Prairie Restoration and Bee Campus USA Internship, Summer 2017

The Office of Sustainability obtained a small grant to restore a prairie area on the west side of campus.  This internship supports this project and the Bee Campus USA initiative currently underway.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Complete installation of prairie plants as needed
  • Watering and general maintenance of prairie restoration site
  • Develop content for Bee Campus USA website
  • Help coordinate and/or promote events(s) related to building and/or installing native bee houses around campus
  • Potentially researching Service-Learning projects


Preferred Skills

  • Interest in native plants and native pollinators
  • Interest in green infrastructure and natural systems restoration
  • Good research skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Some knowledge of plants a plus

This position 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 paid position requires 15 hrs/week during the summer term including time in the seminar. Students could receive internship credit hours (student must confirm with their academic advisor).

Undergraduates from all disciplines are encouraged to participate.