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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

Events Intern

Federal Policy Intern

Greenbuild Conference & Events Internship

Instructional Design Intern

Legal Intern

Multimedia Intern

Program Intern

Resource Development Intern

Social Media Intern

Schools Research & Public Policy Intern

State & Local Advocacy Intern


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 & qualification

  • 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


Federal Policy Internship

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 federal intern will provide valuable assistance to the USBGC Advocacy team by helping to track federal level policies relating to green building, support federal government planning events, attend Congressional hearings and summarize to Advocacy staff, and develop materials relating to federal policy and outreach.
The position is an unpaid internship, part or full time. We are currently seeking applicants for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.

Experience gained

The learning objectives of this internship include:

  • Understanding green building issues in the federal policy 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
  • Enhanced understanding of legislative and regulatory process

Qualifications

  • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred
  • Experience in governmental affairs or operations
  • Experience in researching and communicating complex policy issues
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication, organizational and computer skills (MS Office)
  • A strong interest in organizational sustainability
  • Commitment to USGBC’s mission
  • LEED Green Associate or LEED AP preferred but not required.

Education & training requirements/preferences

  • Currently enrolled student or recent graduation from undergraduate or graduate program of study
  • Coursework or experience in politics, government, environmental studies, building sciences, organizational sustainability, business, nonprofit management, public health or relevant fields preferred.


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


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 examine innovative policies to reduce buildings’ impact on climate.

The position is an unpaid internship, part or full time. We are currently seeking applicants for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.

Experience gained

The legal intern will learn about how USGBC supports the market for LEED and green buildings through policy and advocacy. The intern will learn about topics such as federal, state and local level law and regulation relevant to green building, including energy, environmental, and green building-specific policies, and hone research and writing skills.
The intern will have opportunities to participate in office events such as seminars as well as to talk with government officials and advocates.

Qualifications

  • Experience in Microsoft Office required, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Knowledge of how a bill becomes a law;
  • Basic understanding of legal research.
  • Basic knowledge of -- or willingness to learn -- 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; and
  • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred.

Education & training requirements/preferences

  • 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.


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 & Public Policy Intern

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council believes that all students deserve the opportunity to attend schools that sustain the world they live in, enhance their health and well-being, and prepare them for 21st century careers. The Center works with school decision makers, thought leaders, global corporations, and governing bodies to drive progress at the intersection of sustainability, education, public health, and the built environment.

The Center for Green Schools Intern will support the team’s most high-impact projects through research and communications. The position requires entrepreneurship and active teamwork, and successful candidates will be able to work well both independently and in teams.

Internship details include

This is a part-time, paid position for 12 weeks at 16 hours per week. It's located in the Washington, D.C., office of USGBC.

School Facilities Infrastructure Policy
The Center and partners released the 2016 State of Our Schools report in March 2016 and have been leading a coalition of organizations to come up with solutions to the lack of equitable investment in school infrastructure.

  • Assist in the publication of policy recommendations for school infrastructure investment at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • With the Center team, prepare a research agenda related to published recommendations that can provide the information that stakeholders will need to act. As time allows, execute on parts of this research plan.

Measuring Our Impact project
For the last year and a half, the Center has been leading a coalition of green schools organizations in better defining green schools metrics and measures to reach consistency and clarity for schools who want to join the green schools movement.

  • Continue research on measures of childhood environmental health, especially in the school environment, as part of the Center's continued effort to compile a comprehensive data repository of green schools data. As time allows, field test measures with existing partners at local school districts.

Center operations

  • Create, expand, and maintain GIS information layers and other data related to green schools activities for schools around the world, assisting the Center and partners in understanding our current and future reach.
  • Assist in managing data and contacts through platforms including Salesforce and Yellowfin.
  • Support communications to new and existing K-12 school USGBC Members through articles, emails, and other outreach campaigns.

Special projects

  • State legislation tracking: 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: Support sales of sustainability curriculum content by researching potential schools, districts, states, and non-profit channels.

Event-specific support
Provide support for several high profile events through the fall, including but not limited to attendee registration support and follow up, program/material preparation and onsite logistics.

Education & 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.

Other required skills & 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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