The Office of Sustainability hires Elon students as interns for the summer and academic year. Typically a call for applicants is posted after spring break. All interns, in addition to their specific responsibilities, contribute to the planning and implementation of Office of Sustainability events. Meet current interns and learn what previous interns are doing.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Intern: Collects, enters and analyzes data using a GHG inventory Excel tool and drafts the FY GHG inventory report.
Projects Intern: Responsible for researching, designing and implementing innovative and engaging communication strategies and materials related to specific sustainability projects. Projects vary year to year.
STARS Intern: Assists with projects related to Elon’s Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report, specifically collecting data from faculty and staff and data management.
Communications Intern: Develops and implements outreach (social media, digital signs, infographics, etc.) designed to increase awareness of sustainability practices, encourage their implementation and increase awareness of campus sustainability initiatives and accomplishments.
Green Building Education Intern: Creates educational materials such as pamphlets, information sheets, digital signage, green living guides, tour guide scripts, etc. for the green buildings being built on campus, which are pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
Sustainability Intern: Manages 9 student peer educators as the student coordinator for the Eco-Reps program. Eco-Reps primarily promote sustainability and environmentally responsible behaviors in residential neighborhoods.
Emily Forinash, Sustainability Intern and Eco-Rep Coordinator
Class of 2014
Hometown: Waldorf, MD
Major/Minor: Environmental Studies / Psychology
Fun Fact: I've been to Costa Rica.
Favorite Sustainable Living Tip: Wash all your clothes in cod water - hot water makes no difference for clean clothes!
Michele Guthrie, Communications Intern
Class of 2014
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Major: Strategic Communications
Fun Fact: I love all sorts of water sports such as scuba diving, kayaking and white water rafting!
Favorite Sustainable Living Tip: Invest in reusable bags and containers. When you go grocery shopping bring bags along so you do not have to use new plastic ones. And the next time you order Chinese take-out, save those little plastic containers and use them to store other food in the future.
Cole Harbur, Green Building Education Intern
Class of 2016
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Fun Fact: I am a part of Elon's all male a cappella group, Rip_Chord.
Favorite Sustainable Living Tip: Work in your local community garden. You'll get to meet awesome people and get fresh and free produce for your work!