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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

Asia LEED International Summer Intern

Communications & Media Relations Intern

Data Analysis and Research Intern

Europe LEED International Summer Intern

Events Intern

Greenbuild Conference & Events Internship

Instructional Design Intern

Latin America LEED International Summer Intern

Legal Intern

Multimedia Intern

Organizational Development Intern

Program Intern

Resource Development Intern

Social Media Intern

Schools Research Intern

State & Local Advocacy Intern


Asia LEED International Summer Intern

USGBC’s LEED team has an opportunity for a currently-enrolled student to undertake a practical learning experience working on LEED international technical development for Asia. The Asia LEED International intern will work with LEED v4 project teams to develop case studies and content for regional webinars to educate the Asian market about LEED v4.

They will also research and analyze Asian codes, standards and practices as they relate to the built environment to develop Regional Pilot Credits. Through this position, the intern will become proficient in the LEED v4 rating systems and is encouraged to bring creativity, innovation and technical proficiency to the position.

The intern must be professional, enjoy working both independently and as a team and be available to work in USGBC’s Washington, D.C. office. This internship is unpaid.

Internship Details

  • Develop case studies for projects in Asia to highlight the cost of LEED v4 versus LEED 2009
  • Develop educational content for LEED v4 technical webinars for LEED practitioners in Asia
  • Perform research and analysis of Asian standards and practices for possible inclusion of Regional Pilot Credits to address issues not currently in LEED
  • Develop formal recommendations for Asia Regional Pilot Credits, including the environmental impact of each proposed credit to inform credit weighting/point value
  • Create summaries of key components of local rating systems in Asia to identify synergies
  • Other LEED international technical development related duties as assigned

Education, Training & Experience Requirements

  • Current enrollment in a related undergraduate degree program required, such as architecture, engineering or environmental science
  • General understanding of high performance green building design, construction and operations
  • Experience with or knowledge of the LEED rating system

Other Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Ability to work well independently
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Energetic, detail-oriented, able to prioritize and multi-task
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
  • Team player with outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Passion for and commitment to USGBC’s mission
  • Proficiency in Chinese language preferred


Communications & Media Relations Intern

The Communications & Media Relations Intern will gain valuable insight into the world of non-profit public relations and communications by working directly with the USGBC Marketing & Communications team. Overall responsibilities will include content development for online articles and press releases, outreach to reporters, compiling media clips, fact checking and research, assisting with social media content, pitching the media and contributing to media strategy planning. Interns will be encouraged to participate in planning meetings and contribute their ideas to marketing & communications plans and initiatives.

Internship details include

  • Develop content for online and print media, including blogs, media pitches, press releases and advisories.
  • Assist with responding to reporter inquiries, providing reporters with relevant data, background and coordinating interviews.
  • Use Cision and Lexis Nexis to facilitate media outreach and compile relevant media clips
  • Help with social media content and strategy
  • Participate in planning meetings and contribute to marketing and communications plans for major USGBC initiatives

Education & training requirements/preferences

  • Current enrollment in undergraduate or graduate program of study required
  • Major or specialization in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, English, Business; or relevant experience preferred

Experience requirements

  • Previous work experience in a marketing or communications position is preferred but not required

Other required skills & qualifications

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator strongly preferred
  • HTML skills strongly preferred


Data Analysis and Research Intern


The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council has a bold mission: creating green schools for all within this generation. The vision of green schools for every child is compelling: bright, clean, inspiring spaces for students, where each feels valued by his or her community and where ongoing learning is part of the fabric of the environment. When every parent demands a better place for his or her child to learn and when taxpayers vote for needed repairs to their communities’ schools, this vision will become reality. Public awareness already has begun to influence school district policies and practices, the job skills of school facilities professionals and the preparation of classroom professionals and educational leaders.

Through the Measuring Our Impact Project, the Center for Green Schools is working to compile a comprehensive data repository of green schools data, and make visible and transparent the green aspects of every public school in the country. Our vision is to both engage with the public about their schools’ participation in national green schools programs and to drive user-entered observations about the school environment.

