To achieve us meet our mission, the Sustainability Unit relies on the great work of student interns. We recruit student interns in the summer and every semester. When positions open up, we post the announcements on this website (Green Jobs/Internship section) and at the HKUST Career Center online Internship Network.
Sustainability should not be just a concept, but a way of life in this era. When our water becomes more toxic, our air more polluted, and our flora and fauna more diminished, we have to be more careful on our way of life. Turn off unused electronics, eat cleaner, recycle your trash, and do not condone the use of palm oil in your food products - always check your labels! Being an Green Labs intern in the Sustainability Unit has let me expand my knowledge about sustainability not only in the research industry, but also in many other aspects of life. I am glad to have spent my time with such friendly and warm people here, who have made me feel secure and comfortable in my workplace.
I have been in love with gardening since secondary school. That’s why I applied for this internship program instantly to be a part of HKUST’s gardening club and I made it! This internship program included a wide range of duties, from taking good care of organic farm in LG7, to organizing the environment week activities; from taking good care of the organic fertilizers production from organic waste, to organizing gardening activities. With no doubts, this is one of my greatest working experiences of all time, with passionate colleagues and teammates. This program encouraged me to engage myself into environmental field in the future. We, as a part of the HKUST community, should all commit ourselves to environmental issues like waste reduction, energy saving by changing our lifestyles and we can absolutely do way beyond what we have been doing to save this wonderful planet. All in all, this is an excellent program for all environmental enthusiasts, especially to those who are in love with gardening and horticulture. I definitely encourage all students to be part of the HKUST Sustainability Unit, to spread the ‘sustainability’ culture within this school. I shall be grateful to be a part of it once in my journey at HKUST.
This internship truly broadened my career horizons. I was given chances to involve in a wide variety of projects ranging from conducting waste audit, taking part in daily operational management to holding large scale student societies recycling activities. This internship provided me many interesting but challenging hands-on experience. Other than new found technical knowledge I gained from various given tasks, this internship also sharpened my interpersonal skills as cross-departmental communication and meetings are always required! As an environmental optimist, I am so glad to be part of the team and play a role in promoting HKUST sustainability.
Turning unwanted animal bedding into some useful composite and conducting waste audits by sorting trash, coordinating the gardening club and sticking signage on bins... Sustainability is actually much more intriguing when we get our hands dirty! This internship is far more intriguing than what I expected. Rarely would a business student get the chance to put on protective wear. From the hands-on experiences to participating in the plastic water bottle free campaign, designing a poster for the new sustainability-related course, locating and distributing recycling bins, and contributing in the food waste collection trial. The variety of work offered here never gets you bored. Differ from other departments, the Sustainability Unit is the change initiator, resistance comes with every new action but that is where the challenge lies on. Join us if you share the same vision!
To me, sustainability is not solely a concept but also to be realized with various possibilities in the form of space, innovations and lifestyles. My interest in issues relating to the environment and community lead me to be one of the Interns here where I could be involved in different sustainability projects and research on campus.
I feel grateful for the opportunity to take part in a broad range of interesting duties, to communicate and interact with different parties and to work with a group of people sharing the same passion and putting sustainability into real actions. Equipping myself with better skills and experience, I really enjoy the time in the Sustainability Unit, to do what I love and love what I do.
Sustainability is not just about doing simple recycling and turning off the light, but promoting a win-win solution for human activities and environmental conservation. It is a great opportunity to be an intern in sustainability unit to get involved in daily operational projects to provide innovative solutions for university sustainability. We can find sustainability in almost all the locations in UST, such as LSK, Computer Barn, Laboratory and even the Congregation Ceremony! Every small effort counts and from the sustainability report, we know we are improving by the performance data. Sustainability unit is a warm place that you can always share your opinions about sustainability and be carefully heard. When your suggestion becomes reality, you can get great sense of belongings and achievement.
I believe there is still a long way to go for the human civilization and our campus to become truly sustainable. In my view, the key transition we have to make is to reconnect ourselves with Nature, not alienating from it. In my philosophy, understanding opens the door of love. Only when people know about Nature sufficiently, will they love and live with it in harmony. With this in mind, it is essential to accumulate knowledge and experience in order to effectively and responsibly educate people to think "Nature". This is why I devote myself to become a researcher and an educator. In addition, gardening (growing food) is an easy-entry, outdoor and intriguing activity that can allow any person of any age to get in touch with Nature directly (and literally to get a bite of the "energy" you and Nature spent together afterward). It is indeed a great experience to be a gardening and landscape coordinator in this semester. I learn a lot and made a lot of friends and the most important thing is, I get a chance to contribute through my thought and action. Nonetheless, the world is big, my sole effort is definitely not enough. I strongly encourage people to become part of this Human-Nature reconnection endeavor.
