Student Positions with the Office of Sustainability


Undergraduate Internships


The Office of Sustainability has a robust student internship program that provides outreach opportunities to engage the campus in embracing a sustainable lifestyle and environmental stewardship. If you are a student interested in making a difference on campus by working on sustainability issues and initiatives, consider applying for an internship with our office. Internships are available every semester and posted on Handshake.

The following undergraduate internship positions are available for Fall 2019, with an April 10, 2019, application deadline:

  • Eco-Resident Program Intern: Engages with students on campus regarding their sustainable behaviors within the confines of their living quarters, particularly in regards to energy and water conservation. View full Eco-Resident Program Intern job description.
  • Green Office Program Intern: Engages with departments on campus to audit their sustainable practices and recommend more environmentally-friendly practices and procedures, particularly in regards to energy and water conservation. View full Green Office Program Intern job description.
  • Marketing and Communications InternAssists with all marketing and promotional materials to educate and inform the USD community about sustainability programs, events, and initiatives. Updates the Office of Sustainability website with articles and event information. Maintains the social media presence for the Office.  View full Marketing and Communications Intern job description. 
  • Special Projects InternAssists with efforts to advance zero waste initiatives and educate the USD community on zero waste practices.  Assists with coordination and implementation of events hosted/co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability. (Note that this position is eligible for Federal Work Study only.) View full Special Projects Intern job description.


Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available annually, typically starting in the summer or fall.  Students in these positions have the opportunity to educate the campus community about USD’s sustainability initiatives, plan and market sustainability-related events, and exercise leadership skills through the supervision of office interns.  Assistantship positions are posted on Handshake when available.

The following graduate assistantship positions currently exist (and are filled):

  • Education and Events: Develops and administers sustainability presentations to academic classes and student groups. Creates materials to educate the campus community with regards to sustainable practices.  Coordinates and executes Office of Sustainability events.  Acts as an advisor to office interns (Events Intern and Education & Development Intern), student organization, Be Blue Go Green, and as a liaison for other sustainability-affiliated student groups.  View full Education and Events Graduate Assistant job description.
  • Marketing and Communications: Manages marketing and communication initiatives, including website maintenance, social media, and outreach for the department.  Acts as an advisor to office interns (Communications Intern and Marketing Intern).  View full Marketing and Communications Graduate Assistant job description.

All interested candidates should apply via Handshake when recruitment is open. For more information on these positions, please contact the Office of Sustainability at