SPH Sustainability Internship, Spring 2017

The School of Public Health (SPH) offers outstanding courses and research opportunities in all areas of public health. Students benefit from a diverse, accomplished faculty while learning and working in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The SPH Sustainability Intern will review existing initiatives and conduct waste and water audits to identify opportunities that advance SPH’s commitment to sustainability objectives.  Intern will work at the SPH building on the West side of campus with staff.  Student will develop project management and data analysis skills.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Review and summarize prior studies and priorities
  • Analyze recycling data, identify and understand trends
  • Plan and conduct waste audit per best practices
  • Audit and update recycling equipment/signage throughout building
  • Build on existing water audit data and analyze opportunities
  • Survey SPH community as needed, i.e. document the energy used by faculty, staff and students going between 2121 W. Taylor and 1603.
  • Research sustainable catering/event planning options (optionally) and provide handouts for distribution within SPH

Preferred Skills

  • Superior communication skills
  • Data analysis and basic graphic skills
  • Works independently with minimal supervision

The School of Public Health Sustainability 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 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).

Undergraduates from all disciplines are encouraged to participate.