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Internship openings

Thanks for your interest in USGBC’s internship opportunities. We are always on the lookout for candidates desiring to use their individual talents to strengthen the green building movement as a whole.

All positions, unless otherwise noted, are with USGBC and located in our headquarters in Washington, DC.

Due to the high volume of responses we receive, we are unable to reply personally to every candidate but appreciate your interest. We will contact the candidates we feel are the best qualified for that particular opportunity and schedule interviews from there.

Current internships

Instructional Design Intern

Community Summer Intern #1

Community Summer Intern #2

State & Local Advocacy Intern


Instructional Design Intern

USGBC is seeking an Instructional Design Intern to join the Education team. The intern will work collaboratively with USGBC Staff to support Education @USGBC and gain valuable insight and experience into the world of non-profit education and professional continuing education. USGBC Education Partners are leaders and reputable providers of green building and sustainability education. The Education @USGBC online platform allows Education Partners to use USGBC intellectual property and instructional design support to contribute excellent education to a global audience.

Overall responsibilities will include working as part of the Education Team to promote online and in-person best-in-class education through the Education @USGBC online platform. The intern will be able to build on his/her experience in the instructional design process and adult learning techniques by evaluating and supporting Education Partner efforts. Interns will be encouraged to participate in planning meetings and contribute their ideas to education plans and initiatives.

Please note that this is an unpaid position and intern must be eligible to receive academic credit.

Internship details include

  • Evaluate existing courses for USGBC Education Partner Performance Reports to support continuous improvement
  • Provide feedback to improve courses proposed for the Education @USGBC subscription
  • Support production of trainings and resources for Education Partners related to developing and delivering best-in-class education
  • Support other USGBC staff to leverage their green building expertise and knowledge through development of educational resources
  • Assist with ongoing Knowledge Gap Analysis work
  • Participate in planning meetings and contribute to Education @USGBC plans

Education and training requirements/preferences

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study
  • Major or specialization in instructional system design, instructional technology, eLearning, education or relevant experience highly preferred
  • Adult education experience highly preferred
  • Knowledge of green building or sustainability preferred

Additional preferred skills

  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Commitment to USGBC’s mission
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint

Experience requirements

  • At least one year of experience in an office environment
  • Knowledge of green building or sustainability preferred

Other required skills and qualifications

  • Commitment to USGBC mission
  • Proficiency in online tools such as Google Docs or Basecamp
  • Knowledge of online editing tools such as Garage Band, Audacity, iMovie, or MovieMaker
  • Graphic design skills and experience

Community Summer Intern #1

USGBC is seeking a talented individual to support the development resources to activate individuals, organizations, and neighborhoods to make a tangible impacts in their communities via USGBC’s new project-based action platform, ADVANCE.

Responsibilities will include the analysis, creation, and management of ADVANCE material assets to be used to catalyze local leaders to organize, plan, and implement sustainability activities in their buildings and neighborhoods.

This individual will be charged to think creatively, work collaboratively, take initiative, pay attend to details, follow through on tasks, solve problems as they arise, and take responsibility for product excellence. This role will work collaboratively with the Community Storytelling Intern and Community Advancement Staff.

Responsibilities include

  1. Supporting the development of ADVANCE tools and resource materials
    • Includes: ADVANCE event assets, digital tools, training videos
    • Assessment, feasibility study and recommended path of action for the integration of Center for Green Schools’ LEED Lab, Georgia’s High Performing Healthy Schools program, and LEED Neighborhood Development into the ADVANCE framework
  2. Support creation and/or maintenance of individual community-focused assets, ensuring content accuracy, consistency, and relevance.
    • Assets include: workbooks, pre- and in-event videos, presentation decks, promotional media, and copy development. The specific assets are for the ADVANCE framework and include:
      • Events: KickSTART, PLAN Builder, Benchmarking Jam, O+M Hack-a-thon
      • Tools: START Survey, FOCUS Sheets, HACK Sheets
      • Programs: Green Assistance Program, Volunteer 5.0, Community Collaborative
  3. Conducting market research on current and future community-focused products by overseeing frequent feedback, user testing, and focus groups with users and non-users

Education & training requirements/preferences

  • Current enrollment in a design or product management graduate or undergraduate program

Experience requirements

  • Enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program with a focus on sustainable design.
  • Academic or experiential knowledge of sustainability and green building; Preference for LEED Professional credentials
  • Outstanding communication and editing skills
  • Excellence in all necessary MS Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Excellence in Adobe Creative Suite and/or Cloud including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
  • Proficiency in video editing software including iMovie, Final Cut Pro

Other required skills & qualifications

  • Commitment to USGBC mission
  • Team player with outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Able to work under pressure and with a flexible schedule
  • Passion for helping peers pursue meaningful and impactful careers
  • Strong organizational and project management skills

Community Summer Intern #2

USGBC is seeking a talented individual to successfully curate, compose and, and publish stories of individuals and organizations who are making a tangible impact in their communities via USGBC’s new project-based action platform, ADVANCE.