Sustainability is an essential issue. Though many people may not be aware of the concept of sustainability and its importance, it is our responsibilities to spread this concept to the community and achieve it in our campus. I am honoured to be part of the team in promoting and achieving sustainability in UST.
Being an intern in the Sustainability Unit, I had the opportunity in getting to know more about the things done and planned by our school in achieving sustainability. I am very lucky to help in these meaningful projects and make them happen. Working in here not only enriches my knowledge on various green issues, but also provides me hands-on practices in finding ways to solve them. This is really a special experience.
I have always been a very determined and passionate individual who dream of pursuing a career in sustainability green field. With my specialization in environmental science and art studies, I have decided to take up this challenge at HKUST Sustainability Unit and contribute more towards green campus development and environmental conservation. I am also fortunate enough that my skills and knowledge in generating designs of promotional material, developing competition events can help building a more sustainable and green HKUST.
The word “sustainability” often invokes the idea of environmental scientists. As an intern here, I always keep in mind that sustainability is a big issue in our lives, and what can be more valuable than the only place where we know life cannot just exist, but thrive. Indeed, there is no Plant B. I am super excited to work with HKUST Sustainability Unit and grow with this vibrant community.
This internship opportunity is more than a job experience to me. Besides working on my assigned tasks, I am given ample opportunities to explore more possibilities to promote gardening and sustainability on campus. As a gardening and nature lover, I enjoy working on gardening activities and our beautiful landscapes on campus a lot. I am really excited about taking part in some challenging yet meaningful projects. It would be great to witness them happen on campus.
I am also blessed to work with other nice and passionate people in office. They are very supportive and encouraging. Hope that together we can promote a more sustainable community in HKUST!
I believe that making the environment more sustainable is essential as it is essential for the future generations to have access to the resources in our planet Earth. This is a difficult task. Thus, starting from our campus is a small, but important step to improving our environment.
Working as an intern in HKUST Sustainability has been a great experience for me. I was surprised to meet warm, and friendly people here. I have learnt so much more about the energy-related issues facing the laboratories of HKUST and have acquired new skills. Though the other interns I am working with are from different cultural backgrounds and speak different languages, I am able to get along well with them, as we do the group projects together. I enjoy working here.
Having started my sustainability career on campus through the Eco-Reps, I am excited to expand on my previous work, now as an intern for the Sustainability Unit. It is an honour to be able to participate in, and learn from, the many projects that will increase the campus’s positive impacts on the environment. Not only have I learned to tackle various problems in sustainability projects, I have also been able to overcome my own weaknesses and strengthen my skills. As a bonus, I have been blessed with the opportunity to collaborate with amazing people who have diverse talents, friendly personalities, and a shared, genuine passion for the environment. I hope that, through our work, we can motivate other members of the HKUST community to contribute to the ever-growing sustainability efforts on campus.
Contributing towards making the environment more sustainable is something that I have always wanted to do and this internship paves the way for just that. Having this opportunity not only helped me gain professional workplace experience, but also allowed me to work in collaboration with people who are friendly, open, and hard-working making it a very enjoyable time for myself. This is the perfect platform to learn new things, enhance your interpersonal and analytical skills as well as make the campus around you greener!
With determination of devoting myself to the lifestyle and profession that contribute to a greener and more sustainable world, this internship has offered me a precious opportunity to further pursue my dream. Having most of my previous experiences in environmental related researches, the investigation of sustainable landscaping in Sustainability Unit make me realize that engagement with different stakeholders is also very crucial at implementation level.
Besides, I really enjoy the passionate teamwork with other interns from different backgrounds, brainstorming about different issues altogether and had the marvelous outcome that could not be achieved by myself.
Unforgettable memories! In our unit, there are interns from Hong Kong, Indonesia and Taiwan. Despite different cultures we have and mother tongues we speak, we created a friendly and collaborative working environment and enjoyable learning atmosphere as well. We have been working on different projects individually but through discussion, we supported each other and learned from each other.
For me, focusing on sustainability employability for graduates research really broadens my horizons and I am glad to have this precious opportunity of conducting the survey. Not only would planning and working on this practical project help me gain hands-on experience in doing researches, but also motivates me to think from the perspective of sustainability and further explore on the sustainable lifestyle.
