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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

Communications & Media Relations Intern

Community Storytelling Intern

Data Analysis and Research Intern

Events Intern

Greenbuild Conference & Events Internship

Instructional Design Intern

Legal Intern

Resource Development Intern

State & Local Advocacy Intern


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


Community Storytelling Intern

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


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


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


    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.

    • 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


      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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