Sustainability Internship Program

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    The Sustainability Internship Program (SIP) is an initiative through the Office of Sustainability that offers hands-on learning experiences for undergraduates that advance the overall mission of greater social, economic and environmental sustainability in the campus community. This unique program provides an intellectual framework for students to apply classroom learning to project based engagement.  Since summer 2014 we have connected 66 students to sustainability projects all over our campus.  We recently completed our summer SIP program and are gearing up for our next fantastic Spring SIP!  For those of you who are interested in the Spring 2016 Sustainability Internship Program, we recommend registering for US 130 in the fall.

    SIP consists of:

    1. internship placement at a UIC department

    2. weekly seminars and field outings that cover a range of educational and skill building topics

    3. leadership development and project management experience

    Seminar topics include: environmental and energy sustainability issues, cultural sustainability issues, institutional challenges and change management, campus structure and administration, campus sustainability programs and job readiness.

    This program is the result of various collaborations with: UIC Dining Services, UIC Campus Housing, Utilities, Facilities Management, Bike UIC, the College of Engineering, University of Illinois Hospital and the Energy Initiative.

    As part of the SIP program interns:

    • Develop a work plan and project goals
    • Meet frequently with project supervisor
    • Share experiences with SIP cohort
    • Attend weekly seminars and outings
    • Report on campus sustainability using the SIP blog
    • Present project results at a poster presentation

     

    Check out our current openings!

    See us featured on the front cover the AASHE Guide to Creating & Managing Sustainability Internship Programs!

    SIP Summer 2015 Poster Presentation Pamphlet

    SIP spring 2015 Poster Presentation Pamphlet

    SIP 2014 Poster Presentation Pamphlet

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    Brian Tomkins Bike InternStudent Name: Brian Tomkins

    Major:  Urban Planning and Public Affairs

    Graduation Year: Senior

    Internship Project:  Bike Planning

    Why are you interested in sustainability?   I wanted to learn what keeps the world moving forward. When thinking about progress, the term “sustainability” comes to mind. However, the word sustainability has no true definition. Scholars around the world are in a constant debate on what sustainability means. To me, Sustainability is something that should be practiced by all people to keep the world moving forward. At the Office of Sustainability, I have been fortunate enough to learn different practices to keep the world moving forward.

     What are some of your internship responsibilities?  I have been responsible for proposing new bike lanes and bike racks on campus. I have conducted numerous field studies on campus and conducted a literature review to learn the most practical way to propose new bike lanes and bike racks. I have the task of then designing these proposals via different programs which has been challenging, but also rewarding. Also, I am an administrator on the “I BIKE UIC” Facebook page.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   Every day I learn something new. This internship is crosses different academic disciplines and educates me in ways I have never tried before. I couldn’t be happier to be in such an inclusive and productive atmosphere.

    Capital Programs

    Name: Oleksandr GorobetsAlex Gorobets

    Major: Mechanical Engineering

    Year: 2020

    Internship Project: Sustainability in the Office for Capital Programs

    Why are you interested in sustainability? It is important for our future if we plan on functioning as a society by the end of this century. It is in my best interest to get involved, and develop experience related to sustainability before I enter the industry.

    What are your internship responsibilities?

    • Quality control in regards to the HVAC upgrades the university is receiving (inspecting equipment, temperatures, installations)
    • Helping with the scheduling, and the awareness of several side projects run by my supervisors.
    • Working with another employee to keep the number of pissed students and faculty affected by OCP projects to a minimum.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far? Hands on experience working with HVAC systems and engineers.

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    Kushal BasnetStudent Name: Kushal Basnet

    Major:  Bio-Engineering

    Graduation Year: Sophomore

    Internship Project:  Capital Programs

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  I believe that sustainability is an important topic because it has a huge impact on the welfare of the environment and the society. We must try to achieve the maximum amount of sustainability in all areas in-order to create a better future.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  I am mostly in charge of organizing all the projects files that come in though my office. I also keep track of and create data for on going projects.

     What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   My favorite part of the SIP program so far is being able to share my thoughts and seeing how they are related to other peoples thoughts in the seminars.

    Energy Initiative

    AyeshaStudent Name: Ayesha Riaz

    Major:  Architecture

    Graduation Year: 2016

    Internship Project:  Energy Initiative Media Intern

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  I am interested in Sustainability because it is something that does not exist in isolation, and that it is interdisciplinary. I’m interested in it because it demands more than one perspective and there isn’t a single field that can claim to be exempt from being a part of the solution because literally everything is affected by it.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  My internship responsibilities include collecting information and updating the Energy Initiative website, as well as maintaining the Energy Initiative blog and newsletter. I am currently conducting interviews to combine into a promotional video highlighting their annual Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE).

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   My favorite part of the SIP program so far is the amount of exposure I have gotten to energy-related issues around UIC. It’s incredibly interesting to learn the logistics behind what actually powers the whole campus. Same with learning about where our recycled material goes and how complex the systems actually are.

