Green U (launching soon) will help students contribute to the environmental sustainability of college/university campuses and communities, while also increasing environmental awareness, literacy, and activism. Our platform has the following components:
  • Resources: We will provide extensive resources, how-to guides, and marketing assets to help people plan and improve sustainability programs, including waste reduction, composting, water use, food, landscaping, energy use, procurement, healthy buildings, solar, and transportation. While such resources exist today, they are difficult to find, scattered across multiple websites, and often available only to those who have paid for access.
  • Community: Our online community at each college/university will help all stakeholders—including student organizations, individual students, faculty members, staff, and administrators—coalesce and organize to envision, plan, promote, and implement these programs. It will also connect people interested in the same topics at different schools.
  • Surveys:  Surveys will gather information on environmental practices at individual schools nationwide.
  • Petition: Our online petition will allow members of each college/university to lend their voices to advocate for their school’s adoption of environmentally-sustainable policies.
  • Beyond-Campus: We will also advance the movement towards sustainability by providing news and ways to get involved beyond the campus.
  • Media, Partners, and Celebrities: We will engage with media, partner organizations, and celebrities to promote this program.
We are recruiting interns and volunteers to work in our Manhattan office or remotely. Focus on research and editorial, marketing, or community management. We are also recruiting campus reps to grow this movement at campuses nationwide.
  • Use your skills, experience, knowledge, creativity and talent to help us help students green their campuses and communities, while also building environmental awareness and activism.
  • Become a member of our dynamic and creative international team.
  • Take a leadership role in the movement to protect the environment.
  • Learn a tremendous amount.
  • Enhance your resume with a record of service and accomplishment, and get a glowing letter of recommendation.

Use and enhance your professional skills in any of these fields: environmental studies or engineering, research, editorial, strategy, partnerships, finance, communications, social media, graphics, community management, fundraising, sponsorships, Public Relations (PR), Human Resources (HR), marketing, event management, organizing, and activism.We have had interns and volunteers from all over the United States and more than fifty countries. The atmosphere is energetic, creative, and fun. We value brainstorming, initiative, sharing, and collaborating. Think of it is a laboratory, studio, seminar, or incubator. We are also casual. We are interested in your brains, creativity and heart, rather than your attire. Want to work in jeans, t-shirt and flip-flops? That’s fine with us. Green-U is a project of, which The New York Times called an “ of the nonprofit world” for our work in helping nonprofits capture money normally spent on traditional presents (BTW, we are recruiting interns and volunteers for a wide range of causes and roles on it; please see for more info on it). We are also getting ready to launch Green-U, which is described here.
  • We are glad to hear from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals who want to make a meaningful impact with their skills.
  • Work at our office or remotely. We are conveniently located at 7th Avenue and 33 Street, across from Penn Station in Manhattan. 
  • Full-time or part-time, school-year or summer, day or evening, weekday or weekend. We are flexible.
  • We provide a great opportunity to take a leadership role in making a meaningful change in the world, but this is an unpaid position.
    Please send a resume and short cover letter to:  join [AT] ChangingThePresent [DOT] org.


Urban Green Lab

The Urban Green lab is looking for Mobile Lab Ambassadors, who work with students in area Nashville schools grades 5-12 on environmental issues. For details see


Squam Conservation Internship

The Squam Conservation Internship provides skills and experience for future conservation professionals while working as the driving force behind the SLA’s conservation mission.  This unpaid volunteer internship provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of activities.  Interns serve as campsite hosts and caretakers at our backcountry campsites, work toward the eradication of variable milfoil, engage both youth and adults in environmental education, and perform other conservation duties such as shoreline restoration and trail maintenance and construction. Deadline in March 9.

Coca Cola

INTERN – Coca-Cola Sustainability

Internships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Interns will report to leaders within the Office of the Chief Sustainability Officer and will engage as team members on Coca-Cola Sustainability projects, spanning the categories of Women, Water, Well-being, and Environment.

