We are seeking motivated students for internships with the Environmental Resources Center. Interns will report to ERC Administration. These positions are open to any currently enrolled Purdue University Fort Wayne student and your area of study need not be environmentally focused – we are less concerned about your major but your interest in sustainability and desire to contribute. These opportunities include:

  • The prestigious project-based Waterfield Sustainability Internship
  • Various other ERC internships


Activities and projects might be in the following areas: 

  • Social Media/Website Development 
  • Education/Outreach 
  • Grant Writing 
  • Sustainable Landscape Development and Implementation
  • Waste Management/Reduce Reuse Recycle
  • Event Planning
  • Art and Graphic Design

For more details on possible projects, see below.



  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required
  • Enthusiasm for environmental sustainability 
  • Strong desire to learn  
  • Positive, self-motivated, organized, creative, and strong communication skills 
  • Organized and efficient worker; ability to keep track of multiple tasks


  • Interdisciplinary education and/or training in any specific sustainability subject 


Successful applicants will join the staff of the ERC to work on expanding our activities. Tasks will be arrived upon in consultation with the intern. The timeline of the internship will depend on the nature of the project.

Benefits of the Experience 

Interns will be working in a fun and exciting environment, gain valuable experience working in a growing organization, and contribute to an expanding culture of sustainability on campus and in the community.  Opportunities for remote work are available.

For more details send an email to 

Project Example Descriptions

Social Media and Website Development

  • Keep ERC website up to date 
  • Create content for the ERC Instagram and Facebook pages on a weekly basis 
  • Contribute supplementary stories to monthly news brief

Education and Outreach

  • Design programming for on and off campus events, including tabling, presentations, and workshops 
  • Develop tangible educational materials (pamphlets, activity booklets, etc.) 
  • Explore successful and environmentally focused education programs in the community 

Grant Writing

  • Write grants for the development of the ERC 

Sustainable Landscape Development and Implementation

  • Assist with one or more phases ERC landscape design 
  • Take part in the application of designs (gardening, invasive removal, etc.)
  • Development of edible garden 

Waste Management/Reduce Reuse Recycle

  • Develop waste diversion plan for the ERC 
  • Maintain ERC compost 
  • Construct vermicompost system
  • Find ways to improve campus recycling

Event Planning

  • Help prepare for the 2020 Conservation Conversation  
  • Assist with outreach events 
  • Earth Day and Arbor Day organization
  • World Wetland Day participation

Art and Graphic Design

  • Update web content, outreach materials, and marketing materials
  • Develop ERC aesthetic and quality of place


  • If there is a relevant project that an applicant is passionate about and willing to take the lead on, proposal will be considered. The project must have a soft timeline, defined plan, with tangible results at the start of the internship. The project must be relevant to the ERC mission and vision. 

Application may be found at