Sustainability Internship Program

SIP students stand by their end-of-year posters at the 2017 poster presentation

The Sustainability Internship Program (SIP) is an initiative through the Office of Sustainability that offers hands-on learning experiences for UIC 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 UIC students to sustainability projects all over our campus.

Open to UIC students only, students from fields of engineering, architecture, urban studies, public health, nursing, and liberal arts and sciences, have completed the program. Students have been placed in internships across the campus, in units such as Campus Housing, Dining Services, the Children’s Center, Office of Capital Programs, Campus Utilities, Facilities Management, Civil Engineering, the Center for Literacy, the Energy Initiative, Gallery 400, and School of Dentistry, as well as outside partners such as The Field Museum and the One Earth Film Festival. Projects vary from waste reduction initiatives and community outreach, to energy and water conservation, and much more.

What is the SIP?

The Summer 2016 SIP Cohort at the Poster presentation

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.

Summer 2017 SIP cohort visiting the James Woodworth Prairie

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.

2015 SIP cohort with hard hats at the recycling plant tour

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
Summer 2014 Cohort in front of green ivy f the wall of the west side cogeneration power plant
  • Attend weekly seminars and outings
  • Report on campus sustainability using the SIP blog
  • Present capstone project results at a poster presentation

Summer 2018 Cohort

The Summer 2018 internship program will run June 4-August 10;  in addition to a weekly seminar held on Tuesdays, 10:30-12:30, students will be expected to commit approximately 15 hours a week to their internship project; accepted students will be informed by April 16, 2018.

The internships for Summer 2018 are:

  • Biodiverse Campus Intern
  • Food Recovery Intern
  • Bicycle Intern
  • Campus Energy Data Intern
  • General Office Assistant Intern
  • Recycling Reset Intern
  • Solar Energy Research
  • Water Assessment