Internships

The UofL Sustainability Council offers a limited number of paid internships each year for particularly passionate students who are interested in learning by doing.

Interns 2018-19Sustainability Interns bring big green initiatives to life (The Louisville Cardinal, Oct. 16, 2018)

Our Sustainability Internships are open to any qualified UofL student (undergraduate or graduate, full- or part-time).

Pay & Hours: All interns are paid $11/hour (no benefits) for a maximum of 10 hours/week throughout the fall and spring semesters. Some positions may be extended into the summer or renewed in the following academic year.

APPLY NOW! We are accepting applications for 2019-2020 positions through May 15, 2019.

Application Process: Each position is described below. Students should apply for the one position they are most interested in by sending via email to the contact indicated below a cover letter and resume that demonstrate their interest and qualifications for the particular position. Internships typically begin in the fall for a full academic year. At least a one-year commitment is strongly preferred.

THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS HAVE OPENINGS IN 2019-2020

Sustainable Dining Intern

Patrick Reeder
Our 2018-19 Sustainable Dining Intern is Patrick Reeder, 214-557-6308

Summary: The Sustainable Dining intern will play the role of investigator, educator, and advocate regarding sustainable dining practices on UofL’s campus. This intern’s role will be to research efforts that can make dining on UofL’s campus more sustainable, including waste reduction/diversion and sourcing, and they will educate diners and the campus community regarding how their plate impacts the planet.

Duties:

  • Developing and executing campus events relating to sustainable food and dining on campus (tastings, educational campaigns, food waste education, speaking with classes).
  • Determining ways to educate students and diners on separating trash and recycling waste from their meals in various locations.
  • Educating students and diners on such sustainable food concepts as fair trade, direct farm impact, and various other programs and certifications.
  • Creating proposals for dining improvement by researching other campus dining programs and observing UofL dining.
  • Observing food waste in all locations, noticing patterns and suggesting ways to reduce post-service waste.
  • Observing compost and recycling bins to determine locations where waste stream contamination can be improved upon.
  • In addition, we hope the chosen candidate would also have or develop some of their own ideas to plan and implement (with our assistance).

Qualifications:

  • Must have a demonstrated passion for sustainability, especially in the areas of food and waste reduction.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to manage projects with relatively little oversight.
  • Must be willing and able to communicate and speak with many types of people, as education and running events will be an important role.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to provide regular and predictable attendance and effective communication
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Contact: Ellen Trahan, Dining Services Sustainability Coordinator, 502-224-5350, barringer-ellen@aramark.com

Garden Internship

Garden Interns: Avalon Gupta VerWiebe & Ellie MillerOur 2018-19 Garden Interns are Avalon Gupta-Verwiebe, 502-377-2712  and
Ellie Miller, 502-758-3834

Summary: The UofL Sustainability Council seeks an intern with experience in gardening and an interest in local, healthy food to assist with the operations and promotion of our Campus Gardens (year-round). Tasks will be as follows:

Duties (year-round):

  • Serve as the primary point-person and coordinator to encourage others (particularly students, but staff, faculty, and community members as well) to utilize and learn from our campus food gardens.
  • Set up, staff, and promote a regular series of group workdays and workshops in the garden.
  • Manage garden planning and work planning to maintain the garden and associated greenhouse, compost bins, and rain barrels (with the help of volunteers) year-round.
  • Establish and maintain signage in the garden to encourage participation, informing people of future workdays/workshops and what's available to harvest.

Qualifications:

  • A skilled, physically-fit, self-directed individual is sought
  • Must be willing and able to perform dirty, physical labor in all weather conditions
  • Must have basic knowledge of gardening and organic methods
  • Prior experience working on a farm or home garden preferred
  • Must be self-motivated and able to manage projects and volunteers with relatively little oversight
  • Good people-skills and communication skills a must
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Contact: Justin Mog, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, 502-852-8575, justin.mog@louisville.edu

HSC Green Team Internship

Summary: The person in this position will serve as staff to the newly formed Health Sciences Center (HSC) Green Team in addition to supporting sustainability efforts across the Health Sciences campus. The intern will work under the direction of the Associate VP for Facilities Planning and Management in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. The EVPHA office supports academic programs in all four health sciences schools: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Public Health and Information Sciences. The EVPHA office also works closely with University Medical Center, in particular the hospitals and clinics, in operational matters including sustainability. Duties range from conducting surveys about campus practices to helping coordinate events around sustainable initiatives. With a focus on environmental issues and links to human health, the scope of HSC sustainability includes creating a healthy campus.

