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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 Internship
Greenbuild Conference & Events Internship
Green Building Policy Internship
Instructional Design Intern
LEED Residential Technical Development Internship
Policy and Communications Intern
Research Internship
Technical Initiatives, School Programs Internship


Communications & Media Relations Internship

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 working with reporters, compiling media clips, writing media pitches and editorials, writing for print and web, 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

  • Write articles for trade publications, reporter pitches, website content, etc.
  • Assist with responding to reporter inquiries, providing reporters with relevant data, background and coordinating interviews.
  • Use Vocus and BurrellesLuce to compile relevant media clips
  • Manage the press contacts database
  • 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, or recent graduation from undergraduate or graduate program of study
  • 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

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 September and ending in December.

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

Green Building Policy Intern

The Green Building Policy Intern will support the U.S. Green Building Council’s policy database by assisting the technical conversion of policy data to new database, ensuring the accuracy of existing data and researching additional green building policies throughout the world. This policy data is a vital resource to USGBC’s advocacy efforts and will help green building councils around the world communicate the market uptake of green buildings. The Green Building Policy Internship experience will impart valuable research skills and knowledge of policy making at all levels of government.

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

After completing the program, the intern will be able to:

  • Demonstrate experience in non-profit workplace and sector
  • Clearly express concepts of sustainability and green building advocacy
  • More fully understand the benefits of green building and operations practices
  • Demonstrate practical experience in structuring research results in a format and style that is accessible to a general audience
  • Synthesize project data, surveys and qualitative data into a cohesive picture of the green building movement

Internship details include

  • Assist in the conversion of policy data to new database
  • Ensure the accuracy of existing policy data
  • Develop materials and resources that communicate successful green building policies
  • Categorize types of green building policies as models for other communities
  • Project manage the collection of global policy data
  • Coordinate with other national green building councils around the world
  • Synthesize and analyze global green building policies
  • Support USGBC’s global policy related coalitions and partnerships

Education and training requirements/preferences

  • 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 LEED Green Building Rating System highly preferred

Experience requirements

  • International policy experience highly preferred
  • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred

Other Required Skills/Qualifications

  • Experience in Microsoft Office required, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator strongly preferred
  • Experience in Adobe Suite preferred, including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Web management and HTML experience highly preferred
  • Database management experience highly preferred
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and software

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

Research Internship

We are seeking a Research Intern to support the Research Program staff in the development of the Green Building Information Gateway. The Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) is a global innovation platform that provides access to data and insights about the green dimensions of the built environment. The research internship will provide an opportunity to work closely with research staff in order to improve research and analysis skills.

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

Internship details include

  • Compile information on green building activities around the world
  • Engage with GBIG users to assess usability and identify bugs
  • Create, edit, and curate GBIG Collections
  • Contribute to an important fast‐paced project with a diverse, interdisciplinary team

Education and training requirements/preferences

  • Current enrollment in, or recent graduation from undergraduate or graduate program of study
  • Concentration in engineering, building science, environmental science, real estate, finance, or related disciplines required
  • Coursework and/or practical experience with information management and analytics required
  • Familiarity/interest in building science and sustainability required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products and familiarity with Access required

Experience requirements

The Research Assistant should have experience in the following:
  • Technical writing
  • Data manipulation, such as the use of Microsoft Excel or Access
  • Conducting scientific and/or market research

Other required skills and qualifications

  • Demonstrated success working independently, prioritizing tasks, and completing work on schedule
  • Enthusiasm for data and green building research
  • A positive “can do” attitude
  • Interest in the development of web-based information technology
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative analysis and visualization of structured data
  • Strong experience with Microsoft Excel, statistical modeling and advanced statistical software applications
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with green building practices and rating programs
  • Accreditation as LEED Green Associate or LEED Accredited Professional

Policy and Communications Intern

The Policy and Communications Intern will support the U.S. Green Building Council’s global market development efforts by researching green building policies around the world, collecting data and communicating market trends. The Policy and Communications Internship experience will impart valuable research skills and knowledge of policy making at all levels of government. After completing the program, the intern will be able to:

  • Demonstrate experience in non-profit workplace and sector
  • Clearly express concepts of sustainability and green building advocacy and communications
  • More fully understand the benefits of green building and operations practices
  • Demonstrate practical experience in structuring research results in a format and style that is accessible to a general audience
  • Synthesize project data, surveys and qualitative data into a cohesive picture of the green building movement

Specific Responsibilities Include

  • Ensure the accuracy of existing policy data
  • Develop materials and resources that communicate successful green building policies
  • Categorize types of green building policies as models for other communities
  • Project manage the collection of state by state policy data and market research
  • Participate in media outreach with the communications team
  • Other duties as assigned

Education & Training Requirements/Preferences

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study
  • Major or specialization in Communications, Public Relations Politics, Policy, Government, Architecture or Engineering highly preferred
  • Knowledge of LEED Green Building Rating System highly preferred

Experience Requirements
  • Research design and experience highly preferred
  • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred

Other Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Experience in Microsoft Office required, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Excellent communication and writing skills required
  • Experience in Adobe Suite preferred, including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Web management and HTML experience highly preferred
  • Database management experience highly preferred
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and software
  • Commitment to USGBC’s mission

  • Technical Initiatives Intern

    The Center for Green Schools seeks a Technical Initiatives intern to join our team, to provide support to a variety of established programs and events within the Center for Green Schools, as well as directly contribute to the ongoing development of several new initiatives. During the four-month internship, the intern will directly contribute to the success of several of our highest profile events and most dynamic programs. This position will focus on supporting targeted and technical initiatives that drive and support the transformation of our nation’s schools by grassroots audiences. This position is unpaid.

    Internship details include

    Each of these tasks is critical to the ongoing and long term success of the Center for Green Schools. The ideal candidate will demonstrate attention to detail, flexibility and ability to work with a variety of internal and external partners, ability to work against hard deadlines, creativity in problem solving, and a friendly but assertive disposition. The intern will have a front row seat to the many facets of a national grassroots campaign, and work with a variety of experts in the fields of education, environment, green building, health and others.

    • Support the successful implementation of a membership package for K12 schools and districts, by assisting with outreach to recruit new members and onboarding efforts to welcome them
    • Assist with marketing and outreach efforts to K12 educators and supporting organizations for the Green Classroom Professional Certificate program
    • Track green school/building policy in state and local governments, keeping staff and external partners informed of latest trends and changes in public sector
    • Provide administrative support for Center for Green Schools research and data collection efforts, and communities of practice activities

    Education and training requirements/preferences

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

    Experience requirements

    • Strong and professional writing skills, as demonstrated by a writing sample (upon request)
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required
    • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred
    • Experience in grassroots initiatives, event organizing and/or community engagement preferred

    Other required skills and qualifications

    • Commitment to USGBC’s mission
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
    • Excellent communication, organizational and computer skills
    • Design (Photoshop/In Design/Illustrator) experience preferred
    • A strong interest in program management and organizational growth

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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