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WSP USA Summer 2023 Built Ecology Sustainability Intern in Boston, Massachusetts

Summer 2023 Built Ecology Sustainability Intern

Req ID 9474

Summer 2023 Built Ecology Sustainability Intern

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 experiences, skillsets, backgrounds and walks of life. We actively foster a work environment and culture where inclusion and diversity is part of our fundamental structure. This is delivered behaviorally, through our policies, trainings, local partnerships with professional diverse organizations, internal networks and most importantly with the support and sponsorship of our leaders who help drive our commitment to an inclusive, diverse, welcoming and equitable work environment. Anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

This Opportunity

Nationally recognized as a Top 100 internship program, WSP USA hosts hundreds of interns across the United States to gain hands-on, meaningful work experience to enhance their education and professional aptitude. Our interns gain exposure to real projects while working side by side with senior staff. Through our Developing Professionals Network, interns gain mentorship, networking opportunities and lifelong career connections.

Our Built Ecology team is seeking a Senior Summer 2023 Built Ecology Sustainability Intern to work out of our New York, NY, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Arlington,VA, Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA and Miami, FL office. 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Please note that there is no relocation or housing assistance associated with this internship.

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • Actively enrolled in an accredited Green Building Design, Engineering, Sustainability Management, or related, Masters or PhD program.

  • Demonstrated interest in Green Building Design, Engineering, Sustainability Management, or related field and have a strong desire to advance skills related to WSP’s work and projects.

  • Comfortable presenting ideas, projects and solutions to clients and executives in a polished, professional manner.

  • Proficient self-leadership with attention to detail, multi-tasking, and prioritization of responsibilities in a dynamic work environment.

  • Ability to work independently under minimal supervision, as well as part of a team to meet business objectives.

  • Advanced proficiency with technical writing, office automation, software, spreadsheets, technology, and tools.

  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.

  • Authorization to work in the United States at the start of the internship.

  • Please note that there is no relocation or housing assistance associated with this internship.

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

  • Prior internship and leadership involvement on campus

Expected Salary: $17.00 - $27.00 per hour

WSP USA is providing the compensation range and general description of other compensation and benefits that the company in good faith believes it might pay and/or offer for this position based on the successful applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities in addition to internal equity and geographic location. WSP USA reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional benefits and other compensation, depending on circumstances not related to an applicant’s sex or other status protected by local, state, or federal law.


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

  • 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-CA-San Francisco, US-FL-Miami, US-IL-Chicago, US-MA-Boston, US-NY-New York, US-VA-Arlington, 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 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.

WSP provides a flexible, agile and hybrid workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on 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.