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 Siegberg 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
To search and apply for open internships, visit UChicago Handshake.
Current | Water Innovation Research Internship
Open to all undergraduates; two paid positions available
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