Sustainability Institute seeks three interns for spring 2016 semester

January 26, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s Sustainability Institute (SI) is looking to hire three student interns who will begin work in the spring 2016 semester. The Sustainability Institute will accept applications for a THON zero-waste coordinator and a communications internship position from now until Feb. 1, and a sustainability internship position to assist with three different SI programs from now until Feb. 12. An interest in and knowledge about sustainability issues and concepts is preferred for all positions. Applications will be accepted online through the Office of Human Resources.

THON zero-waste coordinator

A student project manager is needed to create a zero-waste plan that THON can implement in the upcoming 2-5 years. Graduate and undergraduate students from any academic discipline are encouraged to apply and internship credit can be discussed. The project manager will be the central coordination point between the THON executive committee, involved faculty, and SI staff to generate a report that reviews current operations, identifies areas for improvement, and creates an implementation timeline to minimize waste generated during the three major events THON sponsors: 5k, Family Carnival, and Dance Marathon Weekend. The paid internship will be for 10 hours per week. Details and application instructions can be found online.

Communications intern

A student communications intern is needed to work from March to August 2016. The applicant should have proficient understanding of AP-style writing, adding content to websites, social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest), as well as proven effectiveness at translating technical data into a form for public education. The paid internship will be for 10 hours per week during the spring semester and 20 hours per week during the summer. Details and application instructions can be found online.

Sustainability intern

A sustainability intern is needed to work from April 2016 to May 2017, assisting with the three institute programs: the Green Paws Program, the Green Teams Program, and the Sustainable Communities Collaborative. Over the 12-month period, the intern will assist with the preparation of annual reports summarizing projects, creation of toolkits, tracking program participants, maintaining the program Web pages, and assist in planning events. This paid internship will be for 20 hours per week fall/spring and 30-40 hours per week during the summer. Details and application instructions can be found online.

The Sustainability Institute is located at the Land and Water Research Building. Questions about the internship positions should be directed to or 814-865-7488.

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Last Updated February 02, 2016