Student Opportunities 

Be part of a small team of students working in the Office of Sustainability to contribute to a more sustainable Elon. Whether you simply have a passion for sustainability or want to develop skills, such as communication, teaching or data collection, the Office has a variety of positions available.

The Office of Sustainability is accepting applications for student positions. All positions are listed in the On Campus Student Employment Job Network. Application deadline for ALL POSITIONS IS THURSDAY, MARCH 31 BY 5PM.

The following positions are available:

May 2016

Summer 2016

2016-2017 Academic Year

APPLICATION INFO: Application deadline for ALL POSITIONS IS THURSDAY, MARCH 31 BY 5pm.You may apply to more than one position. Indicate for which position you are applying in your cover letter. If you wish to be considered for more than one position, indicate that, as well as your position preference in your cover letter.

For all positions, submit a cover letter, current resume, contact information for two references (one must be an Elon University Faculty or Staff member) and completed Office of Sustainability Internship Eligibility form to sustainability@elon.edu by PM on Thursday, March 31. Send one email with attachments. Each document should be a different attachment titled using this format: ‘Your last name_type of document’ (e.g. Bilecki_Resume).

Some positions require additional materials and are indicated in each job description.

ELIGIBILITY INFO: To apply, applicants must have plans to be enrolled in the 2016 - 2017 academic year at Elon University, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher and submit the Eligibility Form with their application.

MAY 2016

Don't Trash It! Coordinator, EJN#18876

Strengthen your leadership skills and gain the satisfaction of knowing you helped divert thousands of pounds of usable items from a landfill. Don’t Trash It! is the campaign to salvage useful items from the trash stream and donate them to partner organizations such as Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity and Allied Churches. The campaign begins on reading day, May 11th and lasts through move out, May 25. The coordinator is expected to work a total of 30 – 60 hours from April 20th through May 27.  Start and end dates are flexible and hours depend on the number of coordinators hired. This is a 6 week paid position supervised by the Office of Sustainability. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Recruit volunteers to help with collection May 11 – 25
  • Coordinate, train and manage volunteers
  • Help set up and monitor ‘donation stations’ to ensure they are well labeled and self-explanatory
  • Regularly collect items from residential bins and drive to necessary locations
  • Ensure that collection areas remain organized
  • Lock/open collection trucks

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience coordinating a program or volunteers is desirable but not required
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all involved parties – supervisor, volunteers, residents, residence life staff
  • Ability to design and coordinate schedules
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Self-directed
  • Ability and willingness to perform physical labor such as lifting and carrying donated items
  • Certified or ability to get certified to drive an Elon van is preferred

TO APPLY
Submit documents mentioned in General Application Information section above (cover letter, resume & references, Eligibility Form) plus complete this Intern Interview Availability Poll.

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SUMMER 2016

These positions begin June 1, 2016 and end mid-August 2016. They are paid, hourly positions. You will be expected to work 20 to 30 hours a week (depending on class schedule) during normal business hours. Specific daily work hours will be flexible.

Sustainability Metrics Intern, EJN#18880

This intern will assist with projects related to Elon’s climate neutrality goal, specifically Elon’s next GHG inventory, and Elon's STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) report.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Review previous year’s GHG inventory data and transfer it to new GHG inventory tool (online and excel format)
  • Collect and analyze all relevant data for FY 2016 from university departments and input into GHG inventory tool
  • Draft FY 2016 GHG inventory report
  • Update the standard operation procedure (SOP) for conducting the GHG inventory, as needed
  • Generate a report identifying the pros and cons of the two inventory tool formats (online and excel)
  • Review the STARS Technical Manual and become familiar with the system and credits
  • Review and become familiar with Elon’s previous STARS Reports
  • Assist with STARS data collection and documentation for STARS credits
  • Research strategies and programs which could advance Elon’s sustainability initiatives
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent mathematical ability
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to conduct and document thorough research
  • Familiarity with Microsoft SharePoint is desirable but not required
  • Excellent oral, written and visual communication skills
  • Superb organizational skills
  • Self-directed
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks, use good time management skills
  • Ability to see projects through to completion
  • Ability to be held accountable for own work 
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and positive attitude

TO APPLY
Submit documents mentioned in General Application Information section above (cover letter, resume & references, Eligibility Form).

