We see huge value in connecting our students and staff with local partners to collaborate on projects and research that mutually develop their thinking and practice in sustainability.

Collaborate on research – there are lots of academics active in sustainability-focused research, and their expertise spans sustainability in education systems, leadership and policy, wellbeing, design, environment, heritage and conservation. To find out more, and to explore possible collaborations, contact the RCE Severn Coordinator.

Host an intern – The Sustainability Internship Programme (SIP) is run by the University’s Sustainability Team in partnership with the University Future Plan Team. It helps local organisations build their capacity to achieve their sustainability goals, and offers students the opportunity to gain voluntary real-world professional experiences linked to sustainability.

Our Sustainability Internship Programme was recognised as an Outstanding Flagship Project for contributing to Youth Capacity Development in the 2015 Global United Nations University RCE Awards

What could a sustainability intern do for you?

We consider all aspects of sustainability – social, economic, and environmental, and encourage students to understand sustainability as relevant to all professions.

Previous interns have completed sustainability projects linked to research, communications, website development, film, photography, design and engagement to name a few.

What are the benefits of hosting a sustainability intern?

Our interns bring a fresh perspective, and up to date skills from a wide-variety of academic courses. Other benefits of hosting a SIP include:

  • Increased capacity to activate new projects
  • Opportunity to support the development of students’ sustainability skills
  • Links to the expertise of the wider University and Sustainability Team.

How long is a sustainability internship?

Many sustainability internships are completed as part of the flexible 80 hour Future Plan programme, but some are completed as placements directly linked to student’s courses.

What is expected of sustainability internship hosts?

Organisations are asked to:

  • Provide a supervisor for their intern
  • Shape a meaningful project and set manageable goals that allow their intern to gain a quality professional experience.
  • Suggest work patterns that fit the needs of the project and suit the intern’s study commitments.

We encourage students to apply and reflect on Education for Sustainability skills and real-world sustainability challenges.

The SIP is coordinated and supported by RCE Severn Co-ordinator, Miriam Webb, who provides an interaction point for interns and hosts, helping to identify opportunities, connect people and ideas, frame suitable projects and to provide ongoing mentoring for the students.


If you’re interested in exploring internship opportunities, or would like to discuss other potential ways to engage with the University on sustainability, contact Miriam Webb, RCE Severn Co-ordinator.


Internships & Research

Green Economy Researcher, Cheltenham Green Doors – Natalie

Studying: 1st year Accounting
Project: Producing a report to evaluate the value of the Green Economy to Cheltenham.
Location: Cheltenham Green Doors (local sustainability charity).
Result: At the Student Awards 2016, Natalie was presented with the Intern of the Year Award!

“The internship has supported my learning development because it has given me a broader understanding of businesses. It’s interesting to find out more about sustainability and the type of businesses rising because of it”

Internships & Research

Joint Waste Reduction Internship, Gloucestershire County Council – Sophie and Caragh

Project: setting up a competition among student halls of residence to increase recycling and reduce waste to landfill.
Location: Gloucestershire Country Council and University of Gloucestershire student halls.
Result: Sophie and Caragh engaged an advertising student who created the ‘Don’t Toss for Glos’ theme, engaging students with important issues in a fun and accessible way.

“The experience was extremely rewarding and it was really good to see we could actually make a change. This will help us stand out from the crowd when applying for future jobs.”