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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 our environmental initiatives. The IES fellowship program is designed to help students define their long-term career goals through experiential learning beyond the classroom.

Currently accepting applications for the following internships:

Loyola Biodiesel Internship—Searle Biodiesel Lab

The Biodiesel Program 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 fellows to run the day-to day operations of the lab (biodiesel production, oil collection, waste processing), and additionally take a leadership role on a project in the Searle Biodiesel Lab (new product development, education initiative, marketing, energy efficiency). We will work in a number of different topic areas: chemistry, business, marketing, and grant writing.

The internship will run from September 2015 to May, 2016. Applications are due on August 24, 2015.

Interested students should see the Biodiesel Lab Internship Page.

Loyola Student Urban Agriculture Internship

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 Fall 2015 Urban Agriculture Internship Application.

LUREC Farm Operations Intern. All positions filled for summer 2015!

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 Biodiversity/Restoration Internship. All positions filled for summer 2015!

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, 2016. Deadline March 30

All positions filled for summer 2015!

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

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 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!

Spikenard Farm Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeping Learning Opportunity

Head to Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary in Floyd, Virginia for a one-week sustainable beekeeping experience. Learn from expert beekeeper and author Gunther Hauk, work in the Sanctuary's pollinator gardens and enhance your perception of nature by unique observation exercises. This one-week opportunity is will take place in May and August.

For more information, check out the complete 2015 Spikenard Farm Experiential Learning Opportunity here.

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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