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 over 100 students to sustainability projects all over our campus including UIC Dining Services, UIC Campus Housing, Utilities, Facilities Management, Bike UIC, the College of Engineering, University of Illinois Hospital and the Energy Initiative.

The program consists of an internship placement at a UIC department or affiliated organization, weekly seminars and field outings that cover a range of educational and skill building topics, and 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.

As part of the SIP program interns will:

  • Develop a work plan and project goals
  • Meet regularly with an experienced mentor
  • Share experiences with other SIP interns
  • Attend weekly seminars and outings
  • Report on campus sustainability using the SIP blog
  • Present capstone project results at a poster presentation


Summer 2017 positions

We are accepting applications for the 2017 Summer SIP Cohort. Here is a sample of our offerings:

Bike UIC
Lab Share
Prairie Restoration/Bee Campus USA
Urban Transformations 1.1
Urban Transformations 1.2

Past opportunities

While we continue building our list of available positions, you can get a taste of past offerings below:

Buildings and Energy Use

Building Automation Systems
School of Public Health Building Sustainability


Bee Campus USA
Rights-of-Way Ecology
Tree Campus USA


Sustainable Purchasing
Bike Intern
Foundations Development Research Assistant

Recycling and Compost

Dead Supply Society
Good Food Fest


Water Assessment

How to apply

Complete the following:

2017 Summer SIP Application

These internships are available to UIC undergraduate students who are available to work 15 hours per week during the summer and will enroll at UIC for Fall 2018. Send your resume to Program Coordinator Kate Yoshida, at
  • University Identification Number (XXX-XX-XXXX). Do not enter your Social Security Number.
  • Sample content: What are your educational/professional goals? What is your past work and/or service experience? Why are you interested in the Sustainability Internship Program?
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


The SIP Intern Experience

SIP Student Blog

2016 spring sip group

Check out the great work our students accomplished and read the SIP experience in their own words!


Past SIP Intern Placements

35 former SIP interns talk about their role as a sustainability intern and what it meant to them. Read their internship descriptions, as well as their favorite part of the program, here.

35 former SIP interns talk about their role as a sustainability intern and what it meant to them. Read their internship descriptions, as well as their favorite part of the program, here.


SIP Poster Presentations

Summer 16 internsSIP Spring 2016 Poster Presentation Pamphlet

SIP Summer 2015 Poster Presentation Pamphlet

SIP Spring 2015 Poster Presentation Pamphlet

SIP Summer 2014 Poster Presentation Pamphlet



SIP Intern Image Gallery

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