Student Opportunities

Student Opportunities


Thinking more.
Taking less.

Resham Shirsat, LEED AP
Director of Education for Sustainability

There are a number of sustainability student opportunities offered on and off campus each semester. These opportunities may be taken for credit, either as an Internship or Service Learning (SLS 2940/SLS2940H) course at any campus. Visit Valencia’s Service Learning website and Internship website for minimum academic requirements. The featured opportunities below are offered each semester on an ongoing basis. However, there are several opportunities that are not featured since they are only offered certain semesters or as a one-time opportunity. If you meet the minimum academic requirements, contact the Director of Education for Sustainability for all current opportunities and availability.

Honors College students who need to complete IDH 2912 (Undergraduate Research Project) may also choose a topic within sustainability to research (after first discussing with an Honors advisor), using our office as a resource and possible faculty mentor.

Our office works with students to identify a sustainability opportunity that best fits their interests, career path, or needs. If course credit is not needed, there are also sustainability volunteer opportunities available that can improve the quality of life in our community.

– Ongoing Opportunities –
(offered each semester)

Sustainability Ambassadors

Valencia College:  

Students will promote sustainability student opportunities (service learning, internships, study abroad, undergraduate research) on campus through various Student Development and club events. Earth Day planning will be a separate event to promote sustainability awareness in general. Office work such as creating flyers and sending emails will also be required.

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Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Campaign:

Become a Campaign Advocate for the Surfrider Foundation!
Surfrider is a community of everyday people who passionately protect our the ocean and beaches. Campaigns range from plastic pollution to clean water. Advocates will work on a campaign of their choice on campus(es) and/or in the local community.

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Urban Farming

Fleet Farming

Fleet Farming:

“Grow Food Not Lawns!” Students will create, maintain, and harvest urban gardens in homeowners’ front yards and community organizations (such as nursing homes and schools throughout Orlando. Must be able to ride a bicycle.

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Transformation Village, United Global Outreach, Bithlo

United Global Outreach works to address challenges that have emerged from decades of environmental pollution, illiteracy, and unemployment in the town of Bithlo – just 30 minutes east of downtown Orlando. Transformation Village has been built to provide needed services to the community such as an afterschool program, a library, gardening/farming, and healthcare services.

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Waste Reduction Educator, Parramore Farmers Market

Parramore Farmers Market:

Become a Waste Reduction Educator at the Parramore Farmers Market!

The City of Orlando has partnered with Orlando City Soccer to address a food desert in our community with the opening of the Parramore Farmers Market on Saturdays from 8am-1pm. Students can support their sustainability efforts by engaging visitors and vendors. Students will also facilitate the waste reduction program by encouraging proper use of marked recycling and composting bins.

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United Nations, Orlando Chapter

Work with the United Nations Orlando Chapter to help promote the UN’s 17 Sustainability Development Goals!

UNA-Orlando works to inform, inspire, and mobilize Americans to support the principles and work of the United Nations. This includes encouraging citizens to achieve the goals of the United Nations Charter, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Students will be involved in event planning and community outreach, while also integrating the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) on campus.

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Recycling Ambassadors

Orlando City Soccer:
Students will create a recycling program for the stadium through observation, planning, engagement, and implementation on site during soccer games. Students will complete journal reflections and a final paper and presentation.