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Key Objective: 6.4 Sustainability Internship Program
The iCAP 2020, objective 6.4 is: “Develop a sustainability internship program through partnering with businesses, nonprofits, local government, and cultural institutions in Central Illinois. The total number of internships awarded will be reported each year.” The responsible campus unit for championing this objective is iSEE. Progress is tracked in the iCAP Portal project page for the Sustainability Internship Program.
In conjunction with the short-term ELP, we will offer a long-term internship opportunity for students to gain experience incorporating sustainability into the professional sphere.
According to the 2018-19 Illini Success Report, 90% of graduates reported participating in experiential learning opportunities like internships. With this in mind, providing opportunities for sustainability-focused experiential learning is an excellent way to integrate sustainability into students’ educational pathways while maintaining the university’s mission. It is therefore imperative to increase co-curricular sustainability program offerings for students seeking professional development, leadership training, and sustainability education outside of their disciplines.
We plan to collaborate with local governments, businesses, nonprofits, and cultural institutions to achieve this objective. This allows for students to network and cultivate relationships with sustainably-minded organizations in the area.