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Internship Opportunities 

The Office of Sustainability is accepting applications for intern positions for summer 2014 and the 2014-2015 academic year. All positions are listed in the On Campus Student Employment Job Network. Applicants must have plans to be enrolled in the 2014 - 2015 academic year at Elon University to apply. The following positions are available:

Summer 2014

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intern
  • STARS Intern
  • Sustainability Projects Intern

2014-2015 Academic Year

  • Sustainability Intern, Student Coordinator for the Eco-Reps Program
  • Communications Intern
  • Sustainability Project Database Intern
  • Behavior Change Intern

See below for position details and application instructions. Application DEADLINE IS THURSDAY APRIL 10 BY 5pm. Submit applications to the Office of Sustainability (sustainability@elon.edu).

SUMMER 2014

These positions begin June 1, 2014 and end mid-August 2014. 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.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Intern

This intern will assist with projects related to Elon’s climate neutrality goal, specifically Elon’s next GHG inventory and research related to Elon’s Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Master Plan. The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • 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 2014 from university departments and input into GHG inventory tool
  • Draft FY 2014 GHG inventory report
  • Generate a report identifying the pros and cons of the two inventory tool formats (online and excel)
  • Update the standard operation procedure (SOP) for conducing the GHG inventory, as needed
  • Research strategies identified in Elon’s Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Master Plan
  • Others as assigned

STARS Intern

This intern will assist with projects related to Elon’s STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) report, specifically data collection and management. The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • 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
  • Assist with STARS data management and organization
  • Research strategies and programs which could advance Elon's sustainability initiatives
  • Assist with reseach of sustainability programs and plans
  • Others as assigned

Sustainability Projects Intern

This intern will develop and implement outreach materials that enhance the Office of Sustainability’s education and outreach efforts. The intern will be responsible for researching, designing and implementing innovative and engaging communication strategies and materials related to specific sustainability projects. In summer 2014, the intern will be responsible for creating visually engaging materials that communicate cumulative impacts of individual behaviors in multiple areas of sustainability. The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Compile and calculate data, specifically cumulative impacts of individual behaviors mentioned in the Sustainability Pledge
  • Create info graphics and/or other engaging materials to communictate that individual behaviors all add up to have a large cumulative impact.
  • Review Sustainability Survey data to identify which sustainability behaviors could be improved the most
  • Others as assigned

The successful candidate for these positions will have the following qualities:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office applications
  • Familiarity with Microsoft SharePoint is desirable but not required (for the STARS position)
  • Proficiency with graphic design programs such as InDesign and PhotoShop (for the Sustainability Projects position)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Interest in environmental topics
  • Superb organizational skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Self-motivated
  • 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
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Maintain eligibility to hold a leadership position

To apply for the GHG OR STARS position, please submit a cover letter and current resume to the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@elon.edu by 5pm on Thursday, April 10.

To apply for the Sustainability Projects position, please submit a cover letter, current resume and promotional sample (flyer, brochure or video) to the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@elon.eduby 5pm on Thursday, April 10. 

Indicate for which position you are applying in your cover letter. If you wish to be considered for more than one, indicate that, as well as your position preference in your cover letter. Please send one email with attachments that have your last name in the file name for each of the documents.

2014-2015 ACADEMIC YEAR

These positions are for the 2014-2015 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 with a per semester stipend. 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

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 9 student peer educators (Eco-Reps) and must be comfortable in a leadership role. The intern will also assist with researching, designing, promoting and implementing sustainability initiatives and events. The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Serve as the student coordinator for the Eco-Reps program, i.e., help manage the program including 8 student peer educators (Eco-Reps)
  • Develop bi-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
  • 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 area 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 research and implement sustainability initiatives and events on topics such as energy conservation, alternative transportation, recycling and green building among others
  • Others as assigned
     

Communications Intern

This intern will help foster a culture of sustainability at Elon University through the development and implementation of outreach designed to increase awareness of sustainability practices, encourage their implementation and increase awareness of campus sustainability initiatives and accomplishments. He/she will develop graphic and written communications and contribute to social media. The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Design and produce visually stimulating materials such as digital signs, flyers, fact sheets, etc. for sustainability education and outreach programs on campus including but not limited to monthly themes, events, seminars, contests, etc.
  • Construct and disseminate sustainability information to the campus community through various media including table tents, E-Net, digital signage, the Office newsletter, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Collaborate with fellow interns to plan and implement campus sustainability education and outreach programs.
  • Develop and implement campaigns to increase awareness and sustainability behaviors among students, faculty and staff. Verify and report effectiveness of campaign.
  • Others as assigned
     

Sustainability Project Database Intern

This 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.
The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

• 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
• Draft Elon STARS articles based upon projects submitted to the Database
• Collaborate with fellow interns to plan and implement campus sustainability education and outreach programs.
• Other duties as assigned

Behavior Change Intern

This intern will assess results from previous sustainability surveys and the Sustainability Pledge to determine a list of behaviors which members of the Elon community could take to significantly contribute to Elon’s overall sustainability efforts. Based on Community Based Social Marketing principles, the intern will develop, implement, track and report on a campaign to address one of the identified behaviors each semester. This intern must be extremely organized and self-directed. The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

• Review results from previous Sustainability Surveys and the Sustainability Pledge
• Identify sustainability related actions that students, faculty and staff, and the Elon community as a whole are, or are not, taking regularly
• Become familiar with the principles of Community Based Social Marketing
• Propose a campaign promoting a specific behavior
• Coordinate, pilot and track the campaign
• Document campaign results (written report)
• Assist Office of Sustainability Interns and Eco-Reps with promoting Office of Sustainability events
• Others as assigned

The successful candidate for these positions will have the following qualities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and positive attitude
  • Superb organizational skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong publication design skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft SharePoint is desirable but not required (for the Sustainability Project Database position)
  • Proficiency with InDesign and PhotoShop (for Communications and Green Building Education positions)
  • Environmental knowledge and interest
  • 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 
  • Self-motivated and ability to motivate others
  • Previous campaign, education and/or outreach experience (or related course work) is desired but not required
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Maintain eligibility to hold a leadership position

To apply for the Sustainability Project Database OR Behavior Change position, please submit a cover letter and current resume to the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@elon.edu by 5pm on Thursday, April 10.

To apply for the Student Coordinator of the Eco-Reps Program OR Communications position, please submit a cover letter, current resume and promotional sample (digital sign, flyer, brochure, fact sheet, video, etc.) to the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@elon.edu by 5pm on Thursday, April 10.

Please indicate for which position you are applying in your cover letter. If you wish to be considered for more than one, indicate that, as well as your position preference in your cover letter. Please send one email with attachments that have your last name in the file name for each of the documents.