Internships

The Office of Sustainability works with stakeholders across the Johns Hopkins University to adapt operations, establish programmatic initiatives, and infuse stewardship for the environment into campus culture. As part of a new internship program, interns will work on a multitude of projects, ranging from planning events and developing educational resources and marketing materials, initiating or helping to host university programs and campaigns, to conducting research and working with campus partners to develop programs, integrate sustainability into operations, and assist our efforts to affect systems-level change across the university.  All positions are paid and open to current JHU students only. All internships span 15 weeks each semester, at roughly 50-75 hours per term. Students must be able to work independently, including off-site. All interns will meet weekly as a group with office staff, weekly with their project supervisor, and participate in other conversations as needed, able and appropriate. 

To apply, complete the online application.  Please refer questions to sustainability@jhu.edu

Intern Program Constitution

Summer 2017

Construction & Demolition Waste Analyst

Fall 2017

Air Travel Analyst

Communications and Marketing Intern

Construction and Demolition Waste Analyst

Energy Conservation Analyst

Events Intern

Green Lead Program Coordinator

Smart Labs Intern

Academic Year 2017-2018

Green Lead Program Coordinator

 

Air Travel Analyst

The Air Travel Analyst will assist in data collection and analysis of all air travel data for University related activities such as study abroad, global research, and symposiums and conferences participation and presentations. The intern will also assist in quantifying carbon emissions, and create reports of emissions for external and internal uses. The project will require the intern to, among other things, review best practices amongst peers, and work with various departments of the university to collect and create a database of air travel data. This database should be completed in a way to be easily updatable in the future.   

As part of the process, the intern will learn about the ways in which universities operate, in addition to gaining knowledge about project management and an understanding of greenhouse gas emissions are collected and calculated. This intern will report to the office's Strategic Initiatives Coordinator.

Students from all academic majors with a strong interest in sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions, and/or energy conservation are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have a professional work ethic, strong writing, research and analytic skills, and a desire to make the campus more sustainable. Experience with data analysis is a plus.

Communications and Marketing Intern

The Communications & Marketing Intern will develop resources and educational materials, primarily for university Green and Zero-Waste Events. The project will require the intern to, among other things, review existing materials, solicit input from campus event planners, develop vision for suite of necessary materials, design materials (the Green Events Planning Guide, Zero-Waste Events 1-page cheat sheet for Homewood campus, banners and signage, table-toppers, electronic materials, and more), gather feedback, and re-design as necessary. The intern will also help promote the resources among the campus community.

As part of the process, the intern will learn about communications and marketing strategy, in addition to gaining knowledge about project management and design and publication experience. This intern will report to the office's Outreach and Communications Coordinator.

Students from all academic majors with a strong interest in sustainability, education, events, and behavior change are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have a professional work ethic, strong organizational, communication, and design skills, and a desire to make the campus more sustainable. Experience with design and publication of electronic or print media, and familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite are a plus.

Construction and Demolition Waste Analyst

JHFRE's Design & Construction group is responsible for all planning, design and construction activity on the Homewood, Peabody, School of Nursing, Carey Business, SAIS and School of Education campuses. At a university that is constantly updating its building and expanding square footage, construction related waste is a high volume, hard to divert waste stream. With tight project budgets and timelines, and waste types often warranting different types of solution, capturing, weighing and recycling, donating or reselling this waste is hard to streamline. In order to develop a fluid, more sustainable system that helps reduce waste and recirculate resources within Baltimore, it’s essential to understand the current landscape of partners across the spectrum of demolition to diversion. Long term goals for this effort that the intern will support include: identifying metrics and methodology for capturing waste stream data; diverting as much construction waste and debris as possible through implementation of donation, salvage and recycling initiatives; and identifying opportunities for reuse and develop a protocol for project managers.

As part of the process, the intern will learn about strategic planning and project management, how to build effective partnerships, understand systems thinking and change in a university setting, and how to navigate barriers, benefits and perceptions when implementing programmatic efforts. This intern will report to the Sustainability Program Manager, the Homewood Recycling Manager, and the Director of Design and Construction.

Students from all academic majors with a strong interest in sustainability, and waste reduction and reuse are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have a professional work ethic, strong writing, research and analytic skills, and a desire to make the campus more sustainable. 