HSC Mid-block crossingDuties:

  • Help the AVP Facilities organize monthly meetings of the HSC Green Team, including preparing agenda, arranging for member updates and relevant presentations, issuing meeting minutes.
  • Follow up on action items from the Green Team such as researching topics and coordinating activities.  Topics the group has expressed interest in include:  reducing single use plastics, improving recycling practices, reducing food waste and packaging.
  • Assist in projects associated with the Envirome Institute, for example, becoming an herbicide free campus, transitioning from unsustainable to sustainable practices.
  • Conduct occasional site surveys, for example, use of waste and recycle containers in HSC buildings and concentrated smoking areas where No Smoking signs may be warranted.
  • Assist in implementation of the “perfect bin” program on the HSC, installing and collecting data on prototype bins.
  • Develop means to communicate the initiatives of the HSC Green Team with the campus community, including through social media and digital signage, and coordinating efforts with the Office of Communications and Marketing.
  • Reach out to student groups in the Health Sciences Center and on Belknap campus as appropriate on problems and possible solutions around sustainable practices.  A primary goal of the HSC Green Team is improved education of campus users, so engaging students in the solutions is important. Explore ideas for new programs on the HSC, for example Cardinal Cupboard and the Free Store that exist on Belknap now.
  • With the AVP Facilities, monitor local initiatives such as 100% Renewable Energy Resolution to Metro Council, Climate Rallies, Earth Day and Arbor Day events to determine how the HSC can participate.

Qualifications:

  • Must have demonstrated passion for sustainability
  • Must have strong writing and other communications skills
  • Must be familiar with social media techniques
  • Must possess basic surveying skills, whether through use of survey program or through observation
  • Interest in public health and behavioral change encouraged

Contact: Nancy Tierney, AVP for Facilities Planning and Management, 502-852-6155, nancy.tierney@louisville.edu

Vermicompost Intern

Summary: UofL’s Community Composting Project  seeks a student intern to join our team with the primary responsibility of managing our vermicomposting operations and worm room. The intern will learn to care for the worms that make our vermicompost and will also be involved in on-going maintenance of the rest of our on-campus composting operations. More details about UofL’s Composting efforts can be found here.

VermicompostingDuties:

  • Caring for live worm populations
  • Sifting, digging and turning compost
  • Lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds short distances
  • Helping orient and manage volunteers
  • Working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Tending the small garden at the composting site
  • Gathering and processing compostables (including driving van on regular collection routes)

Qualifications:

  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be willing and able to perform dirty, physical labor in all weather conditions
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Contact: Brian Barnes, UofL EcoReps Director, 502-338-1338, brian.barnes@louisville.edu

THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS ARE FILLED FOR 2019-2020

Zero Waste Internship

Razija MehinovicOur 2019-20 Zero Waste Intern is
Razija Mehinović, (502) 974-1843

WestRock
Republic Services
Thanks to our sponsors, WestRock and Republic Services for funding our Zero Waste Internship since Fall 2017!

NOTE: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED

Summary:
The Zero Waste intern will take on a new position in the role of advocate and activist (versus working 'behind the scenes') for waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting on campus. More details about UofL’s Zero Waste efforts can be found here. This means a profound increase in visibility from former interns, as described below.

Funding for this position has been graciously provided by UofL's solid waste partners at WestRock and Republic Services. Together they have co-sponsored our Zero Waste Internship since Fall 2017!

