Sustainability Internship Program
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.
SIP Poster Presentations
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