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Zero Waste Outreach Lead Intern

Date: Aug 1, 2022

Location: Washington DC, DC, US, Washington

Company: American University


American University's Office of Zero Waste is looking for a highly qualified student to lead our intern outreach team and engage with AU students, faculty, and staff on topics relating to waste management. The outreach coordinator will learn about university waste management practices, gain experience leading a small team, help establish a zero-waste outreach program, and understand how to encourage sustainable waste management habits.

Essential Functions

  • Social Media
    • Grow and curate the Zero Waste Office Instagram page (@zerowasteau) through creating engaging content about waste management.
    • Track the growth of the Zero Waste Office Instagram page and produce monthly metrics reports on account changes.
  • Leadership
    • Lead a small team of student interns that will help run the office's social media and assist with other outreach projects as needed.
  •  Educational Materials
    • Design informational Zero Waste signage and graphics focused on educating AU community members on proper waste management habits.
  • Collaborative Partnerships
    • Help build relationships with other departments, student groups, and dining vendors/locations to encourage sustainable waste management practices.
  • Surveying and Focus Groups
    • Create and administer surveys and help coordinate focus groups to learn more about AU community members' thoughts and motivations about waste on campus.
  • Waste Auditing
    • Assist with waste audits to develop a stronger understanding of AU's waste stream to better inform environmental education and engagement strategies.
  • Program Development and Research
    • Propose new programs to help encourage sustainable waste management habits in AU community members.
    • Research effective methods to improve office engagement.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Hybrid Position.
  • 10 - 20 hours/week.

Salary Range

  • $16.00/hour.

Required Education and Experience

  • Must be a current American University undergraduate or graduate student.
  • This position is open to FWS and Non-FWS students.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Ability to work independently.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • A junior, senior or graduate student pursuing a relevant degree in communications, public relations, marketing, journalism, or sustainability management.
  • Enthusiasm for waste management and sustainability.
  • Experience creating content for social media platforms, including Instagram.
  • Familiarity with basic graphic design concepts and tools, including Canva.
  • Experience creating, administering, and evaluating surveys.
  • Experience leading teams of peers or volunteers.


  • This position is for the Fall 2022 semester with possible extensions.
  • While some meetings will require an in-person presence, opportunities to work remotely will be available.
  • Please send any graphic design samples, a link to your portfolio, or other relevant work samples to
  • Anticipated start date: 8/29/2022.
  • Questions? Email us at