How to Apply
Because of the competitive nature of the sustainability internship, the application process is rigorous and seeks to identify students who are passionate, willing to learn, and who speak well about what they hope to learn and gain through their internship experience.
For Undergraduate Applicants:
Review the list of job descriptions here (2021-2022 job descriptions to be posted soon).
Fill out the application here (a link to the 2021-2022 application will go live on July 1 - see timeline below). We are looking for full and thoughtful answers to the questions found here.
Send an updated resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Intern Application.” No cover letter is necessary.
For Graduate Applicants:
Review the list of available jobs and descriptions here (2021-2022 job descriptions to be posted soon)
The Center for Sustainability will follow up to schedule an interview to discuss our work and your interests and expertise.
Graduate students at the Center for Sustainability may receive hourly compensation at $20/hr if they have a work study award; students may instead receive academic credit (4 credits) for their work or a stipend of $2000 per quarter.
Undergraduate students may be compensated hourly only if they have a work study award, at either $15.87/hour for support staff or $16.15/hour for leads/managers. Undergraduate students without a work study award may be compensated with a quarterly stipend of $1200 or $1400 respectively for support staff or managers/leads OR with academic credit (4 credits) in one of several departments.
Students with a work study award may choose to take the for-credit option if they so choose. If they choose to take the hourly compensation, they MUST use their work study award at the Center for Sustainability, and not with another on-campus job.
Our office will prioritize applicants with work study awards or who take the for-credit option.
What We Look for in an Intern Candidate
Passion! Our interns can learn the specifics about sustainability once they arrive — the Center seeks students with a real passion for creating a better future.
Drive! The intern team thrives with students who are self-starters that seek out topics and issues to explore, problems to solve and solutions to create.
Commitment! The sustainability internship is a rigorous and often challenging opportunity for our interns. Those who are willing to meet that challenge are ideal.
Courage! Doing the work of changing your community can be challenging, but those who do not shy away from this task will make a great impact.
Inclusive! The Center for Sustainability is welcoming and open to people from all identities, as a difference of perspective allows for the greatest growth and learning.
Application Timeline for Undergraduate Students
(ALL rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors)
July 1: Application opens for ALL students, both those returning to work at the Center for Sustainability, and those applying to work with us for the first time.
Please note: this is different than in previous years, which separated these two populations.
July 18: Application closes for all applicants.
We will NOT take any late applications this year.
July 19-23: Application review and interviews scheduled for qualified candidates.
July 26 - August 4: 30-minute virtual interviews will take place for all qualified candidates.
All interviews will take place over Zoom, unless other accommodations are needed.
August 6: Hiring decisions will be sent out to all students we have decided to offer positions to.
Students who are not offered positions will not hear from us at this time, but may be placed on a wait-list.
August 13: All students must accept their position with the Center for Sustainability by this date.
Students on our wait-list may be contacted if not all positions are confirmed by this date.
Orientation Week: Required intensive staff training for any students not studying abroad for fall quarter.
The specific schedule for this training is TBD.
Application Timeline for Incoming First Year Students**
(Incoming freshmen and transfer students)
Mid-Summer: DU sends financial aid package, including work study awards
August 1: Applications are open to first-year students to apply to work at the Center for Sustainability
August 15: Application for first year students closes.
Rolling August 1-17: Virtual 30-minute interviews with qualified candidates.
We will schedule interviews as we receive applications from students who meet our qualifications.
August 22: Decisions sent to students we have decided to offer positions to.
Students not offered positions will not be contacted at this time, but may be placed on a wait-list.
August 26: Students must accept their position with the Center for Sustainability
Students on the wait-list may be contacted if not all of the positions have been confirmed by this date.
Orientation Week: Incoming first year students will be matched with a mentor at the Center for Sustainability
Mentors will be students who have been working at the Center for a year or more.
Fall Quarter Week 1: First year students will meet the rest of the staff and go through onboarding processes.
Students will meet with their Center mentors this week and continuing through the fall quarter.
**Please note that at this time, the Center for Sustainability is only able to consider first year students who have a work study award.