Indiana Sustainability Development Program

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Some members of the Indiana Sustainability Development Program's first cohort.

Expanding careers in sustainability

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Our aim is to:

  1. Develop a statewide network of sustainability professionals in the corporate, nonprofit,
    government and higher education sectors.
  2. Learn how to best prepare students for sustainability careers by listening to industryprofessionals.
  3. Train and place interns in sustainability-focused positions through partnership development and an intensive bootcamp.
  4. Build the state of Indiana’s sustainability workforce capacity by retaining skilled talent through employment and internship opportunities.
Listening to professionals

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Help us shape our program by taking this survey. We want to hear from sustainability professionals what skills participants need to be ready to enter the workforce. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts.

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Join our sustainability network

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To apply for any of the externships, send a resume, letter of interest detailing your qualifications and which placements interest you, and two references to The deadline to apply is March 31. Undergraduates will be paid $4,800 in the form of a scholarship and graduates will be paid $6,000 in the form of a fellowship through the student's bursar account.

  • City of Kokomo

    The City of Kokomo seeks an extern to complete a sustainability assessment of the city's departments. (See the full job description)

  • Prosperity Indiana

    Prosperity Indiana, located in Indianapolis, seeks an extern to assist with it solar and climate initiatives. (See the full job description)

  • Sierra Club

    The Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club, located in Indianapolis, seeks an extern to work with its water quality monitoring team. (See the full job description)

  • Hoosier Environmental Council

    The Hoosier Environmental Council seeks a graduate or law student intern to work on environmental and legal policy issues. The extern will be paid in accordance with the Indiana Sustainability Development Program guidelines. This position is remote. (See the full job description)

  • Indiana Forest Alliance

    The Indiana Forest Alliance seeks an intern to create videos supporting its efforts to set aside a portion of public forest land from logging. This position involves travel. (See the full job description)

  • Center for Sustainable Living

    The Center for Sustainable Living in Bloomington seeks an intern to assist with development and policy initiatives. (See the full job description)

  • Bloomington Food Policy Council

    The Bloomington Food Policy Council seeks an intern to research and write policy briefs supporting its mission to assure access to affordable and nutritious food. (See the full job description)

  • City of Bloomington

    The City of Bloomington seeks an intern to assist its sustainabiity programs through research, data management and program development (See the full job description)

  • Ingredion

    Ingredion seeks an undergraduate student familiar with agribusiness to work with growers to explain and fulfill sustainability-related requirements and reporting at its Indianapolis office. This position pays an hourly wage of $12 and the student must attend boot camp May 8-10. (See the full job description)

  • Indiana Furniture

    Indiana Furniture, located in Jasper, seeks an intern to document the company's sustainabiity objectives, identify ways to strengthen its programs and work with contracts. (See the full job description)

  • Earth Charter

    Earth Charter seeks an intern to assist with climate action on the municipal level by working with Indiana cities to develop plans and resolutions. (See the full job description)

  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

    Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is seeking a graduate-level intern to assess its GreenSpace projects health and design and present those findings to staff. (See the full job description)

  • City of Indianapolis

    The City of Indianapolis is seeking an intern to work in the sustainability department. Potential project include greenhouse gas inventory, climate action plan or event planning. (See the full job description)

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