PJ Newcomb
Sustainability Program Manager
One Coca-Cola Plaza
USA 404A-1
Atlanta, GA 30313
O – 404-676-9197
C – 678-462-1656

The Green Program

This is a series of summer programs that appear to involve study abroad with hands-on internship-like experiences. They write: Since 2010, We’ve sent 1,537 college students (from 437 universities) on sustainability programs where they develop leadership skills  from the world’s top clean energy and sustainability initiatives in Iceland, Peru, and the United States.The GREEN Program | United Nations SDSN-Youth. You can learn more by visiting our website:

Hands On NashvilleHome Energy Savings Program

Hands On Nashville will provide home energy audits and retrofits to low-income homes.  Using a comprehensive and practical energy efficiency analysis for selected households, a suite of cost savings improvements will be identified.  Volunteers make simple energy efficiency improvements to reduce the water, electricity and heating costs for each home.  Among the basic improvements to be made are: installing attic insulation, installing CFL bulbs and low-flow shower heads, caulking around windows and doors, weather-stripping, HVAC tune up and installing aerators on sink faucets.

Onsite duties:

  • Assist with onsite project prep & break down.
  • Assist with morning orientation and educating volunteers the importance of energy efficiency within the home.
  • Lead & supervise subgroups of volunteers ensuring they understand their work for the day and guiding them along the way.
  • Inspect work throughout the day to ensure quality.
  • Help cleanup and ensure job site is left tidy and put back together.
  • Maintain a fun and positive volunteer environment.
  • Conduct energy audits with homeowners.

Office Duties:

  • Research and assist in creating education material for homeowner energy efficiency
  • Order necessary materials for projects from Lowe’s and program vendors
  • Call homeowners to set up energy audits & explain the HES program process
  • Update homeowner files with inventory use.
  • Update HES webpage with monthly program metrics
  • Maintain homeowner newsletters & monthly mailings
  • Track utility analysis to analysis economic and environmental impact of the program
  • Research available grants (grants written by full-time staff member Leah).

Home Energy Savings Program Intern Application. Contact:  Meghan Scholl Phone: 615.298.1108 ext:105 Email:

Hands On NashvilleUrban Farm

Hands on Nashville also offers internships in its Urban Agriculture Program. There are internships in teaching, curriculum development, agricultural production, and exercise science. These are unpaid internships generally with 40 hours of service during a semester. For more information, please contact Josh Corlew at


Environment America

We take pride in being strategic and disciplined—and in hiring a team with the grit it takes to get things done. That’s how we approach each of our campaigns, whether we’re defending President Obama’s Clean Power Plan against coal industry attacks or convincing more communities and companies to go solar. BE AN ENVIRONMENT AMERICA FELLOW<>
Imagine yourself organizing a town hall meeting on solar power. Or imagine releasing a hard-hitting research report on power plant pollution. Or picture yourself building a community coalition around clean water or fracking. Imagine building the organizational power—the funds, the membership, the activist base and so on—that it takes to keep all of this critical work going for the long haul.

All of this is what you do as an Environment America fellow. Because this is how we build the support it takes to reduce global warming pollution, create more solar and wind power, spare our parks and forests from fracking, keep our beaches, rivers and streams clean, and protect our wildlife and wild places. Is it easy? No, we’re up against some wily opponents who are incredibly well-funded. Is it rewarding? Absolutely. And given global warming, fracking and all of the tough problems we’re facing right now, can you imagine doing anything more urgent and meaningful?

Work with one of our campaign teams to run a powerful digital campaign to help solve global warming, expand solar energy or protect clean water.

You’ll write emails and campaign actions that you’ll send to hundreds of thousands of supporters; design and curate content for social media, and engage with our national community; coordinate with our field team of five to nine campaign organizers, and back them up with emails, web pages and digital strategy; develop partnerships and creative online tactics to build our audience and raise money; analyze the results of your work, and report on successes and failures; and keep your projects on track, hold people accountable to their deliverables, and communicate regularly with your team.

Positions available in Washington, D.C.; Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; Raleigh, NC.

Salary for this position is $25,500 in the first year and $27,000 in the second year. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.


