Students interested in learning more about sustainability through practical experience will find a number of opportunities available right here on Auburn’s main campus. Current on-campus programs that offer internships in areas related to sustainability include:
- Academic Sustainability Programs
- Auburn Technical Assistance Center
- Office of Sustainability
- Waste Reduction & Recycling
For more information about opportunities in these areas, please contact the appropriate office.
The Office of Sustainability offers paid student employment opportunities each academic year beginning with the Fall semester in August. Positions are open to students who have sophomore, junior, or senior standing at the beginning of the academic year.
Students from any academic discipline interested that want to make a difference by applying their talents, training, and skills in ways that will support Auburn University in its move toward sustainability are encouraged to apply.
Office of Sustainability student staff have the opportunity to work on a range of individual and team projects. As such, we look for self-motivated, team-oriented, and collaborative individuals who are capable of independent work. Our expectation is that our student staff will commit to 10 hours per week while classes are in session.
- be part of a team to cultivate & spread an ethic & practice of sustainability;
- take a leadership role in sustainability projects on campus;
- serve as a liaison for the Office of Sustainability;
- help with office support duties;
- assist with the campus battery recycling program;
- attend a weekly staff meeting;
- attend a weekly team meeting; &
- attend sustainability trainings & other events.
We issue a call for applications each February, and make final decisions for the next academic year by the end of March. Announcements for applications are made via our newsletter, website, This Week at AU, and social media.
For questions concerning the internship, please contact us.
Each year we’re lucky to have a group of undergraduate students contribute their time and talents to help achieve our mission. You can learn a bit more about this year’s group below, and of course, you can meet our prior year student staff, too!
Junior – Environmental Design
Sustainability Studies & Business Minors
Ben Boehle is a senior majoring in Environmental Design with minors in Sustainable Studies as well as in Business. Before coming to Auburn Ben lived in the heart of San Antonio, Texas. From a young age, Ben has noticed how frustrating an urban environment can be if it is not designed with people in mind. Ben’s interest in solving these issues have grown with his understanding for the need of more sustainable cities. Overall, these interests have lead him to discovering Environmental Design and have guided him towards the hopes of attending graduate school for Urban Design as the next step. As the Design Specialist for the Office of Sustainability, Ben wishes to utilize his skills in systems thinking and design methods to contribute to promoting a more sustainable lifestyle for the Auburn family.
Sophomore – Nutrition Science
Beatriz is a sophomore majoring in Nutrition Science and minoring in statistics. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but raised in northern Mexico and the southern U.S. for most of her childhood, her environments have been as diverse as they can be. Her interest in sustainability grew from caring for the well-being of the various communities she was a part of. Growing up, she always heard that “there is no planet B” and strongly believes in taking care of it to protect our future. One of her biggest inspirations is John Denver, whose deep love for the planet is evident, and quite contagious, in all of his music (she can be found listening to his greatest hits collection at least twice a week). As an intern with the Office of Sustainability, Beatriz hopes to inspire others to care for their environment through small and consistent changes, whether they’re in Auburn or in other corners of the world.
Senior – Industrial & Systems Engineering
Taylor Kraabel is a senior majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Before coming to Auburn, Taylor lived in Tullahoma, TN, but has lived all over the country as well. Her interest for sustainability began in high school when she and some friends formed a group that promoted sustainable practices on campus. Since then, her time working at a summer camp and her travels around the world have turned this interest into a passion. As an intern with the Office of Sustainability, she hopes to gain a better understanding of sustainable industrial practices and encourage the Auburn family to live sustainable lifestyles.
Junior – Visual Media
Studio Art Minor
Devontae is a junior majoring in Visual Media and minoring in Studio Art with hopes that he can land a role in the film/television industry working behind the camera. He grew up in a small town in Alabama and always had an eye for creativity. He owns his own freelance business as photographer and videographer, on the creative team for Eagle Eye TV, and is also auditioning for the Auburn University Marching Band. As busy as he may sound its amazing on how much free time he has. He describes himself as an introverted extrovert, only outgoing in friend groups. However, if you need a good laugh or want to hear a wild story he’s the person to go to. Throughout his Auburn journey he has learned some valuable life lessons such as: 8ams are the worst, don’t take a class after 3pm, don’t try to drive downtown after a football game(win or lose). If parked in RO, don’t move your car after a football game, walking is better for the environment, soul, and your wallet, dorm life is good life, apartment life is broke life, go where ever the free food is, avoid the Haley Concourse, and even after research, Bodda Getta still doesn’t make since. Devontae is excited to start working with his fellow sustainability co-workers and show Auburn University and the world how we can have a better economy, society, well-being, and nature.
Senior — Visual Media
Patience Ray is a senior majoring in Visual Media and is a first-generation college student. When she’s not going to school full-time, or plotting world domination, she’s learning new social media marketing skills, baking her way through the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook, playing epic cooperative board games, or kickin’ it at Beat Saber in Virtual Reality with her friends. Why? Because she believes in making meaningful connections. And while food and games go a long way in building friendships, she also loves helping companies, non-profits, and NGOs share their vision and connect with their audiences. And at the office of sustainability, she hopes to do just that. She appreciates Auburn University’s holistic approach to sustainability where nature, the economy, society and well-being are viewed from a social justice perspective. Her love of sustainability began at an early age as she worked with her family to grow their own food and live off the land. She lived most of her life much like camping, without running water or electricity. No AC and no indoor plumbing. That experience made her resilient and hardworking and made living as an adult in Kenya, Tanzania, and Egypt for 2.5 years a piece of cake. Though she no longer lives off the grid, she still tries to live conscientiously and wants to help Auburn become economically, ecologically, and socially sustainable.
Junior — Environmental Design
Ferrell Sullivan is a junior in Environmental Design. She was raised in Helena, Alabama just south of Birmingham, Alabama. Ferrell’s love for the outdoors and sustainability started with her admiration of her mother. She was raised going camping with friends and family on the weekends. Her mother taught her to never waste things and that recycling helps keep our environment healthy. As she came to Auburn, she became more aware of the interactions of humans and their environments. She fell in love with the systems involved and wanted to better and create those systems. As an intern with the Office of Sustainability, she hopes to use sustainable knowledge and skills to incorporate it into the systems she introduces within her career.