Effective communication is vital when we want to promote sustainability. All key stakeholders need to get involved in the collaboration process if we want to hold a successful green activity. It will never be an easy task to build a consensus of different parties. However, challenges can be always addressed with the help of other passionate interns and staff here. This internship experience including organizing green activities in the promotion period makes me feel clearer about my future career prospect.
I love gardening and like to join activities related to gardening. So it is a great chance for me to be a gardening club coordinator who can organize gardening activities and update facebook page to let everybody know the latest movements of us. This gives me an opportunity to brainstorm how to promote and encourage students to join the gardening club. Gardening is one of the most important issues of sustainability as plant and human are interdependent. Bringing gardening culture is similar to bringing green culture to the university. As a gardening lover, it is perfect to organize and promote gardening activities, at the same time, spreading green culture. In the coming semester, I will try my best to let more students and staffs engage in gardening and green culture.
Having always wanted to pursue a career that allows me to work for a social cause, I realised that with my specialisation in supply chain, working to create green supply chains would be the most applicable. Therefore, while having my exchange in HKUST, I decided to take up this challenge at the Sustainability Unit to learn more about the field and really enjoyed it. Having acknowledged and seen the need for Sustainability in our society, I feel even more compelled to contribute when I return back to Singapore.
Having a first hand experience working on a research paper on Sustainability Graduates was really difficult but it was an experience I would not have experienced if not for this internship!
I have been trying to contribute towards environmental conservation and management for a few years now and this internship is a huge stepping stone along the way. While getting to enjoy the feeling of holding a close to real job, I am also fortunate enough to be promoting issues that I can relate with on a personal level. This is the perfect opportunity to learn new skills while helping improve sustainability in HKUST.
To me, Sustainability is so much more than solely resource conservation or green plants; more importantly, it is the strong driving force and question mark always pushing for better solutions. Sustainability requires thinking hard, being creative and effective in problem precaution and solving, which makes this precious internship opportunity challenging yet rewarding. I have been using my skills and knowledge to generate designs of promotional material, plan competition event and develop contents for annual Sustainability report; I am sure there is much more to do and learn in the future work and I am really excited about it!
I remember Davis said, "Once a Sustainability family member, always a Sustainability family member", and that is indeed the case. I always feel welcome, being cared and encouraged. Moreover, I enjoy considerable autonomy and flexibility in planning my work schedule and solving problems, which really stimulates creativity and passion. Not only to learn sustainability's wide implications for all aspects of our lives and contribute to make HKUST a better place, but I also get to grow with the vibrant community enhanced by Sustainability Unit's substantial efforts.
After I was admitted to the Environmental Science major, my sensitivity towards the environment has been greatly enhanced. I realized that integrating sustainability ideas in the community is a daunting task, so starting from the campus would be the first step. This internship has given me a remarkable experience on promoting green concepts around the campus. I am grateful to be involved in several projects, promoting and implementing them. Although different obstacles related to inter-departmental coordination or technical problems are facing ahead, my colleagues are helpful to assist me in tackling them as well as improving the projects. Engaging more students and staff in contributing to sustainability indeed provided me a great sense of satisfaction.
As a gardening lover, I definitely wouldn’t miss the chance of becoming the member of gardening club. Then I think, why not becoming the coordinator of the club to have further participation? Now I’m organizing activities and managing the Gardening Club page on Facebook. This experience gives me the opportunity to think about how to initiate activities and organize a club well. It also gives me so much fun when interacting with other club member with whom we share the same hobby. During the internship, I’m going to do my best to bring more fun to the club. Let’s enjoy the green and cultivate the green culture!
Sustainability is essential in every aspect of our lives. Working in the Sustainability unit gave me lots of opportunities to work as a Think tank. As we had to take care of different projects and events, collaboration was strongly demanded. Fortunately, Davis, Loretta and Carmen gave us high autonomy and control in implementing our projects. What I believe is, this trusting and supportive atmosphere is the core factor, which makes us actualize our potential and become a more refined and organized individual. The most inspiring lesson I learnt from this internship is to learn how to actualize what you planned. Word is always easier than action. Therefore, always think a few steps ahead of your plan will really facilitate not only your work, but also your life journey.
In recent years, I have been concerning about the environment. Not only did I try to change the lifestyle of my family, but I also encouraged my friends to be more environmentally friendly. Yet, I still wondered what else can be done. This internship provided me the answers.
In this internship, I mainly worked as a coordinator of the Gardening Club. Since it is a newly formed club, many preparation and organization works of both the orchard and the club were needed. I tried to collaborate with other green organizations, getting UST members involved, and help in creating a green and comfortable campus. I also took part in other green events such as the O’camp recycling program and food waste reduction activity. I learned more about the career perspective through this internship.