The position of Data Analysis and Research Intern is designed to assist the Center for Green Schools team in accomplishing the short-term and long-term goals it has set out to in relation to the Measuring our Impact project, all while providing the intern with valuable work experience and workplace skills.

Internship details include

  • Data entry and management
  • Provide ongoing support to the Center for Green Schools team by bringing technical skills as well as creative and entrepreneurial spirit to the team
  • Assist with clean up, analysis, and integration of Center for Green Schools data points
    • Investigate location, space use overlap, true owner, and validity of LEED certified and registered K12 schools and higher education. Create clean dataset within Salesforce for all education LEED projects to date.
    • Clean datasets related to Green Ribbon Schools and Green Apple Day of Service Projects. Locate all Day of Service projects by contacting project captains and investigating validity of projects where appropriate.
    • Assist with transition of all Center contact lists and related data to Salesforce
  • Assist with clean up, analysis, and integration of external K12 school facilities-related points on the Center’s GIS map of schools data
    • Current data points include LEED certification, EcoSchools, Green Ribbon Schools, ENERGY STAR schools, and Green Apple Day of Service projects
    • Data points to be added include updated numbers of the above as well as KaBOOM’s map of play, Farm to School USDA data, SHPPS data, and more as discovered

Location requirements

The internship is located in the Washington, D.C., office of USGBC.

Education, training and experiences requirements/preferences

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study, preferably in Environmental Studies, Geography, Statistics, Architecture, or related field
  • GIS and/or statistics training and experience preferred
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated interest, through coursework and/or workplace experience, in the design of educational environments, environmental studies, and/or spatial mapping and analysis of environmental factors.
  • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred

Other required skills and qualifications

  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Excellent communication, organizational and computer skills (MS Office)
  • A strong interest in green schools
  • Commitment to USGBC’s mission


Europe LEED International Summer 2016 Intern

USGBC’s LEED team has an opportunity for a currently enrolled student to undertake a practical learning experience working on LEED international technical development for Europe. The Europe LEED International intern will work with LEED v4 project teams to develop case studies and content for regional webinars to educate the European market about LEED v4.

They will also research and analyze national and regional codes, standards and practices as they relate to the built environment to develop Regional Pilot Credits. Through this position, the intern will become proficient in the LEED v4 rating systems and is encouraged to bring creativity, innovation and technical proficiency to the position. The intern must be professional, enjoy working both independently and as a team and be available to work in USGBC’s Washington, D.C. office. This internship is unpaid.

Internship Details

  • Develop case studies for projects in Europe to highlight the cost of LEED v4 versus LEED 2009
  • Develop educational content for LEED v4 technical webinars for LEED practitioners in Europe
  • Perform research and analysis of European standards and practices for possible inclusion as Alternative Compliance Paths to improve regional applicability of LEED, or Regional Pilot Credits to address issues not currently in LEED
  • Analyze certification data to identify technical and market opportunities for encouraging European LEED projects
  • Other LEED international technical development related duties as assigned

Education, Training & Experience Requirements

  • Current enrollment in a related undergraduate degree program required, such as architecture, engineering or environmental science
  • General understanding of high performance green building design, construction and operations
  • Experience with or knowledge of the LEED rating system

Other Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Ability to work well independently
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Energetic, detail-oriented, able to prioritize and multi-task
  • Strong research and analytical skills, including data analysis
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
  • Team player with outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Passion for and commitment to USGBC’s mission
  • Proficiency in German or French preferred but not required


Events Intern

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Central Pennsylvania Chapter is seeking an intern for the fall to assist in event planning. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization who works to inspire the sustainable transformation of Central Pennsylvania through the built environment. We represent 34 counties throughout the state. Our vision is to foster a community where green practices have become main-stream and we do this through educational events, networking, and advocacy. Our members include engineers, architects, designers, builders, planners, and people who are passionate about sustainability. This is an unpaid, part-time internship eligible for college credit.

