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 5. (Download the evaluation form.) Please send to Julie Erdmann via email (


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.

Big Green | Apply on Handshake
Deadline: January 6, 2019
Chicago, IL
Open to current 1st, 2nd, & 3rd year undergraduates
2019 Jeff Metcalf Big Green Learning Garden Internship

Big Green is an exciting, young nonprofit organization who is looking to grow! We started in 2011 working in one school in Denver, Colorado and have since grown to 450 schools in seven cities across the country. Founded by Kimbal Musk, Big Green is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that believes that real food should be available to everyone. We build Learning Gardens in schools, adding outdoor classrooms and community gathering places that connect kids to real food and empower them to make healthier food choices. Our team of 60+ is dynamic, collaborative and passionate about food, kids, education, and healthy communities.

The Big Green/University of Chicago Intern’s primary responsibility is to support Big Green’s Program Team in Chicago, as they serve Learning Garden Teams and school communities. Primary activities include helping to lead Learning Garden kick-off days, planting days and harvest days at schools. Opportunities to assist the Chicago Program Team in additional capacities, such as workshops, community events, or delivery of supplies/materials may arise – all related to achieving Big Green’s Edible Garden Initiative in our partner schools.

Apply here

Opportunities for Graduating Students