Duties:

  • Facilitating the return and expansion of the Trash Mob Flash Mob demonstrations;
  • Working as (and recruiting volunteers to serve as) a Trash Talker stationed at the SAC and at various large campus events to promote proper waste disposal (this would also include surveying students about their knowledge of zero-waste efforts and gathering information on what would help align the project more closely with student needs and capabilities);
  • Producing two videos related to zero/reduced-waste efforts;
  •  Regular observation of high-trash buildings such as Humanities to report on and sort trash-recyclable contamination in containers;
  • Working with our UofL Housing composting project to maintain awareness and compliance of RAs and front desk staff (including educating staff on checking compost bins for non-compostables and adding a top carbon layer when needed and working to have items added to shift checklists to ensure bins are in their proper locations with the related signage and receptacles for paper);
  • Recruiting and engaging student groups and individuals to volunteer for projects, including the operation of the UofL Free Store (the intern may also help staff the Free Store directly);
  • Engage campus population through contests and promotions to grow community interest in UofL’s Recycling, Reuse and Composting programs, including RecycleMania (spring)
  • In addition, we hope the chosen candidate would also have or develop some of their own ideas to plan and implement (with our assistance).

Qualifications:

  • Must have a demonstrated passion for sustainability and waste reduction.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to manage projects with relatively little oversight.
  • Must be willing and able to perform physical labor, including dirty, all-weather conditions
  • Must demonstrate an ability to provide regular and predictable attendance and effective communication
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Contact: Justin Mog, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, 502-852-8575, justin.mog@louisville.edu

Sustainability Communication Internship


Our 2018-20 Sustainability Communications Interns are:

In-Person Communications:
Henny RansdellHenny Ransdell, 270-816-0774

Digital Communications:Samantha Hudson
Samantha Hudson , 270-272-8562

NOTE: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED

Summary: UofL has a wide variety of sustainability initiatives designed to enhance our environmental stewardship while creating a more equitable society and fiscally responsible university. The Sustainability Council is seeking an intern to help us tell our story in a way that is engages students, employees, and the public in the process of reshaping our community. In addition to publicizing events and projects, we need assistance getting people involved, driving behavior change, and making the campus itself speak to our values. More details about UofL’s sustainability efforts can be found here.

Duties:

Specific tasks will be tailored to the successful applicant’s particular skills and interests, but potential tasks include:

  • Engage students, faculty, and staff in UofL’s sustainability events and initiatives, though social networking and other communication tools;
  • Create content (videos, photos, text) for the UofL Sustainability website, UofL Today, and social media;
  • Assist with the production and editing of UofL EcoReps training videos;
  • Write articles about UofL sustainability events and initiatives for publication in The Louisville Cardinal and/or UofL Today (or coordinate the authoring of articles by others);
  • Design signs/brochures/displays/mobile apps to increase the visibility of UofL sustainability initiatives and make the campus itself more educational about sustainability and how everyone can make a difference.

Qualifications:

  • Must have a demonstrated passion for sustainability.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to manage projects with relatively little oversight.
  • Must have well-honed writing and editing skills, excellent interpersonal communication skills, and knowledge of social networking tools.
  • Photography and/or video skills a plus.
  • Journalism or writing experience helpful.
  • Interest in strategic communication, persuasion, or behavior change useful.
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Contact: Nick Paliewicz, Professor of Communication, (502) 852-1002, nicholas.paliewicz@louisville.edu

UofL Community Composting Internship

Our 2018-20 Community Composting Interns are:

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Kandi Stinson

Kandi Stinson

NOTE: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED

Summary: UofL’s Eco-Reps Program is looking for a student intern to help pick-up organics in our van for composting (especially coffee grounds from Heine Bros Coffee locations around town) and deliver them to our worksite adjacent to campus and to our community partners at Blackacre State Nature Preserve. Pick-ups occur twice per week. The intern will also be involved in on-going maintenance of the on-campus composting operations and will learn to care for the worms that make our vermicompost. More details about UofL’s Composting efforts can be found here.
Duties:

  • Gathering and processing compostables (including driving van on regular collection routes)
  • Caring for live worm populations
  • Digging and turning compost
  • Lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds short distances
  • Helping orient and manage volunteers
  • Tending the small garden at the composting site
  • Working outdoors in all weather conditions