Thanks to people from the Sustainability Unit. They are really encouraging, especially when I got confused. Hope that their passion can motivate more and more UST members. Let’s grow our vibrant community together!
It has been my pleasure working in the Sustainability Unit and it gave me the most fruitful experience in university life. As a communication and social media intern, I had to take care of campaigns and projects and also worked on branding, promotion and social media. I have got the chance to interact with different school departments and student societies, and I realized the challenges and possibility in sustainability on campus.
I am very grateful to work with the people here. Staff are very friendly and they are really passionate about the environment. They put a lot of trust in me and gave me flexibility so that I could do my work confidently. Working with them definitely enriched my perspective towards sustainability and gave me insights into my future career.
To me, green or sustainability is a lifestyle rather than restrictions which other may consider green means using nothing. Regarding last year’s slogan of the sustainability unit, appreciation is the heart of sustainability; we can still consume food or other materials with the heart of appreciation. The key is to consume everything properly. I hope this idea would be widely spread.
I am glad to have this great opportunity to work in the sustainability unit to have a glance of people working in the green field and to have more knowledge on sustainability.
Mathematics students are not only confined to teaching or research paths! There are always endless opportunities to explore the world around us and I am pleased to have joined the Sustainability Unit to help make a difference at HKUST. My interests lie in the realm of statistical analysis and environmental protection. I am fortunate to take up the role of analyzing data, designing survey and carrying out studies on campus. This helps me understand the current situation and modify the campaigns held in the future. My work also includes updating the newsletter and reporting the recent activities at University.
Whenever I encounter difficulties, people are always willing to help and keep me on the right track. Projects will not be held successfully without the supportive staff and their genuine desire to conserve the environment. I believe that achieving sustainability is not merely about slogans and the publicity generated by environmental projects. Actions speak louder than words; build good and green habits to make HKUST a sustainable community.
It has long been my dream to work in the field of environmental protection. Sustainability Unit offered me a precious opportunity to fulfill my dream and make me grow. I am responsible for graphics design, event arrangement and promotion. From all the projects I worked on, I have gained a lot of real-life experience in promoting sustainability on campus. At the same time, I know more about my strengths and weaknesses, which help direct my future career development.
People here are so considerate, friendly and passionate about caring the environment. They provided support whenever I needed, which made me feel warm and more eager to do the best for every project. Working in the Sustainability Unit would surely be one of the most unforgettable experiences in my University life. With the efforts of other interns, I hope everyone in UST can learn to appreciate our environment.
Embracing sustainability is a way for me to appreciate life. It allows me to see more possibilities in the eternity and consistence in everything. It allows me to think of how to treasure things instead of discarding them. These are all why I am so eager to promote sustainability to more people and become part of Sustainability Unit to drive the goal of sustainability on campus. Let's appreciate our life more by acting sustainably!
As a student majoring in EVMT, I hope to implement the idea of sustainability into our daily lives and even make changes to the world. I am glad to have the opportunity being an intern under the Sustainability Unit that I can bring my knowledge into full play while at the same time contributing to the university. I help organize the student engagement activities and also the promotion of sustainability on campus. These fruitful experiences have made me become more mature and responsible. Thanks to the warm working environment with the staff and other interns, they have made my internship more meaningful and inspiring.
I hope the idea of sustainability is not only fulfilled in the university but also in the more complicated society by our bright and talented students from the Green HKUST.
As a student majoring in Environmental studies, I have often looked for opportunities to engage people around me to care more about the pressing environmental issues. Living in UST with its sweeping natural beauty for two years, I found that there was a lack of understanding of the campus environment from some students. I am grateful to obtain a chance to work in Sustainability Unit to engage more people in appreciating the precious environment of our campus. I am responsible for some promotions and branding work in promoting the key idea of “Appreciation is the heart of sustainability.” With the advice of the staff, I worked with other interns and shared ideas in project planning and promotion. The support and guidance from Sustainability Unit has benefited me in developing my potential, especially in design and contributing my academic knowledge to build a better UST campus.
I have long been interested in different environmental issues since high school. After joining HKUST and studying in environmental management, I got more chances to learn about our world. Nevertheless, I am not satisfied with learning the theories only. I want to do something that has a real impact on people. The experience in the Sustainability Unit is memorable. I worked and helped in different activities. I am happy to see students participating and enjoying themselves! I really do hope that they are influenced by the events we held and we are continuing to build a more sustainable campus together. This job experience also nurtures my motivation for engaging in sustainability work after I graduate.
