One requirement of the B.A. program in Environmental and Urban Studies is completion of either an internship or a field placement (hereafter “internships”) or Chicago Studies Certificate. This hands-on experience is intended to help students hone their academic focus (B.A. and beyond) as well as increasing their preparation for employment after graduation.
Many types of internships/field placements can satisfy the program’s requirement, for example:
- Working at an environmental law firm in New Mexico with a focus on indigenous communities…
- Measuring and addressing lead levels in Englewood (about a mile away from campus)…
- Working for an advocacy organization on water shortage issues in Mumbai, India…
Students should consult UChicago Handshake for internship opportunities and Chicago Studies for more information about the certificate program. You can also schedule an appointment with Career Advancement to see what internships are available to you, and receive help with your resume and cover letter. Career Advancement's walkin-in hours are Mondays-Fridays from 3-4:45pm, or you can schedule an appointment with Sylvia Atsalis online through UChicago Handshake.
Internship information and program requirements
Environmental and Urban Studies majors who plan to do internships this school year or summer should contact Julie Erdmann to learn more about the internship program requirements and placement process.
Upon completion of their internship, students are required to fill out an evaluation form (including a brief itemization of expenses) and prepare a 500-750 word reflection on their experience. The current deadline for the form and reflection paper is October 1. (Download the evaluation form.)
Environmental and Urban Studies majors are required to complete an internship before graduation. Most often, the internships are undertaken during the summer between third and fourth years, but there are other possibilities, and Chicago-area internships can be done while enrolled in courses.
For any additional questions about internships, please contact Julie Erdmann.
To search and apply for open internships, visit UChicago Handshake.
Metropolitan Planning Council | Research Assistant
Location: Chicago, IL
Open to all current undergraduates, unpaid position
Research assistants (RAs) play an important role at MPC, offering essential support for our projects, working with staff on a daily basis, attending meetings, and learning about how urban planning/policy works in the real world. We especially like RA applicants who are talented writers, investigators, communicators, and/or GIS users.
We’re currently recruiting RAs for Summer 2018, particularly for the following priority project:
Transportation. This position will include support on a range of technical analyses, stakeholder coordination, and advocacy oriented projects. Responsibilities will include: conduct technical research, conduct literature reviews, document meetings, conduct data analysis in Excel, develop GIS maps, prepare for and participate in meetings. Required skills include proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Powerpoint and Excel), good interpersonal skills, strong organization ; Proficiency in GIS is preferred.
Fund for the Public Interest | Internship with Environment Illinois
Location: Chicago, IL
Open to all current undergraduates, paid position
This summer, the Fund for the Public Interest is hiring paid summer staff to work with Environment Illinois to run a grassroots campaign protecting wildlife! You will be to pass a statewide ban on polystyrene (or what a lot of people think of as styrofoam). Foam is one of the most egregious forms of plastic pollution. Not only because it can't be recycled and doesn't degrade, but it also is very harmful to wildlife- injuring or killing animals from earthworms to whales because they confuse the foam with food.
If you're interested in protecting the environment, earning $11-16/hour, gaining campaign & leadership skills, or if you are looking for a fun summer job you should fill out your contact info at http://fundforthepublicinterest.org/apply-now.html or call (312)-559-4701.
Opportunities for Graduating Students