The student internship program is intended to engage student creativity, energy, and leadership around sustainability principles while using our campus as a living sustainability laboratory to support innovation and learning. Students work collaboratively with Office of Sustainability leadership to tackle challenging campus sustainability projects.

Possible responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with campus sustainability research projects
  • Program and project implementation
  • Assisting with campus energy and water efficiency and waste diversion initiatives
  • Identifying grant opportunities and supporting awarded projects
  • Creating and coordinating content for various communication platforms including web (through WordPress), social media and our OS newsletter
  • Assisting with development of campaigns, competitions and outreach activities

Past projects have included documentation of campus sustainability metrics baseline, assessment of electricity usage in the residence halls, evaluating sustainability benefits of campus parking structure programs, paper receipt elimination, syrofoam recycling program, green events planning, rain barrel program design and installation, apartment move-out recycling program and many more.


Any UW–Madison undergraduate in good academic standing may apply; freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to apply, and all majors are welcome!


Students with strong MS Office suite skills preferred: MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Other desireable software packages include Adobe Suite, Photoshop, AutoCad, and Illustrator or InDesign.


Students are expected to work 40 hrs/wk (8-5) during the summer (mid-May-Aug 31) and 10-15 hrs/wk during the semester. Students can choose to receive either an hourly rate of $10-$12/hr (based on qualifications) or academic credit.


Applications should include:

Cover Page: include your name, student ID number, major, expected graduation date, campus and home addresses, UW email address, phone number, and the following narrative (one page limit):

  • Discuss any experiences that have shaped your interest in sustainability
  • Indicate any specific areas of sustainability in which you have interest (e.g. food, energy, water, culture, health, etc.)
  • Explain how the internship will contribute to your academic and professional development
  • Describe any skills and qualifications applicable to the types of responsibilities listed above
  • Indicate your interest and availability to continue working full time during the academic year
  • Note if you would prefer to receive an hourly wage or academic credit for your internship

Resume: include your work experience, extracurricular activities and any relevant research.


Applications are due on Sunday, February 9th, 2014. Please email a single PDF containing both your cover letter and resume (pdf file titled: YOUR NAME-OS Intern Application Summer 2014.pdf) to Sabrina Bradshaw Interviews will be set up for qualified candidates.

Questions regarding the OS student internship program should be directed to Sabrina Bradshaw at