Duties: 

Please be aware, the following description is true for all CSUB Energize Colleges Fall internships, however each internship will have a specialty. Students are expected to apply using the internship positions that are posted at the bottom of this page. Use the drop-down arrows to access more information that is specific to each position.

There are 10 different internship positions available. Since each position is different and has unique responsibilities, students should expect to do a bulk of independent work along with some work as a cohort.

AASHE STARS Logo

New this year, the CSUB Energize Colleges intern cohort will work to support CSUB’s first ever STARS reporting and certification process. 

All applicants are encouraged to read more about AASHE's STARS here.

Since this endeavor will be new to CSUB, the selected interns should expect to become mini-experts on a few aspects of the STARS program listed in the below internship descriptions. Students who are selected as interns will work alongside faculty and staff to achieve optimum energy efficiency and sustainability scores for the university.

Each intern will be involved in the group's overarching mission of reporting to STARS. This is a new goal of the university and there is not a clearly laid out plan of action. If at any point, the intern’s planned duties (listed below) do not align with CSUB’s plan to achieve a STARS rating, the intern and internship supervisor will work together to alter the intern’s duties to still work on another aspect of the cohort’s mission.

Hours, Expectations, and Intern Compensation:

All interns will be paid $13 per hour and should expect to work approximately 8-12 hours per week. Internships will run from approximately mid-November 2017 to the end of January 2018. 
Great care will be taken to ensure that Energize Colleges intern schedules are flexible to allow for exam time and for flexibility during the holiday season.

Energize Colleges internships provide professional development opportunities, real-life work experience, and the opportunity to make a significant impact through energy reduction and energy education. Each student that applies to the program should expect to lead their own project in some way. Internship applicants should be self-starters and should take the initiative to perform research on their own project to determine next steps.

Interns will present a culminating poster at a CSUB Energize Colleges presentation event in January. 
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. Mitchell, and Chief of Staff to the President, Dr. Evelyn Young Spath.

To qualify:

You must be:

  • a CSUB student, undergraduate and graduate students qualify.
  • have a 2.0 GPA or greater.
  • comfortable with a varying schedule. Internships will work around class schedules.
  • comfortable working from home or working on campus.

To apply:

Each application consists of a resume and a cover letter, describing why you would make an ideal candidate. A student may apply to multiple internships, but a new cover letter must be submitted for each position applied to. A student may receive multiple offers, but may only accept one internship offer.

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: Applications are accepted Mon. - Fri. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Campus is closed on November 10th, in observance of Veteran's Day.

Instructions for submitting electronically: Cover Letter and Resume must be submitted as one document, in PDF format to jsanchez93@csub.edu. If you are applying to multiple internships, please turn in separate PDF files. Applications should be titled InternshipTitle_FirstName_LastName (for example, SustainablePlanningLead_Minnie_Mouse).

Deadline for priority consideration is November 9th at 11:59 p.m.
However, applications will be accepted until all internship positions are filled.


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Sustainable Planning Lead Intern

You will take a role in the STARS planning and reporting process (see above description of "Duties").

The following are the duties specific to this internship position:

This individual will work on establishing and executing a plan to lead CSU Bakersfield departments towards successfully reporting to STARS for the first time. This individual will assist with intern coordination and take a more active role in reaching out to other interns and tracking project progress.

A successful candidate will have previous leadership experience and will have a flexible schedule that will allow more time for planning and coordination.


Sustainable Food Intern

You will take a role in the STARS planning and reporting process (see above description of "Duties").

The following are the duties specific to this intern:

This individual will help support CSUB Dining with the STARS OP 7 credit: take inventory of food and beverages purchases that have sustainability attributes. This individual will work with the CSUB Edible Garden team to coordinate the crops needed at CSUB Dining and increase the amount of sustainable food purchases at CSUB. You will assist the CSUB Dining team with assessing energy efficiency and help to develop a plan for energy-efficient appliance improvements.


Sustainability Tracking Intern

You will take a role in the STARS planning and reporting process (see above description of "Duties").

The following are the duties specific to this intern:

This individual should have knowledge in or take initiative in researching energy auditing, the science behind greenhouse gas reductions, and/or how to complete a GHG inventory. This individual will work on finalizing the CSUB GHG inventory, and will take a leadership role in providing GHG emissions-reduction training to the rest of the Energize Colleges cohort. 

A successful candidate will take the initiative to perform research, will be interested in working toward innovative solutions, and will work with diverse groups that come from all campus departments.


Water-Efficiency Intern

You will take a role in the STARS planning and reporting process (see above description of "Duties").

The following are the duties specific to this intern:

This individual will perform research on CSUB's water use and will work with CSUB Facilities to find solutions for high levels of water use. The individual should expect to assist with the following STARS credits: OP 9, OP 10, and OP 22.

A successful candidate will be creative, will be interested in innovative solutions, and will be motivated to work with diverse groups that come from all campus departments.


Sustainable Building Operations Intern

You will take a role in the STARS planning and reporting process (see above description of "Duties").

The following are the duties specific to this intern:

This individual will perform research on the STARS credits for building energy efficiency and research CSUB’s possible involvement in the Living Building Challenge. The individual should expect to develop creative suggestions to CSUB's energy plan. Relevant STARS credits are: OP 3 and OP 4. 

A successful candidate will be creative, will be interested in innovative solutions, and will be motivated to work with diverse groups that come from all campus departments.


Energy Auditing Intern

You will take a role in the STARS planning and reporting process (see above description of "Duties").

The following are the duties specific to this intern:

This individual should expect to learn about energy auditing and energy estimation practices. The individual will take an active role in training their cohort peers on energy auditing practices. This individual will work closely with the Facilities department to achieve significant energy savings or propose future projects that would achieve energy savings.

A successful candidate will be creative, will be interested in innovative solutions, and will be motivated to work with diverse groups that come from all campus departments.


Green Offices Intern

You will take a role in the STARS planning and reporting process (see above description of "Duties").

The following are the duties specific to this intern:

This individual will manage a new campus program, titled Green Offices, that gets staff interested in their environmental footprint and excited to make improvements to the campus' goals of environmental sustainability. This individual 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.


Energy Education Intern

You will take a role in the STARS planning and reporting process (see above description of "Duties").

The following are the duties specific to this intern:

Assist with the advertising of Energize Colleges benefits. Energize Colleges provides small faculty grants, funds student internship opportunities to support faculty projects, and can help CSU Bakersfield work towards more sustainability-focused academic programs. This individual will reach out to faculty that are interested in relevant projects and will help start a conversation about supporting faculty who choose to integrate sustainability into their Theme S courses.


Sustainable Transportation Intern

You will take a role in the STARS planning and reporting process (see above description of "Duties").

The following are the duties specific to this intern:

You’ll help create an innovative carpool sharing program that will incentivize our campus population to carpool to campus. You will help to develop a commuter survey to solicit valuable information from individuals who commute to campus each day. 


Sustainable Waste Diversion

You will take a role in the STARS planning and reporting process (see above description of "Duties").

The following are the duties specific to this intern:

This individual will be instrumental in planning to increase recycling availability on campus, reduce amount of trash sent to incinerators. This individual should expect to create a campus recycling bin map so that we may evaluate where to place additional recycling bins. 


For more information:

Please contact Jennifer Sanchez, Sustainability Coordinator at 661-654-3552 or jsanchez93@csub.edu