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April 13, 2015

Department of Facilities and Safety creates internship for CSU students

By Ashli Speed


Cleveland State University students looking for internship opportunities should look no further than the Department of Facilities and Safety.
They have created a new paid internship position in their department exclusively for Cleveland State students.

The position, sustainability intern, was created by Jejuana Brown, the coordinator of project facilitation for the Department of Facilities and Safety.
Senior Ali Beatty currently holds the position.
Beatty, a non-profit administration major, heard about the opportunity in the College of Urban Affairs.

“I decided to apply because the opportunity to help CSU build its commitment to sustainability seemed too good to pass up,” she said.

In her position as the sustainability intern, Beatty helps with sustainability outreach to the campus community, grant writing and planning related activities.

Beatty recently wrote a grant to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for a university-wide recycling initiative.

As a part of her internship, Beatty is currently working to plan the university’s annual Earth Day celebration. The event is set to take place April 21 and 22.

The celebration will feature involvement from other departments across campus as well as the support of local businesses.

Students will be able to enjoy raffles, scavenger hunts and hands-on green living lessons.

The event will kickoff on Tuesday, April 21 with an event launch in the Student Center Ballroom.
The kick-off, hosted by the Student Government Association, will feature a free screening of the eco-documentary, "Above All Else​" which screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Guest will also enjoy free food and the opportunity to win raffle prizes.

The celebration will continue on April 22, with a full day of events spanning from the Student Center to the College of Urban Affairs.

Wednesday will feature keynote speaker Jenita McGowan, chief of sustainability for the City of Cleveland, in the Dively Auditorium at 5 p.m.

Attendees of Earth Day will receive "goodie" bags filled with sustainable items. The bags will contain pens, notepads and other items made of recycled or sustainable materials.

“Earth Day has been my primary focus but I've also worked on updating CSU's sustainability outreach materials,” Beatty said. “I’ve coordinated the Sustainability Cafe [an open forum for the CSU community about sustainability issues and ideas] and the Sustainability Committee, which brings together faculty, staff and students to put those ideas into action.”

Brown believes that having Cleveland State students as interns is a great benefit to her department and helps with campus engagement.

“Students are good at reaching out to students and we are helping them to gain useable experience.”
Brown reached out to the College of Urban Affairs to help her fill the internship position and plans to create more internships for Cleveland State students.

“We would like to have engineering and marketing interns as well,” Brown said. “Expansion is dependent upon our funding.”

Beatty is happy to see departments creating positions exclusively for Cleveland State students.

“It's an awesome opportunity and I am thrilled to have found it,” Beatty said. “It's so interesting to see the ‘other side’ of the university experience and be a part of it.”