Office of Sustainability

University of Mississippi

Green Student Intern Program

Click here to apply for a Spring 2015 Internship!

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 GSIP Interns

Will BedwellWill Bedwell, Summer 2013 & 2014
Major: Public Policy Leadership
GSIP Project: Green Fund Intern

Will Bedwell is a senior Public Policy Leadership major with an Environmental Studies minor from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Although now working for the university in a official capacity for his second summer as the Office of Sustainability’s UM Green Fund Intern, Will has been involved with improving the University’s environmental movement and sustainability culture since coming to Ole Miss. Will introduced the first Green Fund legislation as a Freshman ASB Senator and has since continued working as both Outreach Coordinator and Project Liaison for the UM Green Fund Committee and as Ole Miss Students for a Green Campus’ Chairperson. He considers the implementation of the UM Green Fund his greatest contribution to Ole Miss but quickly assures anyone that the UM Green Fund was not his work alone and that for the fund to be a success it will take many students’ support and involvement, both now and in the future. As the Green Fund Intern, Will works over the summer to implement Green Fund projects and to improve the Green Fund’s capacities. Outside of the university, Will has continued his fight for environmental sustainability as a Mississippi Wilderness Ranger for the non-profit Wild South and as a member of Mississippi Alumni and Students for Sustainability. Will is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and a brother of St. Anthony Hall the Fraternity of Delta Psi. After graduation Will intends to pursue a Juris Doctorate in environmental law with which to champion institutional change aimed at improving environmental sustainability in the United States.

Victoria Burgos Victoria Burgos, Fall 2013 – present
Major: Park & Recreation Management
GSIP Project: Composting Team

Victoria Burgos is a junior from Olive Branch, Mississippi. She has been an active member of Students for a Green Campus since the fall of 2012. With SGC, she has traveled to the Southeast Students for Renewable Energy Conference (SSREC) and participated in many activist events. Victoria developed and received funding from the Green Fund to implement a composting program on campus in the fall of 2013. She serves as the manager of the composting team.


Katelynn Dillard, Spring 2014 – present
Major: Biology
GSIP Project: Composting Team

Katelynn Dillard is a senior Biology major who is very involved in the Oxford community and is an avid gardener.  In addition to being a Green Student Intern, she works for the Oxford City Market and Good Food for Oxford Schools.  Her passions include youth education, science, and gardening.  She became a part of the Composting Team to help the University foster a more sustainable environment. She enjoys being part of this project because she can practice her knowledge of composting she had obtained from gardening.

Grace HainesGrace Haines, Fall 2013 & Summer 2014
Major: International Studies/French, Minor: Journalism
GSIP Project: Gameday Coordinator

Grace Haines is a native of College Station, TX. She is double majoring in International Studies and French, with a minor in Journalism. She is a member of the Croft Institute for International Studies, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, and Delta Gamma Sorority. During the spring of 2014, she spent a semester abroad in France studying the French language and culture. After graduation, Grace hopes to return to Europe and teach English to elementary school students. This is Grace’s second season to participate as a Game Day Manager with the Green Grove Team, and is excited to see the program expand and make a lasting impact on the way our Ole Miss community recycles.

Tiara Mabry, Fall 2013 – present
Major: Biology
GSIP Project: Composting Team

Ashley MaiolatesiAshley Maiolatesi
Major: Liberal Studies

GSIP Project: Game Day Coordinator

Ashley Maiolatesi was born in Binghamton, New York, and raised in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She is currently a Junior, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish and Environmental Studies. She serves on the executive board of RebelTHON, and is a member of the Honors College, Panhellenic Judicial Board, and Phi Mu Fraternity. Ashley also recently completed a summer internship with the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. After graduating, she hopes to join the Peace Corps and later attend law school to pursue a career in environmental law. In her free time, Ashley enjoys reading, traveling, and practicing yoga. This will be her first year serving as Game Day Coordinator and she cannot wait to see more positive change happening at Ole Miss.

emily richmondEmily Richmond
Major: Accountancy
GSIP Project: Game Day Coordinator 

Emily is a native of Jonesboro, AR.  She was an active volunteer with the Green Grove Initiative and extremely passionate about recycling. Both of these led to her joining the Game Day team in 2014.  Emily is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, the Ole Miss Women’s Council, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, and the FASTrack Peer Mentoring program.  Emily was also a camp counselor for a program in the Mississippi Delta that worked to construct a teaching garden for a kindergarten class. Emily enjoys  kayaking, exercising,  and playing with her dog.

Grace SullivanGrace Sullivan
Major: Journalism
GSIP Project: Game Day Coordinator

Grace Sullivan is passionate about words, hula hooping and everything Ole Miss. She is a sophomore from Madison, MS. She believes that the need to learn sustainable practices becomes more urgent every day, and that there’s no better place to start educating and doing than right at home in The Grove. Outside of working with the Office of Sustainability, Grace is a senator in the Associated Student Body and an active member of several on campus organizations including Students for a Green Campus, Rebels for Life, and Delta Gamma Fraternity. She enjoys doing Zumba, watching squirrels, and reading way too much news, particularly about education reform.


>>Read about GSIP Alums.