EcoAmbassador Internship Program

EcoAmbassadors are students chosen to further sustainability through semester and year-long projects in partnership with faculty and staff across the campus. This program combines an advisor-coordinated sustainability project with a course taught by the Director of Sustainability for 1-3 ENSP 490 credits, some capstone eligible.

The internship will consist of approximately 5 hours per week spent creating and implementing a sustainability project/research, in collaboration with a supervising staff or faculty member.  Class will be held monthly with the EcoAmbassador instructor Calandra Waters Lake, Director of Sustainability.  This is a great opportunity to work with different departments or offices on campus on sustainability issues that are important to the campus community. 

If you have questions about the EcoAmbassador program or any of the projects, contact Calandra at [[waterslake]].

Apply by April 26, 2018
W&M Earth Week Co-chair 2019 | 1 position | 2-3 ENSP credits

W&M Earth Week is 7 days of activities, programs, and displays in celebration of Earth Day (April 22), culminating in a fun-filled festival.  The Earth Week Committee chair (Julia Montgomery '20) and co-chair will work with the sustainability director, Calandra Waters Lake, and a Committee on Sustainability advisor. The students will manage the Earth Week Committee program coordinators and must have strong communication and organization skills, attention to detail, ability to delegate and team build, as well as comfort in leading a group.  Planning takes place in the fall, with implementation in the spring. Spring 2019 will carry a sustainability theme related to the 100th anniversary of women at W&M.

Project Goals

  • Lead a collaborative planning process that includes input from many campus and community stakeholders
  • Coordinate and implement a strategic number of Earth Week events
  • Partner with campus and community groups
  • Act as the hub, creating a platform for other groups to advertise and network their Earth Week events
  • Create and advertise a week of events that draws attention to the broad message of sustainability 
Defining the Landscape of Green Careers | 1 position | year-long | 2-3 credits

This student will be working with the Cohen Career Center’s Don Snyder, Associate Director, STEM Careers. The EcoAmbassador will explore and define the multiple facets of the green career industry through organization and occupational research via websites and LinkedIn, and interviews with professionals in the field.

By establishing communication and connections with professionals in the field, the student will coordinate two initiatives:

  1. Recorded Interviews - Information gathered will include occupational profiles (daily activities, skills, education, etc.); and industry trends. Interviews will be added to the career center website and linked with other sites, with a final output format of audio, video, or written transcript. A reasonable number of interviews completed in final format would be 2-3 per spring and fall semester.
  2. Green Careers Meetups – Format will be either in-person or via video. Professionals will speak with students about their career paths, current position and organization, and opportunities in the field. A reasonable number of meetups to coordinate would be 1-2 per spring and fall semester.

Interviews will be mostly with William & Mary alumni and parents, but may include other professionals. This student should be comfortable and confident with interviewing industry professionals via phone, Skype, and email/LinkedIn.  Strong verbal and written communication skills preferred with the ability to translate and synthesize information into comprehensive occupational profiles. A basic understanding of, or ability to learn video and audio editing is also preferred.  Initiative and resourcefulness are a must to act on leads for interviews or meetups with professionals and develop and manage the project.

VIMS Discovery Lab Assistant | 2 positions | year-long, focus in Spring | 2-3 credits

The student(s) selected for this project will work with Sarah Nuss, Education Coordinator, and education staff for the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve at VIMS, to create informal education activities and demonstrations for the Discovery Lab program.  The Discovery Lab program is a monthly, family-friendly outreach event on the VIMS campus designed to allow families to learn about marine science together, with each month focusing on a specific marine science theme.  The EcoAmbassador will assist with the planning and creation of a “Climate Corner” at each of the January, February, and March labs, focusing on how climate change will impact the highlighted habitat or species.  In April, the EcoAmbassador will be the main contributor, planning and implementing a Discovery Lab on a topic of their choice related to the Bay, including a “Climate Corner”.  The EcoAmbassador for this project should be well organized, creative, and enthusiastic about working with the public and environmental education.  This is a full year project, with planning taking place in the Fall semester, and more hands-on work in the Spring semester.  Ability to travel to VIMS required.

Project Goals:

  • Work with Education staff to develop topic for April Discovery Lab.
  • Develop a “Climate Corner” for the Discovery Labs taking place in January-April.
  • Volunteer at the Discovery Labs in January-March.
  • Develop hands-on activities, demonstrations, and display information for Discovery Lab in April.
  • Assist with evaluation of the program.