Before you dive in, take a moment to review the program eligibility requirements and how to apply.


Here's what you need to do in order to apply for a paid internship in the UBC Sustainability Scholars program.

1. Review the list of opportunities below and select up to three positions
2. Download and read the fall 2019 application guidelines
3. Confirm your eligibility
4. Prepare your application file(s)
5. Submit your application(s)


Please review the list below to confirm your eligibility:

Enrollment: Must be registered as full-time in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Academic standing: Be in good academic standing, and not on academic probation.

Graduation: A student is no longer considered a student after his/her convocation date. Students who graduate prior to the commencement of the internship period are not eligible.

Awards/funding: Before applying, please confirm your eligibility to work the required hours by checking the guidelines of any graduate student funding you hold.

Social insurance number: All students, including international students, must have a SIN before they can be paid by UBC. Successful candidates are responsible for ensuring they have a current and valid SIN prior to the commencement of the internship period.

International students: In addition to the above, international students must hold a valid student visa in order to work at UBC. Successful candidates are responsible for ensuring they have a student visa that is valid for the duration of the internship.

Qualities of successful candidates

The UBC Sustainability Scholars Program welcomes full-time UBC graduate students from all academic disciplines. In addition to the skills and experience you bring, successful candidates typically demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Professional, ethical, cooperative
  • Clear and effective written and spoken communication
  • Critical thinking and judgement
  • Work well independently
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Creative problem solving, willing to consider new ideas and approaches
  • Enthusiastic and curious
  • Passionate about sustainability
Summer 2020 internships will be posted here at the beginning of January. Subscribe to the UBC Sustainability Newsletter to receive announcements about future opportunities.

Previous Opportunities

The following opportunities were available for the Fall 2019 program.

2019-70 Scoping of a Tri-Cities Electric Vehicle Public Charging Infrastructure Strategy (CLOSED)

2019-71 Developing a Bike Parking Operational Framework for Transit Facilities (CLOSED)

2019-72 Designing a study to assess the impacts of fare capping on transit ridership (CLOSED)

2019-73 Is One-Way Car-Sharing a First-and-Last Mile Solution for Transit? Lessons from BCAA’s Evo Carshare (CLOSED)

2019-74 Supporting Ongoing Development of TransLink’s Low Carbon Fleet Strategy and Renewable Energy Plan (CLOSED)

2019-75 Understanding the impact of diversity, equity and inclusion on social connection and wellbeing (CLOSED)

2019-76 Exploring Nutrition Related Services and Programs to Enhance UBC Employee Wellbeing (CLOSED)

2019-77 Developing sector-specific emission reduction guides for SMEs engaged in voluntary carbon emission reductions (CLOSED)

The following opportunities were available for the Summer 2019 program.

2019-11 Building energy performance modelling using a net-zero approach (repost)  (CLOSED)

2019-12 Research and development of a lifecycle costing tool for selecting new fleet vehicles (repost)  (CLOSED)

2019-13 Research to support business model innovation to drive heat pump retrofits in Metro Vancouver (repost)  (CLOSED)

2019-18 Research to understand how to support energy step code implementation in small to medium sized BC communities (repost)  (CLOSED)

2019-22 Policy assessment of carbon-focused LCA in green building design and performance (repost)  (CLOSED)

2019-28 Analyzing data to understand the impact of climate change on the forests around the drinking water supply areas (repost)  (CLOSED)

2019-36 Understanding the impact of ground-level ozone formation and exposure (repost) (CLOSED)

2019-37 Research analysis and development of recommendations for a visual air quality program (repost)  (CLOSED)

2019-40 Evaluate an exercise prescription program to support mental wellbeing at UBC Okanagan (repost)  (CLOSED)

2019-41 Pilot and assess a community resilience framework (repost)  (CLOSED)

2019-48 Research on best practices to encourage energy-efficient renovations in multifamily dwellings (repost)  (CLOSED)

2019-54 Dealing with dirt: Feasibility study on other uses for excavated soil to keep it out of the landfill (repost)  (CLOSED)

2019-63 Best practices research and business case to support renewable energy use in commercial kitchens (repost)  (CLOSED)

2019-02 Developing a measurement framework to evaluate the impact of recreational and park facilities on community wellness in New Westminster (CLOSED)

2019-03 Economic Impacts of Shared, Automated and Electric Vehicles (SAVEs) in Metro Vancouver (CLOSED)

2019-04 Using Blockchain to enable a Sustainable Sharing (Transportation) Economy (CLOSED)

2019-05 Using Autopiloted Aerial Vehicles (Drones) to Provide Passenger Mobility and Freight Services (CLOSED)

2019-06 Advancing the Marketing Strategy for Team Building Tours at the  UBC Botanical Garden (CLOSED)

2019-07 Innovations in Radical Building Envelope Remediation: preparing for a Retrofit Code for existing buildings (CLOSED)

2019-08 Developing value-added EV charging infrastructure at Capilano University (CLOSED)

2019-09 Review Low Carbon Options to Supply Emergency Electricity During Power Outages (CLOSED)

2019-10 Development of Net-Zero Energy Ready Residential Buildings Resource Kits (CLOSED)

2019-11 Evaluate a New Forward-Looking Site-Specific Net-Zero Reference House Approach for Building Energy Performance Modelling (CLOSED)

2019-12 Lifecycle Costing Tool for Selecting New Fleet Vehicles (CLOSED)

2019-13 Disrupting the heating business model (CLOSED)

2019-14 Energy Star Labelling for new Part 3 Multi-family buildings (CLOSED)