    IEPA Pollution Prevention

     

    Student Name: Allan TuckerPoster Presentation 146

    Major:  Chemical Engineering

    Graduation Year: 2016

    Internship Project:  Zero Waste

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  The many years of human influence on the Earth has negatively affected its ability to support life. It is necessary to protect our environment for ourselves and future generations.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  

    • Identify major cardboard streams from UIC buildings and operations/units
    • Observe dock activities- i.e. truck traffic and drop offs to compactors at selected loading docks
    • Make suggestions on how to reduce to zero the amount of cardboard in the trash stream, and also how to reduce contamination of collected cardboard

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   Meeting other interns and doing waste audits where I was able to go dumpster diving.

    Facilities Management

    SUMMER 2015

    Student Name: Lucia Whalen

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    SUMMER 2014

    PerlaStudent Name: Perla Jiménez

    Major:  Mechanical Engineering

    Graduation Year: 2017

    Internship Project:  Technical Support with Facilities Management

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  Sustainability is necessary in all professional fields and all aspects of society in general. Going into mechanical engineering, I want to make sure I know what challenges, issues, resources, goals, and solutions already exist concerning sustainability.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  At my internship, I take on varying responsibilities. There are several architects and engineers in the office, and I assist them in any way I can. I’ve done miscellaneous paperwork, accompanied them to client meetings and site visits, worked on AutoCAD drawings, and performed heat and energy calculations, among other tasks.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   I love having the opportunity to see the specific responsibilities that engineers have on a day to day basis. I feel that I have a better understanding of at least one possible field I could go into. If I had to pick a single event, I would say the trip to the recycling plants has been my favorite. I am very interested in the life cycle of consumer goods. Especially after the second plant, I feel that I have a solid understanding of the work and criteria involved in recycling various materials. I am interested in the design and development of products in such a way that reusing or recycling is the intention. I believe that goods can be designed so that extracting and re-purposing the materials is a simpler, less energy consuming process.

    Food Recovery

    SUMMER 2014

    Student Name: Aracely A. Lara

     Major:  Mechanical Engineering

     Graduation Year: 

     Internship Project:  Food Recovery

    Why are you interested in sustainability? Sustainability allows me to be creative and opens the doors to incorporating engineering concepts to shaping the actions that have an impact in our environment. Preserving and maintaining the essence and beauty of our earth is something that strikes an inner passion for justice in being part of that change.

     What are some of your internship responsibilities?

    1. Reduce Food waste in all UIC- Dining Halls to help feed people.

    2. Re-purpose food through composting

    3. Initiating a new Food Recovery Network Chapter on-campus

    4. Outreach to partnering agencies to donate food

    5. Coordinate and design signage/flyers for volunteer recruitmentnate marketing tactics to spread food waste management awareness throughout campus

     What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far? 

    1. Having full lead in my project with lots of room to incorporate my ideas and turn them into action.

    2. Having a great opportunity to start a new chapter on campus that will have a positive impact on our environment.

    Green Labs

    SUMMER 2015

    Student Name: Rawan AlkhateebRawan

    Major:  Neuroscience

    Graduation Year: 2018

    Internship Project:  Ultra Low Temperature Freezers

    Why are you interested in sustainability? Sustainability is the one thing that will never harm the environment but will actually help humans make the world a better place to live. Sustainability will help our earth not only in the short run but most importantly in the long run.

     What are some of your internship responsibilities?  My internship responsibilities was to educate and help change energy usage at UIC slowly to the better.  I helped spread awareness to the research facilities and lab principal investigators by going around to more than 80 labs and talking to them about the importance of taking care of their ULT freezers and how much energy they can save by doing small tasks such as dusting out their freezer filters and keeping the freezer clean.

     What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?  My favorite part of the SIP program was the Wednesday seminars and the educational trips we took around UIC. It was a great way to teach us about different parts of sustainability and it kept me excited for more!

    Green Laundry

    SUMMER 2014

    Student Name: Mandy Kaewken

    Major:  Earth and Environmental Sciences

    Graduation Year: 2015

    Internship Project:  Green Laundry Intern

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  It’s hard for me to pick an aspect of sustainability that I am interested  in because sustainability has so many intriguing components. I would say that the idea of living our lives without jeopardizing the future of the planet is probably the most fascinating thing about sustainability to me.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  I work with Campus Housing to implement a rental program where residents can rent drying racks out for a semester. It encourages air drying when doing laundry which reduces electricity consumption. I have to do research on the type of washers and dryers that are offered to our residents to find out how much electricity they use. I have to research and get quotes on drying racks to see which type of racks is the most feasible financially. I also have to come up with a promotional campaign for the drying rack rental program.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?  I like the opportunity to implement a program that would make UIC even more of a sustainable campus. I also really enjoy the presenters at our weekly seminar because they give me new perspectives on sustainability and it makes me feel that what I am doing in the SIP program is significant.

