Purpose and Overview

The purpose is to help organize an electronic recycling campaign on the Jamestown or Olean campus.  (80 to 90 hours)

1. Background reading and research on sustainability, recycling, and e-waste. (12 hours)

2. Work with a local social service agency and the Sustainability Coordinator to plan the event.  (16 hours)

a. Several local agencies (2nd Chances, Community Helping Hands) collect electronic waste for recycling and use the proceeds to help fund their efforts. We would decide which one fits our efforts best and plan the event with them.
b. Coordinate efforts with college administration plus Building and Grounds.
c. Identify and solicit college staff and faculty assistance.

3. Develop a plan to promote the event to the college staff/students and the community at large. (12 hours)

a. Create event flyers and organize distribution.
b. Contact local media to promote and advertise the event.
c. Use social media to promote awareness and participation.
d. Write articles for publication describing the event.
e. Reach out to local business to promote/participate.

4. Recruit and coordinate volunteers for pick up and collection. (8 hours)

a. Determine the need for volunteers
b. Recruit help from all participants (college, agency, business)
c. Organize drop off locations
d. Organize pick up if necessary/desirable

5. Assist BOCES e-Scrapping Class activities. (4 hours)

a. Determine space and facilities needs.
b. Assist in set up/take down.
c. Assist as needed.

6. Help manage the day(s) of collection event (16 hours)

a. Organize collection point
b. Instruct and direct volunteers
c. Manage safety
d. Supervise area policing and clean up
e. If necessary, assist in post event pickup of e-waste

7. Write a report (12 hours) on findings to include:

a. Need for e-recycling at the national level.
b. Log of project activities.
c. Lessons learned from the event.
d. Define ‘Where does it go?’
e. Recommendations for decreased waste volume and increased recycling.


Students will be responsible for:

  • Participation in learning activities such as reading assignments, videos, or group discussions to gain a better understanding of the principles of sustainable living.
  • Assisting in the promotion and communication.
  • Learning the basic principles of e-waste and e-recycling.
  • Keeping a thorough and accurate record of data sources and collection times.
  • Participation in the organizing and supervising an event.
  • Assisting in analyzing findings, determining recommendations for improvement and writing a report to that effect.
  • Maintaining a professional attitude and demeanor toward both the project and those they come in contact with for the duration of the internship.
  • Maintaining regular communication with the sustainability coordinator in order to schedule activities and maximize time available.
  • Keeping a record of project hours for approval by site supervisor.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will understand the local links to the global issue of e-waste.
  • Students will gain a better understanding of the meaning of reduce, reuse, and recycle.
  • Students will collect and analyze data, and report findings to the campus community, including campus decision-makers and community leaders.


  • Initial training on the concept of sustainability
  • Training on the need for proper recycling of electronic waste
  • Training on the opportunities presented by recycling
  • Additional training will be conducted individually and as necessary

Context for Internship

This internship utilizes the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment framework and the Earth Charter.

Teaching Materials

The Green Campus: Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability by Walter Simpson

The Sustainability Handbook: The Complete Management Guide to Achieving Social, Economic, and Environmental Responsibility by William Blackburn

Other materials assigned by site supervisor

Site Supervisor

Office of Sustainability

Jamestown Community College
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To apply for this internship, please contact the Office of Experiential Learning at 716.338.1381 or use this contact form.