Sustainability Internship Program

Preparing our students for success in an increasingly competitive job market.

The Sustainability Internship Program through the Institute for Sustainable Solutions connects students from any department at PSU with paid internships in sustainability-related industries and organizations—where students can develop skills, knowledge, and experience to become the next generation of leaders in their fields. 

Interns receive a monthly stipend that enables them to focus fully on their internship experience and reduce their level of debt. 

About the Program

The Sustainability Internship Program began in 2009 and is a partnership between the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, which provides primary funding and fiscal management for the program, and the Office of Advising and Career Services, which manages all other aspects of the program.

Internship Opportunities

Summer Climate Fellows Program

Paid, full-time, graduate-level summer internships that focus on a project in partnership with a local organization to inform a decision, investment, or policy related to sustainability in the Portland metro region. 

Watch for more internship openings on our Current Opportunities page, as well as on Handshake.

Sustainability Internship Program interns

Past Partner Organizations







"This internship is incredibly valuable to both the organization and the students. The program plays a vital part in Renewable Northwest's efforts to help talented, passionate, intelligent people find their career niche in the Northwest renewable energy sector." 
—David Wolf, Intern Supervisor, Renewable Northwest

"The stipend allowed me to cover a portion of my tuition so that I could focus on a relevant internship and my studies rather than getting a part-time job in an unrelated field." 
Lina Menard, Intern, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


For more information contact Mary Vance, Career Counselor, Sustainability Focus: