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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.  

2016-2017

Jasmin Cengeloglu Sustainability Intern (2017 Summer) Year 3, BSc in Environmental Management & Technology

Sustainability to me is being able to solve complex and multidisciplinary 21st century problems with the efforts of different stakeholder. Being sustainable relies within one’s morality. This summer, as an intern at the sustainability unit, as I was able to experience this first-hand. I was able to work with a group of students who are passionate about sustainability and was able to contribute to sustainability initiatives and projects on the HKUST campus. I hope my small contribution at the sustainability unit can help other students realize the importance of campus sustainability.

Turzo Bose Sustainability Intern (2017 Summer) Year 2, BEng in Chemical and Environmental Engineering

One of the most useful thing I did this summer was being a part of the Sustainability Unit of HKUST. Time and over, we have come across this term in our academic life. However, I was always amazed at how little was actually being done. This internship not only provided me with the opportunity to work towards making our campus more sustainable, but also helped me discover my passion for the environment, as much as declaring a minor in environmental engineering. Being a Green Lab Intern, I was provided with a wonderful opportunity to blend the material that I learnt in class with new skills that I acquired during the internship to solve a real-life problem. I was blessed to have a vibrant and cheerful team to work with. Last but definitely not the least, the experience would not have been so valuable without the constant support from Loretta, Denise and Davis. Thank you all for the wonderful experience.

Ip Wing To Victor Sustainability Intern (2017 Summer) Year 2, BSc in Environmental Management & Technology

This summer internship at Sustainability Unit was definitely the greatest thing that happened in my university life! As a student majoring in Environmental Management and Technology (EVMT), I always want to apply what I have learnt into something more practical. Sustainability Unit gave me precious opportunities to work out the concept of sustainability. This internship also broadened my career horizons. I was mainly responsible for marketing work, in particular designing posters and organising green student activity. Although it was challenging to promote sustainability through a short period of activity, it is grateful to receive positive feedback from student as our efforts are being recognised.

Yau Hiu Shuen Natalie Sustainability Intern (2017 Summer) Year 1, BSc in Environmental Science

Sustainability cannot be achieved by a group of passionate people solely but the entire humanity. The matter is whether there is a pioneer who is willing to take the lead and motivate others to be their followers, that is the Sustainability Unit in HKUST. Doing internship in Sustainability Unit is far more than I expected. It is beyond doubt a valuable opportunity for you to get a better understanding on the wastage problem in UST. The data regarding the paper, straw and plastic consumption that I have collected prompts me to make changes in my lifestyle. From organizing different gardening workshops and on-campus campaigns to participating in different cross-departmental meetings, the tasks provided me a different perspective on how different departments are working together to create a green and sustainable campus.

Yeung Choi Ying Marian Sustainability Intern (2017 Summer) Year 2, BSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Being an intern in the Sustainability Unit was definitely one of the greatest experience in my University life. I am so grateful to have cooperated with all the interns and our supervisors, Davis, Loretta and Denise, who always listened to our opinions and showed support to our crazy thoughts. Under their guidance, I was given many opportunities to work with different departments or companies to improve the sustainability performance of the campus. Throughout the 3-month internship program, the wide variety of projects, ranging from event implementation to promotion, has equipped me with new technical skills, including logistics management, video editing and photoshop skills. It is really my honour to have contributed towards green campus development, and seeing more and more students and staff devoting their time and efforts to make our campus more sustainable.

Rinaldi Gotama Sustainability Intern (2017 Spring)Year 4, BSc in Biological Sciences

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.

Chan Yik Chun Jacky Sustainability Intern (2017 Spring)MSc in Environmental Science and Management

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.

Poon Maan Ki Katie Sustainability Intern (2017 Spring)Year 4, BSc in Global China Studies

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.

Shiu Hoi Yin Karlie Sustainability Intern (2017 Spring)Year 4, BBA (MARK, MGMT, ENTR)

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!

Sin Wai Yin, Sammy Sustainability Intern (2016 Fall)Year 4, BEng in Civil Engineering

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.

Xu Shiyao Sustainability Intern (2016 Fall)Year 4, BSc in Environmental Management and Technology

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.

Yeung Chun Chung Richard Sustainability Intern (2016 Fall)Year 3, BSc in Environmental Science

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.

2015-2016

Carmem Hung Sustainability Intern (2016 Summer)Year 2, BSc in Environmental Management and Technology

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.

Carmen Suen Sustainability Intern (2016 Summer)Year 3, BSc in Environmental Science, Minor in Humanities

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.

Chan Sum Yi Sustainability Intern (2016 Summer)Year 3, BSc in Environmental Science

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!

Vaishak Anirudh Sustainability Intern (2016 Summer)Year 3, BSc in Biological Sciences

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.

Veronica Qin Ting Li Sustainability Intern (2016 Summer)Year 1, BSc in Physics

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.

Varna Kanungo Sustainability Intern (2016 Winter and Spring)Year 3, BBA in Marketing and Information Systems

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!

Meichen Lee Sustainability Intern (2016 Winter and Spring)MSc in Environmental Science and Management

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.

Yip Ching Yi Cathy Sustainability Intern (2016 Winter and Spring)Year 3, BSc in Environmental Science

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.

Au-Yeung Ka Po Sustainability Intern (2016 Winter and Spring)Year 2, BSc in Environmental Management and Technology

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.

Leung On Yee, Angela Sustainability Intern (2016 Winter and Spring)Year 2, BSc in Environmental Science

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.

Chen Yuying Sustainability Intern (2015 Fall)Year 3, Business exchange student from National University of Singapore

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!

Sneha Balasubramanian Sustainability Intern (2015 Fall)Year 3, BSc in Environment Management and Technology

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.

Stacy He Sustainability Intern (2015 Fall)Year 4, BSc in Environment Management and Technology

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.

Leung Wing Suen, Zandra Sustainability Intern (2015 Fall)Year 4, BSc in Environmental Science, Minor in Business

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.

Yang Yu, Julie Gardening Intern (2015 Fall)Year 1, MSc in Biotechnology

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!

To promote the sense of environmental protection, I joined Eco-rep for making some differences in HKUST. I hope that Eco-reps' impacts are far-reaching; the future HKUST students can see our efforts several years later. I am glad to make new friends who have the same goal and see our creative ideas being achieved.

SHI Chi Chun, Jeffrey
Year 3, BSc in Environmental Management and Technology