Internships

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

Applications for Semester 2 2022 internships are now closed. To find out when our 2022-2023 Summer Internship applications open, sign up to our mailing list.

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. Proof of enrolment is required prior to commencing placement. Internship durations are flexible based on internship subject requirements. Application deadlines and details on how to apply are listed below.

Available positions

Interns are expected to attend the office near the Parkville Campus around two days per week during semester with the flexibility to supplement placement hours remotely. To apply please fill in the application form. You will be asked to upload your CV as part of the application to demonstrate your skills. Applications close 9am Tuesday 5 July 2022.

  • Green Impact Engagement Intern

    As a Green Impact Engagement Intern, you will work with the University's internal stakeholders to create resources and run events for the program’s participants. You will also coordinate the team audits at the end of the program and get the opportunity to draft an engagement plan for the 2023 program.

    Key Selection Criteria:

    • High level of written and verbal communication skills.
    • Excellent time management.
    • Great interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others.
    • Ability to operate independently to a brief.
    • An interest in sustainability and behaviour change.
    • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office online.

    Find out more about Green Impact.

    Note: This position requires you to be available to attend campus and placement during the month of October.

    Apply here

  • Green Impact Marketing and Communications Intern

    As a Green Impact Marketing and Communications Intern, you will help implement the program's IMC strategy, develop content for Green Impact's communications channels, assist in planning and executing events, and lead stakeholder engagement. In addition, you will have the opportunity to help create next year's IMC plan and learn how to cross-cut communications and marketing strategies across a large organisation such as the University.

    Key Selection Criteria:

    • High level of written and verbal communication skills, including excellent syntax and grammar.
    • Interest in learning about communication, marketing, and branding.
    • Excellent time management.
    • A creative spark!
    • Ability to operate independently to a brief.
    • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office online.

    Find out more about Green Impact.

    Apply here

  • Smart Campus Interns

    The Smart Campus Internship will provide two students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience across the areas of data science, web application development and IoT on a cutting-edge project, working towards the targets of the University’s Sustainability Plan. Specifically, the University wishes to phase out fossil fuel energy sources from the Burnley campus, replacing them with renewable sources (i.e., net zero).

    The successful applicants will be actively involved in one or more parts of gathering, analysing and visualising data for inclusion into the University’s Smart Campus Platform.

    About Smart Campus Platform

    The Smart Campus Platform collects data from a diverse range of online (sensor) and offline sources relating to the University’s energy and water usage, air quality, space utilisation and weather. Data is aggregated into the Smart Campus data lake from which a range of analysis, modelling and visualisations are performed. The data in the Smart Campus Platform is then utilised by numerous stakeholders across the University in strategic planning and forecasting activities.

    Key Selection Criteria:

    • An interest in sustainability outcomes, data science and/or IoT.
    • A basic understanding of Amazon Web Services and associated products
    • Some experience with either Python or developing web applications.
    • Any experience with data modelling, forecasting or machine learning would be valuable.
    • High level of professional written and verbal communication skills.
    • Excellent time management.
    • Great interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others.
    • Ability to operate independently to a brief.
    • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office online.

    Apply here

  • Smart Campus Energy Upgrades Interns

    This role will play an active role in the University’s SCEU Program and allow you to gain experience in the challenges and opportunities of retrofitting the built space to improve their energy efficiency and carbon footprint. In addition, you will be expected to assist in numerical analysis of building retrofit opportunities to establish feasibility, drafting recommendation reports, and project implementation.

    Key Selection Criteria:

    • High level of professional written and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong data analysis skills (Excel, Python and R Analytics a bonus)
    • Computer literacy including Microsoft Office online.
    • Excellent time management and organisation.
    • Ability to work within a team and maintain regular communication with your supervisor.
    • Ability to operate independently and be self-motivated.
    • An interest in sustainability especially within the urban environment
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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