Urban Transformations Internship 1.1, Summer 2017

Urban Transformations – A Phased Approach to Green Infrastructure Implementation at the University of Illinois at Chicago is an EPA Rainwater Challenge Award winning project done by an interdisciplinary team of undergraduates under the direction of UIC Prof. Ben O’Connor.  This plan, which studies the east side of campus, has been unofficially adopted by the University.  This internship will study the west side of campus, expanding the scope of this green infrastructure plan.  Students will assess existing conditions, propose appropriate on site storm water management measures, analyze benefits, costs, and study maintenance and overall feasibility.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Completing storm water management plan
    • Watershed modeling
    • field data collection
    • data analysis
    • database management.
  • Work as interdisciplinary team with another intern
  • Work with CME faculty as directed for the storm water management plan

Minimum skills:

  • GPA 3.0 min.
  • Completed Math 180, 181

Ideal Candidate:

  • CME major, junior standing or higher
  • Completed CME 427
  • Matlab programming experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • CME major, junior standing or higher
  • Completed CME 311

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 position requires up to 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 CME are encouraged to participate.