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Paid UofL Sustainability Internships available in 2014-15

Do you have a passion for sustainability and want to help advance environmental, social, and economic stewardship on campus? UofL’s Sustainability Council will be launching a new paid internship program for students in 2014-15. Interns will work about 10 hours/week throughout the academic year on tangible projects developed in collaboration with supervisors from the Sustainability Council.

Prospective applicants can learn more about the types of initiatives the Council works on.

Pay & Hours: All interns will be paid $10/hour (no benefits) for an average of 10 hours/week throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Application Process & Deadline: All interested students should direct any questions and submit resumes by September 1st to the primary contact person listed below for the particular internship they are applying for. Three different internships are being offered this year:

  1. Greening Athletics Internship

The student intern will assist the University of Louisville Athletics Department with expanding sustainability into its operations, events and facilities. The intern will receive support, training and supervision from the University of Louisville Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) to improve on existing sustainability initiatives and to create and implement student centered activities with a focus on outreach and engagement.  Targeted areas may include one or more of the following based on prioritization by the Athletics Department:  1) Sustainable Purchasing Practices, 2) Waste, Energy & Water Conservation; 3) Resource Use & Recycling, 4) Behavior Change, and, 5) Zero Waste Sporting Events.

Contact: V. Bruce Hepke, Sr. Engineer, KPPC – Kentucky’s Resource Center for Environmental Sustainability, 502-852-0148,


  1. UofL Physical Plant Department Solid Waste and Recycling Internship

Summary: Provides the general public with information regarding the University of Louisville’s Solid Waste, Recycling and Composting programs and services.  Participates in auditing and promotion of current programs while working towards the ultimate goal of increasing diversion rates from the landfill.

  • Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.
  • Promotes and maintains positive and effective working relationships and promotes good public relationships as a representative of the University of Louisville.
  • Represents University of Louisville Solid Waste and Recycling at public functions, community events, business and school programs. Some of these programs may include evenings and weekends.
  • Provides the university community with information regarding Solid Waste, Recycling and Composting programs and services.
  • Develops contests and promotions to engage and grow community interest in the University’s Waste, Recycling and Composting programs.
  • Creates interactive recycling displays for educational programs and student events.
    Develops social networking materials along with tracking and analyzing social media data in efforts to grow social networks.
  • Recruits and engages student groups and individuals to volunteer for projects.
  • Conducts audits of current programs.
  • Provides data entry and administrative support, as needed.
  • Meets all job safety requirements and all applicable safety standards that pertain to the essential functions of the position and all university safety procedures.
  • Remains informed of current developments and procedures pertinent to duties; may be required to attend seminars/training.

Contact: Aaron Boggs, Assistant Director of Physical Plant, 502- 852-8181,


  1. Bike Mechanic Internship

The UofL Sustainability Council seeks an intern with experience in bicycle restoration, maintenance, and repair to assist us in providing bike maintenance services and launching a new campus bike shop in Crawford Gym. A skilled, physically-fit, self-directed individual is sought, preferably with prior experience working in a bike shop and/or instructing others in bike maintenance.

The intern will help in setting up and managing the new campus bike shop and helping staff it during regular hours to provide instruction and assistance to students, faculty and staff interested in learning how to work on their own bikes.

The intern’s primary responsibility, however, will be to provide on-going services to restore, repair, and maintain the University’s bicycle fleet. The University bicycle fleet continues to grow, but currently includes a total of 36 bikes. These include:

  • 18 bicycles in the UofL BikeShare Program which are made available to the campus community for free daily check-out from five different Belknap campus locations (Student Recreation Center, Humana Gym, Community Park, Kurz Hall, and Bettie Johnson Hall). The new Crawford Gym bike shop will become a sixth bike check-out location.
  • 16 bicycles used on-campus by employees in Physical Plant, Parking, and University Police to get around campus (both Belknap and Health Sciences); and
  • 2 utility tricycles used on-campus by employees in the IT Help Desk, and the Office of Health Promotion (which also has a bike on a trainer used for bike blender events).

The University intends to gradually expand the number of bikes in each fleet and to potentially add additional fleets in the coming months and years. One of the means of adding to the fleets will be through restoration of impounded bicycles that were abandoned on campus. The intern will be in charge of both bike restoration and fleet maintenance services.

While based in the campus bike shop, the intern will also be expected to travel around campus to retrieve bikes for repair, to maintain our five bike fixit stations, and to provide on-site bike maintenance services at all bikeshare locations. The intern may also be called upon to assist with occasional campus events at which bike tune-ups will be offered.

The intern will work closely with the Assistant the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, Crawford Gym staff and faculty from the Dept. of Health & Sport Science, bike shop volunteers, and members of the Louisville Student Cycling Coalition.

Contact: Justin Mog, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, 502-852-8575,

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