Sustainability Internship Program

Offering 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 Sustainability Internship Program (SIP) 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.

  • What are the Seminars?

    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.

  • What is expected of the interns?

    Interns are expected to develop a work plan and project goals, meet regularly with an experienced mentor, share experiences with other SIP interns, attend weekly seminars and outings, present capstone project results at a poster presentation

Spring 2019 Internship Program

SIP Students stand near a tree during their tree campus usa internship

During the Spring 2019 semester US/PUBH 390 will meet on Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00-3:15 in Art & Exhibition Hall room 2236; specific internship hours will be agreed up between the mentor and student.  Student who have successfully completed US/PUBH 390 will have the opportunity to continue their project as a paid internship in the Summer 2019.

Questions or for more information, contact Sarah Koning.

What SIP students do.

Faculty & Staff: Interested in Mentoring a Student?