Sustainability Internships

Applications for spring internships have closed. This page will be updated with Summer internship opportunities when they become available. 

The Sustainability Section is seeking four motivated student interns for Spring 2021. Our spring intern positions are: 

  • Materials Management intern 
  • Sustainability Leaders Outreach Intern
  • Transportation and Climate Intern
  • Data Visualization and Communications Intern

If you have any questions please email Jillian Goulet.

Note: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all internships will be conducted remotely. Certain duties may require interns to be in Flagstaff. Technology equipment will not be provided to interns. 

Interviews

Interviews will likely be conducted remotely in early January. If selected for an interview, you will receive an email from a Sustainability staff member after the December 27th deadline.

Spring 2021 Intern Positions 

Materials Management Intern

The City of Flagstaff's Materials Management Program focuses on waste diversion through outreach and education.

  • Primarily, the Materials Management Intern (PDF) will be responsible for developing and implementing outreach material for the transition to volumetric garbage pricing (Pay-As-You-Throw).
  • Additional duties may include collaborating with the Materials Management Coordinator to expand community-wide education efforts on available services, incentives, and facilities as well as proper recycling/composting/source reduction methods.
  • Intern may also assist the Materials Management Coordinator in evaluating and improving public event waste diversion, coordinating volunteer events, and collaborating on other recycling education materials and events.

The purpose of this internship is to provide an opportunity for a motivated student to gain experience working in a professional sustainability office on waste diversion, recycling and public outreach and education. The Sustainability Section will support the student in building relevant, materials management-related skillsets, independently managing projects, and developing community contacts. This internship is an unpaid internship, completed for academic credit through Northern Arizona University.

Sustainability Leaders Outreach Intern

The City of Flagstaff's Sustainability Leaders program focuses on training and educating volunteers on a variety of sustainability-related topics. 

  • The Sustainability Leaders Outreach Intern (PDF) will be responsible for developing and implementing data collection for existing volunteer training programs.
  • Additional duties may include collaborating with the Materials Management Coordinator to expand community-wide volunteer opportunities.
  • Intern may also assist in evaluating and improving outreach and educational materials used for volunteer training opportunities. 

The purpose of this internship is to provide an opportunity for a motivated student to gain experience working in a professional sustainability office on data management and public outreach. The Sustainability Section will support the student in building relevant, sustainability outreach-related skillsets, independently managing projects, and developing community contacts. This internship is an unpaid internship, completed for academic credit through Northern Arizona University.  

Transportation and Climate Intern

Primarily, the intern supports the Sustainability Section team in its work to decarbonize the transportation system, in support of the City’s carbon neutrality by 2030 goals and the Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP).  

  • The Transportation and Climate Intern (PDF) will communicate with key City staff to gain an understanding of climate and transportation issues, TDM, zoning codes, and current transportation-related practices.  Work independently to conduct research on specific transportation and land use best practices. 
  • Draw connections between climate-transportation best practices in other cities and Flagstaff policies, such as the CAAP, zoning codes, and the regional plan, among others. 
  • Identify areas of research which connect with goals and strategies in the CAAP. 
  • Assist with transportation and land use conversations with volunteers and community members.

The purpose of this internship is to provide an opportunity for a motivated student to gain experience working in a professional sustainability office on climate mitigation, transportation, and land use initiatives. The Sustainability Section will support the student in building relevant, climate-related skillsets, independently managing projects, and developing community contacts. This internship is an unpaid internship, completed for academic credit through Northern Arizona University or Coconino Community College. 

Data Visualization and Communications Intern

Primarily, the intern supports the Sustainability Section team in its work to communicate data regarding the Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, the City’s greenhouse gas inventory, and other relevant climate action programs. This work will include building visualizations of greenhouse gas emissions, editing emissions reports, improving how we communicate online regarding the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, building dashboards, and editing the City’s website.  

  • The Data Visualization and Communications Intern (PDF) will communicate with key City staff to gain an understanding of climate data and communications needs.  
  • Work independently to prepare proposals for data visualizations, website designs or communication changes. 
  • Independently develop new digital communication tools and materials for the climate team based on conversations with City staff, with existing City technology and software. 
  • Assist with climate communications conversations with volunteers and community members.  

The purpose of this internship is to provide an opportunity for a motivated student to gain experience working in a professional sustainability office communicating climate- and emissions-related information to the public. The Sustainability Section will support the student in building relevant, climate-related skillsets, independently managing projects, and developing community contacts. This internship is an unpaid internship, completed for academic credit through Northern Arizona University or Coconino Community College.