Sustainability Internship Program

Offering hands-on learning experiences for University of Illinois at Chicago undergraduate students that advance the overall mission of greater social, economic, and environmental sustainability in the campus community.

This unique, multi-year program provides an intellectual framework for students to apply classroom learning to project-based engagement. Since summer 2014 we have connected over 150 students to sustainability projects on UIC's campus.

Open to UIC undergraduate 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, 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 data research and  water conservation, and much more.


The Students

  • What is SIP?

    The Sustainability Internship Program (SIP) is a multi-year program that starts with a for-credit (US/PUBH 390) spring course.  SIP offers an internship placement at a UIC department or affiliated organization, weekly seminars, field outings that cover a range of educational and skill building topics, leadership development and project management experience.

    Spring 2020 syllabus can be found here.

  • What are the Seminars?

    Seminar topics include environmental, cultural, and energy sustainability issues,  institutional challenges and change management, campus structure and administration, campus sustainability programs, and job readiness.

  • Intern Expectations

    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, and present their project results at a poster presentation.

  • Spring Internship Program

    The spring internship is a for-credit class held during the semester (US/PUBH390); in addition to a weekly 1.25 hour seminar, students are required to commit approximately eight (8) hour a week to their assigned internship.

    Although the course is cross listed in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and the School of Public Health, all majors are welcome and encouraged to apply.

    Successful completion of the spring internship program guarantees registered, undergraduate students an internship in the paid summer program!



  • Summer Internship Program

    The Summer 2020 internship program will run May 26 – August 7; in addition to a weekly seminar held on Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., students will be expected to commit approximately 20-35 hours a week to their internship project. Priority is given to students who successfully complete the spring internship program. 

    Successful completion of the summer program guarantees registered, undergraduate students continued employment with the Office of Sustainability as a student mentor for future cohorts!


  • How to Apply

    Applications for summer 2020 are now closed! Check back in August for new opportunities.

What SIP students do.

SIP in the UIC News

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