Office of Sustainability

University of Mississippi
  • Green Student Intern Program

    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 students, university and community.  Sustainability projects will often be related to the following operational areas: Assessment, Transportation, 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

    Internship Openings

    The UM Office of Sustainability is currently hiring for Spring 2018. Applications for Spring 2018 internships are due October 31st

    Members of the Green Student Intern Program (GSIP) team will work directly with full-time staff in the Office of Sustainability to support the university’s sustainability goals. Interns will specialize in specific sustainability topics but will also contribute to programs and projects outside of their primary focus. Interns may work on tasks including but not limited to: project implementation, research and data collection, volunteer coordination, meeting facilitation, event planning, and site management of the UM Compost site and UM Garden site.

    Selected candidates will work in a highly collaborative and adaptive environment, with one-on-one feedback and constructive mentorship. Interns work 8-10 hours per week, and start at $9/hour.

    Applicants must:

  • Complete the application at this link.
  • Send resume and cover letter to
  • Indicate 1-2 preferred specialization(s) in a project area: Recycling and Waste Reduction, Sustainable Transportation, Student Engagement and Compost Program. Scroll down or click preferred specialization to learn more.

    Competitive applicants will:

    • Have an interest in sustainability and environmental issues
    • Possess experience and skills related to the preferred specializations indicated on application
    • Be willing to participate in programs and projects outside of their specialization (collaborate on the Green Grove Initiative, perform compost shifts each week, etc.)
    • Be open to new learning experiences

    Available specializations:

    Interested applicants should indicate at least one but as many as two of the following subject area specializations as a part of their application:

    • Recycling and Waste Reduction Intern
      • The Office of Sustainability is seeking a Recycling and Waste Reduction Intern. This individual will assist in data collection as well as education and outreach related to waste reduction and recycling with the overall goal of increasing knowledge among the university community of the importance of recycling, and how to recycle correctly in Oxford. Job qualifications: Intern must be available to work 10 hours/week. Interest in sustainability desired.
    • Sustainable Transportation Intern
      • The Office of Sustainability and Department of Parking & Transportation (DPT) are seeking a Sustainable Transportation Intern. This individual will work with both departments to coordinate outreach and education efforts as well as assist in data collection related to sustainable transportation options on campus, such as bikes, Zipcar, Zimride, OUT buses and walking. Job qualifications: Intern must be available to work 10 hours/week and attend Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) meetings. Interest in sustainability desired.
    • Compost Project Intern
      • The Office of Sustainability is seeking a compost intern to join the UM Compost Team. UM Compost Team members convert campus food waste into a nutrient-dense soil amendment, reducing the volume of food that is landfilled as a result of campus operations.Job qualifications: Must be able to work 8-10 hours/week. Must be willing and able to work in an outdoor setting 2-3 weekday afternoons. Student must be able to perform the physical tasks of lifting and carrying buckets (10-40 lbs.), shoveling mulch and pushing a wheelbarrow. Student must also have a valid driver’s license. The ideal candidate is dependable, works well on a team and is open to new learning experiences. Interest in sustainability desired.
    • Student Engagement Coordinator Intern
      • The Office of Sustainability is seeking a student engagement coordinator to help recruit volunteers for office events and get the word out about various initiatives and projects to students, faculty and staff on campus. Job qualifications: Intern must be available to work 10 hours a week. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented and a skilled communicator. Interest in sustainability desired.


    GSIP Directory