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IARU sustainability exchange

Applications for the 2016 IARU sustainability internships have now closed. The next round of applications will open in February 2017.

2016 IARU sustainability internship

In 2016 two ANU students will be chosen for the IARU sustainability internship and have the opportunity to visit Cambridge or the University of Singapore.

During a six week long internship placement, students work closely with professionals at the host university to support the development and implementation of campus sustainability projects.

Selected students will live in campus housing and work in the university's sustainability office for the duration of the program. Project topics range from energy conservation, transport and waste reduction to student outreach and community engagement.


  • Gain invaluable experience working in the international sustainability sector
  • Experience a new and different culture at your host university and make new friends!
  • The internship includes travel expenses to the host university, travel insurance. Accommodation is provided by the host institution. A small stipend is provided for food and living expenses.


  • Selected students will travel to the host university and stay for a period of 4-6 weeks during June-July 2016. Students will work full time within the Sustainability Office of their host university for this period.
  • Upon return to Australia, students will be required to give at least two presentations on the internship outcomes to ANUgreen and the broader ANU community. You will also be expected to write a report on the applicability and transferability of your work overseas to the ANU sustainability program and you will be expected to develop an active commitment to promoting and communicating ANU sustainability initiatives.

Selection criteria

Students from all disciplines who have a demonstrated commitment to sustainability are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled at ANU and have completed at least one semester of study at ANU. Students are selected on the basis of their academic results and ability to meet the following criteria.


  • Currently enrolled at ANU, have completed at least one semester of study at ANU and enrolled for at least one semester on return from the exchange program
  • Demonstrated commitment to sustainability
  • Significant involvement with community sustainability projects
  • Self-disciplined and organized
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team and a capacity to adapt to new environments
  • Ability to promote the experience to the ANU community upon return to Australia.


  • Second or third year undergraduate student interested in a career related to environmental protection and management.

How to apply

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. A one page essay (maximum 350 words) describing how this opportunity fits into your studies and how your experience can contribute towards improving campus sustainability.
  2. A current CV.
  3. Academic transcript of results.

Applications for the 2016 IARU sustainability internships have now closed. The next round of applications will open in February 2017.

Please send applications as a single PDF document to ANUGreen. Each page of your application must contain your name and student number.

See the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Updated:  14 March 2016/Responsible Officer:  Director, Facilities & Services Division/Page Contact:  Systems & Information Technology