology, Community Outreach & Education, Agriculture, Farm-to-table Culinary Arts, Business, and Health & Wellness. Click here to learn more.

    Green America DC Fundraising Internship

    Green America is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a just and sustainable society by harnessing economic power for positive change. They are currently hiring full-time employees and interns Click HERE to learn more.

    SustainaFest Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

    Are you interested in being a part of an organization focused on using art and entertainment to spur sustainability and action in our schools and communities? Have you been successful at growing social media communities? Are you good at organizing events? Do you have experience conducting research and writing about it? Are you interested in getting involved in environmental or social education? Are you interested in gaining more experience in any or all of these areas? Bring your planning, social media and organizing skills to SustainaFest and take advantage of a great opportunity to contribute to and learn from sustainability leaders while also having fun! 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.

    Earth Justice

    As the premier nonprofit environmental law organization, Earthjustice is uniquely qualified to deliver sweeping, on-the-ground results that make a real difference in our environment and our communities. We work through the courts on behalf of thousands of groups, supporters and citizens to take on the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the Earth needs a good lawyer. Click HERE to view open positions.

    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.

    Chesapeake Climate Action Network

    The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is always looking for talented organizers, fellows, and interns. 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. Click HERE 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

    Garden Club of America

    The Garden Club of America offers merit-based scholarships, fellowships and awards to qualified graduate and undergraduate students. In 2014, 86 scholarships were awarded in areas focusing on Botany (including medicinal, tropical and field botany studies), Coastal Wetland Studies, Conservation and Ecological Restoration, Desert Studies, Garden History and Design, Horticulture and Related Fields, Landscape Architecture, Native Bird Habitat, Pollinator Research, Summer Environmental Study and Urban Forestry. Click here for a complete updated list of scholarships and detailed information about them. Go to “Scholarships” which will bring up a list of the individual scholarships and their deadlines.

    National Wildlife Federation

    NWF is seeking graduate students in the U.S. to conduct and test market research and business planning and assist with content development for the new NWF EcoLeaders online community. There will be two track options for the Fellowship, Market Research and Content Development. The fellowship term will be March-August 2015 and fellows will receive a $3000 stipend. Applications due March 8, 2015. More information can be found here.

Graduate Opportunities

    BSOS Paid GA Web Content Developer/Coordinator

    The Communications and Marketing unit of the Office of External Relations within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) seeks a creative and committed graduate student to fill the position of Web Content Developer/Coordinator. This Graduate Assistantship position will be responsible for developing and editing content for the College’s websites under the guidance of the Director of Communications and Marketing and the Associate Director of Communications and Marketing. Click here to learn more.

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.