2019-15 Assessment of Existing Building policies and programs around Surrey (CLOSED)

2019-16 Developing Lowest Cost Strategies to Achieve Step Code Compliance in Affordable Housing(CLOSED)

2019-17 Investigating the development of a tool to support the business case for medium- and heavy-duty zero emission vehicles (CLOSED)

2019-18 BC Energy Step Code Local Government Needs Assessment (CLOSED)

2019-19 Local government policy and opportunities analysis for accelerating deep energy retrofits on Vancouver Island (CLOSED)

2019-20 Review and analysis of the UBC Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility research program (CLOSED)

2019-21 Understanding the applicability of the RELi rating system to UBC green buildings (CLOSED)

2019-22 Informing the development of a carbon-focused LCA methodology for UBC green buildings (CLOSED)

2019-23 Researching Health Care Chemicals of Concern (CLOSED)

2019-24  (cancelled)

2019-25 Developing a Data-Driven Baseline of Waste Diversion in Health Care (CLOSED)

2019-26 Understanding diversity, equity and inclusion practices in Human Resources and the workplace (CLOSED)

2019-27 Assessment of alternative power sources for remote water infrastructure sites (CLOSED)

2019-28 Monitoring the impacts of climate change on the forests of the regional drinking water supply area (CLOSED)

2019-29 Evaluate potential of microplastics in Metro Vancouver’s drinking water (CLOSED)

2019-30 Investigating sources of fugitive methane emissions from Metro Vancouver Wastewater Treatment Plants (CLOSED)

2019-31 Investigating sources of fugitive nitrous oxide emissions from Metro Vancouver Wastewater Treatment Plants (CLOSED)

2019-32 Research and evaluate the use of wastewater contaminant fees (CLOSED)

2019-33 Assessment of online marketplace for construction & demolition materials (CLOSED)

2019-34 Mapping compost markets for BC (CLOSED)

2019-35 Assessment of impacts of emissions from cannabis production (CLOSED)

2019-36 Updating the regional ground level ozone strategy: reviewing the state of the science (CLOSED)

2019-37 Lower Fraser Valley visual air quality pilot study: synthesis of findings (CLOSED)

2019-38 Understanding industry opportunities to advance residential deep energy retrofits on Vancouver Island (CLOSED)

2019-39 Mapping and Analysis of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Courses (CLOSED)

2019-40 Exercise prescription to support mental wellbeing at UBC Okanagan (CLOSED)

2019-41 Piloting and Assessing the Centre for Community Engaged Learning’s Community Resilience Framework (CLOSED)

2019-42 Developing a Wellbeing program for Teaching Assistants (CLOSED)

2019-43 Identification of tools to support stress and wellbeing interventions for students (UBC Okanagan) (CLOSED)

2019-45 Jericho Lands: Global sustainability and major development best practices (CLOSED)

2019-46 Designing with Data: The Resilient Neighbourhood Design Framework (CLOSED)

2019-47 Calibrating the Data: Refining Resilient Neighbourhood Design Indicators Through Post-Occupancy Evaluation (CLOSED)

2019-48 North American Planning Incentives for Multifamily Energy Retrofits (CLOSED)

2019-49 Calibrating the Zero Emissions Building Plan and BC Energy Step Code  (CLOSED)

2019-50 Public space inclusivity research methods and best practices (CLOSED)

2019-51 Small-scale neighbourhood retail in Vancouver: an inventory and assessment of existing stores and opportunities (CLOSED)

2019-52 Benchmarking the impacts and effectiveness of City of Vancouver Street Sweeping Programs (CLOSED)

2019-53 Best Practices in Food Waste Avoidance & Rescue in the Commercial Sector (CLOSED)

2019-54 Comprehensive Feasibility Study of Soil Repurposing Solutions (CLOSED)

2019-55 Exploring Alternative Delivery Models for Public Realm Green Infrastructure Establishment & Maintenance (CLOSED)

2019-56 Improving equity through increasing access to nature and canopy cover in the Downtown Eastside (CLOSED)

2019-57 Groundwater Use Regulation for Non-Potable Use at the Site & District Scale (CLOSED)

2019-58 Reducing GHG Emissions from Food Consumption - Opportunities for Cities (CLOSED)

2019-59 Assessing engagement and best practices in food system change (CLOSED)

2019-60 A Feasibility Study for On-Street Electric Vehicle Charging from Light Poles (CLOSED)

2019-61 Measuring the Value of Vancouver's Circular Economy of Food (CLOSED)

2019-62 Modelling Public-Private Partnerships for EV Charging Stations (CLOSED)

2019-63 Supporting the transition to low carbon commercial kitchens (induction cooking business case and transition strategy) (CLOSED)

2019-64 Adapting to Sea-Level Rise in Vancouver’s Employment Lands: Current Best Practices and Approaches in Planning (CLOSED)

2019-65 Public Childcare Delivery: Learning from Examples of Direct Operation of Childcare by BC Local Government Agencies (CLOSED)

2019-66 Opportunities to Incorporate Indigenous Ways of Knowing into Outdoor-Based School Age Childcare (CLOSED)

2019-67 Applying Indigenous Health and Wellness Concepts and Principles to Mental Wellness and Substance Use Data (CLOSED)

2019-68 Developing Anti-Blackness Equity Principles for Engagement and Practice in Vancouver (CLOSED)

2019-69 Developing an Equity Framework Implementation Strategy for City Plan (CLOSED)

2019-01 Understanding the city-university research partnerships between UBC and the City of Vancouver (CLOSED)