Green Corps

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day. In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, read on or visit . In your year with Green Corps:

Be trained by the best: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people like Adam Ruben, former political director and current board president of, and Bill McKibben, author and founder of

Gain experience across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Rainforest Action Network, Power Shift, and Environment America in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and dozens of other places in between.

Make an impact on today’s environmental challenges: Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped keep the Arctic safe from drilling; led to new laws to support clean, renewable energy; convinced major corporations to stop dumping in our oceans; and much, much more.

Get paid! Green Corps organizers earn a salary of $25,000. Organizers also have a chance to opt into our health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. We offer paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify.

Launch your career: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment.


Kalu Yala Internships

These are 11-week summer internships in Panama focused on sustainability and business entrepreneurship.  Details are at


Clean Energy Advisors

They are seeking an undergraduate for maybe 10 hours per week to assist in a number of areas from research, social media, lead development, presentation development to CRM. The individual will have a great opportunity to learn about renewable energy, impact investing, business development and entrepreneurship.  We will in the market for a full time intern next spring and summer.

Contact; Erik Melang,
About Clean Energy Advisors;
Clean Energy Advisors
Impact Investing Center
810 Dominican Ave
Nashville, TN 37228

Good to Grow Farm

The farm was piloted by a couple from North Carolina in 2013. They both have extensive farming experience and hoped to meet the demand for a local, organic CSA in the West Nashville area. Contact Mary Akel, a former intern there, for information.  mary dot j dot akel   at   vanderbilt  dot edu


Wheelhouse Project

Have you dreamed of working at a start-up with brilliant entrepreneurs by your side, who don’t just care about making money, but who also care about solving social epidemics? A place where everyone shares a commitment to excellence and a desire to work hard in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere? We have too! That’s why we launched The Wheelhouse Project, a Nashville-based organization dedicated to the advancement of social innovation. Our mission is to create a bridge that helps promising scientific research innovations reach their full social and economic potential. Our vision is to make The Wheelhouse Project and Nashville the country’s preferred hub for socially innovative science and entrepreneurship.

The Problem: Today sustainable environmental practices have the potential to save companies up to 20% in operating costs, yet only a fraction of organizations ever take advantage of these innovative cost saving solutions. The Wheelhouse Project is collaborating with Wilmot Inc. a leading environmental sustainability firm to explore the commercial viability of 6 promising new areas of scientific progress in the field. Your mission, should you choose to accept is to work with this group of scientists and successful social entrepreneurs to help them develop a new commercial outlet for this up and coming scientific research. We are seeking interns for the Summer 2014 to support interdisciplinary teams of eco-sustainability scientists, business experts and community leaders. If you intern with us, you will gain exposure to cutting edge research from world-renowned universities and hands on entrepreneurial experience.

Qualifications: Self-motivated, with ability to work independently on multiple initiatives in fast-paced environments; experience driving projects to completion; ability to make progress while working remotely; excellent research, written, and verbal communication skills; experience or exposure to writing a business plan and developing financial projections; ability to work well in interdisciplinary teams; and previous entrepreneurship/business internships or job experiences are an added benefit.

Requirements: Committed to 10 weeks part-time (hours determined on case-by-case basis) June 2nd to August 8th;; a passion for commitment to social change through science and entrepreneurship; individuals pursuing all degrees and areas of study with are welcome to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:  Conduct research on evidence-based practices ready to be integrated in business practices; write grants to nationally-accredited research agencies such as the NIH and the NSF; create business plans to assess the commercial feasibility of top research throughout the country.

Compensation. This internship is unpaid and gives you the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills and gain exposure to cutting edge scientific discoveries and innovation.

To Apply:  Please submit your resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) to, along with a cover letter highlighting why your skills and background experience make you a great fit for this unique entrepreneurial experience! Please include GPA in your resume/CV as well as your preference for working on either Behavioral Health internship track or the Eco-Sustainability internship track.

Deadline: If all of this fits you or someone you know, please apply by March 31, 2014. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis – first come first served!


Harpeth River Watershed Association

There are voluntary internships available with this organization. Please contact board member David Bridgers at  For pre-law students, Mr. Bridgers practices environmental law and could have use voluntary interns on occasion.