Sustainability Projects Intern, EJN#18883

This intern will develop and implement outreach materials that enhance the Office of Sustainability's education and engage the campus community in sustainable practices. In summer 2016, the Projects Intern will be responsible for creating online ‘tool kits’ to engage people in specific behaviors such as, becoming a compost leader, using dryer racks, implementing shoe recycling collection, plastic bag recycling collection. 'Tool kits' will include background information on an issue as well as step by step instructions for taking a specific action. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES &RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create online 'tool kits' to engage people in sustainable behaviors
  • Create infographics based on sustainability survey data to use during Phoenix Cup competitions
  • Update content of Sustainable Living Guides
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Familiarity with graphic design programs such as InDesign and Photoshop helpful but is not required
  • Excellent oral, written and visual communication skills
  • Superb organizational skills
  • Self-directed
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks, use good time management skills
  • Ability to see projects through to completion
  • Ability to be held accountable for own work 
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and positive attitude

TO APPLY
In addition to completing projects in the General Application Instructions (cover letter, resume & references, Eligibility Form), also complete the Intern Interview Availability Poll and submit a promotional sample (flyer, brochure, website, etc) that highlights communicating information or convincing people to take action in a visually appealing way.
 

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2016-2017 ACADEMIC YEAR

These positions are for the 2016-2017 academic year. Each intern will be expected to work 10 to 15 hours a week. Specific daily work hours will be flexible. Each position is paid hourly. . Bi-weekly Ontrack timesheets must be submitted. Academic credit may be available, depending upon degree program requirements. All interns will work closely with the Director of Sustainability, the Education and Outreach Coordinator, each other and the Eco-Reps (student peer educators for sustainability).

Sustainability Intern, Student Coordinator for the Eco-Reps Program, EJN#18886

The primary responsibility of this intern is to serve as the Student Coordinator for the Eco-Reps Program. The Eco-Reps program is a peer education program dedicated to promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible behaviors. He/she will help manage the program including 8 student peer educators (Eco-Reps) and must be comfortable in a leadership role. The intern will also assist with designing, promoting and implementing sustainability initiatives and events.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as the student coordinator for the Eco-Reps program, i.e., help manage the program including 8 student peer educators (Eco-Reps)
  • Develop weekly meeting agendas and facilitate the meetings
  • Implement the Eco-Reps disciplinary policy based on a three strike system
  • Keep Eco-Reps up-to-date on upcoming events, required tasks and other relevant information through meetings and a weekly email
  • Organize and schedule the Sustainable Living lessons provided by the Eco-Reps
  • Provide Sustainable Living lessons with Eco-Reps to classes as requested by faculty and staff 
  • Serve as a resource for a residential neighborhood to assist with programs and activities related to sustainability, if an Eco-Rep needs help
  • Work closely with other student groups as well as faculty and staff to assist with promoting sustainability initiatives and events
  • Help design and lead Eco-Rep training
  • Help research and implement sustainability initiatives and events on topics such as energy conservation, alternative transportation, recycling and green building among others
  • Others duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previous campaign, education and/or outreach experience as an Eco-Rep (or related course work) is desired but not required
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Self-motivated and ability to motivate others
  • Excellent oral, written and visual communication skills
  • Superb organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks, use good time management skills
  • Ability to see projects through to completion
  • Ability to be held accountable for own work
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and positive attitude

TO APPLY
Submit items in General Application Information section at top of page (cover letter, resume & references, Eligibility Form).

