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 UBC Sustainability Scholars paid internship position.

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


Download the application guidelines




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 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 valid student visa for the duration of the internship.

What we look for

The UBC Sustainability Scholars Program welcomes full-time UBC graduate students from all academic disciplines.

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



We are pleased to offer UBC graduate students funded internships doing applied research on a range of sustainability-related topics. See the list below for a full list of opportunities. Please confirm your eligibility and review the applications procedures before applying. 

~ Accepting applications until midnight February 25, 2019 ~

Summary list of all projects (current as of February 11, 2019)

2019-02 Developing a measurement framework to evaluate the impact of recreational and park facilities on community wellness in New Westminster (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-03 Economic Impacts of Shared, Automated and Electric Vehicles (SAVEs) in Metro Vancouver (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-04 Using Blockchain to enable a Sustainable Sharing (Transportation) Economy (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-05 Using Autopiloted Aerial Vehicles (Drones) to Provide Passenger Mobility and Freight Services (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-06 Advancing the Marketing Strategy for Team Building Tours at the  UBC Botanical Garden (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-07 Innovations in Radical Building Envelope Remediation: preparing for a Retrofit Code for existing buildings (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-08 Developing value-added EV charging infrastructure at Capilano University (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-09 Review Low Carbon Options to Supply Emergency Electricity During Power Outages (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-10 Development of Net-Zero Energy Ready Residential Buildings Resource Kits (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-11 Evaluate a New Forward-Looking Site-Specific Net-Zero Reference House Approach for Building Energy Performance Modelling (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-12 Lifecycle Costing Tool for Selecting New Fleet Vehicles (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-13 Disrupting the heating business model (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-14 Energy Star Labelling for new Part 3 Multi-family buildings (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-15 Assessment of Existing Building policies and programs around Surrey (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-16 Developing Lowest Cost Strategies to Achieve Step Code Compliance in Affordable Housing (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-17 Investigating the development of a tool to support the business case for medium- and heavy-duty zero emission vehicles (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-18 BC Energy Step Code Local Government Needs Assessment (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-19 Local government policy and opportunities analysis for accelerating deep energy retrofits on Vancouver Island (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-20 Review and analysis of the UBC Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility research program (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-21 Understanding the applicability of the RELi rating system to UBC green buildings (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-22 Informing the development of a carbon-focused LCA methodology for UBC green buildings (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-23 Researching Health Care Chemicals of Concern (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-24  (cancelled)

2019-25 Developing a Data-Driven Baseline of Waste Diversion in Health Care (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-26 Understanding diversity, equity and inclusion practices in Human Resources and the workplace (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-27 Assessment of alternative power sources for remote water infrastructure sites (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-28 Monitoring the impacts of climate change on the forests of the regional drinking water supply area (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-29 Evaluate potential of microplastics in Metro Vancouver’s drinking water (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-30 Investigating sources of fugitive methane emissions from Metro Vancouver Wastewater Treatment Plants (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-31 Investigating sources of fugitive nitrous oxide emissions from Metro Vancouver Wastewater Treatment Plants (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-32 Research and evaluate the use of wastewater contaminant fees (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-33 Assessment of online marketplace for construction & demolition materials (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-34 Mapping compost markets for BC (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-35 Assessment of impacts of emissions from cannabis production (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-36 Updating the regional ground level ozone strategy: reviewing the state of the science (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-37 Lower Fraser Valley visual air quality pilot study: synthesis of findings (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-38 Understanding industry opportunities to advance residential deep energy retrofits on Vancouver Island (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-39 Mapping and Analysis of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Courses (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-40 Exercise prescription to support mental wellbeing at UBC Okanagan (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-41 Piloting and Assessing the Centre for Community Engaged Learning’s Community Resilience Framework (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-42 Developing a Wellbeing program for Teaching Assistants (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-43 Identification of tools to support stress and wellbeing interventions for students (UBC Okanagan) (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-45 Jericho Lands: Global sustainability and major development best practices (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-46 Designing with Data: The Resilient Neighbourhood Design Framework (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-47 Calibrating the Data: Refining Resilient Neighbourhood Design Indicators Through Post-Occupancy Evaluation (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-48 North American Planning Incentives for Multifamily Energy Retrofits (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-49 Calibrating the Zero Emissions Building Plan and BC Energy Step Code  (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-50 Public space inclusivity research methods and best practices (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-51 Small-scale neighbourhood retail in Vancouver: an inventory and assessment of existing stores and opportunities (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-52 Benchmarking the impacts and effectiveness of City of Vancouver Street Sweeping Programs (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-53 Best Practices in Food Waste Avoidance & Rescue in the Commercial Sector (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-54 Comprehensive Feasibility Study of Soil Repurposing Solutions  (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-55 Exploring Alternative Delivery Models for Public Realm Green Infrastructure Establishment & Maintenance (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-56 Improving equity through increasing access to nature and canopy cover in the Downtown Eastside  (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-57 Groundwater Use Regulation for Non-Potable Use at the Site & District Scale (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-58 Reducing GHG Emissions from Food Consumption - Opportunities for Cities (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-59 Assessing engagement and best practices in food system change (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-60 A Feasibility Study for On-Street Electric Vehicle Charging from Light Poles (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-61 Measuring the Value of Vancouver's Circular Economy of Food (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-62 Modelling Public-Private Partnerships for EV Charging Stations (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-63 Supporting the transition to low carbon commercial kitchens (induction cooking business case and transition strategy) (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-64 Adapting to Sea-Level Rise in Vancouver’s Employment Lands: Current Best Practices and Approaches in Planning (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-65 Public Childcare Delivery: Learning from Examples of Direct Operation of Childcare by BC Local Government Agencies (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-66 Opportunities to Incorporate Indigenous Ways of Knowing into Outdoor-Based School Age Childcare (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-67 Applying Indigenous Health and Wellness Concepts and Principles to Mental Wellness and Substance Use Data (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-68 Developing Anti-Blackness Equity Principles for Engagement and Practice in Vancouver (closes midnight, Feb 25)

2019-69 Developing an Equity Framework Implementation Strategy for City Plan (closes midnight, Feb 25)



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