Learning objectives

  • Acquire hands-on experience in events management and planning of both small and large-scale events (ranging in attendees from 20 to 300 people)
  • Learn how to run a profitable large scale event, as well as, host non-revenue generating educational programs
  • Gain experience in all stages of event management, including but not limited to: budgeting, vendor relations, negotiation, contracts, sponsorships, registration, invitation, etc.
  • Hone business and communication skills in a wide variety of contexts including advertising, marketing, public relations and business development
  • Learn the basics of sustainable event management which is the cornerstone of all events produced by USGBC

Commitment

The position requires 12-15 hours a week with flexible start and end dates. Our office is located in a co-working space in mid-town Harrisburg and travel to our office is required.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with planning logistics for chapter’s events
  • Assist with pre-event details such as event collateral, the registration and invitation process
  • Assist in providing customer service for USGBC- Central PA events
  • Provide support in the planning and execution of our annual awards ceremony, Forever Green
  • Help lay the groundwork for our annual conference, GreenCon

Education & training requirements

  • The ideal candidate has a basic understanding of how to produce an event, with a strong desire to be educated in event execution from the beginning to the end, as well as event sustainability which is the cornerstone of all events produced at USGBC.
  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study, preferably in environmental science, marketing, or hospitality management
  • Background knowledge of green building or sustainability

Other required skills & qualifications

    • Excellent writing and communications skills
    • Strong organizational skills and the desire to improve on the skills you have
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
    • Commitment to USGBC mission
    • Proficiency in online tools such as Google Docs
    • Ability to travel to our office in Harrisburg at least 1 day a week
    • Ability to provide your own laptop and cell phone for work use


    Greenbuild Conference & Events Internship

    The Events Intern works closely with the USGBC Events Team to execute the events program for USGBC, including the events hosted around the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. The ideal candidate has a basic understanding of how to produce an event, with a strong desire to be educated in event execution from the beginning to the end, as well as event sustainability which is the cornerstone of all events produced at USGBC. This is an unpaid part-time internship eligible for college credit.

    Internship details include

    • Execute events as assigned
    • Maintain the Events Team Calendar
    • Create onsite collateral needs for events
    • Provide customer service to the events inbox
    • General office and administrative support as needed
    • Provide support to other USGBC National events as needed
    • Other duties as assigned

    Education and training requirements/preferences

    • Interest and/or experience in the field of event planning preferred
    • Interest and/or experience in the field of sustainability, architecture, urban planning or education preferred.

    Experience requirements

    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Demonstrated creativity, innovation and initiative
    • Ability to multi-task, and manage projects independently
    • Exceptional computer skills including demonstrated proficiency with MS Word, Excel, internet, email
    • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills

    Other required skills and qualifications

    • Ability to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands
    • Ability to travel for on-site coordination of conference and events
    • Availability and willingness to work outside regular business hours
    • Ability to interact effectively with senior management and across various departments

    How to apply

    Interested applicants should submit resume and cover letter (indicating title of position) via email to jobs@usgbc.org. No phone calls please.


    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


    Latin America LEED International Summer Intern

    USGBC’s LEED team has an opportunity for a currently enrolled student to undertake a practical learning experience working on LEED international technical development for Latin America. The Latin America LEED International intern will work with LEED v4 project teams to develop case studies and content for regional webinars to educate the Latin American market about LEED v4.

    They will also research and analyze national and regional codes, standards and practices as they relate to the built environment to develop Regional Pilot Credits. Through this position, the intern will become proficient in the LEED v4 rating systems and is encouraged to bring creativity, innovation and technical proficiency to the position.

    The intern must be professional, enjoy working both independently and as a team and be available to work in USGBC’s Washington, D.C. office. This internship is unpaid.