This individual will be charged to think creatively, work collaboratively, take initiative, pay attend to details, follow through on tasks, solve problems as they arise, and take responsibility for content excellence. This role will work collaboratively with the Product Development Intern.

Responsibilities include

  1. Support the production of content to tell the stories of community- and volunteer-focused USGBC activities via print, web, email, and video.
    • Includes: content from ADVANCE launch events and products, blogs and other platforms
    • Curation and development of content of newsletter for volunteers, chapter leaders and community partners
    • Support the development of individual and organizational profiles for volunteers and community partners on usgbc.org
  2. Support the development of outreach and recruitment materials for volunteers, partners and projects through ADVANCE.
    • Assets include: pre- and in-event videos, presentation decks, promotional media, and copy development
    • Specific focus on ADVANCE outreach and communication tools to new and underserved USGBC audiences such as faith communities, non-profit, community centers, etc
  3. Support and the development of content to orient and train ADVANCE volunteers
    • Includes maintenance of role descriptions, creation of video orientation, and creation of volunteer starter kits.
    • Assist in the outreach and calls to action associated with volunteers
  4. Conducting market research on community-focused messaging by overseeing frequent feedback, user testing, and focus groups with users and non-users

Education & training requirements/preferences

  • Current enrollment in design or communication graduate or undergraduate program

Experience requirements

  • Enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate level degree program in journalism, communications, English or the equivalent.
  • Outstanding visual and written communication and copy editing skills
  • Excellence in all necessary MS Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Excellence in Adobe Creative Suite and/or Cloud including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
  • Excellence in video editing software including iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and Logic Pro X

Other required skills & qualifications

  • Commitment to USGBC mission
  • Team player with outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Able to work under pressure and with a flexible schedule
  • Passion for helping peers pursue meaningful and impactful careers
  • Strong organizational and project management skills

State & Local Advocacy Intern

USGBC has an opportunity for a currently-enrolled or recently graduated student to undertake a practical learning experience through an unpaid internship with its Advocacy team focused on state and local advocacy.

The State and Local Advocacy Intern will support USGBC’s Advocacy team and focus on producing materials for USGBC Chapter advocates that fit into the campaign approach to advocacy. Additionally, this internship will involve developing specific materials and resources that support overall state and local advocacy, including state/city Market Briefs, State Policy Win Reports, campaign data reports, and other forms of collateral that will help drive state/local advocacy.

The learning objectives of this internship include:

  • Understanding green building issues in the state and local advocacy arena
  • Clearly expressing concepts of sustainability and green building advocacy
  • More fully understanding the benefits of green building and operations practices
  • Developing experience in non-profit workplace and sector

Internship details include

  • Tracking public policies and coordinating with green building policy support, to develop a “State Win Report” and recognizing the efforts of local/state advocates
  • Updating and creating Market Briefs for states and cities
  • Compiling campaign metrics for reports
  • Calling city and state officials to find information or answer any questions
  • Supporting Advocacy Team in building an aggressive and winning advocacy operation

Education & training requirements

  • Current enrollment in or recent graduation from graduate or undergraduate program of study
  • Major or specialization in Environmental Studies, Politics, Government, Law, Architecture or Engineering highly preferred
  • Knowledge of the LEED building rating system preferred

Experience requirements

  • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred

Other required skills & qualifications

  • Interest in advocacy or political campaigns
  • An ability to multitask and operate in a dynamic work environment
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Experience in Microsoft Office products including Word, Power Point, and Excel
  • Design (Photoshop/In Design/Illustrator) preferred
  • HTML experience preferred
  • Commitment to USGBC mission

How to apply

If you find a position that is a great fit with your expertise and experience, please
  • Email or fax your resume and a letter of interest to our human resources department.
  • Note the title of the position you are applying for
  • Submit files as PDFs or Word documents.
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