SUST 4096 Internship Course

SUST 4096 Sustainability Internship & Leadership Projects

I didn’t think that I would be able to have the opportunity to take on an internship position, especially through the semester being a full-time student, but SUST4096 allowed me the opportunity to do so with flexibility and convenience throughout my other coursework.

-Student testimonial

The Sustainability Internship course, SUST 4096, is offered each Fall & Spring semester.

  • Work on a sustainability project at a non-profit, business, local government or on campus.
  • Students can apply for internships identified by the course instructors, arrange an internship on their own (with the approval of the instructors), or propose a leadership project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
  • Be part of a supportive cohort for developing professional and leadership skills & exploring strategies for leading social change in regards to sustainability.

Ecolab Sustainability Internship Scholarships:

Have financial need? After you register for the course, apply for an Ecolab Scholarship of up to $2,070 (~$16/hour) to support an unpaid internship offered through the course. Scholarships for fall 2023 open July 13 – August 14. You will be notified on whether you receive a scholarship no later than August 31.

Instructors from the Institute on the Environment, Lead instructor: Mary Oldham Hannemann

Fall semester: Tuesdays 2:30 – 3:45 PM 

Spring semester: Thursdays 4 – 5:15 PM

Credits: 2-4 (Hours associated with internship varies from 2 credits = 4 hours/wk, 3 credits = 7 hours/wk, 4 credits = 10 hours/wk). Class time and coursework will require another 30 hours of student time throughout the semester.

You do not need to be enrolled in the Sustainability Studies Minor or have taken other sustainability classes to enroll in this class. All students are welcome!

Students enrolled in the class can apply for one of several pre-identified positions (see examples from Fall 2021), or you can work with the instructors to identify a different opportunity. Spring 2022 options will be identified in the coming months.