Work on sustainability issues in the real world—before you graduate.

You probably figure you have to wait till you graduate to find a job related to your field of study. But wouldn’t you like a leg up on the job market by getting hands-on experience before you graduate?

Internships through the College of Sustainability in your third and fourth years provide opportunities to get that hands-on experience. You’ll use the knowledge learned in your ESS classes toward helping organizations in your community solve complex sustainability issues.

Your internship might be in a business, a non-profit organization, a government department—or even right on the Dalhousie campus. You’ll work individually or in a group of other like-minded students to address a question relevant to the environment and sustainability.

During a one-semester internship in your third year, you’ll work on a project to gain hands-on experiences while pursuing questions of personal and academic interest relevant to the field.

In your fourth year, you’ll take the capstone class, in which you’ll be part of a multidisciplinary team of students tackling real-world ESS issues in local organizations. Your team will work with community partner organizations to identify sustainability problems and to develop meaningful strategies to address them. In collaboration with advisors and experts, your group will create detailed plans of action based on strong research and analysis.

Here are just a few of the internship opportunities ESS students have taken part in:

  • investigating and planning vermicomposting with Common Roots Urban Farm
  • working with Clean Nova Scotia on Adopt-A-Watershed Outreach Education
  • facilitating community fundraising and event planning with the Ecology Action Centre
  • conducting wind power attitudinal research with Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
  • developing an Atlantic Green Building website withThermalWise
  • working with the Adventure Earth Centre on multigenerational community planning, youth sustainability education
  • adapting the Dalhousie Green Guide for universities in other countries
  • creating a CKDU radio series on Nova Scotia food sovereignty
  • designing a communications strategy for Bicycle Nova Scotia
  • working as a stewardship assistant at Parks Canada with species at risk
  • spending the summer on an organic farm in Ontario as a summer WOOFER
  • analysing LEED certification options for Halifax developer
  • designing advertising and promotional materials for Community Carrot Co-op (grocery store)
  • investigating the impact of green roofs on bird populations and diversity
  • assisting PDC (Planning ad Design Centre) with a public transportation community engagement campaign
  • assisting eco-tourism company with marine conservation in Thailand
  • promoting the Halifax Greenbelting Plan
  • creating signage for McIntosh Run trails
  • revamping communications and membership strategies for ESANS (Environmental Services Association of Nova Scotia)
  • developing workshop on solar panel construction for Sole Association
  • creating a report on pesticide environmental legislation and regulations in PEI
  • promoting First Nations' participation in the Windsor Agricultural Society's Arts and Agriculture events
  • researching and creating a documentary film treatment on "The Untold Story of Mount Everest and the Sherpa People"
  • developing a permaculture project for elementary and middle school students at Armbrae Academy 
  • collaborating on the Gottingen "Mainstreets" project with co*
  • creating green spaces and recycling building materials in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • creating a tutorial field-trip to the Seaport Farmers' Market for first-year SUST students
  • designing a cloud-based filing system for two renewable hydro-electric generating stations
  • reviewing the Nova Scotia Environmental Assessment process
  • researching "young farmers' access to capital in Nova Scotia" with THINKFARM