Internships

Get real-world work experience on a sustainability project by interning with the Sustainability team.

Our team offers multiple internship opportunities per semester, giving students direct experience working to implement sustainability on campus. Interns are responsible for developing a sustainability themed project(s) over the course of a semester or summer term.

Roles are unpaid and must be completed as part of direct learning through a University of Melbourne internship subject. Internship durations are flexible based on internship subject requirements. Application deadlines and details on how to apply are listed below.

Available positions

Applications for Summer Semester 2022 internships have closed. Please check back in late February to see positions available for Semester 2 2022.

  • Spatial Data Intern - Closed

    Do you have a strong interest in spatial data management? The Sustainability Team in partnership with the Space Management Team are looking for a data savvy intern to help set up a new asset management system for the University’s landscape assets.

    From boring bollards to terrifically interesting trees you will help prepare and analyse data for import into the new data management system, which will help the University better understand its landscape related assets and identify opportunities to improve their management leading to more sustainable business outcomes.

    You will have the opportunity to collect some data in the field, configure data collection forms and teach end users how to use the system. You will also help to ensure that data flow is integrated between relevant university systems to maintain a single source of truth.

    Desired skills:

    • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to produce high quality written reports.
    • Excellent problem-solving and data analysis skills.
    • Strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and manage time effectively.
    • The ability to operate independently and perform tasks with sound judgement.
    • Developed stakeholder engagement and management skills.
    • High level of computer literacy.
    • A demonstrated interest in sustainability.
    • Understanding of what the University is currently doing to become more sustainable.
    • GIS skills and experience using Python, ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, QGIS or AutoCAD Map 3D is highly desirable.

    This internship will run for 300–350 hours and will begin in January 2022 (with flexibility to begin earlier or finish later depending on the selected student's available dates). It is preferred that the majority of internship hours be completed on campus, while there is flexibility to work some hours from home. The position is unpaid and applicants must be enrolled in a University of Melbourne internship subject for the Summer Semester 2022 to be eligible. To apply complete the application form by 11:59pm Sunday 5 December.

  • Sustainability Intern (Baseline Report) - Closed

    We are looking for a student to help us collate and analyse information about our current operations on each campus to inform our next Sustainability Plan targets and priorities.

    The Sustainability Intern role will provide one student an opportunity to work within the Sustainability Team and engage with key stakeholders at several University campuses to collate data and information about the University’s current operations, particularly in the areas of transport, waste, and water.

    This intern will be supervised by a Sustainability Officer within the team and will gain a wide range of professional skills including subject matter knowledge, project management, time management, writing skills and communication skills.

    Skills desired:
    • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to produce high quality written reports.
    • Excellent problem-solving and data analysis skills.
    • Strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and manage time effectively.
    • The ability to operate independently and perform tasks with sound judgement.
    • High level of computer literacy.
    • A demonstrated interest in operational sustainability.
    • Developed stakeholder engagement and management skills.
    • Understanding of what the University is currently doing to become more sustainable.

    This internship will run between January and February 2022 (with flexibility to begin earlier or finish later depending on the selected student's available dates). It is preferred that the majority of internship hours be completed on campus, while there is flexibility to work some hours from home. The position is unpaid and applicants must be enrolled in a University of Melbourne internship subject for the Summer Semester 2022 to be eligible. To apply complete the application form by 11:59pm Sunday 28 November.

  • Transport Intern - Closed

    We are looking for a student to help us develop a cycling pathway network on the Parkville campus to improve access to current and planned cycling facilities and reduce high traffic cycling/pedestrian areas.

    The Transport Intern role will provide one student an opportunity to work within the Sustainability Team and improve active transport on campus by reviewing existing cycling pathways, mapping new ones, improving signage and engaging with cyclists.

    This intern will be supervised by a Sustainability Officer within the team and will gain a wide range of professional skills including subject matter knowledge, GIS mapping, project management, time management, writing skills and communication skills.

    Skills desired:
    • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to produce high quality written reports.
    • Excellent problem-solving and data analysis skills.
    • Strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and manage time effectively.
    • The ability to operate independently and perform tasks with sound judgement.
    • Developed stakeholder engagement & management skills.
    • High level of computer literacy.
    • A demonstrated interest in sustainable transport.
    • Understanding of what the University is currently doing to become more sustainable.
    • GIS skills and experience using ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, QGIS or AutoCAD Map 3D is highly desirable.

    This internship will run between January and February 2022 (with flexibility to begin earlier or finish later depending on the selected student's available dates). It is preferred that the majority of internship hours be completed on campus, while there is flexibility to work some hours from home. The position is unpaid and applicants must be enrolled in a University of Melbourne internship subject for the Summer Semester 2022 to be eligible. To apply complete the application form by 11:59pm Sunday 28 November.

  • Digital Marketing Intern - closed

    The Digital Marketing Internship will provide one student with the opportunity to gain experience across the areas of online engagement, copywriting, design and video content creation for social media, EDMs and web, and implementation of digital marketing campaigns including reviewing real-time analytics on a project that works towards the targets of the University’s Sustainability Plan.

    While varied, your work will concentrate on increasing staff and student engagement centred around the University’s sustainability behaviour change and engagement program, Green Impact. Green Impact is a fun and flexible program for staff and students to undertake practical actions to make our university more sustainable. You will be working within a small team and be expected to attend in person and online meetings, as well as to contact other internal stakeholders to source information.

