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As you may know, each semester part of your tuition and fees supports the Green Campus Initiative. The University of Memphis Sustainable Campus (Green) Fee Committee provides funding for approved proposals to make the University of Memphis campus more sustainable, address environmental challenges, become a leader in sustainable technologies/practices, and act as a model for the community. 

The Green Fee Committee has received a proposal for funding for undergraduate green internships for Spring 2015. Based on funding received, selected students will be provided the opportunity to work with a campus or community partner to enhance the student’s understanding of sustainability and to assist in the organization’s efforts to promote sustainability.

The Green Internship occurs during the Fall and Spring semesters. If you are interested in applying for the Green Internship, please review the information below.

What is a green internship?  A green internship is an educational/work experience sponsored by an organization that promotes sustainability in areas such as:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Utility conservation
  • Environmental protection
  • Recycling

Who is eligible to apply for a green internship? Undergraduate students who have:

  • first-generation or low-income or students with a disability
  • minimum sophomore standing at time of application
  • minimum 2.50 grade point average
  • minimum of one or more regular semesters (fall/spring) remaining before graduation.

Undergraduate students who have active status in the Student Success Programs (SSP) will be given first consideration after meeting these requirements.

What are the green internship requirements?  Students selected for a Green Internship are required to:

  • satisfactorily complete an approved learning contract
    • Internship Course in Academic Major or
    • UNIV 4000 - Community Internship
  • earn 3 semester hours of academic credit
  • work 150 clock hours during the semester
  • present internship experience at Green Internships Recognition Event

What do selected green interns earn? Interns earn a stipend of $10 per hour (or $1500 for the semester) plus $200 to assist with tuition costs for an academic internship for a total of $1700. University stipends will be distributed bi-monthly.

The following community and campus partners have hosted interns during the past semesters:

Community Sites

  • CBRE Memphis
  • C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa
  • City of Memphis, Division of Parks & Recreation
  • Elegant Farmer
  • First Tee
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Grow Memphis
  • Highland Area Renewal Corporation
  • International Paper
  • Jabber Blabber Earth Friendly Family Publication
  • Keep Tennessee Beautiful
  • Memphis Bioworks Foundation  
  • Memphis Botanic Garden
  • Memphis Zoological Society
  • Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability
  • Salvation Army
  • Shelby Farms
  • Service Master
  • Shelby County Department of Health, Air Quality Improvement Branch
  • YMCA Walker – University District Business Alliance

Campus Sites:

  • Barbara K. Lipman School
  • College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Ecological Research Center
  • Editor, Communications and Marketing
  • Ground Water Institute
  • Herff College of Engineering
  • Student Health Services
  • Office of Academic Internships
  • Office of Sustainability

What types of activities do green interns perform?

  • Advertising
  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Public Relations
  • Research
  • Social Media
  • Special Events

Check out the experience of our Fall 2014 Green Interns here.

How to apply for a Green Internship?

Please stay tuned for the Fall 2015 green internship dates and deadlines.

To apply for the program, complete and electronically submit the following to

  • A one page resume
  • A letter of recommendation
  • The following application

For additional information contact Tola Jenkins at 901-678-3260

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