Energy Conservation Analyst

The Energy Conservation Analyst will analyze previously completed energy conservation measures at Johns Hopkins University. The intern will document, collect energy use data, and analyze recently completed projects for success and best practice sharing. Various projects will be highlighted in case studies, to be designed by the intern for publication on social media and the Office of Sustainability’s Website, and sharing with university stakeholders. The project will require the intern to, among other things, review utility data, and work with various departments of the university to collect and understand recent projects.

As part of the process, the intern will learn about the ways in which universities operate, in addition to gaining knowledge about project management and an understanding of energy conservation, quality assurance and quality control. This intern will report to the office's Strategic Initiatives Coordinator.

Students from all academic majors with a strong interest in sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions, and/or energy conservation are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have a professional work ethic, strong writing, research and analytic skills, and a desire to make the campus more sustainable. Experience with data analysis is a plus.

Events Intern

The Events Intern will plan and execute fall semester events, including but not limited to Campus Sustainability Month, America Recycles Day, and CultureScape. The project will require the intern to, among other things, review events from previous years, develop creative new event ideas, help with event logistics (space reservations, equipment rentals, personnel support, supply collection/purchase recommendations), coordinate planning meetings, invite the appropriate groups and individuals, and develop marketing materials to promote events, including social media.

As part of the process, the intern will learn communications and marketing strategy, event planning skills, detail-oriented processes, and gain design and publication experience. This intern will report to the office's Outreach and Communications Coordinator, but will work closely with other campus offices, including Office of Multicultural Affairs, Homewood Recycling, Athletics, and Scheduling & Events Services. 

Students from all academic majors with a strong interest in sustainability, social justice, and behavior change are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have a professional work ethic, strong organizational and communication skills, and a desire to make the campus more sustainable. Experience with event planning at any level and/or design of electronic and print media a plus.

Green Lead Program Coordinator

The Green Lead program is a voluntary, one semester leadership program for first year students on the Homewood Campus. It introduces students to campus sustainability programs and initiatives, exposes them to critical concepts in behavior change and strategic project management, fosters a network of like-minded peers who can leverage each other’s potential to engage others, and equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to be effective change agents and leaders on campus, in their community and in their careers.  Through seminars, guest speakers, field trips and volunteering exercises, students will have a dynamic, fun and informative experience to learn how to make a mark on a more sustainable JHU. The Green Lead Mentor and Coordinator will assist with organizing leadership development and team building opportunities and activities for freshmen, as well as provide mentorship to freshmen students on a variety of sustainability related topics. This includes reserving space for sessions, contacting and coordinating guest speakers and field trips, and supporting other logistics required to host the program. The coordinator will help promote the program and recruit participants, facilitate interviews with applicants, and provide support and student perspective to planning and implementation of program components. 

As part of the process, coordinators will gain valuable leadership and program management experience, learn how to mentor and support peers relating to sustainability efforts on campus, and will have the opportunity to meet and work with environmental advocates on campus and in the Baltimore region. This intern will report to the Sustainability Program Manager.

Students from all academic majors with a strong interest in sustainability, peer-to-peer-engagement, project management and behavior change are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have a professional work ethic, strong organizational and communication skills, and a desire to make the campus more sustainable. Participation in Green Lead as a first year student and experience planning meetings and events are a plus. 

Number of positions: 2

Smart Labs Intern

Lab space is the most energy/waste intense space on campus. The Smart Labs intern will assist in projects looking to reduce the waste in this space through programs such as: equipment analysis and rebates, equipment and lab space inventorying, assisting in implementation or creating behavior change tactics such as green lab certification. The project will require the intern to, among other things, review best practices amongst peers and the commercial environment, attend meetings and provide trainings for lab users and lab managers, complete energy analysis of various equipment options, provide cost savings estimates, and complete rebate paperwork.  

As part of the process, the intern will learn about the ways in which labs operate, engage with researchers and facilities managers, in addition to gaining knowledge about project management and an understanding of how to approach operational change at the institutional level strategically. This intern will report to the office's Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, but will work closely with other campus offices, including Health and Safety, the Recycling Office, and individual lab spaces. Meet at least weekly with supervisor in Office of Sustainability and otherwise work off-site.

Students from all academic majors with a strong interest in sustainability, energy conservation, waste minimization, and behavior change are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have a professional work ethic, strong organizational and communications writing skills, and a desire to make the campus more sustainable. Experience working in research laboratories is a plus.

Number of positions: 1-3

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