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

Green Office Education & Outreach 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. Click HERE for more information.

Sustainability Measurement and Assessment Intern

The Office of Sustainability seeks an intern to assist with tracking the University’s progress toward becoming a sustainable campus. The intern will work closely with a Project Manager on data collection and analysis to show trends in campus energy use, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, popularity of alternative transportation, recycling rate and other categories. The intern(s) will become familiar with the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) that is managed by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Click HERE for more information.

Video Production Intern

A Video Production Intern is needed to enhance the Office of Sustainability’s online presence and better promote campus sustainability efforts. Responsibilities include developing content for the campus sustainability website including documenting and promoting campus sustainability news, events and programs through video, photographing new projects and events, and maintaining the Office of Sustainability’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The intern will also help the Office of Sustainability with general outreach at campus events and perform other duties as assigned. The intern will work 10 hours per week. 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. 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. Responsibilities include developing graphics, layouts, fliers, logos, brochures and content for the website. Academic credit is available. 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. Responsibilities include taking photographs at campus sustainability events, editing, organizing and utilizing photos throughout promotional materials. Click HERE for more information.

On-Campus Opportunities

Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health Internship

Are you interested in environmental justice, health disparities, community engagement or community-based research? Then join CEEJH this fall 2015 as an intern! The mission of CEEJH is to educate impacted communities about environmental justice and health issues. Through technical assistance and collaboration, communities are empowered to address environmental injustice and environmental health disparities. We are housed at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland- College Park. Click HERE for details.

Recycling Volunteers

The UMD Recycling Team is seeking volunteers for the last 2014 Football season game 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. Please email Jessica Moore at if you are interested in volunteering.

Off-Campus Opportunities

    AmiCorps Vista Full Time Volunteer

    The goal of VISTA project is to engage, educate, and organize 30 Baltimore City residents in food desert communities, in order to address food inequity over a two year period. The volunteer’s role is to assist in the continuing expansion of the Neighborhood Food Advocates Initiative. To achieve this goal, the volunteer will: 1) Train and organize 15 Neighborhood Food Advocates in neighborhoods in order to address neighborhood level food issues. 2) Support and grow a coalition of 50 individuals, groups, and grassroots and community-based organizations to create a collective agenda to address city-wide food issues across neighborhoods. Volunteer will be compensated with a living allowance and health coverage. Click here for more information.

    Food Recovery Network Full Time Fellow

    The Food Recovery Network is hring two full-time fellows: one to join the Member Support team and one to join the Expansion team in the national office in College Park, MD for the spring 2015 semester. Fellowships are 19 weeks, starting on January 5 and ending May 15, 2015. Fellows receive a $1,500 per month stipend plus a modest benefit package. Applications will be considered until positions are filled; priority deadline is 11:59 pm Eastern, December 14, 2014. Click here for applications and job descriptions.

    Maryland Energy Administration Legislation Intern

    We are looking for a winter/spring legislative intern to provide legislative support with Maryland Energy Administration clean energy initiatives. This is a paid internship lasting approximately three months. You will assist in advising the Legislative Director, and MEA staff on state and local policies related to energy and the environment. Click here for more information.

    National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

    This position will assist the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable in the planning and implementation of the core pollution prevention and sustainability efforts and programs of NPPR. Specific activities include; research of state, local, federal, and international policies, preparation of presentations, papers, and conferences, and assist in continual membership outreach. The intern will gain a broad background in pollution prevention, sustainability, and non-profit activities. Click here for more information.

    National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

    The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is seeking a Policy and Research Intern. Click here for more information.

    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.

    Sweetlife Festival 2015 Sustainability and Volunteer Coordinator

    Sweetgreen is seeking a Sustainability + Volunteer coordinator to oversee many different aspects of supply sourcing and waste management and to lead a team of volunteers to help execute the 2015 sweetlife festival. The intern is expected to work 20 hours a week from January 2015-June 2015 at the sweetgreen headquarters in Logan Circle. Excellent communication, organization and computer skills are required. Prior experience in the event planning industry will be needed to secure, lead, and organize 250-300 volunteers during the festival, work with Merriweather Post Pavillion staff, and correspond with compost and recycling partners to manage waste. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Melissa Rynkiewicz, sweetlife manager at Please specify the position to which are you are applying and include why you would be a good addition to the sweetlife team.

