Sustainability Internship Program




SIP featured on the front cover of the AASHE Guide to Creating & Managing Sustainability Internship Programs!

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

Spring 2018 Cohort

The Spring 2018 cohort will operate as US/PUBH 390 and will meet Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-1:45.  In addition to class time, students will be expected to commit 8-10 hours a week on their internship project.

Below is the current  placements for Spring 2018. Spring 2018 syllabus.

Staffing Zero Waste Events

Recycling Industry Research

Bicycle Intern

Garden for a Changing Climate

Paper Reduction

Sustainability Standards

Tree Campus USA

Sustainable Mobility Course


ECS Chicago

UIC Energy and Sustainability Program

Greenhouse Gas Tax Research

Green Infrastructure Metrics

One Earth Film Festival

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