Become active in Emory's sustainability efforts

From internships to professional development opportunities and alumni engagement, sustainability education doesn't end in the classroom.

Paid Student Internships

Since 2008, OSI has hired undergraduates, graduate students, Federal Work-Study (FWS) students and Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) program participants as paid interns throughout the year. OSI relies heavily on the work of student interns for research, benchmarking, program implementation, communications, evaluation, data collection and outreach in all areas of sustainability. Based on student interests and OSI’s needs, interns work on a variety of projects throughout the semester in the areas of academics & research, biodiversity & landscapes, climate solutions, green buildings, energy, food & dining, purchasing, social justice, transportation, waste, water, and wellbeing.

Students working with the OSI team are joining a legacy of over 170 Emory alumni who have made their mark on campus and community sustainability initiatives. The sole Emory Student Employee of the Year for 2018, Kryn Dykema, and 2019, Kristen Kaufman, were both OSI interns, and we hope you will apply to join our team of outstanding students looking to carry on this legacy by making a positive impact during your time at Emory.

Applications Open for Summer 2024

We have closed our application process for General Sustainability Interns but are hiring for a Gardens Intern (on-campus option only).

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, and positions fill quickly, so please submit your resume, cover letter, and availability (hours/week, start date, end date) to Top applicants will be invited for interviews soon after.

Post-Graduate, 1-Year Fellowships

Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) launched our inaugural post-graduate Fellows program in June 2022. Through the program, we welcomed a Climate Solutions Fellow and two Sustainability & Social Justice Programs Fellows to the team. These Fellowships are intended to provide entry-level experience to serve as a pathway for career opportunities in the sustainability and climate justice fields for recent graduates (undergraduate or graduates), especially graduates from historically marginalized and underserved populations. Fellows will gain 1 year of sustainability, social justice, and climate solutions expertise and mentorship working with a nationally recognized higher education sustainability program, with the possibility to extend up to 3 years depending on performance and budget.

Community Internship Opportunities

Community partner intern opportunities are posted in the Student Sustainability Forum Facebook page. The Career & Professional Development Pathways Center also shares community intern and job opportunities.

Green Networking Night

Emory’s Green Networking Night is a casual evening held each fall and designed to connect students of all disciplines to alumni and professionals working in environmental and sustainability issues. This annual event hosts 80-100 local sustainability professionals and over 100 undergraduate and graduate students and is open to all Emory students.

The 16th Green Networking Night will be hosted on February 13th, 2024, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Emory Student Center Multipurpose Rooms. Stay tuned and register for the event! In 2022, the event was hosted virtually in the form of three career panels with a directory of 70+ professionals circulated to students. Access recordings and more information about the event here.