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 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.

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

Spring 2018 Cohort

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