    Green Events

    SUMMER 2014

    Student Name: Emma Lockmiller

    Major:  Communication

    Graduation Year: 2015

    Internship Project:  Green Event Intern

    Why are you interested in sustainability? I came into this internship not knowing much at all about sustainability. I am an individual who enjoys learning, so I was excited and nervous at the same time to jump into a project in a field that I wasn’t familiar with. Through the seminars and my internship project, I have retained a larger interest in sustainability.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  As a Green Event Intern, the main purpose of my internship is to create Green Guides for the University. There are many different guides that cater to student organizations, UIC departments, the student centers, and the UIC Forum. These guides list tips on how to put on a sustainable event at UIC through different categories.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   I like learning from my mentor/boss Shelby Egan. She knows a lot about sustainability, how to be a professional, and how to work hard. It’s been great to see and learn how someone in this industry conducts their work. Shelby is also great at explaining things to me about sustainability that I didn’t know before.

    Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    Summer 2014 – 2015

    RaymondStudent Name: Raymond Truong

    Major:  Chemical Engineering

    Graduation Year: Sophmore

    Internship Project:  Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    Why are you interested in sustainability? I’m interested in sustainability because I want to help create a better balance between the demands of society and the resources around us. I’m interested in the impact of greenhouse gases on the Earth’s atmosphere and environment.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  Some of my internship responsibilities are recording the amount of electricity produced by the solar panels on top of DH and LH. I’m also responsible for recording the total electricity, high temperature water, and chilled water used in buildings on west and east side. Lastly, I’m currently responsible for doing a complete green house gas inventory for the UIC Rockford campus.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?  My favorite part of the SIP program so far is learning about UIC’s carbon footprint, and what things we’re doing to reduce some of our carbon emissions. I also like the weekly seminars a lot!

    Housing Move-Out

    JoseStudent Name: Jose J. Bahena Jr.

    Major:  Electrical Engineering

    Graduation Year: 2017

    Internship Project:  Housing Move-Out

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  My interest in sustainability involves taking responsibility in what happens to our environment. I believe that because we take resources from our environment that it is important we recycle and waste less of those resources for our planet does so much to help our growing population. Pollution varies from different outcomes such as: the burning of fossil fuels in creating greenhouse gasses and causing global warming and air pollution, water pollution by dumping waste and harmful chemicals that could poison us and species that live in that environment, and landfill waste that could deteriorate the land when similar waste is distributed as in water pollution. So not only recycle and waste less, but also search for other reliable power sources that won’t harm the environment. In this case, we need to do our part in keeping our environment, and planet, to be sustainable.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  My internship responsibilities involve obtaining qualitative data regarding move out waste issues and behavior, identify ways to reduce move-out/move-in waste and where materials will go after diversion, survey methods for housing waste collection in use by peer institutions, work with UIC Housing and Sustainability staff and others to adapt to UIC processes, and suggest initial goals for waste diversion.

     What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?  My favorite part of the SIP program so far is designing possible recycling posters to help pay more attention to recycling and reduce waste with useful facts about recycling and UIC’s progress in recycling.

    Recycling

    SUMMER 2015

    Name: Jackie ScesniakSam's 006

    Major: Civil Engineering

    Year: 2018

    Internship Project: Recycling Assistant

    Why are you interested in sustainability? I am interested in sustainability because I truly do care for the environment. Through my major, Civil Engineering, I would like to take on the aspect of Environmental Engineering. This type of engineering focuses more on the water management and sustainable views of Civil Engineering. Therefore, I would like to deal with sustainability in my career.

    What are your internship responsibilities? Some of my responsibilities are going on walk-throughs of different buildings, collecting the weekly trip sheets and putting that information into the shared drive, inputing food scraps data into the Re-Trac website, and giving access for the Free Store.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far? My favorite part of the SIP program so far are the seminars because I have learned so many different things by just attending a two hour seminar once a week.

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    SUMMER 2014

    Diana BernatekStudent Name: Diana Bernatek

    Major:  Chemical Engineering

    Graduation Year: 2017

    Internship Project: UIC Hospital Recycling

    Why are you interested in sustainability?   I think it’s important to help the UIC community to leave a smaller carbon footprint in the Chicagoland area because it helps us save some money, provides a great example for other schools, and overall makes the lives of UIC workers and students much more efficient and easy.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  Overall, the outtake of this internship should be an overall increase in recycling in the hospital. I’m working with a few people and we’re promoting recycling through brochures, flyers, signage, etc. I also plan on creating a campaign and training so that it becomes a hot topic and people think about their recycling habits more. Joe Iosbaker and I are also working on implementing more bins and totes into the hospital as well.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?  I’m constantly learning something new about the UIC community and environmental issues which is great because it lets me know that I will take away a lot from this internship. I’m also learning how to work with professionals and how the “real job world” works. Everyday I’m gaining experience from this internship and it will help me tremendously in the future.

