College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Spring 2015 Sustainability Measurement and Assessment Intern

Office of Sustainability at the University of Maryland  |  Posted: Nov 20 2014


Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation's legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation's capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.


Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Office of Sustainability seeks an intern to assist with tracking the University’s progress
toward becoming a sustainable campus. The intern will work closely with a Project Manager on data
collection and analysis to show trends in campus energy use, water use, greenhouse gas emissions,
popularity of alternative transportation, recycling rate and other categories. The intern(s) will become familiar with the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) that is managed by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). UMD achieved a Gold STARS Rating in 2014. The intern may also assist with developing an improved process to track economic factors of campus sustainability programs, such as dollars spent annually on energy and water conservation programs and annual savings that result from these programs. Data collection will entail interviews with staff in various departments around campus, as well as compilation of data from departments’ annual reports. The intern may also spend time researching sustainability data collection initiatives at other colleges and universities. The intern will also help the Office of Sustainability withgeneral outreach at campus events and perform other duties as assigned.

The Measurement and Assessment Intern will start in January or February 2015 and work 10 hours per week. There may be opportunities to continue the internship into the summer and next academic year.

Academic credit is available for internships. Students must speak with their academic
advisor to see if internship credit is available through their academic department for this internship. If credit is not available through the student’s home department, internship credit may be available
through other departments. Students must satisfy the specific internship requirements of the
supporting academic department to earn credit, which typically involve 120 hours of work and a
significant writing assignment, in addition to keeping an activities log and a receiving a satisfactory letter of evaluation from the on-site supervisor. Students are responsible for covering the tuition-related implications of accepting the internship. The Office of Sustainability cannot pay for course credits.


Qualifications:

Interns must be current University of Maryland students with at least sophomore
standing. A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is recommended. Interns are expected to have a strong
interest in sustainability, a professional work ethic, and a desire to make the campus more sustainable. In addition, interns must be comfortable with performing calculations and making graphs in Microsoft Excel. Students in all majors are encouraged to apply. Experience with survey analysis is a plus.


Application Instructions:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Sally DeLeon at sustainability@umd.edu. The cover
letter (1-2 pages) must address the following questions: Why do you want to be a sustainability intern? What are your qualifications for the Measurement and Assessment Intern position? What are your plans for after graduation?


Position Closing Date:

Friday, December 5, 2014


The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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