May 22, 2022

CLF Undergraduate Internship Program

  • Get paid to learn about green building and embodied carbon

  • Develop a research project aligned with CLF’s workstreams

  • Connect with building industry practitioners in the field

Benefits and opportunities

  • This is a paid internship, offering $20/ hr for 10 hours a week
  • Learn how to do research (e.g., scientific literature review, analysis, technical writing) with one-on-one mentoring from CLF staff
  • Build resume with research and fellowship experience
  • Develop professional connections in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry


  • Fellows must be students at the University of Washington.
  • Priority given to freshman or sophomore at the University of Washington. (Juniors/seniors also considered.)
  • The fellowship will require a commitment of 10 hours of paid effort per week during the fall and winter academic quarters.
  • Submit your application by June 15

Schedule and activities

This is a fully remote internship. All meetings will be held via Zoom. The structure of the program is divided over two quarters in the academic year.


Fall quarter

  • Training in Life Cycle Assessment data and practices (6-9 hours/week).
  • Join CLF project meetings, publication meetings, etc. to learn about ongoing work streams (1-2 hrs/week).
  • Participate in the online CLF Community forum to engage with other building industry professionals leading embodied carbon work across the world (0-2 hours/week)
  • Participate in local CLF Seattle Hub meetings (0-2 hours/week)
  • Potential to participate in the CBE Aspire program (applicants are encouraged to apply to this venue as well).

Winter quarter

  • Continue joining meetings and engaging with the broader CLF community (1-4 hrs/week)
  • Collaborate on a group project with other fellows that relates to one of CLF’s existing workstreams, with mentorship from CLF researchers. CLF researchers will connect students to relevant resources and contacts, and guide them through the steps of managing and completing the project.
  • Develop a final report and/or project poster.
  • Present work to CLF and potentially other venues at UW, including spring’s Undergraduate Research Symposium

Support from the Bullitt Foundation makes this program possible

This program aims to be a diverse learning experience for students early in their academic career.

We highly encourage applications from BIPOC and other underrepresented freshmen and sophomores who are interested in exploring new topics related to sustainable buildings, but all UW students are welcome to apply.

About the Carbon Leadership Forum

The Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) is an organization within the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington that works on reducing the carbon emissions associated with building materials and construction processes (embodied carbon). The CLF is the go-to organization for building professionals and policymakers working to reduce embodied carbon. It partners with thousands of leaders from architecture, engineering and construction firms, NGOs, policy, and other key groups to improve data and methodology, inform effective and just embodied carbon policies, and support effective technologies and processes to enable material decarbonization.

Awareness and action on embodied carbon continues to grow, but learning about embodied carbon is a far-reaching challenge that requires awareness of global material supply chains, technical modeling, emerging policies, design practices, and more. Many of these topics are not commonly taught at universities or in practice.  This fellowship program aims to expose students to research and best practices relating to embodied carbon reductions.

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