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    SUMMER 2014

    Name: Wasif Ahmad

    Major: Nursing

    Year: 4

    Internship Project: Recycling Rates

    Why are you interested in sustainability? I am interested because performing acts of sustainability that preserves our natural resources and that decreases fossil fuel emission are necessary to ensure us maintaining a good standard of living in the future. We are emitting green house gases and using natural resources at a unsustainable rate and I want to learn how I can contribute to the sustainability cause as much as I can.

    What are your internship responsibilities? I analyze and look at recycling data. We currently get reports from our recycling and trash vendors every month. I look at these spreadsheets and analyze trends in the rates. I also look at the recycling rates on a building level. My main goal of the internship is to find what has caused the recent decline in recycling rates and what can be done to alleviate this decline.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far? My favorite part is working in an intellectually stimulating environment. The internship provides a great opportunity to learn by providing such opportunities like the weekly seminars. I also enjoy the environment and meeting the other interns/workers.

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    SUMMER 2014

    AlecName: Alec Piironen

    Major: Earth and Environmental Sciences

    Year: Senior

    Internship Project: Recycling

    Why are you interested in sustainability? Through my studies I have learned much about the Earth, most importantly our interdependence upon it. Societies worldwide have grown exponentially at Earth’s expense ultimately destroying it, sustainability (sustainable living) is a strong and promising solution. Sustainability allows us to grow and thrive in a healthy balance with our natural environment which many have come aware of. If we want to thrive, Earth must thrive with us and I want to make sure that happens. I want to protect the Earth.

    What are your internship responsibilities? Within my internship, I’m responsible for raising awareness of the recycling practices and protocol taking place at UIC as well as a recent project I’ve been focusing on involving the redistribution of spare glassware leftover in abandoned research laboratories in order to reduce waste and expenses for researchers.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far? The recycling internship has given me the opportunity to experience a field I’ve been interested in for years. It allows me to work with and meet new individuals such as researchers, experienced recycling professionals, and a diverse group of students allowing us to collaborate. It’s been stimulating, challenging, and a great opportunity overall.

    Smart Grid

    SPRING and SUMMER 2015

    Student Name: Gianna CarrozzaGianna

    Major:  Public Health

    Graduation Year: 2017

    Internship Project: Smart Grid at UIC

    Why are you interested in sustainability?   Sustainability became an important part of my life in an interesting way. I originally became a vegetarian of health reasons, but when I learned how much I reduced my ecological footprint just from cutting meat out from my diet, it soon became my number one reason for the switch. This led me to become interested in other ways to be sustainable in my life aside from diet. I am also interested in finding an overlap between sustainability and public health for my career.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  As a Smart Grid intern our responsibility is to inform the UIC community about technological updates being done to the electrical grid in Illinois. Information can range from how the grid works, what a smart meter is, the benefits of the meter, or different energy saving plans. A challenge we face in our internship is that many students aren’t paying their electrical bills and they might not care much about being sustainable or efficient. We are constantly coming up with new ideas like games or videos that engage students and show them the importance of learning about smart grid. Not only do we have to focus on students, but we also need to relate to UIC’s staff. It is important for us to make sure we have all of our bases covered and give information that everyone can find useful.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   So far I have really enjoyed the field trips we have taken. When most people throw out/ recycle things they aren’t sure what the next step is and maybe if they did they would care more about their decisions. Being able to see the work being put into sorting trash and being able to see the material recycled for UIC really helped to put some perspective behind the practice.

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    Min

    Reusable water bottles keeps plastic bottles out of landfills!

    Student Name: Min Wu

    Major:  Public Administration

    Graduation Year: 2016

    Internship Project: Smart Grid at the Chinese American Service League

    Why are you interested in sustainability?   My parents work for an environmental friendly company and they taught me a lot about sustainable behaviors since I was a child. I am used to recycling and saving as much energy/water as I can.
    I love nature: flowers, plants, animals, sky, sea, tress…They all make our world more beautiful and colorful. I want to protect them from being “ruined” by human activities.  I also have a dream about green city.( Something like environmental friendly city.)
    As I have grown up, I’ve come to know the resources (energy/water/mine…) we have in the world are very limit. However, people still consume a lot every day while also wasting a lot without noticing. It’s urgent for everyone engage in protecting our environment.
    If we start to do environmental friendly actions little by little individually, we can make a big change in the future.
    I am so thankful that I got the chance to be an sustainable intern in Office of sustainability. I am learning a lot about our environment and I want to keep learning and promoting sustainable ideas to people around the campus, the community, and even the world.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities? 

