Trinity Sustainability

Job Title:

Trinity Sustainability Summer Intern

Brief Role Description:

This role will focus on several areas including data collection and collation, sustainable events, content development and resource development.  Potential projects include the completion of a carbon footprint analysis of the college, sustainability content development and sustainability event development.

Who is this role suitable for?

This role is suitable for an individual who is passionate about sustainability and environmentalism, who enjoys working across a variety of projects and producing high value written content.

What are the potentially relevant areas of study the intern may participate in?

  • Environmental science
  • Sustainability

What are the potentially relevant areas of interest the intern may have?

  • Environmentalism
  • Botany and physical environments

What skills will the intern develop during this internship?

  • Independent research skills.
  • Self-motivation.
  • Report writing.
  • Reporting to senior management and presenting findings for a variety of audiences.
  • Presentation skills (public speaking).

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us via, and we are happy to help you.

Post Specification

Post Title: 

Summer intern with Trinity Sustainability 2024

Post Status: 

6 week fixed-term contract (June 4th – 12th July 2024)


Trinity Sustainability, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin 


Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin 

College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland 

Reports to: 

Jane Hackett, Sustainability Manager


€15 hourly rate

Hours of Work:


Closing Date:  

22nd March 2024


Interview Date:  

 To be confirmed – this will likely be held in the first or second week of April 2024.

The successful applicant will be expected to take up post For departments requiring Garda Vetting: Please note that Garda vetting will be sought in respect of individuals who come under consideration for a post.


The Sustainability Intern is working with Trinity Sustainability to provide summer internship opportunities to disabled students in Trinity. The role will focus on a number of areas including; data collection and collation, sustainable events, content development and resource development.

Development Opportunities

  • Opportunities to work across multiple areas of the college with a focus on sustainability, climate and biodiversity.
  • Opportunity to develop core skills including content development, data collation and analysis as well as developing core resources for students.

[Workplan area 1]

  • Carbon footprint analysis of the college. This involves following a prescribed methodology to develop a report to show the greenhouse gas emissions from different activities happening in college i.e. commuting, energy use, waste generation etc.
  • This work could take the full 6 weeks to complete.

[Workplan area 2]

  • Sustainability content development which would include; developing videos for social media, developing content for a sustainability e-zine, collating images from past events and coming up with ideas to increase awareness of sustainability across the campus.
  • Resource development which would include; creating new resources (presentations/workshops) that could be developed and delivered to new students about the areas of waste, energy efficiency, sustainable commuting and other topics related to sustainability.
  • Sustainability events which would include; developing an agenda for Climate & Biodiversity Week, develop materials to advertise the week and researching other opportunities for events for the 2024-2025 academic year.

[Workplan area 3]

  • Assist Trinity’s Urban Garden Team with the maintenance of the garden during the summer term.
  • Assist with the practical running and maintenance of all sections of the garden for a six-week period, including watering, weeding, pruning and health and safety checking.
  • Assist in operating our hydroponics system.
  • Update our existing garden plan map.

Please note that the above duties in each of the work plan areas are flexible and dependent on the interest and skill set of the intern. This is not an exhaustive list of expectations, but more a guide on the types of work that the intern may be engaging in over the course of the internship.


  • Current student connected with the Trinity Disability Service.
  • Student(s) who have a strong interest and knowledge of sustainability and areas associated with sustainability.
  • Student(s) who have a strong background in data analysis and report writing.
  • Student(s) who have an interest in communications, student engagement and events focusing on awareness & action.


  • Knowledge of carbon footprinting, data analysis and report writing.
  • Experience of creating engaging social media content (video, audio, imagery) across a variety of platforms and delivering key messaging to a diverse population.
  • Experience of running events – voluntarily or professionally.

  Person Specification

  • The person(s) should have a strong interest in sustainability and show a willingness to learn. They should also be a self starter and show initiative to come up with new ideas for content development, resources or events. They must also be flexible and willing to get involved in other tasks as and when necessary.

Application Procedure

This Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post. As circumstances change it may be necessary to review the responsibilities outlined above.

Candidates should submit a full curriculum vitae alongside a cover letter (1 x A4 page) that specifically addresses their suitability for this role.

Please apply through the below link before the closing date of 22nd of March.

Job application link:

Informal enquiries can be made to Jane Hackett at

Department website for further information:

For further support with the application process please contact or refer to our application booklet attached here.