Student Internships

SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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.

2021 POSITIONS

We have FILLED the four research assistant positions at the Center for Sustainable Systems. Bookmark this page and check back periodically for any new postings for Summer 2021 internships.

INTERNSHIP POSTING NUMBER:  2021-01 [FILLED]

Sponsor: The Center for Sustainable Systems
Location: UM Central Campus or perhaps REMOTE

Description:
The Center for Sustainable Systems has a SUMMER INTERN position available for a graduate student in Sustainability Science or Engineering.

Job Duties:

  • Update our current suite of 29 Factsheets on the sustainability of various systems that meet human needs by conducting research to gather data on the current patterns of use, environmental impacts and sustainable alternatives.
  • Develop new Factsheet(s) on Ecosystem Services, Water:Energy Nexus, or Land Use.
  • Create and update “Did You Know?” highlights for website.
  • Update the Flash-based website Sustainability: Live It – Learn It that is built on these facts.
  • Create content for social media postings.

Qualifications:

Intern must have graduate standing in Sustainable Systems, Environmental Science, Civil, Chemical, Environmental or Mechanical Engineering, or Corporate Environmental Management with an interest in Sustainability. Completion of Industrial Ecology course (EAS557/CEE586) is highly desirable. Candidate must be well organized, with attention to detail. Candidate must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. Prior database, spreadsheet, and Adobe InDesign experience are desired.

Internship Pay:  Pay ranges from $16 - $18 per hour, depending on grade level and experience. Up to 40 hours per week.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 17, 2021
INTERVIEWS: rolling until filled
TERM: May 3 - August 28, 2021

 

INTERNSHIP POSTING NUMBER:  2020-02 [FILLED]

Sponsor: The Wege Foundation
Location: Steelcase, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI or perhaps REMOTE

Description:
The Sustainability Department of Steelcase, Inc. has a SUMMER INTERN position available. The intern will be working on the Energy, Climate & Renewables team and will focus on supporting priorities of this functional area. The goal of this internship experience is to provide the student with a practical perspective of the opportunities and challenges in driving sustainability efforts in the corporate world. Projects may include:

  • Managing annual CDP reporting process and publishing progress against Steelcase’s 50% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2030
  • Exploring energy conservation measures at global facilities with discrete opportunities and challenges
  • Supporting waste reduction and recycling research and implementation as needed to progress against 14% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2030.
  • Supporting business travel research and implementation as needed to progress against 14% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2030.
  • Engaging with supply chain to encourage partner organizations to set their own science-based targets by 2025, tracking progress against this target, and developing incentive frameworks to motivate progress
  • Interfacing cross functionally with many departments to support strategy implementation and data collection efforts
  • Performing data collection and in some cases, data entry for global facilities’ metrics which are eventually referenced in external reporting (e.g., published in Impact Report)
  • Calculating value chain emissions from varying methodologies including those using life cycle data and coefficients

Qualifications:

Candidate must have graduate standing in School for Environment and Sustainability or the Erb Institute for Sustainability in Business with a passion for corporate sustainability. Completion of Industrial Ecology course (EAS557/CEE586) is helpful. The candidate must be well organized and must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. Having experience with and a passion for complex data and calculation methodologies is essential. Having experience with the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Protocol is ideal. Problem solving skills are essential. Due to the nature of the work and the physical location flexibility, being a self-starter and independent is highly valued.

Internship Pay:  Stipend up to $4,000 per month, depending on grade level and experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 17, 2021
INTERVIEWS: rolling until filled
TERM: May 3 - August 28, 2021

 

Research Associate POSTING NUMBER:  2021-03 [FILLED]

Sponsor: The Center for Sustainable Systems
Location: UM Central Campus or perhaps REMOTE

Description:
The Center for Sustainable Systems has a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE I position available immediately for a graduate student in Sustainability Science or Engineering.

"Microreactors for Emerging Transportation Markets: A Technoeconomic Analysis of Distributed Microreactors versus Wholesale Electricity Purchases for Fueling Heavy Duty Vehicles"

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Craig, Assistant Professor of Energy Systems, SEAS

Job Duties:

This research will answer the following question: What are the technoeconomic trade-offs of using on-site nuclear microreactors, on-site solar, on-site storage, and/or wholesale electricity purchases for charging electric heavy duty vehicles (HDVs) and/or refueling hydrogen HDVs? This research will conduct a technoeconomic comparison of distributed versus centralized energy sources for charging electric and/or refueling hydrogen HDVs, with a focus on distributed nuclear microreactors. We will run a cost-minimizing optimization model that meets HDV energy demand at least cost by selecting among distributed and centralized options. By varying the availability and cost of these options, we will test the sensitivity of our results to future technological developments and centralized grid decarbonization pathways.

The applicant will collaborate on the following work:
- Modify a prior optimization model from PI Craig
- Review the literature for data on electrolysis processes and costs & T&D upgrades
- Analyze transmission, wind and solar data
- Generate results and write a peer-reviewed publication

The applicant will join a multi-institution team and work in collaboration with another MS student at UM.

Qualifications:

A successful applicant will have experience in optimization, Python, and in building and interrogating models. They will also have a background in energy systems.

Research Associate I Wage:  Pay is $25 per hour. At least 10 hours per week and up to 29.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 17, 2021
INTERVIEWS: rolling until filled
TERM: January 18 - April 28, 2021

 

Research Associate POSTING NUMBER:  2021-04 [FILLED]

Sponsor: The Center for Sustainable Systems
Location: UM Central Campus or perhaps REMOTE

Description:
The Center for Sustainable Systems has a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE I position available immediately for a graduate student in Sustainability Science or Engineering.

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Craig, Assistant Professor of Energy Systems, SEAS

Job Duties:

Diverse efforts are underway across Michigan and elsewhere to mitigate climate change. The largest utility in Michigan, DTE, recently released a plan to become carbon neutral by 2050 and reach aggressive renewable energy generation targets in the interim. Efforts by DTE and other utilities often focus on two sectors: electric power and transportation. These efforts are intertwined. To reduce transportation emissions, electric vehicles are often deployed. Since these vehicles charge with electricity from the grid, their contribution to emission reductions depends on the emissions of grid electricity. How quickly the grid decarbonizes will therefore drive the decarbonization benefits of electric vehicles. Electrification is also a common strategy in industry and residential sectors. This research will use data provided by DTE to estimate the utility’s future marginal emissions, then quantify the emissions savings of different mitigation efforts, including transportation and HVAC electrification.

Qualifications:

A successful applicant will have experience in Python and in building and interrogating models. They will also have a background in energy systems and energy system analysis. Familiarity with optimization is preferred.

Research Associate I Wage:  Pay is $25 per hour. At least 10 hours per week and up to 29.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 17, 2021
INTERVIEWS: rolling until filled
TERM: January 18 - April 28, 2021

 

TO APPLY

Visit: http://css.umich.edu/webform/intern-application-form and complete the on-line webform including attachment of resume and transcripts. If you wish to include an optional cover letter, please combine it with your resume document. 

Please use the following file naming convention:  Lastname_Firstname_RESUME or Lastname_Firstname_TRANSCRIPT. Failure to follow this naming convention will render your application ineligible.