    • Help to educate and prepare workshops about Smart Grid in Chinese to the Chinese community in the Chinese American Service league (CASL) and answer their question about Smart Grid.
    • Promote sustainable ideas in UIC and get students involved in forming sustainable behaviors.
      Collaborate with CNH and ICA to learn sustainable solution for our community from each other.
    • Educate community in Summer Fair 2015 in Chinatown.
    • Bring what I learned from UIC to Chinese Americans and the UIC community to save more energy, which can make the earth more green and beautiful.
    • Meet with Project Mentor (Ben Lau-Manager, Housing & Financial Education Department-CASL) weekly.
    • Share experiences with SIP cohort.
    • Help promote sustainable ideas among Chinese community.
    • Being part of a team to help CASL promote sustainable ideas to Chinese American communities.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   I like working with other students and professors and sharing ideas about sustainable solutions for UIC.
    I enjoy designing and hosting student activities for a greener campus such as bike2campus, Caught Green handed, Eco-Jam etc., which I am very proud of.
    ” Proud to be UIC, Proud to be sustainable.”

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    Student Name: Lee Zimmermanmarketplace 2015

    Major:  Computer Science

    Graduation Year: 2016

    Internship Project: Smart Grid at UIC

    Why are you interested in sustainability?   It is the only way we can secure a healthy future for mankind. I personally believe it is our moral and spiritual duty to properly care for our earth and the resources we are given.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  I have done many odd jobs for this internship including managing a table to spread the word about smart grid and sustainability, open a social media discussion on the topic of sustainability in business, and interview faculty, staff, and students at UIC about their sustainable practices in their lives. My major job has been getting UIC’s Energy Dashboard displayed on public monitors on East and West campus. This involves scouting around buildings finding the monitors, emailing/calling/talking in person to find out who manages those monitors, and then try to see if it’s possible to display the dashboard to then help spread the word that UIC has an Energy Dashboard that anyone can soon access themselves.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   I would say the tours we go on would be my favorite part of the SIP program. The tours we’ve gone on gives us a more well-rounded view on the communities we have in the Chicago land area and sustainability in action, this also gave us good insight in what we are working for and how important it is.

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    Student Name: Jose HernandezJose

    Major:  Electrical Engineering

    Graduation Year: 2018

    Internship Project: Smart Grid at the Center for New Horizons

    Why are you interested in sustainability?   Sustainability is something that will take priority in coming years in all aspects of life. It is something that will be discussed in all sectors: government, technology, manufacturing, etc. It is something we all need to be interested in not something that we should choose to be interested in.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  Developing PowerPoints and handouts that are culturally relatable to my community (bronzeville), giving presentations and talking to individuals at community events, helping create a sustainable space which is an urban agricultural space located behind the CNH offices.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   Being able to see how sustainability in different areas of the city must be treated and taught differently.  It showed me how difficult but doable education on a large scale may be.

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    Student Name: Paula DebkowskaThe Plant, Chicago 031

    Major:  Electrical Engineering

    Graduation Year: 2017

    Internship Project: Smart Grid at UIC

    Why are you interested in sustainability?   I am interested in working with alternative energy in the future.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  The main purpose of Smart Gird internship was to educate UIC students, staff and faculty about benefits of smart meters.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   I really enjoyed going to field trips. It was more hands on experience about sustainability.

    Social Media

    Student Name: Stephen Tinney

    Major:  Industrial Design

    Graduation Year: 2015

    Internship Project:  Social Media

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  Always have been. It’s in my innermost being. I care about our planet and people. The path humanity is on is not a sustainable one and my inner desire is to create things to help everyone everywhere live in harmony.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  To update the O.S. website and stay current with Twitter and FB postings related to sustainability. Creating graphic design flyers, posters and invites.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far? 

    Field trips, and the people I work with.

    Stormwater Management

    SUMMER 2015

    Student Name: David SchulzIMG_6396

    Major:  Chemical Engineering

    Graduation Year: 2018

    Internship Project:  Stormwater Retention

    Why are you interested in sustainability? Sustainability is the way for the future if we still want a healthy earth to live on, so that’s why I am willing to learn about it. I just hope that the majority of society will take sustainability seriously before it’s too late.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  I am currently learning about some civil engineering concepts regarding water. The topics include like how water infiltrates into the soil or what soil is made of.
    I sometimes do field measurements where an interferometer is set on the grass (or permeable pavers) and the amount of water drained is measured over a certain period of time.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   The weekly seminars that we have, I find them to be enlightening and fun.

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    SUMMER 2014

    SMannytudent Name: Emmanuel Dominguez

    Major:  Civil & Materials Engineering

    Graduation Year: Fourth Year

    Internship Project:  Stormwater Management

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  Sustainability as a new science interested me because our actions as humans in this world will shape the present and future generations.I believe that humans and the environment should live productively in harmony. From an engineering perspective, I hope to use everything that I know to help build more sustainable communities.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?

    My internship responsibilities include:

    1. Collect and analyze land cover data

    2. Calculate stormwater runoff around the UIC area using the EPA Stormwater Calculator

    3. Analyze data and do some hypothetical modeling for future sites of green infrastructure

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   My favorite part of the SIP program so far have been the informative seminars we have every week. It is good to be educated on all aspects of sustainability. The seminars are a good way to learn more about important issues in sustainable development and to directly apply what we learn to our internship.

