Wednesday, August 3, 2022

PAID Fall On-Campus Internship in Sustainability

Careers in Sustainability are present throughout all industries, and the employment outlook for individuals with interest in issues of sustainability continues to grow.  UMD students of all majors are exposed throughout the campus to sustainability messaging.  Participation in campus and community efforts surrounding these values is encouraged, and indeed supported.  However, intentionally seeking a career that fits the values of sustainability is not actively pursued, especially by Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC).  Because of this, the University Career Center & The President’s Promise have created a grant-funded internship position to start to address this disparity. 

This internship will focus on increasing the awareness of careers in sustainability, with a focus on bringing this awareness to UMD BIPOC students.  Through the internship, we hope to increase career awareness with various levels of research and engagement, bringing together students, employers, and alumni. Job duties will include::

Apply by Friday, August 19th!

  • Plan and organize a Fall 2022 career panel with professionals in the Sustainability Industry, with a focus of those who are BIPOC-identifying. 
  • Find and share specific opportunities such as grants, scholarships, internships, jobs that might target diverse populations specifically.
  • Identify and connect with graduate school programs that focus on sustainability and sustainability careers to share with students interested in pursuing additional education.  
  • Conduct employer outreach to find opportunities for internships and jobs in sustainability. Seek out employers within the industry that are committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within their hiring process and company culture as well as BIPOC entrepreneurs. Connect employers to current programs like Intern For a Day to allow students the opportunity to explore the industry.  
  • Utilize Careers4Terps, our online career management database, to create a specific job board to share opportunities with students in the Sustainability Minor and university wide.
  • Create an online repository of resources that can include alumni profiles and career exploration of the industry and intentionally including to feature BIPOC professionals. 
- Must be a current University of Maryland undergraduate student
- Demonstrated interest in sustainability
- Demonstrated ability to problem solve and think critically, opportunity for autonomous work
- Ability to communicate effectively and professionally to multiple stakeholders: employers, alumni, potential panelists, faculty, staff, peers, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Student will be pursuing an AGNR major and/or the Sustainability Minor
- Experience using tools like LinkedIn to research organizations, programs, people, etc.