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 80–150 hours across a semester or summer term.

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

Internship opportunities

Applications for Semester 2 2021 internships are now closed. Please check back in November to see positions available for the 2022 summer semester. The following positions were available for Semester 2 2021.

  • Water Intern

    Are you passionate about saving water? We are looking for a student to help us collate and analyse information about our water related infrastructure on the Parkville campus to inform our next Sustainability Plan targets and priorities.

    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 sustainable water management.
    • Knowledge of basic Water Sensitive Urban Design Principles.
    • Studying towards a course in the fields of engineering, architecture, environment or planning.
    • GIS software/ AutoCAD experience or knowledge.
    • Understanding of what activities the University is currently doing to become more sustainable.

    If permitted this internship will run both online and in the office in Semester 2 for 100 hours. This internship must also be done through an internship subject that the University offers. To apply please fill in this application form by Sunday 4 July.

  • Sustainability Intern: Baseline Report

    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 each campus 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 & management skills.
    • Understanding of what the University is currently doing to become more sustainable.

    If permitted this internship will run both online and in the office in Semester 2 for 100 hours. This internship must also be done through an internship subject that the University offers. To apply please fill in this application form by Sunday 4 July.

  • Biodiversity Engagement Intern

    Our campuses are home to a diverse range of life. We are looking for a student that can help us share with our community just how amazing and diverse our flora and fauna on campus is!

    The Biodiversity Engagement Intern role will provide one student with the opportunity to gain experience across the areas of professional communication, web content development and graphic design on a project that works towards the targets of the University’s Sustainability Plan.

    Supervised by the Biodiversity Officer & Communications Officer, the successful applicant will collate and help develop content in collaboration with key stakeholders to update the biodiversity related information on the Sustainability website. You will also be tasked with drafting an engagement plan for biodiversity in 2022 which may involve drafting some content such as social media posts, webpages or newsletter pieces.

    Skills desired:
    • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, including excellent syntax and grammar.
    • Stakeholder management skills.
    • Creative thinking skills as well as an ability to create engaging content for different audiences and online platforms.
    • Strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and manage time effectively.
    • High level of computer literacy.
    • A demonstrated interest in biodiversity management & conservation.
    • Studying towards a course in marketing, communications, environment, arts or design.
    • Understanding of what the University is currently doing to become more sustainable.
    • Graphic design and photography skills, including at least beginner level knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
    • A portfolio of written work such as a blog post, article in a student zine or website, social media posts for an organisation/campaign, University work intended for communications channels or other examples of writing for a target audience.

    If permitted this internship will run both online and in the office in Semester 2 for 100 hours. This internship must also be done through an internship subject that the University offers. To apply please fill in this application form before 9am Monday 12 July.

  • Green Impact Communications Intern

    The Green Impact Communications Intern role will provide one student with the opportunity to gain experience across the areas of marketing strategy, content development and graphic design on a project that works towards the targets of the University’s Sustainability Plan.

    Supervised by the Communications Officer, the successful applicant will complete research, plan and implement a recruitment campaign, develop resources, and engage with participants of the Green Impact program. Green Impact is a fun and flexible program for staff and students to undertake practical actions to make our university more sustainable. More information on the program can be found at Green Impact.

    You will work with internal stakeholders and conduct your own research to create content that both promotes the program and provides resources to existing participants. Your content will be positive and motivating, and will vary from web copy to Instagram stories, EDMs and instructional PDFs. You may also be tasked with corresponding with program participants, answering any questions in a friendly and approachable way and forwarding on feedback to the Sustainability Team.

    While varied, your work will concentrate on increasing staff and student engagement for the Green Impact program. 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:
    • High level of written and verbal communication skills, including excellent syntax and grammar.
    • Ability to write original and engaging content for different audiences and online platforms.
    • Excellent time management.
    • A creative spark!
    • Great interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others, maintaining regular communication.
    • Graphic design and photography skills, including at least beginner level knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
    • Ability to operate independently to a brief. It is anticipated that part of the role will need to be undertaken from home.
    • An interest in sustainability and behaviour change.
    • Computer literacy including Microsoft Office online.

    If permitted this internship will run both online and in the office in Semester 2 for 100 hours. This internship must also be done through an internship subject that the University offers. To apply please fill in this application form before 9am Monday 12 July.

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.”

Read what other interns have to say about their experience.

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