Our Current Interns

The Office of Sustainability counts itself fortunate to have interns that are student leaders in the sustainability movement at Mason. This dynamic group helps us achieve our mission and goals and currently includes six for-credit interns, as well as five paid interns who serve as Team Leaders to numerous service learners and volunteers.

Rhys Bethke
Gardens Team Lead

Rhys is an undergraduate student at Mason majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies with a concentration in Environmental Policy & Economics. He is temporarily taking over the position of Gardens Team Leader for the Fall 2018 semester. His role is to manage the Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden, lead volunteers during gardening hours, and help plan events for the GMU Organic Gardening Association (GOGA). Outside of the Office of Sustainability, Rhys is also heavily involved on campus with student organizations such as the Vegan Society at GMU and Pride Alliance. He is also a part of the LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community. After he graduates in 2020, Rhys hopes to enter the field of sustainable food policy.

Sarah Wheedleton
Outreach Team Lead

Sarah is an Environmental and Sustainability Studies major with a concentration in Conservation and a minor in Professional Writing. She has always been interested in exploring the natural world and ensuring its persistence for future generations, though her passion was catalyzed by a high school experience as a delegate at Mason’s Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, and more recently reinforced by a semester spent at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation. She strongly believes in the power of effective communication to inspire and empower people to make a difference in the world, and looks forward to helping the Mason community become more green as the Education and Outreach Team Leader.

Interested in a paid internship?

If you are a student interested in a paid internship, please feel free to contact us at gogreen@gmu.edu for more information. However, we highly encourage interested students to invest time in volunteering and/or working in a for-credit capacity first. This allows us to get to know the student’s strengths and abilities, and these students are the first to know about paid opportunities within the Office.