We would not be able to do everything we do without the help of our dedicated sustainability interns! Every semester, our intern teams bring a range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills to a variety of programs with the Office of Sustainability.

If you’re interested in joining our team please visit our Job Opportunities page to find internship openings.

Student intern headshot, Nick Belanger.

Nick Belanger (he/him)

Nick is a 4th year Wildlife Ecology and Conservation major. He is interested in all aspects of wildlife conservation, but is primarily focused on community outreach and the conservation of large mammals. Last summer, Nick worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service doing grizzly bear outreach and education at North Cascades National Park. This year, he is doing research on the effects of red foxes and coyotes on gray fox habitat use in the Gainesville area. In his free time, he enjoys wildlife photography, biking around Gainesville, and painting.


Headshot of UF student intern William Daniel.

William Daniel (he/him)

Will Daniel is a recent UF graduate with a major in Sustainability Studies. He is investigating campus energy efficiency initiatives and supporting staff with conservation area management initiatives. Will has a background in commercial real estate and is interested in incorporating green building infrastructure with natural systems. He is also a candidate for the WELL AP certification. In his free time, Will likes exploring the woods and waterways of Florida with his dog Lily.


Sustainable UF Communications Intern, Anna Mavrodieva.

Anna Mavrodieva (she/her)

Anna is a 4th year Environmental Science major who has also completed a minor with UFTeach Science. Her background is in environmental education; she hopes to inspire others to take care of the planet by helping them realize their connection to the natural world. She has experience with running summer programs, working in a museum, and teaching in a school setting. In her free time she enjoys spending time near Florida’s waterways, creating art, and learning about birds.


Colleen McDonough, Office of Sustainability Student Intern

Colleen McDonough (she/her)

Colleen is a 4th year Environmental Science major with a certificate in GIS. Her interests are in ecosystem function and health, stopover ecology of migratory birds, and the applications of geographic information systems for conservation purposes. She spent last summer in the Panhandle surveying threatened seabird nesting colonies with Florida Audubon and is currently working on her first independent research project focused on the behavior of migratory birds in Gainesville. Her hobbies include hiking, listening to new music, and spending time with her cat Molly.


UF student intern Alexandria O'Donovan.

Alexandria O’Donovan (she/her)

Alexandria is a 4th year studying Sustainability and the Built Environment. Her background is in sustainable planning, design, and construction strategies to benefit communities and the planet. She is also passionate about landscape ecology and conservation. Through positions in different clubs, she came to enjoy graphic design to assist with projects. Outside of work, she is heavily involved in Florida Club Rowing and enjoys hanging out with her friends.