Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

IES Internships

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

IES Internships
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Current Internship Opportunities

IES Internships use a common application. You may apply for multiple internships but will need to complete the application separately, once for each position. Check back each semester to see what is available.

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IES Internships

Common Application


There are many opportunities for students to get involved with IES in the Spring, Summer, and Fall.  We regularly offer the following internal internship positions, and hire based on the timeline further down on this page. The following are more detailed descriptions of individual internship opportunities currently available:
You can apply for all of these positions using the IES Internship Common Application.  Students at all levels and from all majors are encouraged to apply.  You will need a PDF resume and an unofficial transcript (available on LOCUS) to complete the application.

Application Deadline: November 17, 2017.
Ecological Restoration LUREC Internship Loyola is promoting the dominance of native organisms and control of invasive species so that LUREC may help sustain the broader natural ecosystems of McHenry County and of the newly established Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.  Field work will include invasive species control, planting of native vegetation, and ecological monitoring. 

For more information, see the LUREC Ecological Restoration Internship Application‌.

Application Deadline: March 3, 2018.

Biodiversity Inventory Research Internship

Loyola is engaged in recording the current biodiversity found on the property and is developing a database that can be used by faculty and students to record or retrieve interesting information concerning that biodiversity.  This inventory can be used as baselines for current and future biodiversity surveys.

Biodiversity Research Fellows put their scientific knowledge into action by conducting various research projects.  Explore some of the previous Biodiversity research projects done at LUREC since 2012.

For more information, see the LUREC Biodiversity Inventory Internship Summer Application‌‌‌‌.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018.

Environmental Law and Policy Center Internship

The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest's leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation's leaders.

For more information and application instructions, see ELPC Application - Fall 2017‌.

Application Deadline: CLOSED. Materials submitted directed to Ms. Rachel Leamon (rleamon@luc.edu). Only open to IES majors and minors. The common application does NOT apply to this internship. 

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Internship

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s (PNNM) collections contain approximately 290,000 specimens and artifacts collected from the 1830s to the present. The Summer 2017 project will work with and care for numerous different animals, including the recovery project of the endangered Blanding's turtles, and will also assist in occasional conservation fieldwork.

For more information, see the PNNM Application - Fall 2017‌.

Application Deadline: CLOSED. Materials submitted directed to Ms. Rachel Leamon (rleamon@luc.edu). Only open to IES majors and minors. The common application does NOT apply to this internship. 

Delta Institute Internship

The Delta Institute works in partnership with business, government and communities in the Great Lakes region to create and implement innovative, market-driven solutions that build environmental resilience, economic vitality, and healthy communities.

For more information, see the Delta Institute Application - Fall 2017‌.

Application Deadline: CLOSED. Materials submitted directed to Ms. Rachel Leamon (rleamon@luc.edu). Only open to IES majors and minors. The common application does NOT apply to this internship. 

External Internships These opportunities are not managed by IES, and can be found on RamblerLink.

Internship Application Timeline

Spring Semester2018
Application Open Nov. 3, 2017
Application Deadline Nov. 17, 2017
Interviews Nov. 27 - Dec. 5
Decision By Dec. 8, 2017
Summer Session2018
Application Open Feb. 9, 2018
Application Deadline Mar. 2, 2018
Interviews Mar. 19 - Mar. 23
Decision By Mar. 30, 2018
Fall Semester2018
Application Open TBD
Application Deadline TBD
Interviews TBD
Decision By TBD

Additional Loyola University Chicago Internship Resources

You can find information about additional undergraduate research programs at Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP).

Another resource to look for hands-on learning opportunities is through Loyola University Chicago's Center for Experiential Learning (CEL). The CEL serves students, faculty, staff, and community partners as a resource for community-based experiential learning opportunities and partnerships.

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