Student Internships

The 2017-2018 internship positions have all been filled. We will post a call for applications for the 2018-2019 program in February. 

The Office of Sustainability partners with the Student Sustainability Council and the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment (TFISE) to provide exciting and meaningful undergraduate internship opportunities. 

Each internship is tied to an existing sustainability-related program at the University (host program), including operational units such Recycling and faculty working groups like the Urban Forest Initiative. All internships are paid and interns are expected to work 8-10 hours per week. Approximately half of the hours will be spent supporting the work of the host program and the other half will be focused on developing an independent student-led project.

Here's a run down of our current interns and their projects. Find a list of past internships here.


Outreach and Coordination at The Food Connection

Name: Mackenzie Gibson

Class Standing: Sophomore

Major: Public Health

Hometown: London, KY

About her internship: I work with Lilian Brislen at The Food Connection. I mainly work with The First Friday Breakfast Series and any other major events that The Food Connections presents. I coordinate between volunteers, guests hosts, partners, and event attendees. I also coordinate with our Media Specialist for outreach through social media and designs for each First Friday Breakfast. My independent project is yet to be decided, but will be overlapping public health and food systems within our community and how to make local and healthy foods accessible to students on campus.


UK Dining Sustainability Unit

Name: Josey Moore
Class Standing: Junior
Major: Agricultural Economics and Business
Hometown: Fallon, NV
About her internship: UK Dining's Sustainability manager is Carolyn Gahn and our unit works to coordinate more sustainable practices within the food production services on campus. Some of our projects include composting, recycling and buying local for the 28 locations on the University of Kentucky campus.

UK Dining Sustainability Unit


Name: Colin Marshall

Class Standing: Senior

Major: Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Hometown: Paducah, KY

About his internship: I work for the sustainability office of UK Dining where we try to reduce our environmental impact though sustainable practices. Some of our continuous initiatives include buying local, composting, and waste tracking and reduction.

I am working with the UK Dining Sustainability manager, Carolyn Gahn, along with Lilian Brislen from the food connection to spread awareness of the local food on campus. By creating a webpage for students to view the various local food options on campus, we hope to increase awareness of and purchasing of local food.​


Promotions & Outreach with the Office of Sustainability


Name: Lauren Thomas

Class Standing: Senior

Majors: Communications, Environmental & Sustainability Studies

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

About her internship: I work with Shane Tedder in the Office of Sustainability to improve communications about campus sustainability initiatives. This takes the form of social media, web editing, graphic design, and email marketing.

My independent project is to develop an online Sustainability Hub to engage the student population in sustainable initiatives across campus.


Waste Reduction


Name: Cassie Odom

Class Standing: Junior

Majors: Geography & Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
About her internship: She works with Esther Moberly in UK Recycling. Her independent project will be to create and develop an on-campus thrift store



Energy Efficiency & Conservation


Name: Henrique Correa

Class Standing: Senior

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Londrina, Brazil

About his internship: I work under Britney Ragland's supervision. I help her and the department usually through work related to energy savings audits on campus. This year I am also working on migrating hard paper data on condensate systems across campus to an online database, as well as creating a Qualtrics survey linked to it that can be used from now on to record new data.




Water Systems Working Group/Stream Restoration Intern


Name: Kayla Rosko

Class Standing:Junior

Major: Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Hometown: Fort Knox, KY
About her internship: I work under Dr. Carmen Agouridis to assist with the updating of UK's MS4 permit in regards to Public Education and Outreach and Public Involvement as related to Stormwater.



Water Systems Working Group/Stream Restoration Intern

Name: Sara Stewart

Class standing: Senior

Major: Natural Resources and Environmental Science

Hometown: Berea, Kentucky

About her internship: I am supporting the work of Dr. Carmen Agouridis, extension associate professor and faculty lead for the Water Systems Working Group, identifying opportunities for student, faculty, and staff involvement in stream restoration projects on campus. I am also aiding in the assessment and reporting of stormwater outreach, education, and public participation activities in compliance with UK's MS4 permit.

For my independent project, I plan on developing an Esri Story Map for water-related landmarks across campus.


Urban Forest Initiative


Name: Max Hammer

Class Standing: Junior

Major: Landscape Architecture

Hometown: Nashville, TN

About his internship: I am creating a tree ID guide usable by community members to support UFI’s outreach to people interested in their urban trees. We are working on an informative design workshop that assists people in designing their landscapes with trees. I also design flyers for various UFI-related events. I do a lot of supporting work independently, but we haven’t worked out exactly what my own project will be.