Sustainability Intern - Summer 2022
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Sustainability Intern - Summer 2022


Who We Are

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring future-ready pioneers to innovate. We’re looking to grow our teams with people who are ready to collaborate in building communities and expanding our skylines. To do this, we hire candidates of all backgrounds. That’s why here at WSP, inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging are core principles. Anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

This Opportunity

WSP, a world-class multi-disciplinary engineering and professional services firm, is seeking a full-time Sustainability Intern. We are seeking interns to work from each of the following offices, Boston MA, New York City NY, Chicago IL, Miami FL, Los Angeles CA and Seattle WA. Our team works closely with architects, owners, and teams throughout WSP to advance sustainability, health, and resilience goals on large, complex projects around the world.

Built Ecology is WSP’s national Built Environment Sustainability team, providing a broad range of services including sustainability consulting, high performance design and analysis, building certifications, district-scale solutions, education, facilitation, and project management. We work across a wide range of project types and scales, from horizontal planning and district infrastructure, to vertical design and construction, to ongoing performance and operations. Built Ecology has been directly responsible for driving many leading projects across the globe, including LEED Platinum buildings, Living Building Challenge and WELL projects, net-zero water and energy projects, EcoDistricts, corporate initiatives, and improvements for large building portfolios.  Our solutions are typically innovative, integrated, and practical.

Our team takes a unique approach all our projects. We influence strategic decisions for the design of buildings and neighborhoods, infrastructure and landscapes, and organizational outcomes. Through our internship program, we offer an opportunity to experience built environment sustainability services (strategy, analysis, design and implementation) in a project delivery context.

Your Impact

Internship Learning Objectives include:

  • Application of existing technical skills to projects in a professional setting and development of additional relevant technical skills
  • Gain experience in analysis methods & tools, reporting writing, and presentations related to sustainability
  • Develop teamwork skills required to create compelling deliverables and engage with clients and project teams
  • Learn the fundamental principles and tools used for computational design and advanced buildings analytics

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage a variety of specific tasks with oversight from several project managers
  • Support sustainability strategy development and certification efforts (e.g. LEED, WELL, Fitwel, NZE) 
  • Assist with renewable energy analysis and carbon neutral building assessments
  • Develop strategic and technical recommendations for projects that is thoughtful, creative, practical, and effective
  • Facilitate conversations between multiple stakeholders to devise sustainability strategies
  • Produce high quality, visually compelling presentations and deliverables

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • Pursuing a degree in green building design, engineering, sustainability management or a related field
  • Familiarity with MS Office Suite
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with an emphasis on the ability to organize and present design information to clients

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to use Adobe Creative Suite for reports and presentations
  • Computer 3D model creation and development
  • Scripting and coding (e.g. Python or Grasshopper)
  • Knowledge of the building design and construction process
  • Knowledge of third-party green building rating systems (LEED, Passive House, LBC, WELL, Fitwel etc.)
  • Experience with energy, carbon, daylight, and CFD modeling software and analysis
  • Extensive experience with Excel and data analysis

Additional Requirements

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Additional Details

  • Required Education: High School Diploma / GED
  • Minimum Years Experience: 0 - 2 years
  • Travel Required: N/A - No travel required
  • Job Status: Intern
  • Employee Type: Full
  • Primary Location: NEW YORK - PENN PLAZA
  • All locations: US-CA-Los Angeles, US-FL-Miami, US-IL-Chicago, US-MA-Boston, US-NY-New York, US-WA-Seattle

About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 12,000 employees in over 200 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.

WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.
At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.

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