Useful IES Major/Minor Information
1. Get to know your advisors! You have two advisors, an Academic Advisor and an IES Faculty Advisor. Your Academic Advisor can help you with scheduling and LOCUS. Your IES Faculty Advisor can provide advice and guidance on career paths and course selection.
2. Volunteer at IES. Volunteering in the Biodiesel Lab, Greenhouse/Aquaponics facility (i.e. Ecodome), and Farmer's Market is fun and a great way to get experience. It also might give you a leg up on getting a paid internship in the future!
3. Apply for an internship. It's a great way to get hands-on experience, find out if you like a particular profession and develop connections that may generate future opportunities. Find up-to-date information on our Internships, Jobs, and Careers Page.
4. Take a class at LUREC. IES offers classes at our Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, IL. You can get 3 credits in just 3 weeks.
5. Volunteer for a Restoration Work Day. Volunteer every other Saturday all year long rain or shine. Help restore the wetland and forest and get your hands dirty.
6. Get hands-on experience with faculty mentored research. Ask an IES faculty member whose research interests you whether they would be willing to mentor you in a independent research. There are a number of scholarships and fellowships available. You can also get 1-3 credits via ENVS 391.
7. Get involved with a student group that has an environmental or sustainability oriented focus. These include the Student Environmental Alliance, Restoration Club, Grower's Guild,and LUC Net Impact. You can also get involved in Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC).
8. Got a great idea for a environmental/sustainability oriented project? Submit a proposal to the The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) and get it done.
9. Look for Email Blasts. Every two weeks we send out an email to all majors with recent internship, volunteer, job opportunities, and events.
10.Continue to check the IES Student Bulletin Board for up-to-date news on events and opportunities.