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Spring 2014 Internship Opportunities

January 6 - April 25, 2013

Sustainable Site Intern

This internship will have leadership responsibility for maintaining double Platinum LEED status at the Michigan Energy Options Demonstration Center in East Lansing. The Sustainable Site Intern will help properly manage and operate the Vermicompost system, recycling center and sustainable garden. Experience in working with sustainable systems and an interest in practical experience on a site is preferred.

Education & Outreach Intern

This internship offers the opportunity to work in the Michigan Energy Options double Platinum LEED Certified Demonstration Center in East Lansing. The Education and Outreach Intern will conduct tours of the Center, actively recruit groups to come to the Center, solicit donations of items for improving and upgrading the Center and help promote the Center's programs and tours. The intern should have some knowledge of passive solar design and solar energy systems, LEED certification, Green Building requirements, and vermicomposting. Intern needs to be comfortable and effective communicating information to people of all ages.

Non-Profit Administrative Management

This internship will give an undergraduate, recent graduate or someone returning to the workforce the opportunity work closely with the Executive Director, Office Manager and accountant on the day-to-day operations of a statewide non-profit organization including event planning, assisting with general fundraising, providing support to financial and administrative staff and representing Michigan Energy Options at community events and meetings. This position requires discretion, the ability to use most office equipment and technology as well as public speaking.

Major projects: Website updates/maintenance (will be trained on Joomla and DotNetNuke), archiving 35+ years of historical documents including making higher level decisions about recycling/donations, supporting fundraising events/activities including donor interactions and event planning.

Community Outreach & Engagement

This internship offers the opportunity to do community outreach and engagement for the Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability Energy Study and Interactive Portal. The intern(s) will be responsible for educating the public on how to properly use the interactive tools on the Portal. Interns will also be responsible for recruiting businesses, property owners and community leaders to participate in the study by doing presentations, writing educational letters to media outlets, preparing blog posts, doing media interviews and using social media to reach the requisite number of study participants. This position requires extensive public speaking, strong organizational skills, an interest in urban planning and design as well as a passion for good community planning.

Communications & Social Media

This internship is a great opportunity for the right communicator. We use social and traditional media tools for both Michigan Energy Options and the Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability to tell the story of our work, highlighting new practices, partner projects and relevant issues for both the energy efficiency world and regional planning. You will learn to use Hootsuite Pro, the MMPGS portal (driven by DotNetNuke) and MindMixer. The intern team will work to develop a messaging calendar for the Fall term and will be responsible for tracking performance on a variety of metrics. Interns will also have the opportunity to research and recommend adding new communications channels for MEO and MMPGS. Interns should have strong written communications skills and be able to effectively present ideas to diverse audiences.

Graphic & Website Design Interns

This internship requires someone who knows how to create graphics for print, web, email and social media platforms including infographics, blog graphics and educational materials as well as update web content through content management system (Joomla, DotNetNuke). The successful intern will work closely with a multi-disciplinary team to communicate effectively all ideas, concepts and draft work products and will work in a fast-paced office with opinionated and supportive colleagues.

Energy Study Team Member

The Energy Baseline Study is a part of nine projects that are being conducted under the Mid Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability. The program is funded by a grant from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Program, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and many local partners.

The purpose of Energy Baseline Study is to create an energy consumption database of total utility jurisdictions, and different building types along the Michigan/Grand River Ave. corridor from downtown Lansing to Webberville. Our aim is to create baseline energy consumption and provide the community with solutions in order to be more energy efficient.  Successful Energy Study Team members will have knowledge about urban planning, energy efficiency, energy engineering and/or statistical data analysis, are adept at using ArcGIS, are comfortable managing large amounts of data with precision and are able to communicate complicated subjects (i.e. energy efficiency) with the general public in a way that is accessible and professional.

Please note:  The MEO office is a dog-friendly workplace. We have at least one dog in the office on most days of the week. Applicants should be comfortable working in an environment with dogs. 


TO APPLY: Send resume to Julie Powers at Your email subject should include the internship for which you are applying.