Wednesday, January 18, 2012

On campus Summer Internship

Looking for an intellectually engaging, creatively stimulating, fun, challenging internship that will build your professional skill set? Interested in social, economic, and environmental issues and their intersection on our campus?

Apply to the Summer Internship Program in Sustainability!

On Monday, January 30th we’ll begin accepting applications for our sixth summer internship class, and we want to help you prepare. Below you’ll find info about the internship program, program logistics, how to get ready to apply, upcoming info sessions, and more about the Office of Sustainability.

We begin accepting applications on Monday, January 30th, and they are due on Friday, February 17th.

Additional questions and comments can be directed to


About the internship program: The Internship Program in Sustainability uses campus as a living-learning lab, enlisting students as researchers in investigating important questions facing our community, such as:

• How do the ways in which our campus operates and consumes resources affect the social, environmental and economic well being of our community?

• How is our campus’ impact connected to more complicated global issues like climate change, resource scarcity and poverty?

• What opportunities do we have as individuals, institutions, communities, and governments to increase collective social, economic and economic health, and how do we best communicate these opportunities?

• How will we adapt and ensure all people have the ability to thrive in response to dynamic climate conditions and limitations on resources?

Through internships co-mentored by staff in operations and faculty members, interns conduct research and develop programming focused on general sustainability outreach and education or in specific topic areas such as food, transportation or resource use.

Logistics: This summer's program will run from May 14, 2012 to August 3, 2012, and interns are expected to work approximately 20 hours/week in addition to attending a weekly seminar. Interns will be compensated for their time at a rate of $11/hr for graduate students and $9/hr for undergraduates. Though this summer's internship descriptions have not yet been released, students interested in applying may visit for more information about the program and examples of past internships.

Get ready to apply: The IU Office of Sustainability (IUOS) will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2012 Internship Program on Monday, January 30, 2012. The application will ask students to provide information about their education, work, and volunteer experience, as well a personal statement expressing their interest in and qualifications for the internship program. Applicants must also provide a recommendation from a professor or past supervisor. Students interested in applying to the program are encouraged to request a letter of recommendation before the application period begins to ensure it is complete by the deadline. Applications (including recommendations) will be due Friday, February 17, 2012. A PDF version of the application (without the internship position descriptions) is available for download here.

Visit our blog: Our interns frequently update our blog, often on topics related to their internships. Visit to read the latest entries.

Meet current and former interns: On Tuesday, January 31st at 6PM, we’ll be holding an info session about the program that will feature current and former interns. Location is TBD, look for an email with more details soon!

Learn about the Office of Sustainability: Visit for more information about IUOS. Questions may be directed to Emilie Rex at