SLS Summer Internship Program 2018 (PAID)

Internship Program Overview

The SLS Summer Internship Program is a paid opportunity for students looking to gain real-world experience related to sustainability and community engagement.  SLS seeks to provide our partners with support and resources so that they may support the people and places in which they work, while providing our students with practical experience in supporting solutions for sustainable communities.  SLS student interns will work with an SLS partner either on or off campus.  There are also opportunities to intern in the SLS office.  Already have an unpaid internship lined up, or a partner in mind?  Contact SLS and let us know and we will consider adding that internship to our summer program!

All student interns will also participate in professional development sessions alternated with seminar sessions led by SLS staff, which include speakers, engagement with cutting-edge scholarship, peer presentations, and more.  SLS student interns will earn standard summer internship course audit credit from Georgia Tech.  Once a student applies, their application will be reviewed to determine if they will move on to the interview process.  After the interview process is complete, if a student is moving forward in the program they will be matched with specific partners based on criteria that include major/discipline, partner requirements, and student interests.  Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis until April 1st, or until all internship positions are filled.  Note that while most positions are expected to go to undergraduate students, graduate students are also welcome to apply.  We anticipate selecting between 5 - 10 interns this summer.

Minimum Qualifications

Students must:

1.  Be enrolled full-time at Georgia Tech

2.  Be in good academic standing

3.  Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above

Time Commitment

The SLS internship is a standard 12-week summer program, beginning May 14, 2018 and ending August 3rd, 2018. Internships may be either part-time (15-20 hours per week) or full-time (30-40 hours per week), depending on the needs of the partner and interests of the student.  Within these hours, SLS student interns will participate in the professional development /seminar session program, which will involve meetings every other week. Beyond these hours, there will be required activities such as reading, journal writing, and active reflection.  All activities are required components for program completion.


SLS student interns will be paid $2500 for part-time internships or $5000 for full-time internships.  Students are expected to meet Georgia Tech employee standards, as well as the standards of the partner where they are placed.  Students are also expected to meet the SLS Internship Program completion requirements.  Failure to follow program expectations may result in dismissal or payment forfeiture.

Application Process

Please complete the online application.  Once your information is received and reviewed, we will let you know whether you will move forward to the interview process.  Once the interview process is complete, if you are moving on in the process, the final step will be to match you with the appropriate position.



Are you a partner interested in an SLS intern for the summer?  Please complete the partner information here.


We are continuing to add internship information - keep checking back for updated opportunities!


EarthShare of Georgia

Founded in 1992 as the Environmental Fund for Georgia, EarthShare of Georgia is a one-stop connector nonprofit that provides public and private sector organizations with solutions to engage employees in environmental educational learning, volunteer and workplace-giving opportunities that support more than 100 trusted local, state and national charities dedicated to conserving and protecting our air, land and water. For further information, visit:
As a service to the community, EarthShare of Georgia works to promote our member groups and corporate partners, most notably through the promotion of volunteer and Green Job opportunities via our website. The Georgia Institute of Technology Center Institute for Serve Learn Sustain (Georgia Tech) intern will be tasked with refreshing and modernizing the EarthShare of Georgia website. The EarthShare of Georgia webpage visitors are comprised of two (2) basic users: 1) The EarthShare of Georgia network (our member groups and corporate partners), and 2) The general public searching for information and opportunities to get involved within the environmental and sustainability space. Simplistic in nature, the existing site is a WordPress template with an outdated look and requires hands-on maintenance by the EarthShare of
Georgia staff (i.e., calendar of event and – until recently – job board postings). The website needs to be refreshed and updated to a 1) low maintenance page that presents information and opportunities in an easy to read, engaging user interface; and 2) promote our mission and annual events in a simplistic manner. We are not asking students to develop a new webpage from the ground up; but instead interview the staff (and key stakeholders, as needed), research available WordPress templates and plug-ins, and take the lead in redesigning our website in tandem with our 25th Anniversary celebration in 2018. Our website is hosted on WordPress so experience with WordPress is highly recommended, but not a requirement in as much as one will need to be computer savvy.

United Nations CIFAL Internships

The United Nations CIFAL Global Network is looking for exceptional students like you to participate in distinguished internship opportunities at training centers in some of the most exciting cities in the world.  The internship opportunities offered through the CIFAL network give students the chance to work with the United Nations to improve living conditions for people around the world, all while gaining valuable experience and skills that will enhance your future career goals.


NOTE:  If you are interested in this opportunity, you MUST apply to both the SLS internship program via the application above AND complete the CIFAL application.  Students accepted into this internship opportunity may be eligible for additional travel funding.

Echoing Green

Echoing Green identifies tomorrow’s transformational leaders today. Through its Fellowships and other innovative leadership initiatives, Echoing Green spots emerging leaders and invests deeply in their success to accelerate their impact. Our unparalleled community of talent consists of more than 700 innovators who have launched Teach For America, City Year, One Acre Fund, SKS Microfinance, Public Allies, and more. Around the world, Echoing Green Fellows work on issues such as:
 Economic Development
, Education

, Environmental Sustainability
, Health

Justice & Human Rights
, Hunger & Poverty Alleviation, and Racial & Gender Equity
.  Echoing Green offers summer internship opportunities to students through their Fellow organizations. 

NOTE:  If you are interested in this opportunity, you MUST apply to both the SLS internship program via the application above AND apply directly to the organization per the instructions listed in the specific internship opportunity.  Students accepted into this internship opportunity may be eligible for additional travel funding.

Georgia Tech Facilities Management

This opportunity involves sustainable practices in the development and management of landscaping spaces on campus.  Work with Landscape Services to consider drought tolerant plant life in terms of location, timing, adaptability to this climate, etc.  Identify pollinator-friendly plants in support of Bee-Campus USA.  Complete a cost/savings analysis related to using city water for irrigation vs. letting plants die, including factors like weather trends and replacements costs.  Research the effect of different plan life/trees on things like soil moisture and water that enters storm drains.  Research potential energy savings associated with the cooling effects of plant life, and identify potential models or algorithms relevant to estimating these savings for energy modeling and land planning.


Work directly in the Serve-Learn-Sustain office on projects related to course development, assessment, and our teaching toolkit.