    Skills desired:
    • Excellent copywriting skills for different audiences and ability to create compelling and original content.
    • Photography, graphic design or video editing skills, using either Adobe Creative Cloud or in-app social media editing tools.
    • High level of written and verbal communication skills, including excellent English language syntax and grammar.
    • Experience of knowledge of Instagram and Facebook for business and website analytics and content management systems.
    • Ability to manage own time well and operate independently to a brief.
    • An interest in sustainable behaviour change and the University’s Green Impact program.

    This internship will run between January and February 2022 (with flexibility to begin earlier or finish later depending on the selected student's available dates) and can be completed remotely or on campus. The position is unpaid and applicants must be enrolled in a University of Melbourne internship subject for the Summer Semester 2022 to be eligible. To apply complete the application form by 11:59pm Sunday 28 November.

    You will be asked to provide a portfolio of previous copywriting, photography, video, marketing or graphic design work as part of the application form to demonstrate in which area your skills lie.

  • Ventilation Intern - Closed

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are looking for a student to help us collate and analyse information on the air quality and ventilation of the University’s buildings to inform our indoor environment strategy and priorities.

    The Ventilation Intern role will provide one student an opportunity to work in the Energy and Projects Team and engage with key stakeholders on several University campuses to collate and analyse data on indoor environment quality. This intern role will also complete work to help understand the interaction of increased ventilation requirements on energy use and consumption.

    This intern will be supervised by the Energy and Projects Officer within the Campus Management team and will gain a wide range of professional skills including subject matter knowledge, data analysis, project management, time management, writing skills and communication skills.

    Skills desired:
    • Excellent problem-solving and data analysis skills.
    • Proficient in using Excel, R-Studio and/or Stata.
    • Strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and manage time effectively.
    • The ability to operate independently and perform tasks with sound judgement.
    • High level of computer literacy.
    • A demonstrated interest in sustainable building design and operation.
    • An interest in the use of Smart Technology within built space.

    This internship will run between January and February 2022 (with flexibility to begin earlier or finish later depending on the selected student's available dates). It is preferred that the majority of internship hours be completed on campus, while there is flexibility to work some hours from home. The position is unpaid and applicants must be enrolled in a University of Melbourne internship subject for the Summer Semester 2022 to be eligible. To apply complete the application form by 11:59pm Sunday 28 November.

  • Green Star Performance Intern - Closed

    We are looking for a student to help us audit the actual performance of the University’s Green Star designed buildings with an initial focus on energy consumption and use.

    The Green Star Performance Intern role will provide one student an opportunity to work within the Energy and Projects Team and alongside the Sustainability Team. The student's findings will play an active role in informing the University’s Smart Campus Energy Upgrades Program as well as the future building design and certification process.

    This intern will be supervised by the Energy and Projects Officer within the Campus Management team and will gain a wide range of professional skills including subject matter knowledge, data analysis, project management, time management, writing skills and communication skills.

    Desired skills:

    • Excellent problem-solving and data analysis skills.
    • Strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and manage time effectively.
    • The ability to operate independently and perform tasks with sound judgement.
    • High level of computer literacy.
    • A demonstrated interest in sustainable building design and operation
    • Understanding of what the University is currently doing to be more sustainable.

    This internship will run between January and February 2022 (with flexibility to begin earlier or finish later depending on the selected student's available dates). It is preferred that the majority of internship hours be completed on campus, while there is flexibility to work some hours from home. The position is unpaid and applicants must be enrolled in a University of Melbourne internship subject for the Summer Semester 2022 to be eligible. To apply complete the application form by 11:59pm Sunday 28 November.

A group of 5 young people stand in a group while 3 crouch down in front. They are wearing a mix of casual business attire and are standing on a footpath with a road, tram tracks and trees behind them.
Six of our summer semester 2021 interns with members of the Sustainability Team.

Why intern with the Sustainability Team?

Internship opportunities with the Sustainability Team are designed to give students a meaningful experience in a professional setting, while ensuring their contributions to sustainability projects have a positive, tangible impact on University operations.

Internships support the implementation and continuous improvement of sustainability-based projects and initiatives across the operational areas of waste, biodiversity, transport, engagement, communications and energy. Linking teaching and learning with operations not only contributes to students’ overall tertiary experience but allows the University to hear students’ feedback and ideas in a collaborative setting. All students receive course credit for their contributions through a University-endorsed subject.

What previous interns say

Many of our previous interns have continued working on projects in paid roles at the University, or have found work in their chosen field elsewhere.

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Cherry Lai, Master of Landscape Architecture

Biodiversity Intern, Summer Semester 2021

“The internship allowed me to work collaboratively with people of different expertise, which has helped me expand my knowledge beyond design and into plants and ecosystems. Working on the Tree Canopy Cover project helped me improve my critical thinking skills as a landscape architect and enhanced my understanding of sustainable practices. I gained valuable practical skills in surveying, mapping, data analysis, and report writing and am so grateful that the friendly team was always happy to provide me with support and guidance, making me more confident and prepared for entering the workplace.”

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Hariz Ahmad, Master of Environment

Waste Minimisation Intern, Summer Semester 2021

“Coming into the internship at the beginning of the Master of Environment helped me clarify future career path and outlined my strengths and weaknesses as a professional. Working on implementing the System Garden Composting Program was the highlight of my internship as I was able to apply my project management and stakeholder engagement skills while experiencing the reality of introducing a new resource recovery program. I had the opportunity to work on multiple projects within the team and with other departments, which gave me the chance to step outside my comfort zone. I gained so much knowledge and experience in the short time I spent there and created friendships that extended outside of the internship.”

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