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Paid Sustainability Internship in Evanston!!

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This opening is posted through the City of Evanston, but Oakton students are encouraged to contact Shannon McKenzie-Brady, Internship Specialist, at 847-376-7165 or

Internship title: Sustainability Communications and Outreach

Name and title of supervisor: Kumar Jensen, Acting Sustainability Manager

Projects/activities to be assigned to intern:
• Develop weekly content for sustainability messaging on the City’s web and social media outlets, working in conjunction with the Community Engagement Division, and other intern teams to promote real-time information to the community. Includes writing articles for City’s weekly newsletter (30,000 distribution).
• Focus specifically on growing our Twitter presence through targeted campaigns and developing Twitter specific content for the Office of Sustainability.
• Develop bi-weekly content for Sustainability newsletters to promote and communicate the city’s sustainability news to be distributed to over 2,500 e-mail accounts in the City’s Sustainability Newsletter Group.
• Manage updates to the City’s Sustainability Webpages including Sustainability page on City’s website ( and separate sustainability Blog Green Buzz (
• Develop contact lists for the Office of Sustainability to aid in distributing content to specific groups and organizations within the Evanston community.
• Provide content creation and evaluation support as the City evaluates and rebuilds its website.
• Attend community events as a representative of the Office of Sustainability and promote City programs and initiatives.
• Respond to calls, emails and requests from community members related to City sustainability programming.
• Support the Sustainability Manager by preparing presentations, conducting project research and taking notes during meetings.
• Other duties and projects as assigned by the Sustainability Manager.

Company Name: City of Evanston Office of Sustainability

Company Address:
2100 Ridge Avenue
Evanston Illinois 60201

Type of business: Municipal Government

Briefly describe your company:
The City of Evanston Office of Sustainability works to support the City’s goal of being the “Most Livable City.” The Office works on sustainability issues relating to transportation, renewable energy, waste reduction, energy efficiency, food systems, water conservation and much more. The Office is looking for a full-time Communications and Outreach intern for the summer of 2016.

Company Web address:
Preferred field of study/major and skill sets:
English, Communications & Journalism are given priority but not required.

Training opportunities provided:
There will be training opportunities for interns to learn how to use the various software communications tools the City utilizing in disseminating information.

Benefits available outside intern’s assigned job duites:
The intern will be encouraged to attend any meetings, speakers, workshops, training…etc. that are available to City employees.

Software/equipment expected to use. Is training provided:
Experience and comfort using Microsoft Office suite is a requirement. Familiarity with Twitter and WordPress is a strong plus.

Duration of internship: 8-12 weeks
Preferred start date: Flexible (May/June)
Hours per week (typically 10-20): 30-37.5
Preferred hours: 8:30-5:00 with occasional evenings/weekends
Preferred start date: Flexible (May/June)
Hourly wage: $12

Most important characteristics you are seeking for in an intern:
Skill set that matches/exceeds those listed on job description
Written communication skills


Author: Debra Kutska

Thanks for visiting! I am the Sustainability Specialist for Oakton Community College. I look forward to introducing you to the many green initiatives in which we engage and collecting input from YOU as to how we can continue to improve. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions at any time at

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