    The Great Stuff Exchange

    NinaStudent Name: Nina Pellizzari

    Major:  Earth and Environmental Science

    Graduation Year: Junior

    Internship Project:  The Great Stuff Exchange

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  I think much can be learned from reducing the amount of “stuff” in our lives:
    “I had three pieces of limestone on my desk, but I was terrified to find that they required to be dusted daily, when the furniture of my mind was all undusted still, and threw them out the window in disgust” -Thoreau

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?

    1. Improving the efficiency of the Great Stuff Exchange program

    2. Collecting and managing the storage of used labware and office supplies

    3. Creating and managing the GSX website

     What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   I think the SIP program’s educational offerings are terrific; the program’s comparable to an intimate, exemplary LAC education in sustainability.

    Tree Campus

    SUMMER 2015

    Treeterns - husband and wife trees

    Edder, Karima, and Neel

    Name: Karima Patel              

    Major: Biology

    Year: 2018

    Internship Project: Tree Campus USA

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  I am interested in sustainability because I care about our earth. Environmental issues never get enough attention, and I feel that implementing sustainable ways of living into people’s everyday lives will help bring about a change.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities? In my internship, I am responsible for measuring the growth of the trees on UIC’s west campus. I collect that data, and update the main database. I look at the overall trends of growth between native and non-native trees.

    What is your favorite thing about the SIP program so far? My favorite part of the program are the weekly seminars, where I am able to learn so much from so many different professionals.

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    Neel, Karima, and Edder

    Name: Neel Thakkar 

    Major: Biological Sciences

    Year: December 2015

    Internship Project: Tree Campus USA

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  Looking around and sensing the global climate change taking over the place ignited my interest in contributing to sustain environment. Gazing through down side of this change gave me inspiration to take a leadership role to educate others.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities? Some of my internship responsibilities are to collect data about trees, tree Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) and tree height, using a baltimore stick and 10ft measure tape.  Beside, We were working on a research project to educate high school prep student about tree’s value.

    What is your favorite thing about the SIP program so far? My favorite part of internship was field work and research project.

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    SUMMER 2014

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    Name: Hulliams Kamlem              

    Major: Public Health

    Year: 2014

    Internship Project: Tree Campus Care

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  Sustainability is a multidisciplinary field working toward ensuring the ability of current and future generations to enjoy healthy and safe living conditions. I see it as a noble mission and a way to gain knowledge about the environment.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities? My internship responsibilities are:

    1. Help maintain Tree Campus USA recognition

    2. Update the campus tree inventory, accounting for removal of trees and new plantings

    3. Maintain and organize the campus tree inventory in excel (keeping track of tree ID, species type, measuring of girths, location, etc. using GIS equipment)

    4. Assist in the mapping of trees using ArcGIS 10.1

    5. Assist in the update of the Campus Forestry Plan through data collection, writing, analysis of environmental, public health and financial benefits

    6. Gain meaningful experience in sustainability related field work related to urban forests

    What is your favorite thing about the SIP program so far?  I have learned a lot by participating in the weekly seminar and exchanging with peers and experts on the field of sustainability science. The fieldtrips provided great insight on a range of topics from recycling to energy production. Finally, I really enjoyed the experience of working outdoor on a campus trees inventory.

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    SUMMER 2014

    Name: Alyssa Straits

    Major: Bioengineering

    Year: Sophmore

    Internship Project: Tree Campus

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  I have been working with trees for the past few summers. Since we’ve been actively combating the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer throughout the United States by cutting down millions of trees, I’ve become very interested in sustaining the urban forest throughout the Chicagoland area.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  Taking an inventory of newly planted trees, including trees at the new grove & mile square health center. The inventory process includes taking down the DBH, height & crown spread of each tree while also noting species & assigning each tree a unique ID. After this, we enter all the data into the system, and we will later enter it into a software called I tree to see calculations such as carbon sequestration.

    What is your favorite thing about the SIP program so far?  My favorite part is getting to learn about my peers’ projects and going on various field trips to learn more ways to be sustainable beyond our own project. I also enjoy the opportunities that I’ve had to teach others the importance of having trees in an urban environment.

