The Sustainability Scholars Program is an innovative paid internship program. We match UBC graduate students with on- and off-campus sustainability partners to work on applied research projects that advance sustainability in the region.
Apply your research skills to real-world sustainability challenges
Get paid and gain valuable professional work experience
Develop applied skills and knowledge under the guidance of a mentor
Build your professional network and enhance your career prospects

How It Works

The UBC Sustainability Scholars Program facilitates paid internship opportunities for full-time UBC graduate students. Scholars work around 250 hours on a part-time basis and are paid $21 per hour.

Student Opportunities

UBC Sustainability Scholars work on applied research projects across a wide range of environmental, economic and social sustainability topics. See our list of current opportunities.

Partner with us

Partner organizations are essential to the UBC Sustainability Scholars Program. Partners provide work experience for UBC graduate students, and benefit from applied research.

Meet the scholars

UBC Sustainability Scholars come from all kinds of backgrounds and academic disciplines. Scholars stand out for being passionate about sustainability, a strong work ethic, and their applied research skills.

More Resources

The Sustainability Scholars Project Library is a repository for Sustainability Scholars project reports and a body of knowledge to support further research around sustainability.

Reports cover a variety of urban sustainability themes, including climate and energy, green buildings, zero-waste, transportation, food, and social sustainability. 

Greenest City Scholars Project Reports

The Greenest City Scholars Program enables UBC graduate students to work on applied sustainability projects that help advance the City of Vancouver's Greenest City Action Plan. Each project results in a report documenting the scholar's work, research and outcomes on each of the Greenest City goals.

Green Transportation

We aim to improve your quality of life by making Vancouver a city where moving on foot or by bike is safe, convenient, and enjoyable.
Transit should be fast, frequent, reliable, and accessible, and public spaces should be vibrant.

Zero Waste

Zero waste—diverting waste from the landfill— is critical to solving today's climate crisis.

Sustainability Scholars Project Reports

The Sustainability Scholars program provides UBC graduate students with applied sustainability work opportunities that help advance our partner organizations' sustainability goals. The project reports listed here provide an overview of the project, the research involved and any findings and outcomes.

Climate & Energy

Green Buildings

Social Sustainability