Student Employment in Sustainability-Related Positions

ALLARM Interns in field

Center for Sustainability Education (CSE)

CSE employs 9-11 Dickinson students part-time during the academic year and 1 full-time student in the summer. We cannot pay first year students. Their overarching goals are to provide students the opportunity to create and/or improve sustainability programs and/or operations at Dickinson College in an effort to fulfill the objectives of our climate action plan and educate students on how to live more sustainably. Intern projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating the Eco-Rep Program (student, faculty, & staff peer sustainability educators)
  • Promoting sustainability though the use of social media, print, & tours
  • Inventorying greenhouse gas emissions for the campus
  • Working to promote waste minimization 
  • Managing The Handlebar, our campus bicycle co-op
  • Managin The Hive, our campus bee co-op
  • Coordinating Biking @ Dickinson Programs
  • Coordinating the campus-wide EcoChallenge
  • Coordinating communications, media and outreach for CSE
  • Analyzing sustainability data

Number of Paid Positions Available: Summer: 2 & Fall & Spring: 9-11
Hours: Fall/Spring- 10 hrs/week & Summer- 40 hrs/week (housing provided)
Dates to Apply: Apply by April 7, 2021 for Fall 2021 (or until all filled) and April 5, 2021 for Summer 2021 (or until filled)

Contact Information: Lindsey Lyons,  717.245.1117

Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM)

ALLARM employs 10-15 students part-time during the school year and a 2-4 full-time students in the summer. ALLARM students are directly engaged in diverse community outreach programs from training communities in Pennsylvania and New York how to monitor streams for potential impacts from fracking to implementing a stormwater education campaign in collaboration with the Borough of Carlisle.  Primary roles at ALLARM, include:

  • Community Engagement: Developing and implementing community resources for water monitoring and watershed protection.
  • Environmental Education: Creating and carrying out K-12 and afterschool environmental educational programs (with a focus on aquatic resources).
  • Stormwater Education: Design creative approaches to educate Carlisle residents about stormwater and engage them in pollution reduction activities from using rain barrels to adopting storm drains.
  • Public Relations and Outreach: Write press releases, design outreach materials, and use social media to market ALLARM’s work.
  • Stream Restoration: Manage a stream restoration site in collaboration with campus organizations and the College Farm.
  • Community Aquatic Resource Laboratory: Conduct analysis on stream samples from volunteers from New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to verify that ALLARM’s volunteer monitors are using their equipment correctly and collecting credible data.  Research and test new aquatic analysis techniques.

Number of Paid Positions Available: Fall & Spring: 10-15 & Summer: 2-4
Hours: Fall/Spring- 10 hrs/week & Summer- 40 hrs/week (housing provided)

Dates to Apply: TBD
Contact Information: Julie Vastine,,  717.245.1135

Application: ALLARM will hire again for 2021-22 in Spring 2021

Dickinson College Organic Farm

The College Farm hires students with curious minds who are interested in hands-on experiences with sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. Student Farmers can expect to engage in a variety of projects that will fluctuate with the seasons like greenhouse work, livestock management, biofuels production, planting, harvesting, food prep, retail and more.

Working directly with farm managers, many students take advantage of creating opportunities for academic internships and independent research projects at the College Farm.  

Number of Paid Positions Available: Fall & Spring: 12-15 & Summer: 6
Hours: Fall/Spring: 6-10 hrs/week & Summer: 40 hrs/week (housing provided)

Dates to Apply: Late Fall (for Spring), mid-Spring (for Summer) & late Spring (for Fall)

Contact Information: Jenn Halpin,,  717.245.1251
Application: Check Farm Blog for more information

Dining Services Sustainable Food

Dining Services hires one intern per semester to both promote and advance sustainable food education and procurement on campus. The intern assists with building an ever-growing inventory list of sustainable products and works to measure "food miles"  for all they procure annually. Interns can expect to fulfill the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Maintain and expand upon the Sustainable Food Inventory
  • Educating the student-body about the benefits of sustainable food
  • Research Dickinson's food supply chain
  • Evaluate sustainability factors of dining services sources and practices
  • Promote dining services's sustainability initiatives in meaningful ways for the student body

Number of Positions Available: Fall/Spring: 1 & Summer: None
Hours: Fall/Spring: 10 hrs/week
Dates to Apply: Ongoing
Contact Information: Errol Huffman,, 717.245.1318
Application: Request the position by e-mail and include a resume with an essay in lieu of cover letter. Essay should address how the applicant is the best choice to accomplish the roles and responsibilities described.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The GIS Lab Intern will provide general assistance for all activities associated with the operation of the lab in fulfillment of its broad mission to promote the effective use of GIS technology within the Dickinson Community. Specific duties may include (but not be limited to):

  • Providing technical support to faculty and staff
  • Assisting students with questions about GIS assignments and projects

  • Collecting, editing, and managing spatial data for the GIS data server

  • Maintaining GPS and field data collection equipment in proper working order

  • Preparing and conducting workshops, learning seminars, and tutorials

  • Supporting campus and community outreach activities related to GIS

  • Designing, developing, and maintaining a GIS website for the college

Number of Positions Available: Fall/Spring: 2  & Summer: None
Hours: Fall/Spring: 8 hrs/week
Dates to Apply: N/A
Contact Information: Jim Ciarrocca,,  717.245.1978
Application: Request in person