Sierra Club Beyond Coal

Chris Lunghino, who is active in the Nashville and Vanderbilt communities, directs the Tennessee Beyond Coal campaign. There are voluntary internships available. Please contact her at 714 369 9280.


Autry Fellowship

The Autry Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for talented and ambitious recent college graduates. It provides an opportunity to work for one year as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC. The Autry Fellowship supports the mission of MDC–to help organizations and communities in the South close the gaps that separate people from opportunity–by developing a cadre of young leaders who have experience promoting economic development, increasing equity and excellence in education, building inclusive civic cultures, and who are poised and ready to apply their new learning to benefit this region. The Autry Fellowship celebrates the life and perpetuates the work of the late George B. Autry, founding president of MDC. For 32 years, he led MDC with a passion for improving opportunities for people and places struggling to keep pace with economic and social change. The ideal Autry Fellow is open-minded and compassionate, curious and reflective, and deeply committed to advancing social equity and opportunity. To learn more about the Autry Fellowship and to stay up-to-date on MDC’s work, visit our website ( and like us on Facebook ( Applicants must submit a complete application (available for download here, along with a resume by Mon, Jan. 13 at 5pm. You should get confirmation of receipt within 48 hours of submission. MDC staff will notify all candidates of their status within four weeks of the deadline and choose the Fellow immediately following an interview day the week of Feb. 17.


Community Sustainability

Community Sustainability USA is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a culture that is committed to sustainability – an appreciation of our earth and a desire to protect it, our communities, and future generations. Through our research-based It’s the Little Things: My Actions Count SM programs, we’re educating the public and policy makers about sustainability and inspiring behavior choices and planning at home and at work that advance sustainability. Together these have a big positive impact on the health of our planet and are a big voice for policy change and technology innovation. Chris Ann Lunghino, founder and president of CSUSA, is an attorney and urban and regional planner who has worked to protect the planet and its people for more than 30 years.

Social Media Intern: 10-15 hours per month

*   Consult with Executive Director and other board members to create a social media strategy
*   Maintain daily social media presence on Facebook and Twitter
*   Write press releases and blog articles
*   Enact measures to increase number of Users and Likes
*   Publicize progress of multiple programs

Newsletter Intern: 10-15  hours per month

*   Write and layout monthly newsletter (content outline and template provided)

Contact: Chris Lunghino 714.369.9280




Internships:  Protect the Earth while learning valuable skills as a Greenpeace Intern. Positions range from organizing to photography to administration and everything in between.

Visit for more information.

Greenpeace Semester:  The Greenpeace Semester is an incredible opportunity for you to learn what it takes to save the planet and gain experience to become environmental leaders on your campus and in your community.  So much more than an internship, the program combines a series of intensive workshops in a classroom setting with hands-on project and field experience, working side-by-side with Greenpeace staff.  Visit for more information.



Humanitarian Fund

The Nichols Humanitarian Fund was established in 2006 by the E.C. and Lucile Hamby Nichols Trust. The purpose of the fund is to enable Vanderbilt students to volunteer for local, domestic, or international humanitarian service opportunities. Support is primarily focused on summer projects or projects that take place during defined academic breaks. Funds are available for educational and other expenses.  Applications for the next round of support are due January 31, to Shelley Jewell in the Global Education Office (GEO).

For more information, visit:


Mickey Leland Energy Fellowships

These are available from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, for minority and women students in the science, technology, and engineering fields. They are paid internships.More information is available at

Moore Fellowships

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program invites applications for a ten-week paid summer research internship for rising juniors or seniors. The program will be held May 26-August 1, 2013 and UNC Chapel Hill. It is designed to prepared talented and motivated students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds, or those with a proven commitment to diversity, for graduate student and academic careers in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts.  See


Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy at the University of Illinois at Chicago

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago
is an intense interdisciplinary program for graduate and senior-level undergraduate students.  From August 9-17, participants from diverse academic backgrounds will be immersed in a

broad spectrum of sustainability and energy related topics: policy, economics, health, science,

engineering, environment, urban planning, business, and entrepreneurship. Admission to the Summer Institute is highly competitive with only eighty open seats. Students from across Chicago and the country are invited to apply.  Themes vary from year to year.  Prospective students are asked to submit an application and resume for consideration.  For more information, visit:


Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation

The Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation is looking for volunteer interns for this summer and potentially also for during the semester. You would set your own hours, but we recommend full-time or half-time for 10 weeks, so that you are there on a consistent basis.

