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 sustainability projects that benefit the students, university and community. Sustainability projects will often be related to the following operational areas: transportation, recycling/waste management, behavioral change, and outreach and event planning.

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.


Internship Openings

The Green Student Intern Program is currently hiring for Fall 2019. Applications, complete with cover letters and resumes, must be submitted by March 25th at 11:59 p.m.

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.

Application Requirements 

To be considered for an internship, an applicant must:

  1. Select up to two preferences in internship specialization. Full list of available specializations included below.
  2. Complete the online application linked here.
  3. Submit a cover letter and resume either through the application or to

Applications due by March 25th at 11:59 p.m.

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:

Green Grove Gameday Coordinator

Job Description:  The Office of Sustainability is seeking a Green Grove Coordinator Intern to manage the Green Grove Program. The Green Grove Initiative is the Office of Sustainability’s highly visible, flagship gameday recycling program. The students leading this program will recruit and manage volunteers for gameday outreach and sorting recycling. They will also be responsible for coordinating high quality recycling education on campus and in the community.

Job qualifications: Intern must be available to work 10 hours a week. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, organized, and a skilled communicator. Interest in sustainability desired.

Sustainable Transportation Intern

Job Description: The Office of Sustainability and Department of Parking and Transportation are seeking a Sustainable Transportation Intern. This individual will work with both departments to coordinate outreach and education efforts related to sustainable transportation options on campus, such as the Bicycle Friendly University certification, biking options on campus, 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 and/or active transportation is desired.

Food Waste Reduction Intern

Job Description: The Office of Sustainability is seeking a waste reduction intern to lead our food waste reduction initiatives and assist with educational and outreach events. Intern’s duties will include managing the operations of the UM Compost Program, assisting with the planning and hosting of the office’s annual Food Day celebrations, which include an on-campus festival and farmers market, and promoting food sustainability activities on campus and in the community.  

Job qualifications: Intern must be able to work 10 hours/week. Must be willing and able to work in an outdoor setting 1-2 weekday afternoons. Student must be able to perform the physical task of lifting and carrying buckets (10-40 lbs.), shoveling mulch and pushing a wheelbarrow. Valid driver’s license is necessary. The ideal candidate is dependable, works well on a team and is open to new learning experiences. Interest in sustainability desired.

Outreach and Communications Intern

Job Description: The Office of Sustainability is seeking an Outreach and Communications Intern. This individual will work to coordinate outreach and promotional efforts for programs and events of the Office of Sustainability and the Environmental Studies minor. This will include formulating promotional plans, developing marketing materials, social media advertising, and assisting with events.

Job qualifications: Intern must be available to work 10 hours/week. Interest in sustainability desired.

Recycling and Waste Reduction Intern

Job Description:  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. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented and knowledgeable of recycling in Oxford. Interest in sustainability desired.


Note: For a competitive application, we strongly recommend interested student applicants visit the UM Career Center.  The UM Career Center provides professional document review (for resumes and cover letters), assistance with interview prep, and other services. The Career Center is located in 303 Martindale. 

To view a directory of current and past GSIP interns, click here.