Office of Sustainability

University of Mississippi

Green Student Intern Program

The Office of Sustainability’s Green Student Intern Program (GSIP) employs students during the summer, fall, and spring semesters to work on predetermined campus sustainability projects that benefit the students and university alike.  Sustainability projects will often be related to the following operational areas: Assessment, Transportation, Procurement, Buildings, Recycling/Waste Management, Behavioral Change, and Sustainable Dining/Living.

The Office of Sustainability provides support, guidance, and access to information and resources to students involved in the GSIP program that will enable the sustainability projects to succeed.  To maximize the effect of the GSIP program, interns will be encouraged to record their progress with each project, including the context, lessons learned, where the project needs to go next, and any other relevant information that will ensure that long-term projects maintain their momentum.

Information is posted to this website when internships are available. If you are interested in finding out about the status of opportunities, please email green@olemiss.edu.

Internship Openings

UM Garden Projects and Environmental Education Intern (Spring 2016-17)

This position will be offered the Spring 2016-2017 semester (January-May).

The UM Garden was established in September 2015. Students, faculty and staff of all experience levels are welcome to join. The mission of the garden is to educate university community members on how to grow their own food and also to fight food insecurity. Since its groundbreaking, the garden has been supplying the UM Food Bank with fresh produce.

The UM Garden Projects and Environmental Education Intern will help with garden maintenance and improvement projects, but will also help increase the educational impact of the garden through curriculum development and research.

Job qualifications: Intern must be available to work 10 hours a week. Must be able and willing to work outside. Must have some familiarity with gardening, as well as basic knowledge of environmental issues/environmental education. Education majors will be shown preference. Planning/management experience a plus.

Job responsibilities*:

  • Research school garden programs to compile best practices and common barriers
  • Perform general garden maintenance
  • Facilitate meaningful involvement and engagement of faculty and staff
  • Design curriculum to maximize educational impact of garden and related projects
  • Expand social media presence

To apply: To apply for this position, complete the online application and send a resume and cover letter to green@olemiss.edu by Wednesday, November 2nd, at midnight with the title of the job you are applying for in the subject field. Interviews will be conducted the week of November 7th. 

Residential Outreach Coordinator Intern (Spring 2016-17)

This position will be offered the Spring 2016-2017 semester (January-May).

The mission of the Eco Reps program is to effectively educate and empower students within their residential communities to act as environmental stewards, while simultaneously providing opportunities for involvement in campus sustainability. The Eco Reps program is interested in building capacity and community in our most valuable resource for positive cultural change: our students.

The Residential Outreach Coordinator Intern will work directly with the Sustainability Fellow and Student Housing to facilitate the Eco Reps program. The Residential Outreach Coordinator Intern may also assist the Sustainability Fellow in researching potential project expansion strategies.

Job qualifications: Intern must be available to work 10 hours a week. The ideal candidate is detail oriented and will have an interest in sustainability and/or environmental issues. Planning/management experience a plus. Interest in higher education and/or residential life is also a plus.

Job responsibilities*:

  • Communicate sustainability goals and programming among residential students
  • Work with individuals within Student Housing to coordinate sustainability outreach opportunities
  • Facilitate meaningful involvement and engagement of residential students through participation in Eco Rep Leader meetings, tabling events, field trips, and related programming
  • Research and compile educational resources for curriculum-building within the program
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities and strategies for program expansion
  • If possible, attend the Southeastern EcoReps conference in February (Date TBD)

To apply: To apply for this position, complete the online application and send a resume and cover letter to green@olemiss.edu by Wednesday, November 2nd, at midnight with the title of the job you are applying for in the subject field. Interviews will be conducted the week of November 7th. 

Green Week Coordinator Intern Spring 16-17

Green Week is a campus-wide event that aims to celebrate sustainability efforts on campus, inspire students, faculty, and staff to forge new commitments to a more resource-conscious lifestyle, and strengthen the presence of sustainability at the University of Mississippi.

The Office of Sustainability is seeking a student to join our Green Student Intern Program as the Spring 2016-17 Green Week intern. Green Week is an annual event designed to raise awareness of sustainability related issues.

Job qualifications: Intern must be available to work up to 10 hours a week. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented and works well in a team. Interest in sustainability desired.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Help develop, plan and coordinate events related to Green Week
  • Develop educational exhibits related to Green Week, such as the 2014 Consumption Cube
  • Attend weekly meetings with supervising project coordinator and fellow Green Student Interns
  • Perform relevant other duties (shopping for supplies, etc.)
  • Assist in promoting Green Week events to target audiences via social media, outreach etc.

To apply for this position, complete the online application and send a resume and cover letter to green@olemiss.edu by Wednesday, November 2nd, at midnight with the title of the job you are applying for in the subject field. Interviews will be conducted the week of November 7th. 

Departments interested in proposing a sustainability projects for the GSIP program should email their proposed projects to green@olemiss.edu.

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