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 Sylvia Atsalis 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 1. (Download the evaluation form.)


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.

Open Internships

To search and apply for open internships, visit UChicago Handshake.

Program on Global Environment | Communications and Projects Intern
Deadline: September 30, 2018
Location: UChicago
Open to all current undergraduates, Metcalf internship

The Program on Global Environment is seeking a communications and project intern for the 2018-19 academic year. The intern will work directly with the Program Director and Program Administrator to develop and maintain website content and social media related to all aspects of the program. The intern will also create original newsletters, articles, and blog posts through storytelling about student projects, faculty research, and initiatives and events related to the various program endeavors. The intern will assist with all program events through development, research, promotion, staffing and recaps.

Apply here

Current | Water Innovation Research Intern
Deadline: ASAP
Location: Chicago, IL
Open to all current undergraduates, paid position

Current, a non-profit based in Chicago, is seeking a Water Innovation Research Intern for the fall semester. Current’s mission is to deliver advanced research and market-driven innovations to enhance water resources and drive sustainable economic growth by bridging gaps in water technology commercialization.

The Current Water Innovation Research Intern will contribute to Current’s mission through a variety of different projects and tasks such as water technology research and assessment; research and analysis on emerging scientific, engineering and economic issues that impact the water sector; and development of new projects related to topics such as nutrient management and urban stormwater. The position is paid and will run approximately 15 weeks. 

Apply here

Opportunities for Graduating Students

Levin Energy Partners, Lean & Green Michigan | Business Development Driver
Deadline: ASAP
Location: Detroit, MI
Paid position

Levin Energy Partners’ Business Development Driver does what the job title says – drives business development! This person conducts outreach to current and potential PACE partners, explains the benefits of PACE financing through presentations, meetings and various communications media, and develops PACE projects through their early stages.

Apply here

DePaul MS degree in Environmental Science
Deadline: Accepting applications on a rolling basis for ENROLLMENT THIS FALL QUARTER
Location: Chicago, IL

DePaul University is launching a new Master of Science inEnvironmental Science (MSES) degree focused on urban ecological restoration and conservation land management in the fall of 2018!

This graduate degree will prepare students for careers in ecological restoration, species and landscape conservation, biodiversity management, green infrastructure management and ecological consultancy. Our department's expertise is in applied environmental science and can bring exciting and useful training in the field of conservation land management.

 Environmental Science & Studies Department faculty have disciplinary expertise in paleontology, plant-atmosphere interactions, restoration ecology, urban forestry, urban agriculture, ecological economics, soil ecology and science, urban ecology, and related fields. Students complete 13 course equivalents, with an expectation that full-time students can complete the program in two academic years. The program is housed in the McGowan South Building (LEED certified) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, which provides a modern research infrastructure that includes laboratories, analytical facilities, environmental growth chambers, a rooftop garden, and a greenhouse. 

The program is accepting applications on a rolling basis for ENROLLMENT THIS FALL QUARTER so interested prospective students should apply now! Please contact the program director, Mark Potosnak at or 773-325-7867 if you have any questions. Additional information is available at: