Student Internships

SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

CSS has developed an innovative internship program that combines its research activities with the development of future professionals. The Sustainable Systems Internship Program provides graduate and undergraduate students with opportunities to perform quality work and gain practical experience enabling them to assist their future employers in making more informed decisions in the following areas:

  • Sustainable development
  • Industrial ecology
  • Renewable energy & materials
  • Life cycle assessment, design and management
  • Pollution prevention

As a CSS intern, students have the opportunity to work directly with a corporate, governmental or non-profit sponsor institution. Past sponsors include 3M, American Automobile Manufacturers Association, Champion International Corporation, DaimlerChrysler Corporation, E.B. Eddy Paper Corporation, Federal Railroad Administration, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Guardian Industries, Mead Publishing Paper Division, MI Department of Environmental Quality, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Optical Imaging Systems, Rock-Tenn Corporation, Steelcase, Stone Container Corporation, U.S. EPA and the Xerox Corporation.

To view a list of past internships, click on Intern Roster.

2014 SUMMER POSITIONS

We currently have no open positions at the Center for Sustainable Systems. Bookmark this page and check back periodically for any new postings for summer 2014.

INTERNSHIP POSTING NUMBER:  2014-01 [POSITION FILLED]

Sponsor: The Center for Sustainable Systems
Location: UM Central Campus

Description:
The Center for Sustainable Systems has a position available for a student in Sustainability Science or Engineering. The student will:

  • Update our current suite of 25 Factsheets on the sustainability of various systems that meet human needs by conducting research to gather data on the current patterns of use, environmental impacts and sustainable alternatives.
  • Develop new Factsheet(s) on Ecosystem Services, Water:Energy Nexus, Land Use, Rare Earths, and/or Batteries. 
  • Update the Flash-based website Sustainability: Live It – Learn It that is built on these facts.
  • Create and update “Did You Know?” highlights for website

Qualifications:
Intern must have graduate standing in Environmental Science, Civil, Chemical, Environmental or Mechanical Engineering, or Corporate Environmental Management with an interest in Sustainability.  Completion of Industrial Ecology course (NRE557/CEE586) is highly desirable.  Candidate must be well organized.  Candidate must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Prior database, spreadsheet, Adobe InDesign and Flash programming experience are desired.

Internship Pay:  Pay ranges from $14 - $18 per hour, depending on grade level and experience. Up to 40 hours per week.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 8:00 AM, Tuesday, January 21, 2014
INTERVIEWS: February 7, 2014
NOTIFICATION: February 28, 2014
TERM: May 5 – August 29, 2013

 

INTERNSHIP POSTING NUMBER:  2014-02  [POSITION FILLED]

Sponsor: The Wege Foundation
Location: Steelcase, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI

Description:
The Global Environmental Performance Department of Steelcase, Inc. has a position available for student in Sustainability Science or Engineering.  The student will be involved in a variety of environmental management and sustainability initiatives ranging from supporting corporate regulatory compliance programs to participating in product development projects.  The goal of the broad-based intern experience is to provide the student with a practical perspective of the opportunities and challenges in driving sustainability efforts in the corporate world.  Projects include:
•    work on ISO 14001 implementation
•    energy conservation initiatives
•    waste reduction and recycling research
•    product design for the environment initiatives(including interface with materials chemistry and life cycle assessment initiatives)
•    development of metrics and data collection for the Corporate Sustainability Report
•    implementation & reporting of Steelcase’s commitment to reduce their global footprint at least 25% by 2012

Qualifications:
Intern must have graduate standing in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, or Corporate Environmental Management with an interest in Sustainability including Corporate Environmental Performance.  Completion of Industrial Ecology course (NRE557/CEE586) is highly desirable.  Must be well organized.  Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Prior database experience desired.

Internship Pay:  Stipend up to $4,000 per month, depending on grade level and experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 8:00 AM, Tuesday, January 21, 2014
INTERVIEWS: February 7, 2014
NOTIFICATION: February 28, 2014
TERM: May 5 – August 29, 2013

 

INTERNSHIP POSTING NUMBER:  2014-03  [POSITION FILLED]

Sponsor: The World Steel Association (worldsteel)
Location: UM Central Campus

Description:
worldsteel has a position available for a student in Sustainability Science or Engineering. The student will:

  • Verify and complete sustainability indicator data submitted to worldsteel by approximately 50 steel producing companies worldwide using information published on company websites, and in annual and sustainability reports.
  • Supplement the verification process with direct communications with member companies to resolve queries.
  • Summarize indicator results and trends and develop content for the 2014 worldsteel Sustainability Report for the global steel industry.
  • Develop member sustainability case studies for inclusion on the worldsteel website and 2014 worldsteel Sustainability Report.
  • Participate in weekly Skype calls with the Market Development and Sustainability team at worldsteel.

Qualifications:
Intern must have graduate standing in Environmental Science, Civil, Chemical, Environmental or Mechanical Engineering, or Corporate Environmental Management with an interest in Sustainability.  Completion of Industrial Ecology course (NRE557/CEE586) is highly desirable.  Candidate must be well organized.  Candidate must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Spreadsheet experience is required.

Internship Pay:  Pay ranges from $12 - $15 per hour, depending on grade level and experience. 40 hours per week.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 8:00 AM, Tuesday, January 28, 2014
INTERVIEWS: February 6, 2014 [POSTPONED until Thursday, February 13]
NOTIFICATION: February 28, 2014
TERM: May 5 – August 29, 2013

 

TO APPLY

Visit: https://css.snre.umich.edu/webform/intern-application-form and complete the on-line webform including attachment of resume and transcripts. If you wish to include an optional cover letter, please combine it with your resume document.  Please use the following file naming convention:  Lastname_Firstname_RESUME or Lastname_Firstname_TRANSCRIPT. Failure to follow this naming convention will render your application ineligible.