    Internship Details

    • Perform technical research and analysis of Latin American codes, standards and practices for possible inclusion of Regional Pilot Credits to address issues not currently in LEED
    • Develop technical case studies for projects in Latin America to highlight the cost of LEED v4 versus LEED 2009
    • Assist in the planning and execution of LEED technical meetings in Latin America
    • Create content for LEED v4 technical webinars for LEED practitioners in Latin America
    • Develop formal recommendations for Latin American Regional Pilot Credits, including the environmental impact of each proposed credit to inform credit weighting/point value
    • Other LEED international technical development related duties as assigned

    Education, Training and Experience Requirements

    • Current enrollment in a related undergraduate degree program required, such as architecture, engineering or environmental science
    • General understanding of high performance green building design, construction and operations
    • Experience with or knowledge of the LEED rating system

    Other Required Skills and Qualifications

    • Ability to work well independently
    • Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese language
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Energetic, detail-oriented, able to prioritize and multi-task
    • Strong research and analytical skills
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
    • Team player with outstanding interpersonal skills
    • Passion for and commitment to USGBC’s mission


    Legal Intern

    The Advocacy team at USGBC provides policymakers, at every level of government, and community leaders with the tools, strategies, and resources they need to inspire action toward a sustainable built environment. The legal intern will conduct research and analysis of federal, state, and local government policies, and prepare briefs. For example, one project would consist of examining green infrastructure policies and their relation to LEED policies and green building certification.

    The legal intern will learn how USGBC supports the market for LEED and green buildings through policy and advocacy. The intern will review and research federal, state and local-level law and regulation as it pertains to green building including: energy, environmental, and green building-specific policies, while simultaneously honing research and writing skills. As an intern at USGBC, the selected candidate will have the opportunity to participate in office events, including seminars and cultural events; and be exposed to opportunities to connect with government officials and professionals in the advocacy field.

    This is an unpaid internship (part or full-time) for the fall, winter or spring semester.

    Qualifications

    • Experience is required in Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
    • Knowledge of how a bill becomes a law
    • Basic understanding of legal research
    • Basic understanding of how to research issues online (for example, Department of Labor Statistics, Census, state and local construction data)
    • Excellent analytical and writing skills
    • A demonstrated interest in environmental, land use, or energy law, and the public sector
    • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred

    Education

    • Currently enrolled student at a law school
    • Coursework or experience in politics, government, or environmental, land use, or energy law, highly preferred.

    • Multimedia Intern

      USGBC seeks a self-motivated, creative and flexible multimedia intern to join a fast-paced and dynamic marketing and communications team. The multimedia intern will assist in the development of audio and video products, data visualization and promotion of multimedia materials. This person will work closely with select members of the marketing and communications team to ensure that multimedia content is produced in a professional, timely and efficient manner.

      This is an unpaid internship based in USGBC's Washington, D.C., office. Please submit an online portfolio or demo reel of produced multimedia content along with cover letter and resume.

      Role and Responsibilities

      The multimedia intern will directly support the various audio/visual production, post-production, and content development initiatives of USGBC’s marketing and communications teams. Specific responsibilities include:

      1. Non-Linear audio and video editing assistance (Final Cut, Logic Pro, and/or other applicable editing software experience and fluency required)
      2. Video production assistance and support (DSLR and/or professional cinema camera studio production equipment experience required)
      3. Drafting, developing, and maintaining written post production support materials including but not limited to: storyboards, scripts, concept drafts, production logistics, schedules, multimedia production invoices, and archival logs and files.
      4. On camera talent work and/or the assistance with the direction of on camera talent
      5. Transcribing and logging recorded audio and video footage to USGBC multimedia archive

      Education, experience and training requirements/preferences

      1. Current enrollment in undergraduate or graduate program of study required
      2. Major or specialization in TV/digital film, film, video journalism, or multimedia production; or relevant experience preferred
      3. Experience in broadcasting, digital print, videography, photography, television, film production, and/or radio broadcasting preferred.


      Organizational Development Intern

      The Organizational Development Intern will gain valuable insight into the world of nonprofit human resources and professional development by working directly with the USGBC Org Dev team.

      Overall responsibilities will include coordinating a job description project by working closely with Performance Management and Talent Management to compile job duties, core competencies, and job titles. The intern will also support the Leadership Institute on summer events by helping plan, deliver, and track deliverables, attendance, feedback, etc. After the completion of the program, the intern will gain experience in organizational development, communication, training evaluation, and event planning.

