Academic Year 2022-2023 Student Sustainability Fellowship Descriptions


The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities

Furman University


The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities is pleased to request applications for Student Sustainable Communities Fellowships for Academic Year 2022-2023. These fellowships are paid at $10.00 an hour and require approximately 10 hours per week. They focus on sustainability research and service. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.


TO APPLY: Please submit a resume, a short statement (no more than 500 words) of interest that includes the particular fellowship(s) desired, and the names of two references (professors on campus are preferred). If you are interested in more than one fellowship, please provide a statement of interest for each position.  Please email your application to Joy Baker (Shi Center Program Coordinator) at no later than Monday, September 12th, 2022.

If applying to more than one position, please include a separate statement for each position and rank your choices in the e-mail. Please submit either .pdf or .docx files and use the following naming convention for your files: “last name – position title”; for example, if I were applying for the Sustainability Outreach and Engagement Fellowship, I would title my file: “Baker – Sustainability Outreach and Engagement.pdf”. Positions supervisors will follow up with successful applicants to schedule an interview so keep an eye out for emails with the title “Shi Institute Student Fellowship”.

Position Listings:

Sustainability at The Woodlands Fellow – This fellow will serve the residential community at The Woodlands at Furman, a 62 and up retirement community consisting of over 300 residents across Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Skilled Nursing neighborhoods. ( Through the Lifestyles Department (Activities and Programming), this fellow will develop and implement sustainability programming to be presented to residents. Programming to include, but not limited to, lectures, projects, and outings. In addition, this fellow will work hand in hand with the operations team to establish sustainable measures that will reduce wastefulness within the community. This fellow will work mostly out of provided office space in the Lifestyles suite. This position will require up to 10 hours a week.  At least seven of these hours will occur at the Woodlands and the remainder will occur at The Shi Institute.

Sustainability Outreach and Engagement Fellow –This fellow will work with the institute’s Associate Director for Sustainability Programs to manage student outreach for sustainability on campus and in the community.  Responsibilities include sustainability campaign implementation, event planning, liaising with student organizations, and coordinating student fellows and volunteers.  This fellow will also maintain The Shi Institute’s social media outlets, student fellows blog, website, newsletter, and other communications and advertising.  Enthusiasm about sustainability, basic graphic design skills, writing skills, and an interest in generating collaboration on campus are required for this position.  The position will require up to 10 hours/week.

Furman Farm: Composting Fellow – This fellow will support the Farm Manager with composting operations.  The fellow should have a strong interest in composting, an enthusiastic personality, and the ability to communicate to a variety of audiences, including students, faculty, staff, and community members.  This position requires you to work outdoors, get dirty and work as part of a team.  No previous experience or knowledge is required, just a willingness to learn and an optimistic perspective.  This position will require up to 10 hours/week.

Green Office Fellow – This fellow will work with The Shi Institute’s Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment to manage Furman’s Green Office Certification Program.  The program is going into its fifth year, and we seek to improve participation and offer more customized follow-up to program participants. The fellow will be responsible for making contact with faculty and staff across campus, explaining and promoting the program, and helping departments/offices assess and overcome their unique barriers to becoming a green certified office.  The fellow will also be responsible for tracking participation, presenting certificates, sharing/celebrating successes through social media and other campus-centric modes of communication, developing a “sustainability tip of the month” series, and organizing, promoting, and executing an employee clothing swap event and an office supply swap event (may be a combined event).  The ideal candidate must be comfortable speaking to groups of adults and be familiar with Excel and/or Qualtrics survey platform. This position also offers engagement with completing Furman’s Greenhouse Gas report, if the student is interested in exploring a new skillset. This position will require 10 hours/week.

Bon Appetit Student Sustainability Fellow – This fellow will work with Bon Appetit and The Shi Institute staff to create a bridge between Bon Appétit ( and the campus community at Furman, as well as to assist in maintaining the partnership between The Shi Institute and Bon Appétit.  This student will assist the Bon Appétit team in putting on events and creating outreach campaigns across campus, work with student, faculty, and staff groups, and create programing to inform the Furman community about the Farm to Fork Program (  Enthusiasm about sustainability and public outreach are a plus.  The position will require up to 10 hours/week.

Community Conservation Corps Fellow – This fellow will collect and analyze data for Furman’s weatherization program, and generate conclusions regarding the energy saved, money saved, and CO2 avoided as a result of weatherization.  The fellow will also undertake researching and developing a homeowner feedback survey. The fellow may accompany the CCC Program Coordinator to home weatherizations, and perform other basic office tasks for the CCC. An interest in energy efficiency, and data analysis is required, and comfort writing and using Excel is a plus.  This position will require up to 10 hours/week.

Mosaic Color & Additives Fellow – This fellow will work with Mosaic Color & Additives to perform quantitative and qualitative analyses on the company’s sustainability initiatives in plastics and coatings. The student fellow will research the materials and processes used by Mosaic in order to compare the sustainability of their product and supply chain to that of more traditional paint products. The data this student gathers will help inform a future Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of their products. An interest in sustainability, data analysis and supply chain research is required; familiarity with LCA is a plus but not required.