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.
Fill out the application here. We are looking for full and thoughtful answers to the questions found here.
Send an updated resume to email@example.com with the subject line “Intern Application.” No cover letter is necessary.
For Graduate Applicants:
Review the list of available jobs and descriptions here.
Send a resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Sustainability will follow up to schedule an interview to discuss our work and your interests and expertise.
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)
Winter Quarter Week 10: Application opens for returning Center for Sustainability employees
Spring Quarter Week 1: Application closes for returning Center for Sustainability employees
Spring Quarter Week 3: Interviews for returning Center for Sustainability employees
Spring Quarter Week 4: Application opens for new Center for Sustainability employees.*
Spring Quarter Week 7: First round of interviews for new Center for Sustainability applicants.
Spring Quarter Week 8: Team Lead positions at the Center for Sustainability are announced.
End of Spring Quarter through July 31: Rolling applications and interview process for new Center for Sustainability interns.
August 15: Intermediate Staff positions are announced.
Orientation Week: Required three-day training for Team Lead positions. Intermediate and Beginner Staff will have a two-day training on the weekend following Fall Week 1.
* We will be taking applications from rising second, third, and fourth year students on a rolling basis.
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: Work study positions open up for the upcoming school year, incoming first year students must apply through the work study website
Mid-August: Interviews with first year applicants via Zoom
Last Week of August: Hiring decisions sent out to first year applicants
Fall Quarter Week 1: First meeting with entire Center for Sustainability staff. First year Interns will join Intermediate Staff for a 2-day training the weekend following Week 1.
**Please note that at this time, the Center for Sustainability is only able to consider first year students who have a work study award.