Sustainability Project Database Intern, EJN#18887

The Sustainability Project Database Intern will recruit, enter, review and organize submissions to the Student Sustainability Project Database. The purpose of the database is to move sustainability forward on campus by showcasing past student projects, current and ongoing student projects, serving as a place to propose new projects and facilitating completion of, and improvement on, projects from year to year. The Database Intern will be responsible for researching and contacting faculty/staff and students working on sustainability projects, inside and outside the classroom, and increasing the number of submissions in the database and awareness of the database. To assist students who would like to work on a sustainability-related project that is not associated with a class, the Database Intern will also be responsible for creating resources to help students develop more effective project proposals.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research faculty/staff and students working on sustainability projects
  • Research faculty/staff and students working on sustainability projects
  • Inform those identified about the Sustainability Project Database and encourage them to submit their work to the database
  • As necessary, gather the necessary data (including photos, spreadsheets, reports, etc.) from those identified to make a submission to the Database on their behalf
  • Review submissions made to the Database for relevance and completeness and follow-up with the appropriate contact to obtain any missing information
  • Organize submissions made to the Database to ensure it is easy to navigate for users
  • Increase awareness of the database among faculty,  staff and students through formal and informal communication
  • Develop online resources to guide students through the process of creating an effective project proposal for a sustainability-related project at Elon
  • Collaborate with fellow interns to plan and implement campus sustainability education and outreach programs/events
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office applications
  • Familiarity with Microsoft SharePoint is desirable but not required
  • Excellent oral, written and visual communication skills
  • Superb organizational skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Self-motivated and ability to motivate others
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively 
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks, use good time management skills
  • Ability to see projects through to completion
  • Ability to be held accountable for own work
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and positive attitude

TO APPLY
Submit items in General Application Information section at top of page (cover letter, resume & references, Eligibility Form).

Behavior Change Intern, EJN#18889

This intern will develop, implement and document results of at least two campaigns promoting behaviors that relate to Phoenix Cup competitions. Campaigns are based on Community Based Social Marketing. The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Become familiar with the principles of Community Based Social Marketing
  • Use Community Based Social Marketing strategies to design a campaign promoting a specific energy reduction or waste reduction behavior
  • Coordinate, promote, pilot and track the campaign
  • Document campaign results (written report and electronic files of editable promotional materials)
  • Continue to develop and promote use of ‘tool kits’ developed over summer 2016
  • Collaborate with fellow interns and Eco-Reps to plan, promote and implement campus sustainability education and outreach programs/events
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Operating knowledge of graphic design programs such as InDesign and Photoshop may be helpful but is not required
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Previous campaign, education and/or outreach experience (or related course work)
  • Self-motivated and ability to motivate others
  • Excellent oral, written and visual communication skills
  • Superb organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively 
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks, use good time management skills
  • Ability to see projects through to completion
  • Ability to be held accountable for own work
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and positive attitude

TO APPLY
Submit items in General Application Information section at the top of this page (cover letter, resume & references, Eligibility Form).  Additionally, complete the Intern Interview Availability Poll and submit a proposal (2 pages or less) detailing steps you would take to encourage the campus community to use reusable mugs. Your proposal should include the specific actions that will need to be taken, a proposed timeline and how you will measure whether or not the campaign is effective.

Energy Metrics Assistant, EJN#18890

Energy Metric Assistants work with Elon’s Utilities Manager to help gather and organize data for 3 hours a week.  Data is used to determine energy savings throughout the Phoenix Cup competition.  This position is paid, starts 8/30/16 and lasts until 10/5/16 with the possibility of continued work. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Read electric meters at the same time and day once a week for 5 weeks, rain or shine
- Enter data into spreadsheets to calculate savings

TO APPLY
Send cover letter and Fall schedule of availability (all the times you would be available to read meters) to sustainability@elon.edu
 

Eco-Rep, EJN#18876

Eco-Reps are peer educators who educate the campus community about sustainability and engage the community in behaviors that support sustainability. Eco-Reps are paid hourly and are expected to work 4 - 6 hours a week.  Full position description available here.
 

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