Office of Sustainability Internship

  • City and County of Denver
  • Denver, Colorado
  • May 22, 2019
Full Time Internship

Job Description

About Our Job
The Denver Office of Sustainability seeks unpaid, part-time or full-time Interns for the summer of 2019. Interns will experience a fast-paced, professional environment and will be given the opportunity to witness first-hand, the internal operations of the Office of Sustainability of a major city, while assisting the Office of Sustainability with achieving the City's 2020 Sustainability Goals and establishing sustainability as a core business value of the City.

The City's 2020 Sustainability Goals, which were approved by the Mayor on March 11, 2013 can be viewed at The City's Citywide Sustainability Policy can be seen at

The mission of the Office of Sustainability is to provide leadership, guidance, and coordination to city agencies in Denver's pursuit of sustainability. Sustainability is defined by the City as both an end result and a process of planning and operating that provides for the needs of our people and businesses today without impairing our ability to continue providing for their needs in the future.

Interns assist the office with a variety of tasks, including: identifying and vetting sustainability strategies and policies the city could pursue, quantifying progress on set goals, executing our year-around commitment process and supporting the subsequent outcomes of our annual sustainability summit.

As an intern you will experience the following:
  • Conducting research projects relating to emerging technologies, policies, and practices utilized in other cities and institutions that would inform sustainability policy and practices within the City
  • Assisting with Office of Sustainability efforts to achieve the 2020 Sustainability Goals through stakeholder management, quantification/tracking of the goals, or identification of strategies to achieve the goals
  • Assisting with Office of Sustainability efforts to establish sustainability as a core business value of the city and communicating it as a public value. This could include researching organizational sustainability practices, developing training programs, and developing media products including presentations for public events
  • Assisting with the planning of the Sustainable Denver Summit to be held in December and its preceding Roundtables. For more information see:
  • Learning about Mayor Hancock and his sustainability initiatives, Denver municipal government and public service
  • Other supportive tasks as assigned

This is an unpaid internship.

About You
Our ideal candidate will have/be:
  • Outstanding research skills that go beyond mere Google searches and Wikipedia look-ups. The intern should be comfortable with locating and reading original source material and interviewing people familiar with the subject of the research
  • Good analytical skills, critical thinking and sensitivity to the likelihood of opposing viewpoints
  • Facility with math and statistics, and diplomatic tenacity in the pursuit of facts
  • Excellent writing, proofreading, grammar and spelling
  • Strong professionalism reflective of the Mayor's Office
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at the same time
  • Dependable
  • Detail-oriented
  • Good communication skills and professionalism
  • Successful candidates may be required to pass a background check

Our preferred candidate will have the ability to translate research results into projectable presentations using PowerPoint or a comparable presentation program, and/or other web-accessible presentation formats.

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
  • Completion of at least 2 years of post secondary school leading up to a Bachelors degree
  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate program in Political Science, Journalism, Economics, Statistics, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Sustainability or a comparable field

Other Mandatory documentation required to be considered for this position:
  • Official or unofficial transcripts
  • Cover letter - detailing your interest in this position
  • Writing sample 2-3 pages in length

About Everything Else

Job Profile
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Position Type
Unpaid Intern

Pay Range
Pay Range $0.00 - $0.00

Dept of Public Health & Environment

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