Recycling & Waste Reduction Intern and Green Dining Intern
Student Recycling Coordinator
The Student Recycling Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Office of Sustainability in management of waste reduction efforts. The primary role of this intern is to find innovative ways to increase Bentley's recycling rate and decrease trash disposal, increasing Bentley's overall waste diversion rate.
The primary role of this intern is to facilitate and improve Bentley’s waste reduction efforts. This intern is the eyes and ears of the Office of Sustainability regarding recycling across the campus. This includes conducting spot audits of recycling facilities across campus, communicating with Facilities Management staff, devising creative solutions to waste-reduction challenges, tracking and reporting waste and recycling tonnage monthly, coordinating the GreenBean recycling machine ambassadors, and attending Recycling Task Force meetings.
The skills necessary for this internship include: extensive understanding of the single-stream recycling program, creative problem-solving, and professionalism in dealing with the campus community. The ideal intern will respond to emails and project requests within 24 hours.
Green Dining Intern
Together with Sodexo, the Office of Sustainability created a Green Dining Internship in January 2010. This intern is employed for approximately 10 hours per week throughout the academic year. The Green Dining intern is responsible for assisting the Office of Sustainability and Sodexo in the greening of Bentley’s dining and kitchen areas. The primary role of this intern is to work with Sodexo’s team to continually assess waste reduction and recycling efforts in kitchen and dining areas across campus. This includes devising creative solutions to waste-reduction challenges and training of Sodexo employees. The Green Dining Intern also helps to brainstorm and execute new projects which will help Sodexo achieve corporate goals outlined in the Sodexo “Better Tomorrow Plan” and increase student understanding of sustainability initiatives in Bentley’s dining spaces.
The skills necessary for this internship include professionalism while working with Bentley’s corporate partners, creative problem-solving to address recurring challenges, and sustainability interest and engagement on campus. Knowledge of the single-stream recycling program is a must. The Office of Sustainability and Sodexo accept applications for this position in April of each year.
Kevin Ma (2015) is both the Office of Sustainability Student Recycling Coordinator and a Green Dining Intern for the 2013/2014 academic year.
Office of Sustainability Assistant
The Office of Sustainability employs one student for 10-12 hours per week during the academic year as an assistant. The primary role of this internship is general support for the Office of Sustainability (OOS). While it is the most fluid in terms of defined responsibilities, this includes overseeing the OOS’s communication plan, attending weekly OOS meetings to stay connected with staff, managing data collection for AASHE STARS, performing research and benchmarking projects, working with the Energy Manager to calculate cost savings analyses for efficiency upgrades across campus, and assisting in Faculty/Staff Eco-Rep meetings.
The skills necessary for this internship include proficiency in writing (spelling and grammar are essential), sustainability interest and engagement, creative thinking and problem-solving, and timeliness of correspondence.
Julie Delongchamp (2015) is the Office of Sustainability Assistant for the 2013/2014 academic year.
Office of Sustainability Webmaster
The primary role of this intern is to continually assess the website’s format and content for additions that would make the site user friendly. This includes correspondence with the Manager of Sustainability and the PR/Marketing intern for additions to content and use of the Bentley website’s editing tool (Drupal 7). Regular guidance and content is provided by Office of Sustainability staff.
The skills necessary for this internship include website editing through programs like Drupal 7 (Drupal training will be provided), an understanding of website efficiency, and proficiency in writing (spelling and grammar are essential). The ideal intern will respond to emails and project requests within 24 hours. IDCC or CIS majors preferred. Students active in current sustainability programs on campus preferred.
Tien Nguyen (2016) is the Office of Sustainability Webmaster for the the 2013/2014 academic year.
Open - PR & Marketing Intern
The PR & Marketing intern's primary goal is communication with the campus community and external communication about Bentley's sustianabiltiy progress. Internal communication responsibilities include writing press releases, coordinating with the Webmaster intern to post news blurbs on the website, and being a liaison to the Marketing department for ongoing projects like monthly GreenSteps. External communication responsibilities include managing the Office of Sustainability Twitter and Facebook feeds and submitting press releases to higher education bulletins and newsletters such as AASHE, Bloomberg, and GreenBiz. The expectation for this intern is to work about 7 hours per week.
The skills necessary for this internship include proficiency in writing (spelling and grammar are essential), previous use and understanding of social media sites, sustainability interest and engagement, and timeliness of correspondence. A major in marketing or IDCC preferred. Students active in current sustainability programs on campus preferred. The expectation for this intern is to work about 7 hours per week.
Working about thirty hours per week, this intern's responsiblities encompass parts of each of the internships offered during the academic year, including implementing sustainability initiatives, creating outreach and educational documents and updating the Office of Sustainability website and social media sites.This intern is also involved in the strategic planning for the following fiscal year. The student works on this all while observing the back-of-house operations in Facilities Management which make our office's initiatives possible.