It wasn't long after I was admitted to HKUST that I discovered my interest in the environment, and especially sustainability issues. I participated in various green activities such as Grass Hour organized by EVSS and the Green Ambassador Program. To endeavor myself to contribute to society, I joined the summer internship program offered by the Sustainability Unit. During the internship, I mainly focused on branding and marketing. It was inspiring to work with the team and create various ideas and campaigns. Although the scale of work is more focused on the UST campus, I hope the message of appreciation and sustainability can reach more friends outside of UST as well.
Doing an internship at Sustainability Unit was one of the greatest things to happen in my university life. I never expected to meet such warm, friendly, caring, and passionate people as I found at Sustainability Unit. Though it is considered a new department at HKUST, people who work here are really passionate about making HKUST become more sustainable in every aspect. That makes this working unit a nice and cooperative team to work with. Interns were being collaborative in helping each other and our supervisors, Davis, Loretta, and Carmen were really keen in getting quick updates so they could give positive suggestions and advice to make the interns’ work superior. The internship last summer has also given me a lot of lessons. The most important one was that I have become more flexible and adaptive when it came to the time when I had to approach other departments to collaborate with Sustainability Unit. After all, I hope the whole community of HKUST could take part in the effort of making a sustainable future of HKUST a reality.
As a student majoring in Environmental Management and Technology, I always want to involve myself in building something related to sustainability and raising the environmental awareness of others. After being the president of Environment Students' Society, I realized that student groups are so limited. This internship opportunity really allowed me to work on something similar, while in a much different and larger scope.
It has been a valuable and enjoyable experience working in this Unit. I loved the passion of all the staff and interns. As a relatively new and small unit, we have set up great targets and we never give up even when we face obstacles. Working in this unit strengthened my belief in what we have been fighting for. And the best thing is even as interns, our opinions and ideas were always listened to, and we were able to propose and plan for projects that we think they could engage students in learning more about sustainability!
The most important thing I have learnt from this internship is that we have to be consistent in our work of holding engagement activities in order to get students to learn. Sooner or later, they will be able to understand and develop the habit of saving the environment. Faith and passion, are what we need most for promoting the idea of sustainability. Let's build a green HKUST together!
I feel so glad and fruitful to be an intern of sustainability unit. I was mainly responsible for marketing work, in particular managing our Facebook page. It was challenging to track students' interests and promote the sustainability news and issues, and I feel satisfied to receive good feedback from students. To write up stories for the environmental report, I did not just introduce the activities' detail, but also conducted interviews and quoted the experience shared by the participants. Apart from these, I worked with other interns to carry out O’Camp recycling activities and produced videos to promote the green facilities on campus. We have developed strong bonds and amplified the efforts.
As a student in the Environmental program, I always seek opportunities to raise people’s awareness of sustainability and engage them to take actions. I am grateful for being given a chance to realize my goal and contribute to the school at the same time. Thanks to the trust and guidance from my colleagues, I can work on a wider range of projects than expected; from project planning to promotion. The challenges encountered during this internship have made me more mature.
To me, sustainability is not just about the environment but a balance of various aspects. Want to know more about sustainability or make HKUST a better community? You are welcome to join our activities and give us feedback.
I remember when I was young, I used to want to be a scientist and save the world. But as I grew older, this childhood “dream” of mind got lost in the realities of life– the studying, the need for a stable career, and so on. Now, I have finally been given the opportunity to work towards this childhood dream, albeit it being on a much, much, much smaller scale, of course. Though my efforts in this program will be more local, I hope that the message it brings will spread throughout our community, such as readers like you, and hopefully create a positive ripple effect!
As a 4-Year program BBA student, a longer university life allows me to equip myself with more different experiences. This year, I decided to gain my business experience in other interested area, Marketing and Environmental Protection. Therefore, I joined the school’s Sustainability Unit as an Intern.
I am responsible for online marketing, events promotion and graphics design. Thanks to the high degree of flexibility and support provided by the Sustainability Unit, I can always put my creative ideas into actions. I have learnt lots of real – life marketing situation through all these projects.
Since HKUST has been providing me with great resources, I wish to contribute to the school by influencing the UST members to build a sustainable green campus together.
If the Earth dies, you die. If you die, the Earth survives.’ It reveals the fact that our lifestyle as a whole is not sustainable. My dream is to make a way where both humans and the Earth survive. Doing sustainability in the HKUST community will be the first step of my thousand miles journey.
BSc in Environmental Management and Technology