The Adams Sustainability Champion Internships will provide outstanding students (undergraduate or graduate) with an opportunity to contribute to sustainability in a powerful way. The goal is to lever them as future leaders in sustainability and to promote important knowledge dissemination and exchange.
The chosen interns will be employed in the summer to work full-time on tasks supporting the Committee on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability (CECCS) at the University of Toronto and to research sustainability projects, programs, governance and policies of pre-selected universities. The interns will be required to work in a group to produce a comparative research paper for consideration for publication in an academic journal based on the findings from multiple universities. They will also be asked to give multiple presentations summarizing the outcomes of their work and share their experiences through social media. Interns will work remotely, and when regular University operations resume, come to campus for meetings.
Research assistants (RAs) will work with the CECCS on its goals, outlined in the 2019 Annual Report: to enhance sustainability at the University and work to integrate academic and operational activities. These roles will work with the Project Managers and Chair of the CECCS.
The qualified candidate will have interest in and knowledge of sustainability in general as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and various sustainability initiatives at U of T, in addition to possessing strong research, analytical and problem solving skills, excellent presentation and interpersonal skills, polished writing and communication skills with a high level of attention to detail, and ability to both work independently and collaborate with the team.
More specifically, the RAs will work on one or more of the following CECCS initiatives:
Interested students are asked to apply via the Work Study Program Job Board on CLNx.
Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) aims to involve students in the operations of the university. Student can be engaged in a variety of ways to work on CLL projects with operations staff. One example is a course, ENV461/1103, taught by Professor John Robinson, where a variety of departments at U of T act as clients for an upper year course to create and work on projects with students, giving them experience with real-world sustainability projects on campus. More ways for students to engage with CLL projects will be created by the CECCS and will be made available on this webpage.
These internships provide exceptional students or recent graduates (undergraduate or graduate) with an opportunity to contribute to sustainability in a powerful way. The goal is to leverage them as future leaders in sustainability and to promote important knowledge dissemination and exchange. The chosen interns are employed in the summer to work full-time on CLL projects and tasks supporting the CECCS, and to travel to another university with a strong sustainability focus to build links, study their practices, and share ideas between the two universities. Interns will produce a report and give a presentation summarizing the outcomes of their work. They will also be encouraged to share their experiences through social media in order to reach a wider audience. A call for applications will be posted here in the spring of 2020 for the summer 2020 positions.
Please visit the social media accounts below to learn about the visits to partnering universities and experience of the Summer 2019 Interns: