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. 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. Click HERE for more information.

    On-Campus Opportunities

    Terp Farm Summer Staff

    The University of Maryland Department of Dining Services, in collaboration with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has established Terp Farm, a University of Maryland sustainable farming operation located at the University’s Upper Marlboro farm facility. The Department of Dining Services is seeking full-time student staff members for the 2016 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. The Terp Farm Student Staff will support the Farm Program Manager and Lead Agricultural Technician. Click here for more position details and to apply (applications due February 7).

Off-Campus Opportunities

    Branch Avenue in Bloom

    Branch Avenue in Bloom seeks a dynamic, self-motivated, focused leader to help develop and teach Storm Water Management education field studies to students, teachers, and the general public. This part-time (20 hrs/week) position requires actively working and teaching outdoors in natural surroundings under various outdoor environmental conditions as well as in the classroom is an eight month (March – October) position. Weekly schedules would be dependent on program bookings, and will require working on some weekends. For more information, click here.


    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. 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.


    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.


    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. Interns are hired on a rolling basis, but since certain positions are filled quickly, we encourage applicants to apply early.


    Association of Climate Change Officers

    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

    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 browse internship listings, please click here.


    Solar Energy Industries 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.

    American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

    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. Interns will work in the City of Takoma Park.


    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.


Full-Time Positions

Civic Works' Real Food Farm

Civic Works’ Real Food Farm works to build a just and sustainable food system by improving neighborhood access to healthy food, providing experience-based education, and developing an economically viable, environmentally responsible local agriculture sector. There are four full time spring positions available to help us grow, market, and teach about healthy food. For details and information on how to apply, click here.

Fellowships, Scholarships, & Awards

    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.”

    Council on the Environment Junior Faculty Award

    The UMD Council on the Environment is accepting nominations for its Junior Faculty Award. The award will be given to a faculty member for outstanding accomplishments over the previous three to five years that raised the profile and visibility of the University through significant contributions to environmental issues across the full range of professional activities: student impact, seminal contributions to the literature, extraordinary service pursuits, and/or collaboration with external non-governmental organizations. For more details, click here.

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.