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Internships and Jobs

The School of Environmental Sustainability provides hands-on internship opportunities for students to get deeply involved in our environmental initiatives. SES has connections with some premiere partner organizations for additional opportunities beyond the University.

Current Internship Openings

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Conservation Biology/Animal Husbandry Internship

A conservation biology/animal husbandry internship at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will be available for the spring semester of 2023 (PNNM), starting in late January. The intern will work a minimum of 10 hours per week at a rate of $15.40 per hour up to a 140-hour maximum ($2,156) per semester. The student can take the internship for experiential learning/internship credit. 

This internship involves working with animals in the PNNM conservation programs, such as Blanding’s turtles and smooth green snakes, as well as all animals in the Living Collections, including snakes, amphibians, fish, box turtles and aquatic turtles, birds, and invertebrates. Activities will include feeding, cleaning, and handling. 

Application deadline: January 2, 2023 

Learn more and apply: PNNM Animal Husbandry Internship Application Spring 2023

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Collections Internship

A collections internship at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will be available for the spring semester of 2023 (PNNM), starting in late January. The intern will work a minimum of 10 hours per week at a rate of $15.40 per hour up to a 140-hour maximum ($2,156) per semester. The student can take the internship for experiential learning/internship credit. 

Under the supervision of collections staff, the intern will assist with processing botanical specimens into the herbarium. Activities include mounting plant specimens onto herbarium sheets, transcribing label data into the database, matching specimens to catalog records, filing botanical specimens into the herbarium, scanning botanical specimens, and related activities. 

Application deadline: January 2, 2023

Learn more and apply: PNNM Collections Internship Application Spring 2023

Environmental Law and Policy Center Internship

One internship position will be available for the Spring 2023 semester at the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC). The student will work a minimum of 10 hours per week at $15.40 per hour up to a 140-hour maximum ($2,156) per semester.

Policy and science interns assist ELPC’s policy advocates and data scientist. Tasks include working on clean energy projects, promoting environmentally sustainable transportation policies, advancing global warming solutions, and grassroots advocacy. Interns may also attend meetings with local, state, and federal agencies, elected officials, and concerned citizens.

Application deadline: January 2, 2023

Learn more and apply: ELPC Internship Application Spring 2023

SES Internships

Searle Biodiesel Lab Internship

The interns in the School of Environmental Sustainability’s Biodiesel Program operate biodiesel production processes in the Searle Biodiesel Lab. The Biodiesel Program was founded as and continues to be a student-designed, student-driven program. All aspects of the program from biodiesel fuel production and equipment design, to project management and brainstorming are run in part by Loyola students. This opportunity is open to students of every level and from every discipline. 

Interns work in a team capacity with other interns to run the day-to day operations of the lab (biodiesel production, oil collection, waste processing), and additionally take a leadership role on projects in the lab (new product development, education outreach, marketing, energy efficiency). Interns will have an opportunity to work in a number of different topic areas: chemistry, product design, business operations, marketing, and research. 

The spring internship period will run from November 28, 2022 through May 5,2023.

Application deadline: Closed. Check back for future openings.

Office of Sustainability - Campus Sustainability Internship

The Office of Sustainability is seeking qualified student interns to contribute to Loyola’s campus sustainability programs. Sustainability reaches into many corners of the University and involves partnership building to set strategies and goals in creating a culture of sustainability through action. Interns will work in a team capacity (Communications & Engagement team, Zero Waste team, or Data & Reporting team) with each other and staff to support data collection, conduct outreach, and have a leadership role with events and projects related to waste reduction, transportation, energy, and other campus sustainability initiatives. 

All of these are paid positions. Apply by emailing sustainability@luc.edu including your updated resume and a letter expressing your interest in the position(s). Please name your resume and cover letter with your name and the recent date in the filename and indicate whether you are eligible for Federal Work Study.

Application deadline: Closed. Check back for future openings. 

Office of Sustainability - Sustainability Data and Reporting Graduate Internship

The Office of Sustainability is seeking qualified student interns to contribute to Loyola’s campus sustainability programs. Sustainability reaches into many corners of the University and involves partnership building to set strategies and goals in creating a culture of sustainability through action. The graduate intern position will work closely with Office of Sustainability staff as well as the larger undergraduate intern team to collect and analyze campus sustainability data, conduct research, and have a leadership role with events and projects related to waste reduction, transportation, energy, and other campus sustainability initiatives. 

Apply by sending your resume/CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the position including the contact information for two references to sustainability@luc.edu. Please specify the Data & Reporting Graduate Internship position in your cover letter. 

Application Deadline: Closed. Check back for future openings.

Office of Sustainability - Communications & Engagement Graduate Internship

The Office of Sustainability is seeking qualified student interns to contribute to Loyola’s campus sustainability programs. Sustainability reaches into many corners of the University and involves partnership building to set strategies and goals in creating a culture of sustainability through action. The graduate intern position will work closely with Office of Sustainability staff as well as the larger undergraduate intern team to develop communications materials, conduct outreach, and have a leadership role with events and projects related to waste reduction, transportation, energy, and other campus sustainability initiatives. 

Apply by sending your resume/CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the position including the contact information for two references to sustainability@luc.edu. Please specify the Communications & Engagement Graduate Internship position in your cover letter. 

Application deadline: Closed. Check back for future openings.

SES Lab Assistant

The School of Environmental Sustainability is seeking a qualified undergraduate student assistant to contribute to the mission of the SES through the maintenance of research and teaching labs. This position will work closely with the SES Analytical Lab Manager on cleaning and organizing the labs, maintaining inventories, preparing solutions, etc. 

Application deadline: Closed. Check back for future openings.

