US GBC Internship Opportunity-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

US GBC Internship Opportunity

Deadline to apply: 15 January, 2013

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council has a bold mission: creating green schools for all within this generation. A green school is defined as a school that creates a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money. While green school construction is fast becoming the norm, only a fraction of our nation’s 133,000 K-12 schools will be built or renovated in a year, or for that matter, over the course of this generation. Thus the work undertaken by the Center is more broadly focused on catalyzing district-wide shifts toward sustainability.

Experience has taught that whole-system sustainability does not take root until you make green someone’s job, so the Center chooses to partner with districts to transform practices and culture, often beginning with the placement of a Center for Green Schools Fellow. Each Fellow is embedded in a district for a three-year term, with a direct line to the superintendent and, in most cases, the mayor’s office. The Fellows’ primary responsibility is to coordinate and convene sustainability efforts across the school system, from daily operations to transportation, purchasing to curriculum development. A Fellow functions as the epicenter of sustainability activity within the district, collaborating with the wide array of school stakeholders whose buy-in and continued engagement is necessary for success.

The Center seeks a graduate-level intern to conduct research into the various cases established in the private and public sectors for hiring and keeping sustainability personnel. The main outcome expected from this internship is a thorough written assessment of the data points, success metrics and case studies that will more fully establish the case for sustainability staff within school districts. The product is expected to be published as a white paper in conjunction with McGraw Hill Foundation.


This is a 10-week, 15 hour per week position that includes a $2500 research stipend.

  • Assess the current landscape, including current and relevant literature as well as sustainability reports and news from a variety of organizations. 
  • Using this thorough literature review, develop a research plan to enable the synthesis of the large amount of information gathered, more targeted data-gathering and carefully planned, succinct interviews.
  • Present an outline of the report within four weeks of the start of the internship for feedback and collaboration with USGBC staff. If the intern is not in the DC area, USGBC staff will arrange Webex capabilities to allow staff participation in the discussion.
  • Present all research findings at the conclusion of the internship in the format agreed upon. 


The intern does not need to be located in the Washington, D.C. area, as much of the work is independent research. 


REQUIRED: Students currently enrolled in a graduate program (Masters or Ph.D. candidates) whose studies and research interests include sustainability, sustainable business, educational leadership or environmental studies.

PREFFERED: Candidates who have focused their studies on the business case for sustainability and environmentally-beneficial actions are especially encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will have training in business research methods and/or economic research.


Preference will be given to candidates who have past experience with similar research projects and can demonstrate excellent independent working abilities. 


  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Excellent communication, organizational and computer skills (MS Office)
  • A strong interest in organizational sustainability
  • Commitment to USGBC’s mission

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