Qualifications:

  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be willing and able to perform dirty, physical labor in all weather conditions
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Contact: Brian Barnes, UofL EcoReps Director, 502-338-1338, brian.barnes@louisville.edu

Bike Mechanic Internship


Alex Hardy, 2018-19 Bike Mechanic
Our  2018-19 Bike Mechanic Intern is Alex Hardy, (270) 319 8642

NOTE: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED

Summary: The UofL Sustainability Council seeks an intern with experience in bicycle maintenance, repair, and  restoration to assist us in providing bike maintenance services. The intern’s primary responsibility will be to provide on-going services to restore, repair, and maintain the University’s bicycle fleet. The University bicycle fleet continues to grow, but currently includes over 40 bikes, including those in the UofL BikeShare Program (ll check-out locations); work bikes used on-campus by employees (Physical Plant, Parking, University Police, Libraries); and utility tricycles used on-campus by employees (IT Help Desk, and the Office of Health Promotion). When there are no pressing repair needs (especially in the winter), the intern will be in charge of restoring impounded bicycles that have been abandoned on campus so that we can add to our fleets. A few times each semester, the intern will also be called upon to assist with occasional campus events at which bike tune-ups will be offered to provide instruction and assistance to students, faculty and staff interested in learning how to work on their own bikes. More details about UofL’s Bicycling initiatives can be found here.

Duties:

  • The intern will be expected to travel around campus to regularly check on fleet bikes, to maintain our five bike fixit stations, and to provide on-site bike maintenance services at all bikeshare locations.
  • The intern will be on-call for any bike maintenance needs and must be able to respond in a timely fashion.
  • The intern will be in charge of restoring impounded bicycles that have been abandoned on campus to expand our fleet.
  • A few times each semester, the intern will assist with free bike tune-ups and instruction for students, faculty and staff at campus events.

Qualifications:

  • A skilled, physically-fit, self-directed individual is sought
  • Must have basic knowledge of bicycle maintenance
  • Prior experience working in a bike shop and/or instructing others in bike maintenance preferred
  • Having own tools and bicycle preferred
  • Must be self-motivated and able to manage projects with relatively little oversight.
  • Must be willing and able to perform dirty, physical labor in all weather conditions
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Contact: Justin Mog, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, 502-852-8575, justin.mog@louisville.edu

Sustainability Documentation (STARS) Intern

James Joyce 2018-19 STARS InternOur 2018-19 STARS Intern is James Joyce

NOTE: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED

Summary: The UofL Sustainability Council seeks a highly-motivated, detail-oriented student interested in learning more about what sustainability is, how to measure it, and how it all works at UofL. The successful candidate will work closely with UofL’s Sustainability Coordinator on a year-long project beginning in Spring 2018 to prepare UofL’s 2019 submission to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). This will be UofL's 4th STARS Report and it is the primary way we measure our progress in sustainability and develop strategic plans for improving.

Duties:

  • Gather and compile both qualitative and quantitative data about UofL’s sustainability performance in all four of the STARS areas: Operations, Education & Research, Planning & Administration, and Engagement.
  • Contact students, faculty, staff, and administrators to request data and follow-up as necessary in a timely manner.
  • STARS Gold Assist with going through records to compile data.
  • Manage data as it comes in and keep supervisor informed of status and alerted to missing data.
  • Enter data and descriptions into spreadsheets and the online STARS Reporting Tool.

