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


Become a SIP Intern

Urban Sustainabilities 390 is the class to accompany the internship program for Spring 2017. Students must first enroll in US390 and then specific internship placements will be decided at the first class meeting. In addition to working with respective placements, all program participants will attend weekly seminars located both at classroom and off-campus sites for the duration of the semester.

Spring 2017 Internship Positions

Bee Campus USA
Bike Intern
Building Automation Systems
Dead Supply Society
Dental Clinics Recycling
The Energy Initiative
Hospital Food Recovery and Compost
Foundations Development Research Assistant
Food Insecurity
Freezer Challenge
Green Explorers Social Media Manager
Green Explorers Teaching Assistant
Lab Share
Local Food Procurement
Good Food Fest
Rights-of-Way Ecology
SPH Sustainability
Sustainable Offices Initiative
Sustainable Purchasing
Tree Campus USA
Urban Transformations 1.1
Urban Transformations 1.2
Sustainability Web Resource

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