    UIC Children's Center

    SUMMER 2015
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    Major:  History

    Graduation Year: 2015

    Internship Project:  UIC Children’s Center

    Why are you interested in sustainability? I am interested in sustainability because I think it’s very important that people utilize every resource we can to fix the problems of droughts, over excessive garbage, and other issues that basically are harmful to the earth. These problems that are a threat to the earth are not discussed through the mainstream media as they should be which could be a reason as to why many people are ignorant of the issues. It’s important that young people, the next leaders of the future generation, teach and utilize our educational platforms to spread knowledge about the importance of sustainability and the many ways to solve the problems.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities? My internship responsibilities included:

    -Getting to know the children of the UIC Children’s Center
    -Aiding teachers in helping in classrooms at snack time and outside during playtime
    -Implementing activities and creating activity plans with materials such as paper, wood, and plastic for the children
    -Creating and organizing a reusing station in the UIC Children’s Center storage room
    -Working with fellow intern to create a plan and campaign for gaining support from other campus departments for the Funding Factory. This is a fundraiser where a department can send in used ink cartridges to get funds for the school.
    -Working with fellow intern for the upkeep of the butterfly garden.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?  My favorite part of the SIP program so far was bonding with the children and doing art projects with them.  Art is one of the most therapeutic and calming activities, which is why it is highly recommended in schools and hospitals across the nation and world.  I thoroughly enjoyed teaching the children how to create art through sustainability.  These activities we did not only aided the children in cultivating their creativity skills, but it also taught them the importance of using recyclable items for artwork.  I had such a wonderful time working with the children and teaching them even when there were very messy moments! :)

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    SUMMER 2015
    Student Name: 
    Jaden CruzJaden

    Major:  Earth and Environmental Science

    Graduation Year: 2017

    Internship Project: UIC Children’s Center

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  I am interested in sustainability because I believe it is our collective duty to preserve the world around us. I also desire to share knowledge about practices that will allow us to improve our practices while not harming the world around us.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  I educate the children of the Children’s Center about sustainability.  My role in the classroom is similar to the full-time co-teachers.  I also work out of the classroom to create connections across UIC to help the Center become more sustainable.

     What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?  So far, I enjoy working with the children the most. They are fun to work with they are willing to learn!

    Utilities Department

    SUMMER 2014

    Matt BriciuStudent Name:   Matt Briciu

    Major:  Electrical Engineering

    Graduation Year: 2017

    Internship Project:  Utilities Department

    Why are you interested in sustainability? I want to be able to leave a more sustainable planet for the future generations by learning how to live a more sustainable life myself.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities? Labeling and photographing water, gas, electric, and steam meters with their corresponding buildings along the east and west sides of the campus. Creating organized spreadsheets of the data of the meters in order to calculate how much consumption of these resources our buildings use.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?  Exploring the campus and learning about all the awesome underground tunnels we have under our feet at UIC.

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    SUMMER 2014

    AndrewStudent Name:Andrew Pable

    Major:  Electrical Engineering

    Graduation Year: Sophmore

    Internship Project: Utilities Dept.

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  I have an interest in maximizing potential and being as efficient as possible when I design or work on any project, so it just makes sense to work in Sustainability.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  Inspecting utilities equipment, Creating reports explaining utility usage, Data acquisition

     What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?  Learning how the campus functions, gets energy, and where that energy is being used.

     

    Water Assessment

    SUMMER 2015

    Student Name: Demetrios GalanosDemetrios

    Major:  Chemical Engineering

    Graduation Year: 2018

    Internship Project:  Water Assessment

    Why are you interested in sustainability? I find sustainability interesting because it is a very important field to the future. The sooner problems are faced the easier they are to solve, whether it be issues concerning water, energy, pollution, etc. The current generation should be responsible for leaving the world in better or at the very least the same shape it was in when they received it so future generations also have the chance to enjoy it.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  The main responsibilities of my internship are to collect flow rates from different water appliances throughout campus that are used by high volumes of people. Through this data, UIC should have the chance to save water which is good for sustainability and also save money which is good for the University, so both parties benefit.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   My favorite part of the internship has been moving around campus. I have got to see many parts of campus I am unfamiliar with especially west campus, being that I am not a med student.

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    SUMMER 2015

    Student Name: Shahwaar KhanShahwaar

    Major:  Civil Engineering

    Graduation Year: 2017

    Internship Project:  Water Assessment

    Why are you interested in sustainability?  I am interested in sustainability because it strives for environmental, social, and economic harmony. By getting involved in these three aspects of life, I am contributing to society and helping it to progress forward to a better state.

    What are some of your internship responsibilities?  My responsibilities during my internship were to measure and record the flow rates of water from faucets, toilets, and urinals. After collecting the data we (my group and I) were required to enter the data into an excel document so that it can calculate if the appliance is using too much water or not. Furthermore, we needed to aggregate all the collected information so it can be presentable to the board or someone that is interested.

    What is your favorite part of the SIP program so far?   The field trips were my favorite parts of the SIP program, by far.

     

     

     

     

  • Applications are closed for summer 2015 positions.  We will be running the Sustainability Internship Program again in the Spring 2016 term.  Internships are available for internship credit to UIC undergraduate students who are able to work up to 10 hours per week during the spring term.

