SLS Employment Opportunities

Each semester, SLS has employment opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. 

The SLS Student Assistant program provides motivated undergraduate students with the opportunity to assist in program development and management as we work toward the goal of creating sustainable communities.  SLS Student Assistants work with SLS staff in all areas of our programming, and positions include work in communications and marketing, visual design, web design, service learning and community engagement, partner support, and office support.  

Graduate students work in a focused way with our Director and other SLS staff on research and writing, and the development of strategies and tools specific to our courses and programming.  These positions vary from semester to semester.  

Interested in exploring work opportunities with SLS?  Contact us via email.

Please see below for specific position postings, and check back frequently for more opportunities.

SLS Seeks Graduate Teaching Assistant for Spring 2022

The Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) seeks to hire a Spring 2022 Graduate Teaching Assistant, with the possibility of continuing in Summer 2022 through the SLS Summer Internship Program and potentially next year.


Serve as the GTA for the VIP: Building for Equity and Sustainability (primary responsibility)

Serve as the GTA for this student research class, which is co-taught by Jennifer Hirsch, SLS Director, and Juan Archila, Director of Facilities and Capital Planning, College of Sciences. The VIP is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and many students enroll for multiple semesters. This VIP focuses on advancing social equity as a key part of the sustainable built environment, on campus and in partner communities in Atlanta and Georgia. Research is student-directed.

The VIP currently includes three student teams working on the following projects:

  • COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY PROJECTS: Collaborate with local community organizations on sustainability projects related to the built environment that treat resilience, sustainability, and equity as the design objectives. Current project is focused on mobility and creating an equitable bike culture in Clarkston, GA.
  • KENDEDA BLDG & RATING SYSTEMS: In partnership with Kendeda building staff, explore and advance the Equity Petal of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design (where the class also meets). In consultation with advisers from the NAACP Centering Equity in the Living Building Sector initiative and The International Living Future Institute (ILFI – which manages the Living Building Challenge), learn about and compare sustainability rating systems and develop proposals for incorporating equity more deeply.
  • EQUITY IN CAPSTONE: Develop a system for incorporating and evaluating equity and sustainability in GT capstone/senior design.


GTA responsibilities include:

  • Working with course instructors to plan and facilitate weekly 1-hour class meetings
  • Attending out-of-class student sub-team meetings when necessary to offer input and feedback on project progress
  • Serving as an additional advisor on the Clarkston project sub-team
  • Holding office hours
  • Organizing, maintaining, and updating the class SharePoint Wiki site
  • Tracking weekly student individual and team-related assignment completion
  • Overseeing mid-term and finals grading and peer evaluations through the VIP Portal
  • Managing Canvas and sending out weekly announcements
  • Coordinating meetings and events with external advisors, guest speakers, etc.

Ideally, the GTA will register for the VIP. See registration information here.

Assist SLS with Clarkston Partnership (secondary responsibility)

Related to the Clarkston VIP project, assist SLS with developing and implementing a broader sustainable communities strategy for its work with a variety of Clarkston partners, as we try to establish synergy among multiple projects for increased impact. These other projects include the RCE Greater Atlanta Global Communities Internship Program - in which students from Georgia Tech, Emory, Georgia State, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, and Morehouse take a seminar together that is focused on Clarkston and then intern for three Clarkston-based partners: Clarkston Community Center, Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Adult ESL program, and Re’Generation Movement – and the GT Clarkston Youth Participatory Action Research Summer Institute, as well as potentially additional course-based partnerships with Clarkston partners.


  • Social science background
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Strong research and written communication skills
  • Experience working in sustainability and equity/justice (action and/or research), esp. related to built environment/infrastructure
  • Self-motivated
  • Detail-oriented
  • Interest and preferably experience in project management and in teaching


Hours and Compensation:

  • 15 hrs/wk throughout the semester
  • Monthly salary - standard Georgia Tech compensation rates for a GTA based on schools and degree candidacy (Masters or PhD)
  • Eligible GRAs/GTAs may request a tuition waiver from their home unit. TUITION WAIVERS ARE NOT GUARANTEED FOR THIS POSITION AND ARE DEPENDENT UPON AVAILABILITY. GRA/GTA will be responsible for inquiring about and coordinating a tuition waiver with their home unit, but SLS will provide any necessary information needed to assist in processing the waiver.



Please submit a brief email of interest, names and contact information of two references (one should be your adviser), and your CV or resume to Kristina Chatfield, SLS Program and Operations Manager, at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We are seeking a racially diverse applicant pool and we strongly urge URM students to apply!

About Serve-Learn-Sustain: Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) engages all six colleges and units across campus to develop opportunities for students to engage in curricular and experiential learning opportunities  focused on the theme, “creating sustainable communities.” More broadly, SLS works to make sustainable communities a key focus at Tech, bringing together research, teaching, and practice. Learn More at