Sustainability Internship Grant
The Sustainability Internship Grant was established to provide financial assistance to students pursuing unpaid and low-paying internships in qualifying industries in the sustainability field. The Office of Sustainability is offering a limited number of $3,000 grants in Summer 2022. Applications are reviewed by Office of Sustainability staff. Grantees will be required to attend four mandatory professional development sessions that take place on Thursday or Friday afternoons during July and August.
Please keep in mind that the selection process is competitive and grants are not guaranteed. When reviewing submissions, the selection committee considers: quality of responses (substance, content, and writing), substance of internship, and demonstrated financial need.
Complete the application via Jotform. Be sure to respond to all survey questions and upload PDF versions of your current resume and unofficial transcript.
Only complete submissions will be considered for the grant.
Applications are closed for the 2022 application period. Please check back May 2023 for next year's application.
Short Answer Questions
The form asks you to respond to four short answer questions. The short answer portion is one of the most important portions of the review process, so make sure to be detailed and informed in your responses. Each answer should be no more than 200 words.
- What is your experience in the sustainability field (if any) prior to starting this internship? Please elaborate on any related extracurricular activities, studies, and internships/jobs.
- What led you to apply to intern with the organization you’ll be working with this summer? What is the scope of this organization’s work specifically in regards to sustainability?
- What are your short and long-term career goals and how will this internship help you achieve those goals? What skills do you hope to gain from this internship? What will be your responsibilities in this position?
- How would you benefit financially from receiving this grant? Describe, with specific examples, how it would help meet your needs.
Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program at one of the following NYU schools:
College of Arts and Science · Gallatin School of Individualized Study · Graduate School of Arts and Science · Liberal Studies · Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service · Rory Meyers College of Nursing · School of Global Public Health · School of Professional Studies · Silver School of Social Work · Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development · Stern School of Business (Undergraduate only) · Tandon School of Engineering · Tisch School of the Arts
Note: Students studying at NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai, and schools not listed above are not eligible to apply.
- Summer session enrollment is not required. Fall 2022 enrollment is required.
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
- Intern a minimum of 20 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks at an unpaid or low-paying internship in a qualifying industry. Cumulative hours will not be accepted.
- Students must secure the internship prior to the application deadline.
Students attending NYU in F-1 or J-1 status are eligible to apply as long as they fulfill all other requirements for the grant and for maintaining their immigration status. Please contact OGS to learn more about authorization for unpaid internships and volunteer work.
The unpaid/low-paying* internship must be in the sustainability field. Examples of accepted internship areas include (but are not limited to): environmental justice, urban greening, renewable energy, urban planning, food systems, environmental policy, natural resource management, transportation, and waste management.
Students who hold more than one internship can apply for the grant as long as the internships combined meet the eligibility requirements. In the application you must list each internship and the number of hours and weeks you spend at each organization.
*Low-paying internships pay no more than $14/hr.
The deadline for the Office of Sustainability Internship Grant is as follows:
- Applications Open: Friday, April 1, 2022
- Application Deadline: Monday, May 16, 2022, 11:59pm ET
- Decision Notification: Friday, May 27, 2022
Note: Students must secure the internship prior to the application deadline.
Decisions and Payment
Decisions are made approximately 3 weeks after the deadline. Payment will be issued 2-3 weeks after grantees accept the offer. For international students, it can take up to 3-4 weeks.
Ava Anderson (Gallatin '23): Business Devlopment Intern, Terreform ONE/ONE Lab
Ava is a rising senior at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, pursuing a concentration in sustainable urban development and business. She is passionate about implementing sustainable practices into the urban environment. This summer, she is working for Terreform ONE's ONE Lab Summer Program for high school students. The program teaches students about design in spaces of sustainable fashion, future cities, and architecture and the environment.
Alex Tran (Steinhardt '22): Advocacy Institute Intern, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition
Alex is a senior majoring in Media, Culture and Communication from Hanoi, Vietnam. She is passionate about environmental and food justice, as well as the art of culinary. Thus, she wants to contribute to the project of making our food system and the restaurant industry more sustainable. Alex also hopes to pursue a second bachelor’s in Environmental and Food Science along with a culinary arts degree to improve on her science and cooking knowledge
Disha Aggarwal (SPS '23): Land Coordinator, Canacre
Disha grew up in Montreal, Canada, and is currently a first year Master of Real Estate Development student at the Schack Institute of Real Estate. She is currently interning at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She hopes to continue working with the government of New York to see how she can use her knowledge in real estate and tackle the affordability crisis through a lens of sustainability.
Haley Schweich (Stern '25): Business Development Intern, TerraCycle
Haley grew up in Southern California and is currently studying sustainable business and marketing at NYU Stern. She is passionate about using business as an agent for positive environmental and social change. As a business development intern at TerraCycle, Haley will work to help companies implement a circular economy and pave the way toward a sustainable future. She also loves dogs, travel, food, hiking, and photography.
