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.

2018 SUMMER POSITIONS

We have FILLED all of our internship positions at the Center for Sustainable Systems. Bookmark this page and check back periodically for any new postings for summer 2018 internships.

INTERNSHIP POSTING NUMBER:  2018-01 [FILLED]

Sponsor: The Center for Sustainable Systems
Location: UM Central Campus

Description:
The Center for Sustainable Systems has a 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.
• Update the Flash-based website Sustainability: Live It – Learn It that is built on these facts.
•Create and update “Did You Know?” highlights for website.
•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, Adobe InDesign and Flash programming experience are desired.

Internship Pay:  Pay ranges from $14 - $18 per hour, depending on grade level and experience. Up to 40 hours per week.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: CLOSED
INTERVIEWS: FILLED
TERM: May 1 - August 31, 2018

 

INTERNSHIP POSTING NUMBER:  2018-02 [FILLED]

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

Description:
The Global Compliance and Sustainability Department of Steelcase, Inc. has a position available for student in Sustainability Science or Engineering. The student will be involved in a variety of environmental management and sustainability initiatives ranging from supporting corporate regulatory compliance programs to participating in corporate sustainability initiatives. The goal of the broad-based intern 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:

• Support regulatory compliance and permitting work for manufacturing operations
• Work on ISO 14001 environmental management
• Energy conservation initiatives
• Waste reduction and recycling research and implementation
• Interface with product development and support product design for the environment initiatives
• Management of metrics and data collection system for the Corporate Sustainability Report
• Implementation & reporting of Steelcase’s commitment to reduce their global footprint at least 25% by 2020

Qualifications:
Intern must have graduate standing in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, or Corporate Environmental Management with an interest in Sustainability including Corporate Environmental Performance.  Completion of Industrial Ecology course (EAS557/CEE586) is highly desirable.  Must be well organized.  Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Prior database experience desired.

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE: CLOSED
INTERVIEWS: TBD by Steelcase
NOTIFICATION: April 21, 2018
TERM: May 1 - August 31, 2018

 

INTERNSHIP POSTING NUMBER:  2018-03 & 2018-04 [FILLED]

Sponsor: The Center for Sustainable Systems
Location: UM Central Campus

Description:
The Center for Sustainable Systems has two positions available for a graduate student in Sustainability Science or Engineering.

Job Duties:
The primary focus of this position will be to help develop a Michigan Sustainability Case that will discuss the Model T Ford as a disruptive innovation. The case will evaluate various scenarios analyzing how different choices in 1908 could have led to a fundamentally different transportation system. The case will include analysis of historical data and quantitative scenario modeling, as well as a qualitative analysis of various socio-environmental aspects of personal vehicles and the transportation system. In addition to analysis, the position will assist in writing portions of the case and collecting appropriate multi-media materials. In addition to helping to produce the case, the selected individual(s) will have the opportunity to contribute to additional research projects, such as a study comparing the environmental impacts of Blue Apron meals and conventional meals and/or a study evaluating air travel via the IPAT equation.

Qualifications:
Must have graduate standing in Sustainable Systems, Environmental Science, Civil, Chemical, Environmental or Mechanical Engineering, or other analytical field with a demonstrated interest in sustainability. Completion of Industrial Ecology course (EAS557/CEE586) is highly desirable. Candidate must possess excellent analytical and writing skills.

Internship Pay:  Pay $18 per hour. Up to 40 hours per week.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: CLOSED
NOTIFICATION: FILLED
TERM: May 1 - August 31, 2018

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.