Paid Internships

Sustainability Ambassadors

Sustainability ambassadors (or interns) work within Academic Affairs specifically in the Office of Sustainability under the direct supervision of the Director of Sustainability. The Office of Sustainability hires up to 10 positions annually (dependent on funding). Each position, if hired, is expected to work ~20 hours/week. Students that have been hired in this position previously and would like to return to the program must re-apply.

Sustainability ambassadors are CSUEB students who are passionate about sustainability and are committed to enhancing existing, or creating new, on-campus sustainability projects that contribute to the betterment of our campus environmentally, socially, and economically. These positions are expected to:

  • Participate in a beginning of the year full-day sustainability staff retreat,
  • Participate in regular sustainability-related trainings and staff meetings,

  • Participate in quarterly service events,

  • Design a new, or enhance an existing, on-campus sustainability project or program,

  • Create and present a formal proposal outlining the project details,

  • Implement the approved project with the support of the Director of Sustainability and other campus faculty/staff (as necessary),

  • Develop a work plan and track progress in a weekly report,

  • Present final project at an end of the year symposium,

  • Showcase project during campus events such as Campus Sustainability Day and Earth Week,

  • Commit to one year with the program, and

  • Additional tasks as assigned.

Desirable Qualifications:

Must have excellent English and communication skills. Will be working on-campus with faculty, staff, and students. Must be able to work within a group, independently, and be comfortable speaking in public. Accuracy, attention to detail, meticulous record keeping skills, organizational skills, time-management capability and creativity are essential. Knowledge of sustainability issues and a passion for sustainability are strongly desired, but not required. Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (especially word processing and spreadsheets), Google Drive, and online research methods are highly desirable, but not required. Sustainability interns/student assistants will be required to completed campus online training modules such as Safety Orientation, Sexual Harassment, and/or FERPA.

Applicants must be an enrolled student at California State University, East Bay - freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student in good standing (minimum 2.75 gpa required; 3.0 desired)

Application Instructions:

If interested please submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject line ‘SUSTAINABILITY INTERNSHIP’ no later than Friday, May 20, 2016. Only complete applications will be considered. Eligible students will be contacted for an interview prior to the end of the Spring Quarter.


2016/2017 Sustainability Ambassadors

student interns photo
Left to right (top row): Jericho Apo, Sociology; Geneva Easton, Communications; Carol Trost, Environmental Studies; Jonathan Villarreal, Business Administration; Pablo Narez, Construction Management and Environmental Studies; Luigi Madrid, Environmental Science; Vanessa Cha, Nursing. Left to right (bottom row): Jayshree Wasnik, Statistics; Robyn Perry, History; Brigette Tran, Business Administration and Political Science; John Zamora, Computer Science; Yvezee Lapada, Biological Sciences; Darnell Harper Jr., Business Administration; Logan Slattery, Business Administration; Cerys Evans, Environmental Science.


  • Zero Waste Education

  • Restroom Paper Towel Compost Program

  • General Compost Program

  • Helping Our Pioneers Excel (HOPE) Food Pantry Support

  • Sustainable Office Assessment Program (SOAP)

  • Sustainable Events

  • Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)

  • Sustainability Social Media Plan

  • Community Living Guide

  • SustainEastBay Student Club

  • Carpool Education & Programming

  • Sustainability 101 Education

  • Alternative Transportation Guide

  • Greenhouse Gas Inventory

  • Take Back the Tap

  • Resident Hall Competitions


2015/2016 Sustainability Ambassadors

student interns photo
Left to right: Geneva Easton, Communications; Ariana Famosa Cortez, Environmental Studies; Jennifer Scarbrough, Math; Yvezee Lapada, Biology/Chemistry; Nova Pierce, Geography; Hugo Gregoire, Psychology and Environmental Studies; Teresa Gamber, Environmental Studies; Jacqueline Ortiz, Environmental Studies; Juliet Naishorua, Political Science; W.A., Geography.


  • Gooseneck Takeover (water refill stations on campus water fountains)

  • Elimination of plastic bag distribution on campus

  • Food waste awareness in the Dining Commons

  • Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System for CSUEB

  • Improving alternative transportation at CSUEB

  • CSUEB Sustainability Map


2014/2015 Sustainability Ambassadors

student interns photo
Left to right: Mercedes Ruiz, Undeclared; Brittney Wallace, English; Ryan Tayahua, Political Science; Megan McAndrews, Economics and Statistics; Geneva Easton, Communications; Ainsley Shallcross, Recreation; Fahimeh Hooshmand, Geography.


  • Energy Efficiency - Assess the amount of light in the hallways of the Residence Halls and Science building. The goal is to implement a de-lamping project in these buildings, which would remove light bulbs, reduce energy use, and save money.

  • Revising Waste Management - Outline the major trends and challenges that CSUEB is facing when it comes to how campus waste is currently handled, while suggesting revisions and improvements to the campus waste management system.

  • Take Back the Tap - Promote tap water as a more sustainable option than bottled water through educational campaigns to the campus community. The goals of this project include reducing the amount of plastic water bottles on campus and increasing water bottle friendly filling stations.

  • The Pioneer Water Pledge - A campus wide campaign to promote and educate the importance of water conservation through art and unified action.

  • The Sustainable Food Resolution - Improve the university’s food system by becoming a fair trade campus, formalizing a campus-to-community prepared food donation system, and assessing the food purchasing decisions using the Real Food Calculator.

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