Student Employment

Program Staff

Michigan Dining

Job #: 800163
Location: West Quad
Department: Michigan Dining
Rate: $11.00/Hour (Undergrad) / $12/Hour (Grad)
Resume Required? Yes
Work-Study? Either, Work-Study or Non-Work-Study Available

Position Title: Sustainability Intern

Background: Sustainability is a core part of the University of Michigan’s philosophy. Through Planet Blue, the University is engaging the community to meet 2025 goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, transportation emissions and waste tonnage. Michigan Dining (which includes residential, catering and retail units) are reducing their carbon footprint by buying more local food products for eateries, reducing food waste and conserving water. Student Life as a whole is working towards a more sustainable campus by supporting the goals and offering support to individual units. Michigan Dining works directly with local farmers and producers to include sustainable foods in menus. It has a goal of serving 20 percent of food on campus purchased from farms within a 250-mile radius. Currently, the auxiliary is at 15.3 percent in local procurement. Michigan Dining and is among the first Big Ten universities to achieve Marine Stewardship Council certification. Sustainability culture programs aim to educate the community, track behavior and report on progress over time.

Deadline to apply: 8/15/20 for Fall

Hours per week: Approximately 10-15 hours per week, with flexibility on schedule to meet intern needs

Compensation: $11/hr (undergrad) $12/hr (grad)

Responsibilities: Intern will work directly with University of Michigan Dining units as well as Student Life units, as well as Michigan Dining and Student Engagement support staff.

Duties may include:

  • Assist the Director in scheduling students to meet for sustainability initiatives
  • Assist in coordination of schedules, events Planning and prep for future events
  • Office support Assist with fall programming as needed ( EarthFest Planning, Farmers Market Planning)
  • Sustainability projects associated with Fall or academic year implementation
  • Additional composting opportunities on campus
  • Assist with development of sustainability educational materials
  • Other work as deemed necessary


  • Knowledge of UM Sustainability Goals and Initiatives
  • Strong computer skills
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of people of various social, cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to follow direction and work independently

To apply: Email cover letter and resume/CV to Keith Soster with subject ‘Sustainability Intern’ "