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

      Internship details include

      • Talent Management
        • Create and format job descriptions to include expectations and measures of success
        • Communicate with departments to work through edits and updates to job descriptions
        • Post finalized descriptions on the internal network
        • Track departmental job descriptions and Feedback Check-ins status
      • Leadership Institute
        • Assist with planning and delivering multiple summer events
        • Coordinate schedules for events as well as work on internal publicizing and communication
        • Support in evaluation by creating, distributing, and summarizing evaluation materials following the event
        • Ensure the accuracy of attendance tracking

      Education & training requirements/preferences

      • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study
      • Major or specialization in organizational development, nonprofit management, or human resources (or relevant experience) preferred
      • Must be eligible for academic credit

      Experience requirements

      • Experience in Microsoft Office required, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

      Other required skills and qualifications

      • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and software
      • Strong organizational and time management skills
      • Excellent communication and writing skills required
      • Commitment to USGBC’s mission


    Program Intern


    The program Intern supports development and implementation of all USGBC Minnesota programs including education sessions, networking and volunteer events and mission-based programs. Responsibilities include speaker/volunteer coordination, venue and event logistics, facilitate green building activities with K-12 students and produce follow-up reports from ADVANCE and Green Apple projects. Assist with editing recorded education content.

    Learning objectives

    Interns will interact and build relationships with a variety of environmental focused nonprofit organizations as well as professionals working in the green building field. This internship will provide the opportunity to learn about a variety of green building careers.

    Interns will attend the majority of education sessions delivered by USGBC Minnesota providing learning opportunities on a variety of topics.

    Interns will learn the process to develop, implement and follow-up education program sessions, volunteer events and other nonprofit program activities.

    Responsibilities include

    The program intern will support three USGBC Minnesota program areas: Technical Education, ADVANCE and Green Apple.

    Technical Education: The community hosts 2-4 events per month that provide continuing education credits for LEED accredited professionals and general education and networking for professionals working in the green building profession.

    ADVANCE: A program that brings together a nonprofit organization wanting to increase their sustainability initiatives with volunteer sustainability experts to create a strategic action plan for the organization and provide support with implementation.

    Green Apple: Green Apple projects are hands-on, short-term sustainability projects with students, teachers and community members.

    • Event planning: Set up registration system, track registrations, prepare event materials, staff registration table, track and submit continuing education credits
    • ADVANCE: Work with host organization leaders to determine sustainability goals, conduct research as needed, create preparatory documents for volunteers, participate in workshop, assist with strategic plan creation and follow-up materials for host organization, provide workshop logistic planning
    • Green Apple: Assist with planning Green Apple service projects and event logistics, assist with facilitation of service project
    • Social media: Provide daily postings of events, news announcements activities
    • Newsletter: Assist with writing and editing of weekly newsletter content
    • Assist with general office duties (no more than 10 percent per week)

    Education, training and experience requirements/preferences

    • Enrollment in an undergraduate for graduate program. A focus on environmental education or green building is preferred.
    • Working proficiency with Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint
    • Experience in customer service or other role that included interaction with the public

    Other required skills and qualifications

    • Organizational skills
    • Comfort with phone and in-person outreach
    • Ability to lead/facilitate small group activities
    • Writing and copy editing
    • Social media experience including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn


    Resource Development Intern

    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


    Social Media Intern


    USGBC seeks a self-motivated, creative and flexible social media intern to join a fast-paced and dynamic marketing and communications team. The ideal candidate will assist in the development of content for social platforms, study data visualization trends, and assist in social media strategic development. This person will work closely with the social media specialist and other select members of the marketing and communications team to ensure that social media content is produced in a professional, timely and efficient manner.

    Please submit an online portfolio or relevant social media account information, along with cover letter and resume.

