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 students, the university, and our larger community. Intern work areas are subject to change, but projects will often be related to the following operational realms: 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 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.
Green Student Interns are expected to work 10-20 hours per week. Interested applicants should also check with their academic departments to see if they qualify for academic credit. The Office of Sustainability has an existing academic credit agreement with the Environmental Studies Minor.
Spring Internship Openings
Spring 2023 Applications are open now until December 4th
We will be offering three different internship specializations for the Spring 2023 semester; Earth Month Coordinator, Green Thumb Coordinator, and Office Communications Coordinator. We will also be offering Auxiliary Staff positions; Compost Collective and Volunteer Appreciation Auxiliary Staff.
Interns are required to work 10-20 hours per week, Auxiliary Staff works 3-5 hours per week, and all position types start at $12 per hour.
The Office of Sustainability is committed to providing an inclusive working environment. We welcome a diverse pool of applicants from all disciplines, backgrounds, and abilities. Please view the Office of Sustainability’s full statement on diversity and inclusion here.
Earth Month Coordinator
For the Spring of 2023 semester, the Office of Sustainability is seeking an Earth Month Coordinator. This individual will play a key role in the planning, promotion, and facilitation of the university’s Earth Month activities. This year, the Office of Sustainability has expanded its efforts from previous Green Weeks into a month-long celebration of sustainability. This student will collaborate with key office partners throughout the Ole Miss and Oxford community to host events centered on sustainability education, outreach, and volunteerism. This role involves significant coordination, advanced-planning, and can involve very fast-paced work during the month of April.
Competitive applicants will be familiar with coordinating event logistics, comfortable delegating responsibilities to others and have above-average time management skills.
Job Qualifications: Intern must be available to work 10-20 hours per week
Green Thumb Coordinator
For the Spring 2023 semester, the Office of Sustainability will be hiring a Green Thumb Coordinator. The Green Thumb Coordinator will be the student lead for both the Compost Collective and Campus Garden programs. This individual will be generally responsible for ensuring that these programs are operational and running smoothly. Some tasks may include hosting volunteer workdays, collecting and assessing data, volunteer planning/coordinating, and program promotion/reporting.
For the Compost Collective, this individual is responsible for managing the compost collective pick-up schedule and logistics. They will facilitate communication between dining hall staff and our office, ensure a regular and consistent compost pickup schedule, and maintain the quality/quantity of composting supplies.
For the Campus Garden, this individual will be the student lead for managing garden logistics and outreach. They will coordinate with the GSIP team and volunteers to ensure the campus garden is well-kept and responsibly utilized. Projects may include prepping garden beds for new users, facilitating communication among garden partners, volunteer event planning, and program promotion/reporting.
Competitive Applicants will have basic gardening/composting knowledge, present strong leadership skills, and be comfortable driving on campus.
Job Qualification: Interns must be available to work 15-20 hours per week. They should be comfortable with physical labor and working outside.
Office Communications Coordinator
For the Spring of 2023 semester, the Office of Sustainability is seeking an Office Communications Coordinator. This individual will assist the Office of Sustainability in designing and implementing outreach and educational campaigns as it relates to all office programs. They will be responsible for managing our official website and social media accounts in addition to providing monthly content for our Red, Blue, and Green newsletters. They will be the student lead for general communications for all office programs; assisting in volunteer database management, creating volunteer recruitment strategies, and expanding the Office of Sustainability LOU community network. Competitive applicants are those with interest and/or experience in networking, event coordination, social media coordination, and content creation.
Competitive applicants will have experience using social media platforms, be familiar with social media marketing strategies, and work well independently.
Job Qualifications: Interns must be available to work 15-20 hours per week.
Auxiliary Staff Positions
Auxiliary Staff will work 3-5 hours per week to assist in office programs. Auxiliary staff have the opportunity to but are not required to participate in any other GSIP activities beyond their allotted time (i.e. team meetings, GSIP assessments, etc.)
Compost Collective Auxiliary Staff
The Compost Collective auxiliary staff will be hired to conduct 2-3 compost pickups per week for a total of 3-5 hours per week. This staff will work with the Compost Collective manager to ensure smooth and productive compost pickups from all 5 of our dining hall pick-up locations.
Competitive applicants will be comfortable with physical labor, working outside, and driving on campus.
Volunteer Specialist Auxiliary Staff
The Office of Sustainability will be hiring one volunteer specialist auxiliary staff. This individual will be hired to assist the Communications Coordinator in growing the Office of Sustainability network through volunteer management. This individual will assist in volunteer recruitment and appreciation. They will manage our office GivePulse page and work collaboratively to assist our office in enhancing our volunteer experience through recruitment strategy, volunteer appreciation initiatives, and improving general volunteer communications.
Competitive applicants will have experience with volunteer management and above-average time-management skills.
How to Apply
Interested students must fill out the Spring 2023 Green Student Intern Application and provide a resume and cover letter. The resume and cover letter can be attached to your application or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for Spring 2023 are open now until December 4th
For more specific inquiries, please email our Project Manager, Kathryn Kidd at email@example.com