Qualifications:

  • Must have excellent professional communication skills, especially via email, phone, and in-person.
  • Must be willing and able to communicate directly with many types of people.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to manage tasks with relatively little oversight.
  • Must be detail-oriented. Data management experience preferred.
  • Prior knowledge and training in sustainability preferred.
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Contact: Justin Mog, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, 502-852-8575, justin.mog@louisville.edu

Additional Sustainability-Related Internships at UofL

  1. Model Green Dorm Room - Anna Roeder 10-15-09All Sustainability majors are required to do a sustainability-related Internship in their junior or senior year. Students receive academic credit for this experience through SUST 404: Internship (3 cr.). The internship is a CUE (Culminating Undergraduate Experience) for students to develop critical thinking skills, synthesize lessons learned from the B.A. in Sustainability curriculum, and apply that knowledge to real-world projects or activities in sustainability. Typical internship sites and clients include: local government agencies, community‐based organizations, business organizations, and university committees or partnerships. The type of employer or work would be the student’s choice; however, the internship would need to be approved by the student advisor to ascertain its relevance to the course of study.

    Sustainability Internship Guidelines
    Sustainability Internship Handbook

  2. Campus Housing’s Green Leader
    Interested in becoming a sustainability leader and promoting green living on campus? The Green Room (Louisville Hall #605) gives students who have a passion for sustainability an opportunity to experience and facilitate sustainable living practices on campus. The students who reside in the Green Room will assume the position of Green Leader (also known as Co-Undergraduate Coordinator for Sustainability).
    It is a double occupancy room, renovated in 2009 using green design principles, featuring several innovative amenities such as bamboo flooring, low-flow bathroom fixtures, a self-healing clay wall, ceiling fan, and large windows. These unique features not only make the Green Room unlike any other on campus, but they help reduce costs by minimizing energy and water usage. Full details and application.
  3. Peace Studies Internship/Scholarship
    The Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation program has two scholarship opportunities for undergraduates. Each student will be expected to work with the program director approximately 70 hours/semester (4 hours/week) to support one of our university’s newest programs: the undergraduate certificate in Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation (PJCT). Preference will be given to students pursuing the undergraduate certificate. The precise amount of the scholarship is still being established.
    Responsibilities include:
    - help organizing PeaceDay (Sept. 21), UofL’s annual commemoration of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace;
    - outreach to residence halls, Greek organizations, RSOs and more to expand awareness of PJCT and create links for existing philanthropy and other initiatives to change the world;
    - participate actively with Students for Peace and Justice, a new RSO
    - support PEAC courses: 325 “Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Fundamentals”; 350 “Basics of Mediation”; 550 “Service Learning in Peacebuilding”
    - attend outreach events such as Advising Fair, Cards in the Community, and more to represent the program
    - create a campus peacebuilding project that reflects the intern/scholar's passions and interests.
    Contact: Dr. Russell Vandenbroucke, Director, to set up an interview: rjvand01@louisville.edu; 502-852-8448.
  4. UofL's Sustainability Council welcomes anyone interested in implementing a project on our campus or community through the Environmental Leadership Program offered by the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center (1924 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205). This program is for people who are passionate about environmental issues and want to make a difference. Similar to an internship, participants choose from a range of projects that match their interests and inclinations.

PAST INTERNSHIPS

  1. Each summer 2013-2017, UofL hosted undergrads & recent grads interested in an amazing for-credit summer program that combined coursework in food systems with leadership and professional-skills training. UofL hosted 1-2 FoodWorks interns each summer. FoodWorks is a 9-week integrated program running at three separate sites: Middlebury College (VT), Louisville (KY), and Washington D.C. The mission of FoodWorks is to cultivate leadership using an educational approach comprised of systems thinking, experiential learning, and cohort living built around academic content and context in food studies. The curriculum involves a for-credit course, Experiencing Food Systems taught by Middlebury Professor of Food Studies Molly Anderson, that combines academic readings with weekly trips to meet the movers and shakers of the food system. Each student applies for an internship, where they work 24 hours a week. They also receive a $2,000 non-qualified scholarship to offset expenses.

UofL Sustainability Intern Alumni

Erin Kurtz
2017-18 Zero Waste Intern, Erin Kurtz


2015-18 Bike Mechanic Intern, Riley Kneale

2016-17 & Spring 2018 Sustainability Communications Intern, Virginia “Carly” Nunamaker

2016-17 Zero Waste Intern, Onajia Stubblefield
UofL Sustainability Communications Intern 2015-16, Caroline Miller2015-16 Communications Intern, Caroline Miller