Campus As A Classroom

Student Innovation. Campus Collaboration. Sustainable Impact.

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.

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.