Campus As A Classroom

Internship Applications Open Through July 19, 2024

Campus As A Classroom provides experiential learning opportunities for students that support the university’s sustainability goals while fostering collaboration between students, faculty and staff. The program is coordinated by the University Sustainability Office and includes three pathways: Internships, Courses and Student-Led Projects.


The internship program provides on-campus, real-world learning opportunities about sustainability. The paid internships are for the academic year (fall and spring semesters) and pair students with operations-focused projects that improve campus sustainability.

The internship experience includes the opportunity to:

Learn From Experts

Each project is proposed and led by a university employee with expertise in the project topic to facilitate student learning and project success.

Make An Impact

Students work independently on their assigned project with an opportunity to present findings and recommendations to stakeholders.

Campus As A Classroom Fall 2023 cohort photo, group  of students showing wolfies hand gesture in front of a red wall

Grow Together

A year-long cohort experience allows students to develop professional skills and grow in their understanding of sustainability.

Campus As A Classroom applications are now open through Friday, July 19 at 11:59. Internships include positions in:

  • Sustainable Wolfpack
  • Communications and Outreach Intern¬†
  • Sustainable Labs Intern
  • Sustainability Data and Reporting Intern¬†
  • Energy Management Projects Intern
  • Sustainability and Composting Research Undergraduate Scholar
  • Pollinator-Friendly Campus
  • Sustainability and Research Graduate Assistant
  • Campus Nature Rx
  • Dining Waste Reduction Intern
  • Lab Waste Diversion Intern¬†
  • Zero Waste Graphic Design and Marketing Intern
  • Sustainable Travel Research Assistant
  • Sustainable Landscape Practices Intern¬†
  • Engineering Sustainability Activities Coordinator
  • GIS and Planning Intern¬†
  • NC State Environmental Resource Clinic Student Training Program
  • Engineering First-Year Project Development – Carbon Neutrality

Campus As A Classroom interns apply classroom knowledge and develop meaningful skills in a hands-on environment while making an impact at NC State. In addition to working on their assigned projects, students are part of a year-long cohort. Through this cohort, interns participate in monthly meetings with fellow interns and complete supplementary workshop modules intended to enhance students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of sustainability principles, project management and professional development.

Internship Requirements

  • Attend all monthly cohort meetings
  • Complete supplementary workshop modules
  • Remain communicative and open-minded with all teammates and project advisor(s)
  • Maintain accountability for duties and responsibilities
  • Attend kick-off retreat in the fall semester
  • Dedicate 5 -6 hours per week for intern work and assignments
  • Complete timesheets on a weekly basis
  • Present project findings and results at the end of the academic year


Students are paid bi-weekly as hourly employees through the PackPortal System, which requires students to enter their hours directly on a weekly basis. As a paid employee of the university, interns are required to complete an I-9 Form and to be onboarded into the NCSU payroll system. Interns will be required to provide 1) a current resume with appropriate address, 2) a passport or picture ID and Social Security Card, and 3) a NCSU ID number.

Academic Credit

Some degree programs require an external learning experience. Students selected for participation in the Campus As A Classroom internship program are encouraged to initiate opportunities for relevant academic course credit through their college or school.


Internships are for one academic year starting in the fall semester. Interns will not be required to work over any university breaks. Note that you will be asked to upload a resume as part of the application form. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by email.

Student applications are accepted each summer.

Any questions regarding the application or program can be directed to Jessica Bast at

Meet The Students


In addition to internships, on-campus student sustainability projects can begin in the classroom through a variety of courses. Most frequently, such projects are completed by students in capstone and senior design courses and are led by an NC State faculty or staff member. While the Sustainability Office does not oversee every project, it works to archive this interdisciplinary work at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

If you have a sustainability project idea, you can submit a proposal to the appropriate department. If you are a faculty member interested in adding a sustainability project to your course, reach out to the University Sustainability Office.

Student-Led Projects

Students with ideas for sustainability-related research or other projects on campus are encouraged to contact the University Sustainability Office. Depending on the project’s focus and scope, funding opportunities may be available through campus initiatives such as the NC State Sustainability Fund or an Office of Undergraduate Research Award.

Project Database

Browse the list of current and past projects that are part of the Campus As A Classroom initiative since it launched in Fall 2021. The database includes both internship projects, as well as student involvement as part of university coursework.