SES Program Assistant (Graduate Student)

The School of Environmental Sustainability is seeking a qualified graduate student to join the team as a program assistant to contribute to the mission of the SES through the implementation of special projects and events. This position will work closely with the SES Director of Strategy and Planning on the implementation of special projects and events, including the annual Climate Change Conference/Symposium, the Abrams Sustainable Business Challenge, curricular mapping, strategic planning, and other projects as needed. 

Apply by sending your resume/CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the position, including the contact information for two references, to shokenmaier@luc.edu

Application Deadline: Closed. Check back for future openings.

SES Urban Agriculture Internship

Internships in the SES Urban Agriculture program provide an entry-level, hands-on learning experience in agricultural production and food systems for LUC students. This four-month, unpaid internship with a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week and accepted students have the option to enroll in ENVS 395 to receive 3 credit hours. 

Application deadline: Closed. Check back for future openings.

SES Urban Agriculture - Program Assistant

Program Assistants support the Urban Agriculture program goals and lead small teams of students in maintenance and operations of the aquaponics systems, Greenhouse Lab, SES planters, mycology lab, farmers market, plant sales, and outdoor food production. Student employees will be assigned management level responsibilities in these areas with reporting requirements and weekly meetings. This position is aimed at LUC students with previous experience in food production, current SES Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture (FSSA) majors, 3rd-4th year undergraduate and graduate students, Federal Work Study, and/or students with a high interest in pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Application deadline: Closed. Check back for future openings. 

SES Urban Agriculture Team Leader

Team leaders support the Urban Agriculture program goals and lead small teams of students in maintenance and operations of the aquaponics and hydroponics systems, Greenhouse Lab, mycology lab, farmers market, plant sales, and outdoor food production. Team Leaders will be assigned management-level responsibilities in these areas with reporting requirements and weekly meetings. This position is aimed at LUC students with previous experience in food production, current SES food systems and sustainable Agriculture (FSSA) majors, graduate program students, 3rd-4th year undergraduate students, Federal Work Study, and/or students with a high interest in pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Application deadline: Closed. Check back for future openings.

SES Undergraduate Research Journal Student Editor

The School of Environmental Sustainability (SES) is establishing an internal, peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal. This journal will highlight SES student research supported by internal and external scholarships (i.e. Carbon Fellowships, LUROPs), review papers, and technical reports. We are seeking a highly motivated SES student to be the lead student editor for the journal. The successful candidate will be expected to manage e-mail communications, solicit student and faculty reviewers, organize research submissions, and format manuscripts.

This position will be a great experience for students contemplating graduate school
and/or a research career. The expectations of the position would be a one academic year (Fall 2019-Spring 2020) commitment.
For more information, see the Undergraduate Journal Editor

Application deadline: Closed. Check back for future openings. 

Glenwood Sunday Market Internship

Three Glenwood Market internship positions will be available for the Summer/Fall 2021 semesters with the Rogers Park Business Alliance. Internship start date is June 1 and the end date is October 28, 10-15 hours per week, at a rate of $15 per hour. Students can take the internship for Experiential Learning/Internship credit (ENVS 395), and both the Rogers Park Business Alliance staff and the SES Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will be involved in drafting expectations for course credit and conducting assessments of the student’s progress.

IMPORTANT! Since this internship is funded by Loyola University and hours are logged in KRONOS, the total number of weekly hours cannot exceed 19.5 hours during the fall semester for all Loyola positions combined.

Application deadline: Closed. Check back for future openings. 

Stein Learning Garden

The Stein Garden Intern will explore a variety of skillsets pertaining to working in an education-based urban agriculture program on Chicago's south side. Training topics include garden lesson planning, program delivery, classroom management, how to creatively teach students with varying learning styles, basic carpentry skills, and much more.

The intern will benefit from working alongside professionals with a combined 15 years of experience in the Chicago urban farming/food justice space. The staff is made up of systems thinkers who not only want to grow amazing food, but change the way the food system works. They have a vision where responsibly produced, healthy, and culturally appropriate food is available to all regardless of income level. Interns can expect to leave the program as a skilled change-maker ready to participate in the urban farming movement in Chicago and beyond.

Application deadline: Closed. Check back for future openings.

Delta Institute Internship

The Delta Institute is a nonprofit organization formed in 1998 that works in partnership with business, government and communities in the Great Lakes region to create and implement innovative, market-driven solutions. Delta works to build environmental resilience, economic vitality, and healthy communities. You can learn more about the Delta Institute at www.delta-institute.org.

Depending on the specifics of the individual intern, interns provide a variety of different services in areas like writing and content development for social media and web platforms, and providing support for events, fundraising initiatives, and project communications. Delta values the diverse perspectives our interns bring to our work, and interns are invited to our staff meetings and any relevant project meetings during their internship.

Application deadline: Closed. Check back for future openings. 

WasteNot Compost

WasteNot Compost began in 2015 out of a kid’s desire to do better. While lugging his sixth bag of trash to a cafe’s dumpster, he knew there was a simple solution: composting. Out of necessity, WasteNot started as a zero-emissions company, utilizing a bike & trailer to service members across the city. As membership soared, the kid and his best friend joined forces to maintain their commitment to sustainability. They aimed to deliver a sustainable service — sustainably. WasteNot went from operating on a bike to a 100% electric fleet, allowing all WasteNot members to Compost Without Compromise™.

Grown from humble beginnings, WasteNot has become Chicago’s leading compost collection provider, the largest electric fleet owner in Illinois, and has been ranked the #1 compost collection service in the USA two years running (2020 and 2021). 

WasteNot Compost understands that composting and sustainability are team efforts. Students are invited to join the internship program to learn more about the commercial composting industry and WasteNot activities including farmers markets and events and compost operations.

Application deadline: Closed. Check back for future openings.

External Internships

These opportunities are not managed by SES, and can be found on Handshake.