Sac State Sustainability - Internships

Composting Interns

As a Composting Intern, you will assist Sac State Sustainability with meeting our 100% organic waste diversion goal. The internship will include a variety of tasks including, but not limited to; organic waste collection from campus community gardens and restaurants, hands on composting at the campus composting facility and organic waste weighing and tracking. The right person must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and have a valid California driver’s license. The internship will teach students about the basic composting processes and how organic waste is managed in a sustainable way within the University setting. 

Compost Before and After

Help Sac State close the loop by turning organic waste into nutrient rich soil.

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Carbon Commitment Photo

As a Carbon Commitment Intern, you will assist Sac State Sustainability with completing our first Climate Action Plan towards meeting requirements of the Carbon Commitment.  This report is focused on assessing campus greenhouse gas emissions and reduction strategies towards achieving campus carbon neutrality. This is a new reporting endeavor for Sac State, supported by President Nelsen and recognized across institutions of higher learning nationwide.  The right person must be adept at technical details with a high level of accuracy. Must be able to follow instructions for data collecting methods, create very accurate documentation in Excel or Word, assess the data, and create reports suitable for presentation. The position will work on a variety of tasks to include office work, data gathering from campus departments, and participation in Sustainability events. Must be able to work with a variety of people including students, faculty, staff and volunteers.

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There’s nothing greener than a tree and this campus has over 3,000 of them, including 1,200 located in our University Arboretum at the North end of campus.  Carbon analysis is an important part of climate change mitigation.  Carbon is one of the most important greenhouse gases (GHGs) contributing to climate change.  Trees offer an opportunity to store carbon for long periods considering their long life-span. Trees also create carbon-rich ecosystems which store carbon in leaves and fine roots that later fall off and become carbon-rich organic matter in litter and soil.  Sac State's award winning Tree Campus USA environment offers a tremendous opportunity to measure the amount carbon naturally sequestered in our trees.  This fascinating project will provide a hands-on opportunity for student interns to learn about carbon sequestration in the natural environment, while assisting Sac State Sustainability in collecting valuable carbon data toward our GHG emissions report.

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We are currently looking for projects in the areas of waste, water, energy and carbon reduction. Please contact us if you have ideas or interest in any of these areas!

Example of Past Projects:

Infrared (IR) Faucet Study

In 2015, a Sac State Sustainability student intern assisted in an experiment and compiled a report to test if automatic water faucets actually conserve water. The study found that using infrared faucets result in a reduction of approximately 54% of water use with a .35 aerator compared to manual faucets using .5 aerators.   Retro-fits throughout campus are under discussion.  This is an excellent example of a student intern-led project using the campus as a learning environment to gain useful insight toward a tangible sustainable change on campus.

For more information about the study: Sac State IR Study

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Contact Information For Internships:

Please send resume, area(s) of interest, hours of availability, and any questions to Sac State Sustainability: