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  • Join PLANT!

    This new Registered Student Organization is seeking students interested in leveraging plant-based resources to combat environmental degradation and improve public health. Activities include research reviews, practice case studies, volunteering, guest speakers, and more. Fill out the interest form to connect with the org.

  • DGS Hiring Summer Peer Advisors

    We are looking to hire 10-12 students to assist us during New Student Registration this summer. It’s great if the student is former Division of General Studies, but not required. Due March 18. Email Jessica Arnold for more info.

  • Illini Lights Out

    Join us to shut off lights in buildings around campus to save energy and reduce the environmental impact of our massive university! Students are invited to sign up for the remaining dates this semester: Feb. 25; March 25; and April 8 and 29.

  • UIUC UX Day

    12-7pm on Friday March 25 at the Siebel Center for Design. Invited to speak will be professionals representing three types of design jobs - design done in-house, Big Tech design teams, and consulting firms that work with industry on design-related content. In parallel throughout the day, we will also be hosting 30 minute 1:1 sessions between professionals and students.

  • Red Oak Rain Garden Internship!

    Due Feb 15. Do you like nature and have good communication skills? The Red Oak Rain Garden (RORG) seeks a student to help with volunteerism and tours for the spring semester! Work with the RORG team to communicate with volunteers about events — and receive class credit in Environmental Studies! No native plant knowledge required.

  • How to Use Adobe InDesign

    February 14, 10 am, Main Library Room 314. This Savvy Researcher workshop is designed for those with little to no experience with Adobe InDesign to help them learn the basics of using this document design program.

  • Summer Internships: Who can help

    FAA Career Services, Julie Rundell:

    BSSD Faculty Coordinator: Daniel Schneider,

    Illinois internship & career search platform, Handshake: 

  • We CU Community Engaged Scholars

    Make a positive impact in the community, build your resume, and fulfill your passion for helping others this summer with the We CU Community Engaged Scholars program. Whether you track the service hours you are already doing, choose from our virtual volunteer opportunities, or develop your own community-based project, We CU provides recognition, support, and training opportunities to enrich your service work and expand your professional skillset.

  • Summer Internships: Chicago Paid

    Packaging Summer Internat Barilla America; Design Internat KitchenLab Interiors ; Construction Cooperative Learning Experience & Internshipat OSLO Builders ;  Construction Intern(Architecture firm) at Epstein;  Alight Campus - Product Design User Experience Internat Alight Solutions ;  Summer Internship at Ardagh Group-a leader in metal and glass packing solutions with a focus on sustainability ;  Restoration Ecology Internat Baxter&Woodman ; Seasonal Field Technicianfor Construction & Ecological Restoration Practice Area at V3 ;  Interior Design Intern at AECOM ;  Real Estate / Hotel Development Internshipat Grand Transformations LLC ;  GIS Field Internat Urban GIS ;  UX Design Summer Internat Intelsat ;  INTERN, STRATEGIC & CORRIDOR PLANNINGintern, and Regional Coordination Internship at Regional Transportation Authority. GO TO HANDSHAKE.COM 

  • Summer Internships: Chicago summer jobs, volunteering

    Chicago Park District Jobs(Teens Re-Imagining Art, Community, & Environment Recreation Leader, Architecture Intern, Nature Camp Counselor, Arts & Culture Camp Counselor, Floricultural Worker, Junior Laborer); Volunteerwith Chicago Park District Garfield Park Conservatory; Intern UIC Heritage Garden Internship ; City of Chicago Internships and Volunteer Programs(usually over 20); LVEJO(Leadership Development for the Sustainable Self-Determination of Little Village) internship program ; Forest Preserves of Cook County Volunteer(Nature Ambassador, Ecological Stewardship, Nature Centers) and Jobs  ; Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Internship Program

  • Summer Internships: Other Illinois

    Conservation Education Rep at Starved Rock State Park ; Seasonal Environmental Education Asst. at Lake Forest Open Lands Association ; Illinois Tollway Internship - Planning/EnvironmentalOak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Summer Research Internships ; Morton Arboretum; Chicago Botanic Gardens; Giant City State Park; Shawnee National Forest; Illinois State Preservation Office; City of Elgin Nature Coordinator

  • Summer Internships: Champaign Urbana

    UIUC job board: ;Research Park at UIUC Internships: ;Siebel Center for Design Internships: ;Sustainable Student farm internship: ;University YMCA at UIUC unpaid internship scholarship: ;Intern with iSEE (Institute for Sustainability, Energy, & Environment): ;Volunteer with iSEE & connected orgs: ;Smart Energy Design Assistance Center: ;IL Sustainable Technology Center (jobs mostly) & related institutes: ;Univ of IL Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Student Environmental Activism Internships & Volunteering: ;NCSA Students Pushing Innovation (SPIN) internship in Society, Earth and Environment: ;Landscape Management/Horticulture Internship at U of I Arboretum: email cdianea@illinois.eduBrunswick Industrial Design Intern at Research Park UX/UI Design Intern at Research Park, ;Cargill ;City of Urbana(Landscape Recycling Center, Planning Intern); Urbana Park District jobs(Nature Center Day Camp, Summer Arts Camp, Nature Center Guide, Environmental Office Assistant, Internship, Community Program Intern, Park Beautification Worker, Landscape Maintenance, Tree Maintenance, Translator); Champaign Park District jobs(Internship, Prairie Farms, Recreation supervisors, Youth program leaders); City of Champaign Village of Savoy Village of Mahomet Mahomet Parks & Rec(Internships); Champaign County Forest Preservejobs and Champaign County Forest Preserve volunteering ;UIUC Career Center Internship: ;Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI). The Research Internship in Sustainable Bioenergy: F&S Internship Opportunities:

  • Summer Internships: Your Hometown

    Here are recommended places to check for local jobs and internships for summer, when wanting to stay in your hometown: City/Village Offices & Department employment pages; City Park District; County Forest Preserve District; Local design firms; County Green groups/projects; Local corporations with sustainability in the news; Non-profit organizations; Arboretums or Nature Centers. Keep in mind YOU might bring some knowledge in sustainability to a role or you might bring more of the design element to a role. Think about the skills you can gain in different types of roles! Searching for these will take researching on the specific websites, not relying on google or handshake.

  • Summer Internships: Around the country and world

    Check out a list of companies identified as seeking sustainable design interns here; search on; view BSSD internship log here.  

  • SOM Shadowship

    SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL Global Winter Shadowship

    Sponsored by SOM’s Arquitectos, Asian Alliance, NOMA, Pride, and Women’s Initiative groups, this week-long program offers an immersive professional experience, mentorship, and guidance to students of all backgrounds. The program is open to applicants who are planning careers in architecture, engineering, urban planning, graphic design, or interior design, and who share a passion for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the AEC industry. The program will take place January 10-14, 2022. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 5. 

  • career services

    Sustainable Design Meets with FAA Career Services

    Friday, December 3rd 12:20pm – 1: 40pm on Zoom. Group session about writing authentic application materials that are tailored to specific opportunities.

  • Champaign County Coalition

    C4 Social Media Internship Available!

    The Champaign County Climate Coalition (C4) is looking for several social media/marketing interns to share information, resources, and opportunities with the county-wide community. Applicants must have enthusiasm for climate action and experience with marketing and social media; graphic design experience appreciated. This is an unpaid internship. To apply, email your resume and/or a letter of interest describing your qualifications to Savannah Donovan at

  • sustainable design

    FAA 491 Special Problems in Sustainable Design

    This course provides between 1 and 4 credit hours for directed independent creative activity or research. To enroll in this course you must have junior standing and a 3.3 GPA minimum. You must submit a plan for what your independent creative activity or research entails. Email to enroll.

  • internship

    FAA 398 Sustainable Design Internship

    If you have obtained a part-time or full-time internship, you can enroll in a this 0-credit hour course so that experience is recognized on your transcript. There are minimal assignments to complete. Registration only with permission (submit your internship job description and offer letter to prior to the 1st day of class).

  • DesignIllinois

    Design IL Panel: Sustainable Design and You

    Fri, Nov 12, 2021 10:30 am -11:30 am. Designing objects and services that reflect the principles of ecological sustainability is the future. Inform your own career path by hearing from people working in this field. Panelists include: Barent Roth, Sustainable Designer and Activist Entrepreneur; Frank Petlak, Vice President, Innovation & New Product Development for Pactiv Evergreen; Katie Morganroth, Google Nest ID Team Lead : Speakers, Connectivity, Entertainment + Sustainability.

  • lights out illinois

    Next Illini Lights Out Event Nov. 12!

    5:30-7 p.m Help the campus save energy — and money — at the next Illini Lights Out event by shutting off lights in campus buildings for the weekend! Meet at the Foreign Languages Building lobby to get your assignment, and go save some energy!

  • iSee

    ‘TED Talk: Eco-Edition’ Celebrates America Recycles Day!

    Nov. 15, 6pm. America Recycles Day! Our first community hosts — Nichole Millage, City of Champaign Environmental Sustainability Specialist, and Susan Monte, Champaign County Planner and Recycling Coordinator — will lead a guided discussion on local recycling efforts, the importance of waste reduction, and how individual actions make a difference. Participants will first view a prerecorded TED Talk by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff: "Trash is Ruining Recycling."

  • art of science

    Explore IGB's 'Art of Science' Art Gallery

    Join the Carl R. Woese Institute of Genomic Biology (IGB) for the opening of its Art of Science exhibit at the Illini Union Art Gallery! Select pieces from the program will be on display Nov. 4-30. The Art of Science program celebrates the common ground between science and art, with images from IGB’s research portfolio enhanced to highlight the beauty and fascination of daily scientific endeavors.

  • lwv

    ‘The Impact of Climate Change in Chicago and Illinois.’

    6:30-7:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Nov. 9. The League of Women Voters of Roselle-Bloomingdale will host this free virtual event to discuss what climate change will look like in Illinois and the role local governments can play in achieving effective environmental policy solutions. 

  • career services

    Developing Application Materials as Sustainable Design Majors

    Friday, December 3rd 12:20pm – 1: 40pm on Zoom. Group session about writing authentic application materials that are tailored to specific opportunities. Required for Seniors; Recommended for Juniors; Sophomores & First-Year students also welcome to attend.

  • Extension

    Illinois' Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) Overview

    November 9, 11 AM–12 PM • CEJA will play a large role in the state’s efforts to scale up renewable energy, address climate change, and create equitable access to the new clean energy economy. This webinar will provide an overview of CEJAs many provisions, including decarbonization, renewable energy, equitable workforce development, utility accountability, and consumer protection. 

  • GIS Day

    GIS DAY 2021

    Nov 17, 11am. Virtual & Illini Union. Geographic information science and systems (GIS) and geospatial technologies are applied across disciplines. This hybrid event will begin with a virtual student poster session followed by an in-person keynote by CS prof. Arindam Banerjee, career panel, and poster award ceremony. RSVP & Student Poster submissions (by 11/14).

  • iSee

    "How Can We Reduce Waste from Agricultural and Food Systems?"

    Nov 3, 12–1 PM. True food circularity must include waste reduction on the agricultural and consumer sides. Don't miss this third iSEE Congress webinar on "Circular Food Systems"

  • FGI

    FGI Webinar: Use of Geomembranes in CCR Landfills and Impoundments

    Nov 11, 12–1 PM  Learn how the use of geomembranes provide base liners for coal combustion residuals (CCR) landfills, aiding in CCR landfill operational issues and closure systems for landfills and impoundments. Applications of geomembranes for CCR storage facilities will be discussed, as well as potential constructability issues that may impact the design of a landfill or pond closure.

  • gov job fair

    Government Virtual Job Fair Nov. 5th from 1 to 4 pm CST

    Want to work for your local city government, another city, Conservation Corps, the FBI, IL Action for Children,  IL Housing Development Authority, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Peace Corps, Illinois Tollway, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the USDA Forest Service or more? Attend the fair! You must register and you must show up for any sessions you register for.

