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Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Fellowships & Internships

‌The Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) provides hands-on work opportunities for students to get deeply involved in its environmental initiatives. The IES fellowship program is designed to help students define their long-term career goals through experiential learning beyond the classroom.

Internship Opportunities

Currently accepting applications for the following internships:

LUREC Farm Operations Intern

Working in all aspects of a sustainable food operation, this intern will learn the workings of a two acre organic fruit and vegetable farm including field, greenhouse and hoop house production. Marketing and managing the Farm Stand for the summer will be part of this internship. Participating in our sustainable food operation including harvesting, processing and preserving produce for the winter. This is a full time internship, 40 hours a week including weekends.

The internship will run from May 10th to August 9th, 2015.

Interested students should see the LUREC Farm Intern Job Description, Summer 2015.

Loyola Student Urban Agriculture Summer 2015 Internship. Deadline Friday April 17, 2014

Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability is seeking dependable and responsible candidates to help with various urban agriculture-related projects on the Lakeshore campus, including the newly constructed Ecodome located in the IES building. 

Students will be responsible for both individual and team-related tasks in association with several urban agriculture features on campus including: IES Ecodome Greenhouse Lab, wall gardens, aquaponics systems, Winthrop garden, Quinlan Rooftop garden, and other agriculture and horticulture related projects including beekeeping, mushroom production, harvest, transplanting, seeding, irrigation, cleaning, Farmers Market, and other projects.

Interested students should see the Summer 2015 Internship Application.

Loyola Student Biodiversity/Restoration Internship 

IES is offering six full-time Biodiversity/ Restoration internship positions this summer at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) in Woodstock, IL.  Interns will be working under the supervision of Dr. Roberta Lammers-Campbell and Fr. Stephen Mitten, S.J. and will be engaged in biodiversity and /or restoration research and projects. 

The internship will run from May 10 through August 9, 2015.

Interested students should see the Summer 2015 Internship Application.

Loyola Farmers Market Internship May to October 31, 2015.  Deadline March 30

The Loyola Farmers Market is entering its fifth year of operations and is seeking two interns to work with the market manager and one other intern.  The Market's mission is to increase access to local, healthy food, support a local growers, producers and a food economy, educate students and community members regarding the importance of eating seasonally and locally, and reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

The internship is a great opportunity to gain career building skills in community development, management, collaboration, problem-solving and marketing.

Details and application: Farmers Market Internship May to Oct 31 2015

IES Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The focus of the program is for students to conduct interdisciplinary research on issues related to unsustainable natural resource uses in the greater Chicago land region. The Institute encourages research projects to combine elements of ecosystem structure and function, impacts on human health, public policy, behaviors, and other environmental factors. 

In addition, one fellowship specifically focusing on a biodiversity project researched out at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) will be considered.

Applications are due March 1, 2015. Apply at LUROP.

See a full description, eligibility, and qualifications.

Michael and Dorothy Carbon Undergraduate Research Fellowship 

This program is designed to provide Loyola University Chicago undergraduate science students with opportunities to conduct interdisciplinary research projects with faculty for two years, their junior and senior years, on current issues in the fields of math and science. Up to 8 Carbon Fellows will be funded each academic year. Students will receive a $5,000 stipend and up to $2,500 for research supplies per year.

Applications are due March 1, 2015. Apply at LUROP.

See a full description, eligibility, and qualifications.


Check back each semester to see what is available.

The IES also offers both faculty and undergraduate research fellowships for those who would like to propose a specific research project that is within the scope of IES's research goals.

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

Internships through IES's Partner Organizations

Uncommon Ground Rooftop Farm Summer Internship Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 season!

Come intern at the nation’s first certified organic rooftop farm atop the Greenest Restaurant in Chicago!

Interns assist the Farm Director and the Uncommon Ground Rooftop Farm in all aspects of community food system development, urban agriculture, and educational program development through organic, innovative, and sustainable approaches.  

Interns work a minimum of 2 days per week, 4-6 hours of work per day.  It is serious educational and vocational experience and requires at least a 16-week commitment, from mid-May through mid-September, with Spring and Fall opportunities available for those looking for full season instruction.

See the complete internship description & online application

This position is also posted on RamblerLink.

Come GROW with us! 

Generally, internships (both paid & non-paid) and volunteer opportunities may be available with the following organizations that IES has worked with either presently or in the past:   

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. 


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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