    Roles and responsibilities

    The social media intern will directly support the social media specialist with content development initiatives of USGBC’s marketing and communications teams, as well as inter-organizational requests. Responsibilities include:

    • Assist in messaging and content creation for all USGBC social media channels.
    • Strategize & contribute to USGBC social media campaigns, including creation of content and promotions.
    • Assist in monitoring industry trends and develop new ways to engage USGBC community via social media channels.
    • Monitor social media discussions relevant to USGBC, LEED, and green building; report on trends.
    • Analyze USGBC performance using Track Maven tool.

    Education, experience and training requirements/preferences

    • Current enrollment in undergraduate or graduate program of study required
    • Major or specialization in writing, journalism, or marketing strategy; or relevant experience preferred
    • Experience in social media networks best practices: Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Pinterest

    Other required skills and qualifications

    • Strong organizational and project management skills
    • Ability to multi-task and problem solve diverse issues
    • Team player with outstanding interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work well under pressure and respond to tight deadlines
    • Commitment to USGBC mission
    • Knowledge of SEO a plus


    Schools Research Intern

    The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council has a bold mission: ensuring that all students attend a green school within this generation. A green school educates students to be responsible global citizens in an environment that is healthy for them and for the earth, and the Center identifies the highest-impact opportunities to change systems that influence these outcomes.

    Currently, the Center is leading a process to gain consensus among the various non-profits and advocates for greener schools about the core measures through which to measure our collective impact. These measures will be released and tested with a small group of schools who can help the green schools community both refine the measures and identify the best platform to interact with the measures. The Center is seeking an intern to assist its staff in preparing for this important pilot and to assist with associated events throughout the summer.

    This is a 12-week, 40 hour per week position that is unpaid and located at USGBC's Washington, D.C. office.

    Internship details include

    • Measuring Our Impact project (see general description):
      • Gain a detailed understanding of the Measuring Our Impact project, its history and current status, and become comfortable speaking about the project in public.
      • Assist in maintaining information and public data about schools and school leaders who may be interested in the Measuring Our Impact pilot.
      • Create and maintain GIS information layers for the map of green schools data that the Center maintains for schools around the U.S., assisting the Center and partners in understanding our current and future reach.
      • Create onboarding materials for pilot schools, including content for web and print.
      • Maintain professional, friendly, and consistent contact with schools that have signed up to participate in the pilot or who are considering participation.
    • Ongoing projects:
      • State legislation tracking (ongoing): Track green school/building policy in state and local governments, keeping staff and external partners informed of latest trends and changes in public sector.
      • Learning Lab (ongoing): Support sales of sustainability curriculum content by researching potential schools, districts, states, and nonprofit channels.
      • K12 membership support (ongoing): Support communications to new and existing members through blog entries and emails, helping to plan webcasts and supporting other outreach campaigns.
    • Event-specific support:
      • Provide logistical and administrative support for several high profile events through the summer, including but not limited to attendee registration support and follow up, program/material preparation and onsite logistics.
      • Green Ribbon Schools announcement, reception, and associated Measuring Our Impact activities (July)
      • National Council of State Legislators meeting (July)
      • (to be confirmed) Education Ministerial concerning green schools (August)

    Learning objectives

    • Demonstrate experience in a fast-paced workplace.
    • Gain workplace experience with data management and GIS management in the service of a game-changing effort for K-12 schools.
    • Establish increased expertise in the landscape of U.S. school systems through better understanding of the funding and policy landscape for schools and districts.
    • Demonstrate experience working in a non-profit environment with a diverse group of stakeholders and decision makers in pursuit of common goals, including state legislators and other elected officials, a network of committee volunteers and green building professionals, educators, researchers, health experts and many others.

    Education and training requirements/preferences

    Required: Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program whose studies and research interests include environmental science, environmental studies, geography, sustainability, sustainable business, educational leadership, or another relevant field.

    Preferred: Candidates who have hands-on experience with GIS and/or with customer management systems like Salesforce are especially encouraged to apply.

    Other required skills and qualifications

    • Strong research and writing skills
    • Excellent communication, organizational and computer skills (MS Office)
    • A strong and demonstrated interest in sustainability and USGBC’s mission


    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 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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