    To apply, please do the following:

    1) Review the internship opportunities

    2) Fill out the application form at the bottom of this page

    3) Submit your resume and cover letter detailing your experience and interests in sustainability to Elizabeth Schmidt, Office of Sustainability, eschmi21@uic.edu

    Summer 2015 Internship Opportunities:

    Children’s Center

    Center for Literacy – internship 1, internship 2

    The Energy Initiative

    Office for Capital Programs

    Office of Sustainability – Bike UIC

    Office of Sustainability – Graphic Design & Communications

    Office of Sustainability – Green Labs

    Storm Water Retention Research

    Tree Campus USA

    Water Assessment

    Applications are due April 1st

     

     

     

     

     

  • African American Cultural Center

    SIP Blog Lexxus Washington, Spring 2015

    Campus Housing: Green Laundry and Housing Move Out

    SIP Blog Mandy Kaewken, Summer 2014

    SIP Blog Jose Bahena, Summer 2014

    Center for Literacy

    Reducing Paper Use by Sara Kadhim, Summer 2015

    Socially Sustaining through UIC Center for Literacy, by Brittni Pratt, Summer 2015

    Dining Services: Food Recovery

    SIP Blog Jacob Obal, Spring 2015

    SIP Blog Aracely Lara, Summer 2014

    Energy Initiative

    Visualizing the UIC Energy Initiative, by Frank Dalio, Summer 2015

    SIP Blog Alysha Mancha, Spring 2015

    SIP Blog Ayesha Riaz, Summer 2014

    EnterpriseWorks Chicago

    SIP Blog Nicole Callan, Spring 2015

    Facilities Management

    Call Us Pen Pals! by Lucia Whalen, Summer 2015

    SIP Blog Perla Jiménez, Summer 2014

    Great Cities Institute

    SIP Blog Nicolas Buitrago

    Green Labs

    Beakers, Test Tubes, and Flasks – Oh My! by Michelle Powers, Summer 2015

    The Secret Behind Successful Energy Efficiency, by Rawan Alkhateeb, Summer 2015

    Office for Capital Programs 

    Capital “S” for Sustainability, by Alex Gorobets, Summer 2015

    SIP Blog Isabelle Carmona, Spring 2015

    SIP Blog Basit Yakubu, Spring 2015

    SIP Blog Kushal Basnet, Summer 2014

    SIP Blog Ryan Mitchell, Summer 2014

    Bike UIC, Office of Sustainability

    SIP Blog Qi Lu, Spring 2015

    SIP Blog Brian Tomkins, Summer 2014

    Office of Sustainability: Green Events

    SIP Blog Emma Lockmiller, Summer 2014

    Office of Sustainability: Recycling

    SIP Blog Alec Piironen, Summer 2014

    SIP Blog Wasif Ahmad, Summer 2014

    Office of Sustainability: Social Media

    SIP Blog Steve Tinney, Summer 2014

    Office of Sustainability, Tree Campus

    So Why Are Trees So Important Again? by Karima Patel, Summer 2015

    Tree Campus USA Internship.  It’s Not Just Hugging Trees, by Edder Antunez, Summer 2015

    UIC’s Own Husband and Wife Tree, by Karima Patel, Summer 2015

    Tree Campus USA – Reason to Environmental Revitalization, by Neel Thakkar, Summer 2015

    SIP Blog Alyssa Straits, Summer 2014

    SIP Blog Hulliams Kamlem, Summer 2014

    Smart Grid

    Zahra Ahsan, Spring 2015 Summer 2015

    Ghazal Baniasad, Spring 2015

    Mandy Carlson, Spring 2015

    Gianna Carrozza, Spring 2015 Summer 2015

    Paula Debkowska, Spring 2015

    Jose Hernandez, Summer 2015

    Divya Patel, Summer 2015

    Sam Strader, Spring 2015 Summer 2015

    Min Wu, Spring 2015

    Lee Zimmerman, Spring 2015 Summer 2015

    Stormwater Retention Research

    Stormwater Shouldn’t Continue Running as a Candidate by David Schulz, Sumer 2015

    The most Precious Thing on Earth, by Michael Papadakis, Summer 2015

    SIP Blog Emmanuel Dominguez, Summer 2014

    UIC Children’s Center

    The Kiddies Love Sustainability! by Kendra Tate, Summer 2015

    Jaden Cruz, Spring 2015 Summer 2015

    UIC Grounds

    Grounds Maintenance: Beyond Campus Manicure, by Danielle Silva, Summer 2015

    UIC Hospital Green Team

    SIP Blog Diana Bernatek, Summer 2014

    Utilities Management

    SIP Blog Andrew Pable, Summer 2014

    SIP Blog Matthew Briciu, Summer 2014

    Water Assessment

    No Water No Fun? by Milton Chung, Summer 2015

    Saving the World One Drop at a Time, by Shahwaar Khan, Summer 2015

    Aquaman, Rescuing UIC from Dangerous Waters, by Demetrios Galanos, Summer 2015

     

     

     

     

See photos from the Summer 2014 Internship: Volunteer day with the UIC Heritage Garden Internship Program, Tour of Loop Recycling facility, Summer Intern Picnic, and SIP Careers Day