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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

Greenbuild Conference & Events Internship
Instructional Design Intern
Power Systems & Infrastructure Internship
State and Local Advocacy Intern

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, beginning in January and ending in May.

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 & 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 & 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

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

Power Systems & Infrastructure Internship>

USGBC is seeking a Power Systems and Infrastructure Intern to join the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) team. PEER, modeled after LEED, is the nation’s first comprehensive, consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance. The Power Systems and Infrastructure Intern will build on his/her experience by gaining valuable insight into sustainable grid improvement, including issues such as resiliency, power quality, microgrids, clean energy, value/gap analysis, and stakeholder engagement.

The intern will have opportunity to work closely with energy experts and industry professionals. Responsibilities include writing articles and web content, ensuring successful development of the PEER Advanced course, and supporting the integration of PEER and LEED rating systems.

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

  • Research and write articles on issues related to the PEER rating system
  • Research content and develop education materials for the PEER Advanced course
  • Participate in planning meetings and contribute to implementation and development of Energy Innovation at USGBC and PEER initiatives as part of a diverse, interdisciplinary team

Education & training requirements/preferences

  • Current enrollment in, or recent graduation from, graduate program of study
  • Major or specialization in engineering, energy policy or related discipline highly preferred
  • Coursework and/or practical experience in energy infrastructure preferred
  • Familiarity with LEED rating systems and processes preferred

Experience requirements

  • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred

Other required skills & qualifications

  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to manage tasks independently
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and collaborative work style
  • Interest in and commitment to energy and sustainability
  • Basic understanding of energy infrastructure and electricity regulation in the United States
  • Strong writing skills and experience writing about technical issues in a way that is accessible to a broad readership (as demonstrated by a writing sample upon request)
  • Willingness, interest, and ability to delve into energy infrastructure issues
  • Commitment to USGBC mission

State and Local Advocacy Intern


The US Green Building Council (USGBC) and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated.

USGBC is made up of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters and student and community volunteers that are moving the building industry forward in a way that has never been seen before.

We are a diverse group of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofits, teachers and students, lawmakers and citizens. Today we are 76 chapters, 13,000 member organizations and 188,000 LEED professionals strong that share the same vision of a sustainable built environment for all within the next generation.

The Advocacy department at USGBC provide 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.

Experience gained

Interns will learn about how USGBC to expand the market for LEED and green buildings through policy and advocacy. Interns will focus on state and local level policy makers and elected officials through research and writing projects, as well as outreach to advocates and stakeholders about advocacy and policy priorities. They will help gather and summarize information about targeted state legislatures, track policies, and help draft collateral material.


  • Experience in Microsoft Office required, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Knowledge of how a bill becomes a law, with focus on the state and local levels;
  • Basic understanding of how to research issues online for background documents, including campaign finance spending, Department of Labor Statistics, Census, etc data;
  • Commitment to sustainable communities;
  • Excellent analytical writing skills;
  • Ability to organize information in a database that is easily accessible to a broad audience;
  • Experience with GIS, preferred;
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and software; and
  • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred.

Education & training requirements/preferences

  • Current enrollment in a graduate or undergraduate program of study;
  • Major or specialization in Politics, Government, or Law, highly preferred; and
  • Knowledge of LEED Green Building Rating System highly preferred.

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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