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Sustainability Internship Program (Proposed)

Project History

  • 2/28/2023

    Attached documents were generated as part of an independent study on a sustainability internship program. It highlights similar programs, both at UIUC and elsewhere, as well as some identification of local opportunities.

  • 8/30/2022

    The Education iCAP team had a hybrid meeting from 5:00 P.M. - 6:00 PM on Monday, August 29th. The team reviewed the Education iCAP objectives, shared project updates, and brainstormed new action ideas for this semester.

Key Objective


The iCAP 2020 objective 6.4 is to "Develop a sustainability internship program by 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.


According to the 2018-19 Illini Success Re-port,137 90% of graduates reported participating in experiential learning opportunities like in-ternships. With this in mind, providing oppor-tunities for sustainability-focused experiential learning is an excellent way to integrate sus-tainability 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 govern-ments, businesses, nonprofits, and cultural in-stitutions to achieve this objective. This allows for students to network and cultivate relation-ships with sustainably-minded organizations in the area.

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