Sustainability Internships

Flagstaff Sustainability Program has 8 internship positions available for the summer of 2021. Please scroll down to view the internship titles, duties, and qualifications. 

All internships are 15 to 20 hours per week and will start as soon as possible or the beginning of June through mid-August. Internship timing is flexible.  

How to Apply

  • If you are an NAU student, please apply through NAU's Handshake site.
  • For all other applicants, you can apply via email. Please send your resume and cover letter to Jillian Goulet at jillian.goulet@flagstaffaz.gov. Please include the internship position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.
  • Applications will close at 11:59pm on April 11, 2021. After that date, Sustainability Staff will be in touch via email about next steps. 

Summer 2021 Positions

Accessibility Intern

Responsibilities:  

  • Analyze current Sustainability-hosted events, online communication methods, and programs for accessibility weaknesses.
  • Research best practices for remedying these weaknesses. This may include literature analysis or informational interviews. 
  • Communicate with community members about accessibility needs and considerations.  
  • Develop a report outlining solutions. 
  • Implement the solutions as time allows. 
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: This internship involves mostly independent work, with weekly meetings with the internship supervisor. Accordingly, the intern must be a self-starter, able to successfully work independently on projects. The intern must possess experience with research, project management, and independent qualitative data analysis. Must also possess good written and oral communication skills. Experience with disability studies and equity is preferred.

For more information, click here for the Accessibility Intern Announcement (PDF).

Building Electrification Research Intern

Responsibilities:  

  • Communicate with key City staff to gain an understanding of climate and energy issues, electrification opportunities, and other related topics.  
  • Research electrification options in the residential, commercial and industrial building industries. Make recommendations for how the City can move forward with encouraging electrification in each industry. 
  • Work independently to conduct research on specific energy and electrification best practices in other peer municipalities. 
  • Create an electrification information hub, likely hosted on the City of Flagstaff website, to assist homeowners and contractors with home electrification. 
  • Develop materials to communicate electrification benefits and strategies to the general public, potentially including social media graphics, website materials, and one-page summaries. 
  • Assist with energy and electrification conversations with volunteers and community members.  
  • Interview community experts in electrification and local contractors. 
  • Additional duties as assigned. 

Qualifications: This internship involves mostly independent work, with weekly meetings with the internship supervisor. Accordingly, the intern must be a self-starter, able to successfully work independently on projects. Intern must possess experience with research and project management. The intern should have either background in energy, building and/or climate studies, or the ability to quickly familiarize themselves with these fields. The intern must possess good written and oral communication skills. An ideal candidate will be a motivated individual interested in advancing public policy and energy programming with regards to climate action.  

For more information, click here for the Building Electrification Research Intern Announcement (PDF).

Climate and Business Intern

Responsibilities:

  • Identify and contact local businesses who are interested in climate action. 
  • Gain understanding of Flagstaff’s climate change impacts and actions the City and businesses are taking. 
  • Develop interview questions for businesses about climate action and their climate concerns. 
  • Conduct interviews with business leaders and analyze data.
  • Compile a report with data, contacts, and lessons learned in order to prepare the Sustainability Program’s launch of a Climate and Business Working Group. 
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: This internship involves mostly independent work, with weekly meetings with the internship supervisor. Accordingly, the intern must be a self-starter, able to successfully work independently on projects. The intern must possess experience with outreach, project management, and independent qualitative data analysis. Must also possess good written and oral communication skills. Experience with climate change and local business is preferred.    

For more information, click here for the Climate and Business Intern Announcement (PDF).

Community Equity Intern

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct independent research into best practices in improving community equity within climate work, among peer cities and other municipalities. Summarize research. 
  • Analyze current climate programs and plans (the 2018 Climate Action and Adaptation Plan and the Carbon Neutrality Plan) for how they address and implement equity principles. Identify equity / implementation gaps for each climate program. 
  • Work with City staff, climate experts and other resources to review and analyze current data available to understand disparate impacts and climate vulnerabilities in Flagstaff. Analyze currently available data on community needs, community demographics, and land use practices. Develop recommendations for additional data collection, as necessary.  
  • Assist with relationship-building within the Flagstaff community to allow staff to better understand the needs and concerns of vulnerable communities. Develop recommendations for moving forward. 
  • Develop recommendations for how the Sustainability Section can better incorporate equity principles into its planning, programming and outreach. Depending on the intern’s commitment, they may be asked to lead or assist with the implementation of the recommended changes. 
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: This internship involves mostly independent work, with weekly meetings with the internship supervisor. Accordingly, the intern must be a self-starter, able to successfully work independently on projects. The intern must possess experience with research, project management, and independent analysis. The intern should have either background in climate or equity studies, or the ability to quickly familiarize themselves with these fields. The intern must possess good written and oral communication skills. An ideal candidate will be a motivated individual interested in advancing public policy and community planning with regards to climate action and community equity.  

For more information, click here for the Community Equity Intern Announcement (PDF).

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Intern

Responsibilities:

  • Analyze municipal and community greenhouse gas emissions data and streamline emissions data management.  
  • Evaluate the ICLEI ClearPath greenhouse gas inventory tool and any updates in methods made in the past year.  Present findings to Staff, and in collaboration, determine which methodologies to move forward with.  
  • Perform analysis on the greenhouse gas emission data and connect findings to the Climate Action and Adaption Plan (CAAP) and Carbon Neutrality Plan (CNP).  Develop a system to support staff in tying climate actions to emissions reductions.  
  • Improve communications with both municipal employees and members of the public regarding municipal and community energy use and emissions.  
  • Coordinate outreach efforts and design communications materials to communicate climate, and energy initiatives to the public and City of Flagstaff employees in partnership with other Sustainability Section Staff. 
  • Additional duties as assigned. 

Qualifications: This internship involves mostly independent work, with weekly meetings with the internship supervisor. Accordingly, the intern must be a self-starter, able to successfully work independently on projects. Intern must possess familiarity with energy and greenhouse gas data analysis methodologies and project management experience. Must also possess good written and oral communication skills.  

For more information, click here for the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Intern Announcement (PDF).

Materials Management Outreach Intern

Responsibilities:

  • Plan outreach efforts to support the rollout of volumetric garbage pricing pilot 
  • Research and develop a plan to expand waste diversion/prevention at community events  
  • Support the expansion of recycling inspection efforts in the community 
  • Additional duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Intern must possess experience with communications, public outreach and project management. Must also possess good written and oral communication skills.
For more information, click here for the Materials Management Outreach Intern Announcement (PDF).


Rentlab Outreach Intern

Responsibilities: 

  • In coordination with City and RentLab staff, co-develop and implement a direct communication outreach strategy to build positive relationships with local rental complexes, property managers and landlords. 
  • Design and run various A/B campaigns, using a variety of platforms and approaches, to test different messaging strategies. 
  • Plan and implement outreach activities to the local tenant community to gather data for the platform and feedback on messaging and services.  
  • Identify potential high-impact meetings or events where we might be able to secure a speaking time; develop and deliver tailored presentations based on the audience. 
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: This internship involves mostly independent work, with weekly meetings with the internship supervisor. Accordingly, the intern must be a self-starter, able to successfully work independently on projects. Must have project management experience with the ability to advance multiple projects simultaneously.  Must be comfortable talking to diverse audiences one-on-one, and with public speaking, both in person and remotely.  Must also possess good written and oral communication skills.

For more information, click here for the RentLab Outreach Intern Announcement (PDF).

Transportation and Climate Intern

Responsibilities: 

  • Communicate with key City staff to gain an understanding of climate and transportation issues, TDM, zoning codes, and current transportation-related practices.  
  • Research street / transportation engineering standards in peer communities and make recommendations for street standard redesign. 
  • Work independently to conduct research on specific transportation and land use best practices. 
  • Draw connections between climate-transportation best practices in other cities and Flagstaff policies, such as the CAAP, zoning codes, and the regional plan, among others. 
  • Identify areas of research which connect with goals and strategies in the CAAP. 
  • Assist with transportation and land use conversations with volunteers and community members.  
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: This internship involves mostly independent work, with weekly meetings with the internship supervisor. Accordingly, the intern must be a self-starter, able to successfully work independently on projects. Intern must possess experience with research and project management. The intern should have either background in transportation and/or climate studies, or the ability to quickly familiarize themselves with these fields. The intern must possess good written and oral communication skills. An ideal candidate will be a motivated individual interested in advancing public policy and community planning with regards to climate action and transportation.  

For more information, click here for the Transportation and Climate Intern Announcement (PDF).