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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.

Chicago Council on Science and Technology

Chicago Council on Science and Technology is a non for profit organization in Chicago providing live science and sustainability programs throughout neighborhoods in Chicago, to raise awareness about how science helps society. They also provide lectures on current issues like Covid-19, climate change, artificial intelligence, and emerging technologies. Relevant experts are sourced from private companies, community organizations, museums, laboratories, and universities (including LUC, which has provided many content experts to give these talks in communities).

Learn More and Apply: C2ST Internship - Spring 2022

Application Deadline: January 2, 2022 - Please combine resume and statement of purpose into one PDF document prior to submitting. Students should submit these materials to Ms. Eniko Racz (eracz@luc.edu) by 1/2/2022.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Animal Husbandry

This Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (PNNM) internship involves working with three species -- the Blanding’s Turtle, the Smooth Green Snake, and the Wood Frog. The Chicago Academy of Sciences is currently involved in conservation projects with these three species. The position involves learning and conducting best husbandry techniques for animals that are going to be released into the wild. This includes feeding, cleaning, and handling.

The ideal candidate must have an interest, or better yet, experience in conservation and working with reptiles and amphibians. They should be able to deal with the unexpected, be able to adjust quickly, and work as both a team member and an individual. Use of a car would be advantageous.

Learn More and Apply: PNNM Animal Husbandry Application - Spring 2022.pdf

Application Deadline: January 2, 2022 - Please combine resume and statement of purpose into one PDF document prior to submitting. Students should submit these materials to Ms. Eniko Racz (eracz@luc.edu) by 1/2/2022.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Collections Internship

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s (PNNM) Collections contain approximately 290,000 specimens and artifacts collected from the 1830s to the present. Interns, under the supervision of Collections staff, will use online georeferencing tools including GeoLocate and Google Earth to attach latitude and longitude coordinates to specimen locality data, beginning with specimen records in malacology (mollusks). By the end of the internship, the intern will have georeferenced specimens in CAS/PNNM’s malacology collection, thereby improving the accessibility to these specimens for research.

Learn More and Apply: PNNM Collections Application - Spring 2022.pdf

Application Deadline: January 2, 2022 - Please combine resume and statement of purpose into one PDF document prior to submitting. Students should submit these materials to Ms. Eniko Racz (eracz@luc.edu) by 1/2/2022.

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.

Learn More and Apply: Stein Learning Gardens - Spring 2022

Application Deadline: EXTENDED! January 23, 2022 - Please combine resume and statement of purpose into one PDF document prior to submitting. Students should submit these materials to Ms. Eniko Racz (eracz@luc.edu) by 1/2/2022.

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.

Position Dates: November 29, 2021 - May 7, 2022

Learn More and Apply: Program Assistant Application - Urban Ag Winter Spring 2021-2022

Application Deadline: CLOSED - Check back for future openings.

SES Urban Agriculture - Internship

Internships in the SES Urban Agriculture program are aimed at providing a diverse, hands-on learning experience in agricultural production and food systems for LUC students. This is a 4- month long, unpaid Internship with a minimum commitment of 10 hours/week and accepted students can enroll in ENVS 395 to receive 3 credit hours. Student Interns will develop skills and knowledge of aquaponics food production and maintenance, outdoor food production using Organic methods, sales and distribution in local markets, data collection and analysis, pest management practices, plant health and soil fertility, and more. Interns will also have the opportunity to develop and implement an individual project that advances the goals of the Urban Agriculture program.

Position Dates: January 12, 2022 - May 1, 2022

Learn More and Apply: Internship Application - Urban Ag Spring 2022

Application Deadline: CLOSED - Check back for future openings.

Office of Sustainability - Paid Internship

Interested in Campus Sustainability? Looking for a way to help move Loyola’s sustainability mission forward? Excited to get back to campus and engage your fellow Ramblers? Consider applying for one of the positions listed below.

  • Graduate Sustainability Intern– Support the Office of Sustainability by supervising undergraduate students, partnering on research, and engaging community partners. Lead communications and outreach through web and email channels. Anticipated work of 10-12 hours per week.
  • Campus Sustainability Interns– Develop and implement Campus Sustainability projects on the Lake Shore, Water Tower and Health Science Campuses. Lead on projects including No Impact Meals, Energy and Water Audits, engagement weeks such as Energy and WaterWeek, and support new sustainability programs and events as they develop. Anticipated work of 8-12 hours per week.

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 if you are eligible for Federal Work Study.

Application Deadline: CLOSED - Check back for future openings.

Office of Sustainability - Energy Audit Paid Internships

The Office of Sustainability is supporting the Facilities Department and our consulting engineers in collecting information for energy use and efficiency at the Water Tower and Health Science Campuses. We are hiring 2-4 students for 8-15 hours per week from February 1 through mid-April, 2022. Priority will be given to students eligible for Federal Work Study.

Learn more and apply: Internship Job Description_2022 WTC HSC Energy Audits

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

Searle Biodiesel Lab - Paid Internship

The Biodiesel Program is seeking qualified student interns to operate 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.

Position Dates: September 6, 2021 - April 30, 2022

Learn More: Biodiesel Lab - Paid Internship - 2021-2022

Application Deadline: CLOSED - Check back for future openings.

Environmental Law and Policy Center

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) Air Quality team is seeking 1-2 interns from Loyola who are interested in improving Chicago’s air quality. Depending on each intern’s skills s/he will:

  • Monitor air quality in various Chicago neighborhoods through guided routes with ELPC/community partners or independently
  • Take notes and photos/videos regarding air pollution sources observed while in the field
  • Participate in air quality oriented community service such as tree planting
  • Analyze data
  • Assist with creating and presenting monitoring results’ presentations
  • Help tracking/troubleshooting/replacing monitors/phones throughout the city

Learn More and Apply: ELPC Application - Fall 2021

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.

Learn More and Apply: Delta Application - Fall 2021

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.

Position Dates: June 1-October 28, 2021

Learn More and Apply: Glenwood Sunday Market Internship Application - 2021

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.

External Internships

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