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

    Volunteers for Maryland Day

    Volunteers are needed on Maryland Day for compost education and the Office of Sustainability exhibit. Compost educators will help the university reduce its waste on Maryland Day. Sign up for any of the following shifts: 10am-12pm, 12-2pm, and 2-4pm. Click here to sign up.  You can also volunteer with the Office of Sustainability for a three hour shift.  Email atoews@umd.edu for more info.

    Green Office Intern

    The Office of Sustainability is seeking an intern to support the University of Maryland Green Office Program that recognizes offices who take significant steps to become more sustainable. Students must have strong communication skills, comfortable with public speaking and giving presentations. Academic credit is available. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 5th. Click here for more information.

    Progress Assessment Intern

    The Office of Sustainability is seeking 1-2 interns to help monitor the University of Maryland's progress toward becoming a national model for a green university. Students must be University of Maryland student with at least sophomore standing. Academic credit is available. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 5th. Click here for more information.

    Communications Intern

    A Communications Intern is needed to enhance the Office of Sustainability’s online presence and promote campus sustainability efforts. Academic credit is available. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 5th. Click here for more information.

    Photography Intern

    A Photography Intern is needed to enhance the Office of Sustainability’s on and off-campus identity and better promote campus sustainability efforts. Academic credit is available. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 5th. Click here for more information.

    Graphic Design Intern

    A Graphic Design Intern is needed to enhance the Office of Sustainability’s on and off-campus identity and better promote campus sustainability efforts. Academic credit is available. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 5th. Click here for more information.

On-Campus Opportunities

    Beyond the Classroom Leadership Program

    Are you a 2nd semester sophomore, a junior, or a senior who wants to apply what you’ve learned in school to real world problems? Prepare professionally for life after graduation? Make connections with the people and organizations that inspire you? Change the world? If that's you, apply to Beyond the Classroom! This 3-semester leadership program brings together UMD students from all majors to prepare for a lifetime of personal and professional civic engagement and social change in any career field. Find out more information here or contact Dr Jim Riker, Executive Director, at jriker@umd.edu.

    Terp Farm Summer Student Staff

    Term Farm is seeking student staff this summer. The Department of Dining Services will hire three full-time students from late May/early June through late August. This is a paid position. Click here for more details.

Off-Campus Opportunities

    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.

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation Client Services Internship

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. The Client Services Intern has the opportunity to shadow a member of the Information Technology team in order to learn about the process of supporting staff via the Help Desk as well as troubleshooting and deploying staff systems. The intern will enjoy hands-on experience by observing and assisting the IT team in reaching system reliability goals in a Microsoft-centric environment. The candidate should be currently enrolled at a college or university with at least one year of college course work, preferably in a related program and should have familiarity and enthusiasm for technology and networking. The deadline to apply is April 18th. Click here to learn more.

    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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    Double Oak Farm in Calvert County

    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), a trust which preserves and manages over 3,000 acres of wetlands, forest, and farmland in Calvert County, Maryland (www.acltweb.org). 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 your resume to: Chris Rasmann, chris.rasmann@ARS.USDA.GOV.

    Baltimore Ecosystem Study Research Assistant

    An outstanding undergraduate student in earth/environmental sciences (or related fields, including engineering) is sought to carry out research under the guidance of Profs. Joel Moore (Towson U.), Dan Bain (U. Pittsburgh) and Claire Welty (UMBC) in Baltimore for the summer of 2014. This position is sponsored by National Science Foundation through supplemental funds to the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) Long-Term Ecological Research project. Click here to learn more.

    Healthy Food Access Intern

    One summer intern is needed to aid the Crossroads Community Food Network in implementing its Fresh Checks Program at the weekly Crossroads Farmers Market and helping build capacity within this small nonprofit organization.   Fresh Checks is its incentive program in which private dollars are used to match the value of SNAP (food stamps) and other federal nutrition benefits spent at market. This is a great opportunity for a student to become deeply involved with a small nonprofit that is nationally known. While this is an unpaid opportunity, it may be possible to get credit depending on your institution. Application deadline is May 5. Click here to learn more.

    USGBC Summer Internships

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC is looking to fill the following positions:

  • Communications & Media Relations Intern
  • Green Schools Grassroots Organizing Intern
  • Green Building Policy Intern
  • LEED Residential Technical Development Intern
  • Policy and Communications Intern
  • Policy and Market Research Intern
  • Research Intern
  • Technical Residential Intern
  • Technical Initiatives, School Programs Intern
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    Corporate Sustainability Internship

    Lockheed Martin's Besthesda office is hiring for a corporate sustainability intern this Spring. Responsibilities for this paid internship include summarizing and reporting on topics and coverage of selected sustainability issues; reviewing life-cycle assessment model outputs; drafting and editing of responses to surveys issued by investor-represented groups including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index/Robeco SAM; staff events and attend conferences/policy briefings related to sustainability topics. To apply, please visit  here and search for Req ID 279649BR.

    Real Food Farm Internships

    Real Food Farm is an agricultural enterprise interested in cultivating fresh produce in northeast Baltimore. The organization is currently seeking a Summer Urban Production Intern and a Summer Field Trip Intern. The deadline for these summer internships are April 25th. Click here to find out more.

    Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internship Program

    The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and  beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC's professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant. Click here to learn more.

Fellowships & Scholarships

    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. Click here to learn more.

Graduate Opportunities

    BSOS Sustainability Graduate Assistant

    The Sustainability Graduate Assistant (GA) will take primary responsibility for implementation of the BSOS Sustainability Plan and serve as the college’s liaison with the campus Sustainability Office. The GA will develop and manage programming and communications that engage students, faculty, and staff in the education and culture of sustainability among all sectors of the diverse BSOS community. Click here to learn more.

    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. 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. Click here for details and here for the flyer.

    Environment America Fellow

    Environment America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental advocacy. Protecting and preserving the environment for future destinations, this nonprofit is interested in hiring college graduates with the ability and talent to join their fellowship program. Fellowships begin in August, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis in locations across the country including Washington, D.C. Click here to learn more.

    Alliance to Save Energy Associate

    The Alliance to Save Energy is seeking a full-time Program Associate to assist with implementation of its PowerSave Campus Program.  The Program Associate will work in the Alliance's Oakland, CA office.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy (www.ase.org) promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Click here to learn more and apply.

    Green Corps 2015

    Green Corps runs a full-year, paid training program for college grads, where trainees receive instruction in a classroom setting from leaders in the environmental movement and then go on to work on real and urgent environmental campaigns across the country. During Green Corps' full year paid training program,  participants will learn grassroots organizing skills from some of the top practitioners in the country  while working on three to five different campaigns such as retiring dirty coal-fired power plants, protecting drinking water, improving the food system and building the campus fossil fuel divestment movement. Organizers will learn important skills such as recruiting volunteers, developing strategic campaigns and building strong coalitions. 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 Sarah@friendsofarava.org for more information.

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