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 1-2 full-time students 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-operative
  • Managing The Hive, our campus bee co-operative
  • 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: TBD

  • Fall 2023 Online Application Form (To be posted)
  • Fall 2023 Position Descriptions (To be posted)

Contact Information: Lindsey Lyons, sustainability@dickinson.edu  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, vastine@dickinson.edu,  717.245.1135

Application: ALLARM will hire again for 2023-24 in Spring 2023


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, halpinj@dickinson.edu,  717.245.1251
Application: Check Farm Blog for more information