Ella Ramirez (Gallatin '24): Intern, The Canvas
Ella Ramirez is a rising junior at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, concentrating in Sustainable Business Practices for Accessible Fashion. In addition to this, she is receiving a certification in Sustainable Entrepreneurship from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and holds the position of Event Director for NYU’s student-led organization, Future Fashion Group. She enjoys upcycling clothing and building her network of small female-owned sustainable fashion businesses in New York City, and hopes to one day work as a Sustainability Consultant for a major fashion brand. This summer, she is participating in the Sustainability Internship Grant Program by working as an Inventory and Brand Relations Intern for The Canvas, a gallatin-grad-founded company that creates physical retail spaces for up-and-coming sustainable brands.
Kayla Rousselet (Gallatin '23): Intern, lemlem
Kayla is a rising senior at Gallatin. Her concentration is Fashion Business and Sustainability. She is interested in creating her own sustainable fashion brand. She is currently an intern at lemlem and is also working on her brand. In her free time, she enjoys thrifting, watching movies, traveling, listening to music , and every summer she cleans out beaches with her family.
Sybil Wang (SPS '23): Policy & Admin Law Intern, UNICEF
Sybil R. Wang is graduate student at the Center for Global Affairs, concentrating in International Relations/Global Futures, and specializing in Global Risk. She is currently working with UNICEF as a Policy & Admin Law Intern. Through her current roles and past experience working in other nonprofit and civil society organizations she developed her passion in diplomatic affairs, and she has also been involving in peacebuilding work. Her desire to contribute and fight against gender inequality has also led her to join the World Academy for the Future of Women.
Shuhe Ma (CAS '24): Finance Intern, Impakter
Shuhe is a junior at CAS majoring in Economics. His hometown is Tsingtao, China, but he moved to New Jersey a few summers ago. As an Eagle Scout, he has partaken in various community services and conservation initiatives. In addition, he is also a mountaineer who loves to blog and travel.
Christina Curry (Wagner '23): Urban/Regional Planning Intern, Life After Life
Christina Curry is participating in the BS/MUP dual degree program between Tandon’s Sustainable Urban Environments program and Wagner's Master in Urban Planning. Her primary interests are research, urban green space, and confronting climate change. Her inspiration for her studies comes from her upbringing in Chicago, where she was amazed by the urban environment and the systems that shape it. Outside of her academics, she enjoy participatings in community service, doing crossword puzzles, and reading mystery novels.
Angel Suero (Gallatin '23): Intern, Newark Water Coalition
Angel Suero is a Newark New Jersey native who has worked for the Newark Water Coalition for two years. Raised in gentrified Newark, New Jersey, Angel seeks to help in the creation of a self-sustaining grassroots organization that serves his community. Angel is also the recipient of the Urban Democracy Fellowship and a dedicated supporter of radical self-love.
Jenny Fan (Stern '24): Business Development Intern, LOCOMeX
Jenny Fan is a rising Junior at NYU Stern studying finance and data science with a minor in social entrepreneurship. She is passionate about exploring the intersection of business, ESG, and technology. This summer, she will be applying those interests as a business development intern at LOCOMeX: an AI-first, data-driven platform transforming supply chain diversity and sustainability. She hopes to apply her experience to empower social entrepreneurs and advance social and environmental change.
Ada Luo (SPS '25): Marketing Intern, Ecostyle Activewear
Ada is a rising sophomore studying Real Estate Finance at NYU. She is interested in the development process of sustainable properties and hopes to use her knowledge to make an impact on future generations. During her spare time she enjoys baking and running.
Aleyna Weitzner (Gallatin '23): Ecological Restoration Intern, Prospect Park Alliance
Aleyna is a rising senior in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. In her concentration, she focuses on creating an intimate understanding of relationships with ecological subjects through her artistic practice. Her goal in her practice is to reconnect people to nature and create more accessible ways of understanding the environment. In her internship this summer she will be working with the Prospect Park Alliance to help realize their goal of making Prospect Park fully inhabited by native flora.
Camila Londono-Sanin (SPS '23): Intern, 2811
Camila Londono-Sanin is a Colombian Lawyer and a student at the Center for Global Affairs. She is concentrating in International Development and specializing in Global Risk. Camila will spend the summer as a Resident at 2811, a global platform that focuses on innovation and social transformation for climate action and sustainable development.
Caroline Powell (GSAS '22): Intern, Happy Valley Meat Company
Caroline is a graduate student in the Animal Studies program. Her focus within Animal Studies has been agricultural history and agricultural animals. Her research topics have ranged from an analysis of the international funding of factory farms to the interspecies relationships between farmers and the animals they raise. Through her internship at Happy Valley Meat Company, she hopes to help in their work towards more ethical, sustainable, and equitable food systems for animals, farmers, and consumers.
Katherina Wang (Wagner '23): Intern, TerraCycle
Katherina is a graduate student at NYU Wagner, pursuing a Master in Public Administration. She is now specializing in Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment and is especially interested in responsible production and consumption. This summer, she will be interning with a social enterprise TerraCycle, and she hopes to use her previous marketing experience to help TerraCycle communicate and educate the community on waste elimination.
Paula Hung (Tisch '25): Media Production Intern, The DuKode Studio
Paula is a rising sophomore majoring in Film & TV with a concentration in writing and directing. Combining her passions for activism and storytelling, she hopes to create media that is transformative, accessible, and representative of our world. She is excited to be working with the DuKode Studio to educate about and promote sustainability from the perspective of structurally oppressed people.