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Center for Sustainability Education

Internship Program

Learning to Engage the World

The Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) Internship Program employs students to work on projects to advance sustainability at Dickinson. CSE hires up to twelve paid interns each semester (10 hours/week) and up to two in the summer (40 hours/week).  All of our paid internships provide students with a transcript notation of their experience. We also support independent research and project volunteers.

We advertise for certain positions, but customize every role, every semester. We are open to exploring your ideas and interests and encourage applications without commitment to the positions described here. We want to work with you and hope to incorporate your innovative ideas into our programs today!

We encourage students from all majors to apply for all positions. We are committed to building a diverse internship team; CSE does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression or sexual orientation. We cannot pay first year students for these positions.

Positions may vary, but we typically recruit for the following (among others):

  • Biking@Dickinson: Management of The Handlebar (our campus bicycle co-operative), coordination of biking listserve, Bike to Farm Potluck, Green Bike Program and bike storage.
  • Communications and Outreach: Expanding campus-wide knowledge of sustainability initiatives through social media, events, newsletters, awareness campaigns, tours and outreach.
  • Eco-Reps Coordinator: Lead student, faculty and staff volunteer peer educators working to incorporate sustainability into communities at Dickinson.
  • Media Intern: Coordinating campus-wide educational programming surrounding Dickinson sustainability projects and campaigns.
  • Sustainability Data Analyst: Collects and analyzes data related to our climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions and behavior-change initiatives and campaigns.
  • The Hive: Coordination of Dickinson's bee cooperative including volunteer management, beekeeping, grounds keeping and events.
  • Waste Minimization: Working to reduce waste across the Dickinson College campus via programs like Dickinson Free xChange.

While each student maintains and enhances the tasks for their position, our internship program is committed to a collaborative setting in which multiple interns work together to initiate and complete college-wide objectives. Things to know about CSE internships.

  • Hours: Will not exceed 10/week during the academic year and 40/week for summer internships.
  • Location: Interns will be working both on campus and remotely as determined by their residence life status with the college. CSE will accommodate working in both environments
  • Compensation: Based on commensurate job experience on campus and special skills. Paid bi-weekly. Students who do an internship for academic credit will not receive pay. Work-study & non work-study students accepted.
  • Qualifications: Preference will be given to students with experience as volunteers or paid interns of Dickinson programs that advance sustainability, civic engagement, equity, inclusion, social justice, or community service. Strong candidates should be passionate about the concept and execution of sustainability on campus and possess the ability to work well individually and as part of a team. Some experience may be necessary for certain positions, but all majors and class years are welcome and encouraged to apply. Dickinson students only, first year students cannot be paid.
  • Benefits: Includes research workspace in the Center for Sustainability Education, Kaufman 197, many opportunities for professional development and 24/7 access to CSE resource library.

Internship Applications

All applicants must submit an online application using the appropriate form below.

The online application forms includes personal information, one reference name, ranking of desired positions and answers to the following questions:

  1. What qualifications, skills, and knowledge do you possess that are relevant to the positions for which you are applying?
  2. How would the positions you are applying to connect to your curricular (coursework) and co-curricular activities?
  3. What do you think Dickinson could do to be more sustainable? 

Summer 2024 Application: Apply by March 22, 2024
Fall 2024 Application: Apply by April 8, 2024

Online CSE Internship Application Form (Summer 2024)
CSE Intern Position Descriptions (Summer 2024)

Online CSE Internship Application Form (Fall 2024)
CSE Intern Position Descriptions (Fall 2024)