    Chesapeake Conservancy National Workshop Volunteer

    The Chesapeake Conservancy is looking for volunteer students from UMD for a two day event (October 23 and 24) that focuses on landscape conservation, climate change, educating the public, mapping technologies, etc. 500 guests will be attenting this event as well as top policy makers from the EPA and DOD. Click here for more information.

    Whole School Sustainability Coordinator, Instituto Thomas Jefferson (ITJ)

    Instituto Thomas Jefferson (ITJ) is a network of schools based in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Queretaro that has been on the leading edge of social and emotional learning, project-based education, and student-powered innovation for 37 years. The Whole School Sustainability Manager will act as the sustainability champion within ITJ, implementing transformative practices and working hands-on with teachers, staff, and students to improve their learning environment. If interested, email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Anisa Baldwin Metzger at no later than 6:00pm ET on October 24th, 2014.

    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.

    Food Recovery Network: Director of Expansion

    The Food Recovery Network, founded in September 2011, unites students to fight food waste and hunger by recovering the unsold surplus food from their colleges and donating it to hungry Americans. FRN's Expansion Department works one-on-one with students to start strong, effective Food Recovery Network chapters. It works closely with the Member Support Department, which is responsible for maintaining and building the capacity of our chapters over time. FRN is looking for a highly capable and motivated Director of Expansion to lead the growth of our national movement. Click here to learn more.

    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.

    National Aquarium Winter Aquarist

    Internships at the National Aquarium provide hands-on and minds-on experiences that add value to any college education. Applying classroom knowledge, interns obtain valuable job experience and establish professional contacts. Aquarist interns assist the Aquarist department with daily care of the Aquarium's invertebrates and fish. November 1, 2014 is the application deadline for Winter 2014/Spring 2015 internships. Click here to learn more.

    National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

    This position will assist the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable in the planning and implementation of the core pollution prevention and sustainability efforts and programs of NPPR. Specific activities include; research of state, local, federal, and international policies, preparation of presentations, papers, and conferences, and assist in continual membership outreach. The intern will gain a broad background in pollution prevention, sustainability, and non-profit activities. Applications accepted until September 26, 2014. Click here to learn more.

    U.S. Green Building Council Communications Intern

    The U.S. Green Building Council is looking for a communications intern to help build general Chapter awareness, and develop and execute a marketing plan for USGBC Maryland. Tasks may include: website maintenance assistance, PR for the Chapter, program and event marketing, social media outreach and general communications regarding the Chapter's missions, vision and strategic initiatives. Click here to learn more.

    SustainaFest Fall 2014

    Do you want to help shape the future of a truly innovative and exciting organization bringing sustainability education and action to our communities? SustainaFest is seeking qualified candidates to help grow our organization and programming, including the ground-breaking Student Sustainability Lab. We are seeking committed and self-directed individuals (undergraduates/post-graduates preferred) who can assist our core team in our efforts to grow SustainaFest's reach and impact. Please send your qualifications (resume, writing sample, letter, video - whatever best helps us get to know you) to as soon as possible. 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 interns for the following positions: Food Campaigns Fellow, Foundating and Fundraising, Working Groups Intern, and Green Businesss Marketing and Communications. Click HERE and HERE to learn more.

Fellowships & Scholarships

    Presidential Fellowship Program

    The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is pleased to announce up to three graduate fellowships to support incoming Ph.D. students beginning the fall semester of 2015. The Presidential Fellowships are merit-based and designed to support recruitment of outstanding students into the UMCES graduate programs. Up to three years stipend, health benefits, and tuition will be covered. Click here for more information.

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.

    UMD Spring Break: Japan Civil Society, Recovery and Reform in the Wake of Disaster

    If you are interested in international or domestic careers in the non-profit or public sectors, or are interested in energy policy, disaster recovery and preparedness, or social reform in a global context, this program will give you valuable experience in an international setting, learning first-hand how to address real world issues and develop potential solutions. Learn about all opportunities here.