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Launched in December 2009, the Westchester Green Business Challenge (WGBC) is a joint program of Westchester County Government and the Business Council of Westchester.  The mission is to educate and encourage Westchester County businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) while improving operational performance and saving money. Modeled after the successful Chicago Green Office Challenge developed by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the program was adapted to reflect the unique business profile of Westchester County while addressing the universal issues of energy and water conservation, waste reduction, sustainable land use and transportation (the five areas of focus in the Westchester County Action Plan for Climate Change & Sustainable Development).  For more information on the WGBC, visit www.westchestergreenbusinesschallenge.org.
The WGBC continues to grow as companies of all sizes in Westchester County begin to address climate change and sustainability issues. As an intern, you will receive training on resources currently provided through the WGBC and be equipped to contribute to the expansion of our program.  You will gain unique insight into a wide range of Westchester-based businesses who have committed to reducing their environmental impact.
Academic credit for this internship can be arranged through department approval at your college or university.
The attributes we look for in our interns:
• Strong work ethic and initiative
• Interest in environmental sustainability & economic development
• Ability to work well in a team environment
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Embraces experiences as learning opportunities
• Skilled in Microsoft Office, especially Excel & PowerPoint
• Experience with social media platforms and website maintenance
Ideal candidates will also meet the following requirements:
• Enrolled in a college or university that is part of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities
• Active involvement in activities related to environmental sustainability
• Good academic standing
Specific duties include:
• Program outreach at local business events
• Provide support to businesses participating in the WGBC as needed
• Respond to inquiries from prospective participants in the program.
• Help maintain and analyze participant data.
• Assess program resource needs based upon the data received through the WGBC website.
• Assist in creating educational events and trainings for participants.
• Provide on-going program website maintenance and support.
Duration: This internship will begin in spring/summer 2012; the duration and number of hours per week is flexible based on availability and project requirements, but estimated at 10-20 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months.
Location: The internship is home-based, with on-site meetings in downtown White Plains scheduled on an as-needed basis.  The intern will also attend other local events that are relevant to the WGBC and its mission.  Access to a car is therefore desired, but not required to apply.
To apply: Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to WestchesterGBC@gmail.com, with WGBC Internship in the subject line.
 

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The opportunity for Westchester Green Business members

Thanks to a grant from The Westchester Community Foundation and support from The Greenburgh Nature Center, WGB members are invited to participate in the 2017 Green Business Internship Program. This new benefit was developed to assist members in forwarding your sustainability goals, while offering college students a unique and meaningful work experience.

WGB is actively recruiting undergraduate and graduate-level students currently enrolled in local colleges and universities to apply to one or more of the available internship opportunities (listed below). Prior to beginning the internship, students will participate in a two-day training session at the Greenburgh Nature Center to learn more about the Westchester Green Business program, sample projects and internship expectations.

The internship program will run for 8 to 10 weeks in the summer (June to August) and fall (September to November). WGB will receive all student applications and pre-screen students before sending you candidates. Participating businesses will conduct an in-person interview at their offices prior to making a final decision to hire.

Participation will be limited to 15 spots per session. If you are interested in hiring an intern for either the summer or fall session, please contact Meg Curtin at mcurtin.wgbc@gmail.com.


The opportunity for college/university students interested in green business: 

The Westchester Green Business program is seeking qualified college-level interns to work with Westchester-based organizations on advancing their internal sustainability efforts leading to green business certification.  Prior to beginning the internship, students will participate in a two-day training session at the Greenburgh Nature Center to learn more about the Westchester Green Business program, sample projects and internship expectations.      

Available Green Business Summer 2017 Internships (click to open PDF with complete details, including how to apply):

 

 

 

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