Internship Program in Sustainability

Summer 2014 Internships

Continuing a tradition of student engagement in campus sustainability research and implementation, the Indiana University Office of Sustainability is recruiting applicants for its eighth Summer Internship Program. 

Internships Mentored through the Office of Sustainability

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The Office of Sustainability is hiring ten new interns through the Summer Internship Program in Sustainability: two mentored by IUOS and seven by CSAB. IUOS will also assist in the hiring of a sustainability intern for the IU Health Center. 

Internships Mentored through the Office of Sustainability:

  • Sustainability and the First Year Experience: The Office of First Year Experience Programs (FYE) and Residential Program Services (RPS) serve nearly 8,000 new students each year. Both organizations are working hard to integrate sustainability into their operations and programming. This intern will continue the work of the summer and academic interns by collaborating with: (1) FYE to create a sustainability assessment and improve on existing sustainability initiatives and (2) RPS to create implement student centered programming focusing on sustainability.

  • Sustainable Purchasing Practices: Affordable and sustainably sourced, packaged and delivered purchasing options are critical to reducing the social, environmental and economic impact of campus activities. This intern will continue the work of past interns, compiling current green purchasing options into a user-friendly guide. Work will include seeking opportunities to increase the number of sustainable options and researching ways to facilitate green purchasing (such as combining purchase orders to reduce number of deliveries).

Internships Mentored by CSAB Working Groups

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Internships Mentored through the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board’s seven working groups:

  • Education and Research - Developing and Supporting Curricular and Co-Curricular Sustainability Initiatives: With both the Environmental and Sustainability Studies minor and the Integrated Program in the Environment launched in 2013, there are new demands for co-curricular and curriculum development programming. This intern will collaborate with the Education and Research Working Group to: 1) support the Sustainability Community of Practice program for faculty, 2) plan a fall 2014 summit for student organizations, 3) compile and publicize sustainability course offerings for the spring of 2015, and 4) work closely with the IUOS Advocate for Community Engagement, Celia Daniels, to help identify potential service-learning and campus as a living learning lab partnerships among IUOS stakeholders and IU faculty.

  • Energy and Built Environment - Utilities Conservation and Behavior Change: This intern will continue the Utility Information Group’s ongoing efforts to increase water and energy conservation on the IUB campus. Duties will include examining usage data for trends and inconsistencies, developing communication materials on water and energy conservation and continuing the process of weatherizing utility data to support conservation programming in small buildings.  This intern will also plan and coordinate the Fall 2014 Energy Challenge.  NOTE: Interview team will prioritize applicants with availability to continue in the 2014-15 academic year.

  • Environmental Quality and Land Use - Rain Garden Development Program: The Environmental Quality and Land Use Working Group has initiated a new Rain Garden Development Program to support sustainable stormwater management on the IUB campus. This intern will be responsible for: 1) investigating and documenting potential rain garden sites, 2) developing a rain garden planting list of plant species best suited for our location, 3) sourcing available species, 4) formulating best practices for the installation and maintenance of rain gardens, and 5) creating a volunteer project manual on rain garden installation utilizing student volunteers.
  • Food - Campus Garden and Edible Campus Initiative Coordination: This intern will continue the work of previous interns, collaborating with the Edible Campus Steering Committee to manage and develop CGI programming. Ongoing objectives for the project include: 1) supporting increased awareness among the campus community of the food system and food policy, 2) providing the campus community hands-on experience in local food production and stewardship, 3) providing a demonstration place for the implementation of permaculture and sustainable agriculture practices, 4) providing students leadership experiences through the Garden Corps Programs, and 5) developing strategies for long term economic sustainability of the garden project.
  • Resource Use and Recycling - No Waste Program Coordination: This intern will continue the work of previous No Waste Program coordinators, improving and developing programs to reduce the waste stream, improve reuse programs and services, and improve the recycling landscape on campus, through education, infrastructure, and planning.  In addition to new programming, the No Waste Program coordinator also helps manage the Resource Use and Recycling Working Group, including facilitating meetings, recruiting new members, and supporting programming originating in the working group.
  • Resource Use and Recycling - Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale: This year marks the fifth Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale, an effort which in 2013 collected 45 tons of reusable items  from IUB residence halls, Greek houses and off campus properties. The sale of these items back to the community netted $32,800 for Habitat for Humanity and sustainability efforts at the City of Bloomington Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, the IU Office of Sustainability and IU Residential Programs and Services.  This internship will build on the previous academic year intern's work, with the goals of: (1) capturing more reusable items before they enter the waste stream, and (2) increasing the educational nature of the project through the integration of service learning classes and student organization programming.
  • Sustainable Computing - Document Management, Paper Usage and Reduction: IU continues to look for ways to measure and reduce the use of paper through digitization initiatives in academics, student work, and administrative functions.  Working with the Sustainable IT Working Group, this internship would build on the research of previous internships focused on different areas of document management and paper reduction.  This includes such areas as student printing in Student Technology Center, the reduction of paper in administrative and academic offices through document management and enterprise printing systems, and utilizing etexts to replace textbooks in courses.  This internship will compile research and analyze input from faculty, students and/or staff to develop recommendations on document and paper management, leading to reductions in use.
Consultancy Corps Positions

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The Office of Sustainability is also hiring one student intern through a new program called Consultancy Corps. Students hired through this program serve with an on campus unit to green their operations, but do not participate in the full internship program seminar. Consultancy Corps includes student interns at the Health Center and Athletics Department. Students serve at the same pay rates as the sustainability interns for the summer and meet monthly with the Office of Sustainability. Open student positions for the summer include: 

  • Greening of the IU Health CenterSustainable living and healthy living are synergistic, and for the past two years the IU Health Center’s sustainability committee has been working toward greening the health center, in recognition of its unique role in the campus’ sustainability initiative.The 64,000 sqft Health Center receives over 80,000 student visits a year, serving over two-thirds of the student body. Previous interns have worked on a feasibility study and implementation plan that analyzed facilities operations, utility metering, procurement procedures, waste reduction, energy and water conservation, indoor pollution control, and other unique elements of the healthcare environment. This intern will continue the previous interns’ work, focusing on implementation. Example projects might include: energy efficiency upgrades; grant writing for renewable energy systems, such as photovoltaic and geothermal; indoor air quality upgrades; water efficiency upgrades; and marketing of project achievements.