Join Our Student Team

The Office of Sustainability at Colorado College is a leader in sustainability initiatives. Established in 2013, the Office of Sustainability, alongside the Campus Sustainability Council, works to raise campus awareness and bring sustainability issues to the forefront of conversations and efforts on campus. In order to do this, our office places a great deal of responsibility on motivated and passionate CC students who lead the office toward its goals. Our student employees are a central piece in the office working on a variety of collaborative and independent projects and initiatives that are often embedded in many different offices across the college.

If you are a student interested in making a difference on campus by working on sustainability issues and initiatives, consider applying for a position with our office.

If you have any questions about our student employee program, please reach out to Sustainability Coordinator Mae Rohrbach at 

Program Purpose

Through the learning objectives of the OOS Student Employee Program, we provide an immersive and experiential learning opportunity where students can pursue their passions while building roots in this community that fosters and strengthens their sense of place. This program empowers students to cultivate their leadership skills and develop their personal values that will allow them to continue to integrate sustainability beyond CC and become leaders in their pursuits. 

Learning Objectives
  • Explain how sustainability practices can lead to a healthier, more resilient, and more equitable world for human societies and their greater ecosystem
  • Demonstrate development of professional and transferable skills necessary beyond Colorado College (e.g. - leadership, project management, teamwork, critical thinking, and communication)
  • Identify how the work of the students fits into and contributes to sustainability within a larger organization, such as making Colorado College a more sustainable place
  • Apply learning in a professional environment that develops personal values and prepares the student to continue to integrate sustainability in chosen career paths
  • Demonstrate depth of knowledge by explaining how seemingly separate sustainability topics are, in fact, deeply connected (e.g., the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals) 

Our Positions

Summer Position
  • Special Projects: Academic Course Catalog: This position is a limited role over the summer to support the STARS data collection and reporting. STARS is the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System, administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). It is a comprehensive, transparent, and self-reporting metric that rates institutions across broad sustainability efforts.

    This position will work independently to catalog all sustainability-focused and -related courses in June and July. The Special Projects: Academic Course Catalog student employee will be expected to create the tracking documents for the courses, read through all courses, identify which courses are sustainability-related and -focused by the class description, and produce the final report.

Academic Year 22-23 Positions
  • STARS® Intern: Works to collect and report data for the STARS report. STARS is the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System, administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). It is a comprehensive, self-reporting metric that rates institutions across broad sustainability efforts.
  • Emissions Intern: The Emissions Intern will lead efforts around collecting emission data and reducing emissions across campus. The Emissions Intern will collect, organize, and calculate emissions with guidance from the Sustainability Director. Additionally, this position will focus on cultivating a culture of sustainable transportation across the college. The Emissions Intern will work to spread awareness for Mountain Metro, increase engagement with PikeRide and bicycle programming, and develop the OOS voluntary travel offset program. 
  • Campus Programming Intern: The Campus Programming (CP) Intern will work to lead active Green Programs, support coordination of annual events, and provide education and resources to students about sustainability-related activism. The CP Intern will work to increase engagement within Green Programs and be involved in various levels of planning, coordination, and support of annual events such as Snow Day and Earth Week. This position will be responsible for staying up to date with sustainability-related laws, movements, and other political information that might impact the college. This position’s responsibilities will heavily focus on research, and collaboration with campus partners to support sustainability-related campus programming.
  • Waste Intern: The Waste Intern will lead ongoing Office of Sustainability programming and support other waste-focused efforts across the campus. This position heavily focuses on strengthening waste programs/efforts on campus by connecting and working in partnership with other offices/units, such as Facilities Services, Sodexo, ITS, Residential Experience, etc. In addition, the Waste Intern will work collaboratively to develop a strategic plan to decrease the amount of waste generated on campus and increase our current rates of waste diversion through various education campaigns.
  • Communications: The Communications Intern will work closely with the Office of Sustainability staff and interns to effectively communicate the latest sustainability-related efforts, programs, projects, etc. to the CC community. They will also work closely with CC’s Communications Office to coordinate any larger message to the broader community through various channels. Responsibilities can be divided into five main areas: graphic design, website content, written material, social media, and intern campaigns. The Communications Intern is responsible for assisting and leading both internal and external communication and marketing efforts of the Office of Sustainability.
  • CC Exchange Employees: The CC Pantry Exchange will serve the student population to meet basic needs (food, hygiene, & cleaning items) while working to reduce unnecessary consumption giving items a second life within the CC community. It is broken down into two programs, the CC Exchange and the CC Pantry. The CC Exchange (formally known as the Swap Space) is led by the Office of Sustainability and focuses on reducing unnecessary consumption by giving items a 2nd life. The CC Pantry is led by Campus Activities and works to reduce food insecurity on campus. These roles manage the CC Exchange on a weekly basis. 
  • Administrative Assistants: The Lead Administrative Assistant and Administrative Assistant positions provide direct support to the Sustainability Coordinator on a weekly basis and as needed to the Director and other student employee positions. This position will assist with a wide range of administrative functions and tasks for the Office of Sustainability throughout the academic year.

2021-2022 Intern Team

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