Summer 2018 - 5 Positions

Thank you for visiting the CSU Bakersfield Energize Colleges Internships webpage and for your interest in advancing environmental sustainability at CSU Bakersfield and in our surrounding community.

The Energize Colleges program is hosted at 12 colleges and universities across California. At CSU Bakersfield, the program is hosted by the Office of the President's sustainability initiative. These internships in sustainability provide professional development opportunities, real-life work experience, and the opportunity to make a significant impact through energy reduction and energy education. Each intern will lead their own, unique project with guidance and support from a staff or faculty advisor. Oftentimes, a similar project will not have previously been attempted; the intern should be comfortable working without a "handbook". As such, candidates should be self-starters, should come prepared to all meetings, and should be ready to research solutions and next steps.

Hours, Expectations, and Intern Compensation:

$13 per hour
Approximately 8-12 hours per week.

Internships will run from approximately June 4 to August 24; schedules will be flexible for summer courses.

Interns must complete a culminating poster by the end of the internship term and must commit to present the poster at the annual CSUB Energize Colleges Poster Reception, held in Spring. 
At this event, all interns who successfully complete the program will be presented with a CSUB Energize Colleges completion certificate signed by CSUB President, Dr. Zelezny, and Chief of Staff to the President, Dr. Evelyn Young Spath.

To qualify:

You must be:

  • a CSUB student - current undergraduate and graduate students qualify.
  • have a 2.0 GPA or greater.
  • comfortable with a varying schedule - though internships will work around class schedules.
  • comfortable working on independent projects and team projects.
  • able to work from home and on campus.
  • comfortable working with limited guidance. Internships are guided by a staff or faculty mentor and training is provided, but projects are primarily student-led.

To apply:

Each application consists of a resume and a cover letter, describing why you would make an ideal candidate. Within the cover letter, a candidate should speak to one or more areas of interest, which are listed below. The letter may state previous experience in the area(s) of interest and/or reasons the individual would want to gain experience in the area(s) of interest. 

Applications must be submitted to Jennifer Sanchez, Sustainability Coordinator, at the Office of the President, located in the Business Development Center.

Instructions to submit a physical application: Physical applications are accepted at our office during business hours. Please be aware the business hours change during the application period.

During the application period, our office hours will be as follows:
Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Exceptions: Monday, May 28 - Closed in observance of Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 29 to Friday, June 1st - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Operating on a 10-hour workday schedule during summer allows our university to achieve additional energy savings.

Instructions for submitting electronically: Cover Letter and Resume must be submitted as one document, in PDF format to Applications should be titled FirstName_LastName_Summer2018 (for example, Minnie_Mouse_Summer2018).

Deadline for priority consideration is May 28 at 11:59 p.m.
However, applications will be accepted until all internship positions are filled. Please submit applications promptly; there is no guarantee that internship slots will remain open past May 31.

Craft your cover letter using one or more projects of interest below, stating previous experience with or desire to gain experience with a project. Please note: the project descriptions are not individual internships. Based on interest, interns might end up focusing on one project, but all interns will participate in all projects.

Open All/Close All

Campus Beautification

Our interns will be instrumental in the planning to increase recycling availability on campus, reducing the amount of trash sent to incinerators or landfills.

Projects will include: finalizing a campus recycling bin map so that we may evaluate where to place additional recycling bins; providing support to a student group completing an inventory of trees on campus; designing and disseminating guidelines, including updates to the CSUB Sustainability webpage for Waste & Recycling.

Green Offices

Interns will support a new campus program, titled Green Offices, that engages our campus community in reducing their environmental footprint. This program celebrates staff and faculty making improvements to their office's environmental sustainability and rates offices on their sustainable behavior, encouraging friendly competition between campus offices.

Interns should expect to interact with others frequently. A successful candidate will be excited to champion the program and will be good at motivating others. Web design or experience with WCMS is a plus! Experience working with tools in the CSUB Fab Lab is encouraged, but not required.

Edible Garden

The CSUB Edible Garden planting and building is underway!

The interns will support the garden team at key community events and on select garden projects. Activities may include: volunteer management, operation of pop-up produce pantry, and the event coordination. Agricultural skills are not required.  

STARS Review

CSU Bakersfield reported university sustainability metrics to be considered for an AASHE STARS rating in March of 2018. All universities that apply must undergo an auditing process, where AASHE asks the university for supplementary information in select areas.

The interns will be involved in collecting supplementary information to provide the AASHE STARS review team. Professional verbal and written communication skills are required.

For more information:

Please contact Jennifer Sanchez, Sustainability Coordinator at 661-654-3552 or