Waste & Recycling
UD Recycling and Waste Interns are tasked with diverting as much of UD’s waste from landfill as possible.

  • All semesters and summer / winter breaks
  • Up to 12 interns per semester, up to 6 per seasonal break
  • Mostly unpaid; paid positions as resources allow

Interns in this program collect data and complete analyses to paint a picture of UD’s waste stream. Recycling Interns also do a lot of education / outreach in the UD community on issues related to waste and recycling. UD’s goal is to divert 60% of its waste from landfill by 2020. Recycling Interns:

  • Identify all data points and develop data collection procedures, including surveys, online forms, GIS and more.
  • Enter and analyze data to identify trends, information gaps, and factors hampering or helping UD improve its waste stream
  • Create education and outreach materials including presentations, posters, games and activities, and more
  • Identify infrastructure or operations improvements and propose solutions
  • Identify and apply for grants
  • Host or attend campus events to promote recycling
  • Help organize and run the annual Recycle Mania competition
Food Waste Interns
A specialized sub-group of the Waste / Recycling Internship Program, Food Waste Interns are tasked with diving deep into an especially complex topic.

  • Up to 2 interns
  • Every semester with potential for seasonal breaks
  • Unpaid

Interns in this program will work closely with Dining Services to reduce food waste on campus. They will also liaise with the Food Recovery Network to support their initiatives as appropriate. Intern tasks:

  • Develop and conduct education and outreach activities to raise awareness about food waste
  • Conduct food waste audits each semester
  • Develop metrics on different sources of food waste to assess impact
  • Design and conduct surveys to identify user behaviors and motivations
  • Analyze Dining areas for opportunities to reduce waste

AASHE STARS Interns are tasked with coordinating the collection of data from departments and colleges across UD to complete our AASHE STARS report. AASHE STARS is a sustainability report for higher education institutions; it collects information about university operations, academics, administration, student life, and more. The report enables UD to compare itself to nearly 1,000 institutions of higher education across the world.

This internship program will re-open in future semesters. Stay tuned!

Course Credit: Experiential Learning
Many UD Majors, Minors or Graduate programs require experiential learning credits. UD Sustainability frequently sponsors students in these programs. We have worked with many academic departments and many professors in the past in the arts, sciences and humanities.


  • Students are responsible for bringing forms or securing signatures from the Sustainability Manager per the requirements of their course.
  • Does a Sustainability Internship will meet your course requirements? Share a copy of the Handshake job ad with your professor and ask.
  • If an internship does not meet your course requirements but you’re still interested in Sustainability, ask the Sustainability Manager to tailor an internship for you! There is so much work to be done, we can accommodate most course requirements at the undergrad and graduate levels.
Research Project Sponsorship
Many undergrad and graduate programs at UD require students to complete semester-long research projects. Some courses feature large research projects as part of their curricula.

Every semester UD Sustainability sponsors:

  • Class team projects
  • Leadership and entrepreneurial projects
  • Capstone or Independent Study research papers
  • Graduate & PhD research

We often take the reports or results of student research and incorporate them into Sustainability projects or programming. Only a few examples of student research contributions:

  • Food waste reduction efforts through entrepreneurial product and service proposals
  • New Water Bottle Refill stations by identifying under-served areas where there is high demand
  • Development of waste-to-energy research trial opportunities now under development
  • Storm water quality assessments and proposed improvements
  • Reviews of strategic planning and change management in peer institutions
  • Education and outreach potential across UD campus, incorporating UD geography, history, environment, culture
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