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 student 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

Departments interested in proposing a sustainability projects for the GSIP program should email their proposed projects to

Current Opportunities – Fall 2015

Compost Project Assistant – UM Compost Team

The UM Compost Team is hiring a compost project assistant to work two days a week for a maximum of 5 hours a week. The team converts food waste from campus dining facilities that would otherwise end up in a landfill into nutrient-dense soil. Last year, the team composted more than 30,000 pounds of pre-consumer food waste. To apply, e-mail your resume and cover letter to by August 26, 2015.

Job Qualifications: Intern must be available to work 2 weekday afternoons in an outdoor setting (rain or shine). Intern must be able to perform the physical tasks of lifting and carrying buckets (10-40 lbs.), shoveling mulch and pushing a wheelbarrow. Intern must also have a valid driver’s license. The ideal candidate is dependable, team-oriented, and is open to new learning experiences. Interest in sustainability desired.  Must be willing to be physically active on the job.

Job Responsibilities:

Intern will:

  • Conduct pick-ups from campus dining facilities with one other team member twice weekly
  • Assist in data collection: take measurements of and weigh food waste; record data in composting logs, etc.
  • Load and transport compost buckets to composting site; unload, empty and rinse buckets after use.
  • Attend weekly meetings with composting team and project coordinator
  • Perform relevant other duties (shopping for supplies, etc.)

To apply, e-mail your resume and cover letter to by August 26, 2015.

Current Green Student Interns & Practicum Students

GSIP Directory