Sustainable Purchasing Internship, Spring 2017

The UIC Office of Business and Financial Services (OBFS) Purchasing Division are designated to obtain commodities, equipment, and services to support the educational mission of the University.  Purchases must comply with multiple rules, codes and regulations.  The Office of Sustainability is working with OBFS Purchasing to explore opportunities for integrating sustainability into purchasing via contract language, purchasing platforms, and increasing visibility of choices.  Intern will gain working knowledge of a broad range of certification programs and an understanding of the regulatory environment of institutional purchasing.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist with analysis to identify most suitable/desirable standards or product certifications that best support the program
  • Develop departmental checklist with considerations for sustainable purchasing
  • Research and draft language for purchasing contract templates

Preferred Skills

  • Excellent writing ability
  • Enjoys research
  • Interest in business or public health
  • Ability to work independently

The University Purchasing Intern will be a member of the Sustainability Intern Cohort. The Sustainability Internship Program (SIP) is an initiative through the Office of Sustainability that offers hands-on learning experiences that help achieve the UIC Climate Commitments and sustainability within our core functions of teaching, research, and community service. The program consists of weekly seminars and field outings on a range of educational and skill building topics including: environmental and energy sustainability issues, cultural sustainability issues, institutional challenges and change management, campus structure and administration, campus sustainability programs and job readiness. The SIP requirements include: meeting weekly work plan goals, frequent meetings with project supervisor, attendance at weekly seminars and outings, blog posts and a final poster presentation.

This position requires up to 10 hrs/week during the spring term including time in the seminar. Students could receive internship credit hours (student must confirm with their academic advisor).