Student Internships


CSS has developed an innovative internship program that combines its research activities with the development of future professionals. The Sustainable Systems Internship Program provides graduate and undergraduate students with opportunities to perform quality work and gain practical experience enabling them to assist their future employers in making more informed decisions in the following areas:

  • Sustainable development
  • Industrial ecology
  • Renewable energy & materials
  • Life cycle assessment, design and management
  • Pollution prevention

As a CSS intern, students have the opportunity to work directly with a corporate, governmental or non-profit sponsor institution. Past sponsors include 3M, American Automobile Manufacturers Association, Champion International Corporation, DaimlerChrysler Corporation, E.B. Eddy Paper Corporation, Federal Railroad Administration, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Guardian Industries, Mead Publishing Paper Division, MI Department of Environmental Quality, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Optical Imaging Systems, Rock-Tenn Corporation, Steelcase, Stone Container Corporation, U.S. EPA and the Xerox Corporation.

To view a list of past internships, click on Intern Roster.

2018-2019 Academic Year POSITIONS

We have ONE research assistant position at the Center for Sustainable Systems. Bookmark this page and check back periodically for any new postings for Academic Year 2018-2019 internships.


Sponsor: Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI)
Location: UM Central Campus

There is one position available for a current student or recent graduate in a field relevant to climate-energy nexus.

The Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) in partnership with the Ming Xu Group at University of Michigan SEAS is seeking a research fellow to further ongoing work on the AGCI Energy Project. AGCI is a non-profit dedicated to furthering the understanding of Earth systems and global environmental change research in service of society. The mission of the Energy Project is to identify technologies and policies that work to accelerate a transition to low carbon energy futures.

A central aspect to this project is furthering the AGCI Energy Table, an online, interactive educational resource and reference to the clean energy transition challenge. The AGCI Energy Table was launched in beta form as a public resource on AGCI’s website in 2015, and since then AGCI has been partnering with the Xu Lab at U Michigan to improve and promote this unique and valuable reference. The Energy Table provides highly comprehensive information about all major energy sources and storage technologies in use. All information provided in the Energy Table is readily cited, with hyperlinks to reference material. The Energy Table serves as a comprehensive resource for a diverse array of interested users – from researchers, to teachers, to students. It also acts as the backbone for data underlying AGCI’s Getting Near Zero Energy Tool, an interactive educational resource which allows users to create their own global energy portfolios. Due to rapid advances in energy technology and markets, it’s imperative the information provided in the AGCI Energy Table stay current and usable. To that end, AGCI and the Xu Lab are seeking a motivated research fellow to assist with the updating, refining, and expansion of the Table, based on most current published reports and peer-reviewed literature.

Job Duties:

  • Compiling current research and references on energy resource availability, scale of production, growth, costs, and capacity factors for coal, oil, gas, nuclear, solar, wind, hydro, ocean, geothermal, and biomass
  • Updating short descriptions about imminent breakthroughs, obstacles, enabling technologies, as well as political, social, and environmental considerations for each energy source
  • Update the Flash-based website Sustainability: Live It – Learn It that is built on these facts.
  • Updating as needed information on current and emerging energy storage technologies


  • Undergraduate training in field relevant to climate-energy nexus; working toward (or recently graduated from) Master’s or other graduate-level degree
  • Understanding and interest in global energy capacity, production, reserves, resources, and costs
  • Organized and self-starter (as the work will be managed remotely from Colorado)
  • Database and reference management skills

Internship Pay:  This fellowship opportunity provides a stipend of $4,000 for the deliverables listed above. Opportunities to travel and present the Energy Table at conferences may also be available.

INTERVIEWS: rolling until filled
TERM: October 2018 - April 2019


Please submit a CV and statement of interest to Ming Xu ( and Emily Jack-Scott ( by October 14, 2018.