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 Meg Sieberg 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 5. (Download the evaluation form.) Please send to Julie Erdmann via email (


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.

Open Internships

To search and apply for open internships, visit UChicago Handshake.

Field Museum - Keller Science Action CenterApply on Handshake
Deadline: March 8, 2019 @ 11:59pm 
Chicago, IL
Open to all undergraduates 
2019 Jeff Metcalf Calumet Heritage Area Intern
The Field Museum is leading the creation of a management plan for the proposed Calumet National Heritage Area, a federally-designated landscape which would span the bi-state Calumet region from the Pullman National Monument through the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The internship’s primary responsibilities are to work with Calumet Heritage project manager and working group to compile existing planning data, convene local and regional partner groups, gather, organize, and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data, create communications and organizational materials, and contribute to report outlines and drafts.

FamilyFarmed | Apply on Handshake
Deadline: March 8, 2019 @ 12:00pm
Chicago, Open to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd year undergraduates
2019 Jeff Metcalf Strategic Planning Intern

The holistic suite of programs FamilyFarmed has developed over the years span the spectrum of the Good Food sector and have helped create momentum behind the effort to create a healthier, more sustainable and more economically dynamic food system. We have reached an inflection point at which we need, under the umbrella of our strategic planning process, to evaluate where we have been and what the next logical growth steps are.

As part of this process, we believe it is necessary to evaluate our programs, branding, name and clout within the current nonprofit ecosystem, as well as to assess others active in this field with an eye toward opportunities to collaborate and synergize. FamilyFarmed’s Board sees a major opportunity to grow the organization to national presence and impact, and is undertaking a strategic planning process to determine the best way to do so. The strategic planning intern will assist in these endeavors. 

NASA Develop
10 week paid research opportunities

NASA DEVELOP projects focus on helping local and international communities address their environmental concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observing fleet of satellites. NASA DEVELOP operates at twelve locations across the country at NASA Centers and other regional locations. This is a great opportunity for participants who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Participants will work with NASA scientists, partner organizations, and science advisors to learn about the use of NASA Earth science data for use in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns.

Responsibilities will include: literature review, data processing and analysis, and producing deliverables, such as a technical report, presentation, and video. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial, is not required for acceptance. This is a multi-disciplinary opportunity for all those interested in Earth science and we encourage those in the social sciences, general science, engineering, computer science, etc. to apply.

Details can be found here

Open Call: On Cities Workshop -- Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation
May 27-31, 2019 | Madrid, Spain
Deadline: February 28, 2019

The On Cities workshop, organized by the Norman Foster Foundation and mentored by Luis Bettencourt, Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, will explore new opportunities that integrate emerging technologies with new local information and processes of architecture and design.

Learn more and apply here

Opportunities for Graduating Students