Possible projects include:

1. Developing a public policy study that reviews the existing literature on the economic value of parks.

2. Working as assistant to the director by assisting in grant writing, public relations and communication, and events planning.

3. Developing programs to increase supporters.

4. Working with a staff member to develop GIS-based studies of conservation easements that report on the condition and value of property.

For graduating seniors, there is also a full-time job for someone who can lead the GIS-based studies of conservation easements.  If you are interested, please contact David Hess at

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

College students can gain valuable experience while working for TDEC!  The Bureau of Environment primarily employs college students majoring in the sciences and engineering in the intern positions. Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a plus for many of the assignments. There are some limited opportunities for students majoring in marketing, accounting or business.  Internships are available to students from freshman classification through graduate school. Interns must be full-time students. Interns in TDEC’s Bureau of Environment are typically employed during the summer (May through August). However, interns may be retained on a part-time basis through the year depending upon the needs and budget of the hiring division.

Interns are typically paid at the hourly rate of $8.85 per hour (equivalent to a Clerk 2, salary grade 010 in the state compensation system.) Due to the State budget constraints and hiring freeze, there are currently only unpaid internships available.

Bureau of Environment interns can be employed at the TDEC’s central office in downtown Nashville, as well as at the eight Environmental Field Offices across the state (Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Cookeville, Columbia, Knoxville, Johnson City and Chattanooga.) The availability of positions is determined annually by the need and budgets of the environmental programs.

The following is a sampling of past intern assignments:

Water sampling, measuring flow, entering data into computer, collecting parameters from streams, cleaning the lab. 

Technical assistance in making sure that spreadsheets and databases were working right and created correctly for the data that needed to be analyzed, outreach at baseball parks and racetracks, created a manual for county officials so that they could design and potentially run their own permanent household hazardous waste facility. 

Collecting Global Positioning System coordinates on Underground Storage Tank facilities. 

Conducting investigations on Open Burning Complaints and issuing violations as well as advisements when necessary, collating and reorganizing air pollution files, participating in emission source complaints and inspections, aiding in the routine audit of regional air monitoring stations as well as analysis of data retrieved from ozone monitors.  

Determining latitude /longitude coordinates on High Quality waters using ArcGIS software and putting those coordinates into a file so that they can be uploaded into a web page. Information will eventually be accessible by the public and by state and federal agencies interested in permitting and other applications.

Visit and for more information.


Summer research experience for undergraduates at TN-SCORE, the Tennessee Solar Conversion and Storage Using Outreach, Research, and Education. This internship focuses on interdisciplinary energy science research at the interface of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, and engineering. You will work with faculty members at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and at Vanderbilt. $4,000 stipend and on-campus housing, with meals depending on the campus. March 1 deadline.


The VIEW (Vanderbilt Internship Experience in Washington) program provides 8-week, full-time internship opportunities to undergraduate students from all majors. In the past, we have partnered with organizations like the Democratic and Republic National Committees, Offices of Senators and Representatives, foreign embassies, The Rhoades Group, CNN, The Newseum, NPR, The Pew Center on Global Climate, The American Red Cross, and many more. VIEW interns live with 20-24 other Vanderbilt students in fully furnished apartments, receive an unlimited Metro pass for travel each week, participate in a weekly seminars with speakers from leaders in various fields across DC, and are paired with a Vanderbilt alumni-mentor living in DC.

Information Sessions:

Oct. 16th, 5-6pm in Sarratt 325/327

The application deadline is Nov. 14th, 2012. More information is available at or on AnchorLink at:   You may also contact with any questions or for additional information.

Washington Internship Institute

The Washington Internship Institute offers internships with an Environmental and Sustainability Policy Studies track. Information is available at .