  • CASI

    Community-Academic Scholars Program

    A 10-week summer research experience that empowers undergraduates to address critical issues in our community related to health, poverty, and social inequity in Champaign county and beyond. Scholars work with an academic mentor and a community organization on a research project to benefit the community members served by the partner organization. Scholars receive training, support, and a $4,000 stipend.

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    Workshops at Illinois Makerslab

    Current workshops at the Makerlab. Join us at the Makerlab to turn ideas into objects. Besides our open hours,  you can sign up for a variety of workshops below. If these workshops or the times don’t work for you, you can even request a private event.  Don't forget to sign up for our Newsletter to stay up to date!  

  • iSee Waste Reduction Challenge

    Sustainability Week Oct. 18-22

    Click for a roundup of October events hosted or co-hosted by iSEE and highlights from the Student Sustainability Summit, hosted by the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) and the Student Sustainability Leadership Council (SSLC) and co-hosted by other student organizations:

  • quad

    Rescheduled Green Quad Day

    Join us on the Quad to meet a host of student- and community-led sustainability groups, from Red Bison and Illini Urban Farmers to the Prairie Rivers Network and Karma Trade! You can also check out past projects that the Student Sustainability Committee has funded through the Illinois Green Fund! This event is part of the Student Sustainability Summit.10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Oct. 12 | U of I Quad

  • iSee

    'TED Talk: Eco-Edition' - A Sustainable Economy

    6 p.m. | Tuesday, Oct. 19 | Register. Explore what goes into a sustainable, beneficial economy. Participants will view a prerecorded TED Talk by Kate Raworth, “A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow.” SWATeam Clerk Alexa Smith, senior in Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences, will then lead a guided discussion! 


  • iSee

    2021 RFP: iSEE Offers Seed Funding for Interdisciplinary Research Teams

    The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) is announcing a call for proposals to support interdisciplinary research projects on topics related to sustainability, energy, and environment. The iSEE seed funds are available to promote research collaborations among faculty and scientists across campus that will improve their potential for attracting external support.The goal of the funding is to enable interdisciplinary research teams working in any of the five thematic areas of interest to iSEE to collect preliminary data or other information and to develop a strong proposal that can be submitted for external funding through the Institute in 2022-23.The proposal must involve applicants from at least two different disciplines and two different departments and is limited to a maximum of $30,000 for a year. The key factors that will be considered in the selection process include:Scholarly merit, innovation, and substantive interdisciplinarity of the proposed research;Need for collaboration and how well the team is suited to tackle the problem at hand;Potential impact of the proposed research initiative on the field;Potential to develop a large-scale (>$1M), externally funded research program;Productivity of the applicants and quality of their scholarship;Comprehensive plan to pursue external funding with identified opportunities which the applicants will pursue; andThe fit to at least one of iSEE’s five research themes and interest in a longer-term engagement with iSEE to develop research programs in this area.Successful applicants will be expected to submit external funding proposals related to this seed funding through iSEE in 2022-23. iSEE will provide personnel support for proposal development and post-award management for projects that receive external grants to a competitive external funding source over the course of the following year. Recipients will also work with iSEE to communicate the findings of their research, publications, and other outcomes through the Institute website on an ongoing basis. Support will be provided in the form of a research assistantship for graduate students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, postdoc time, data purchase, and/or travel.iSEE will provide administrative support for development of large proposals. Successful external funding proposals submitted through iSEE will not affect indirect cost recovery to the home department of the PI.

  • Madhu Classroom

    Environmental Leadership Program

    The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is a cutting-edge program launched by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The program is designed to prepare Illinois undergraduates for leadership roles in the sustainability field.

    The ELP focuses on developing the students’ communications skills around environmental problems, mobilizing social resources, and implementing plans for sustainable change. The program also provides students with networking opportunities with leaders in various fields in the environmental domain. This will prepare students for careers in both the public and private sectors. The introduction of the ELP is one of the key educational objectives in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) 2020.

    After piloting two successful workshops in Spring 2021 focused on environmental policy and corporate sustainability, iSEE is launching the first version of the program in Spring 2022! Participants will learn about the policy-building process at the local and state levels, develop real-world environmental policies linked to the current legislative session, engage with local and state government officials, and present their policy proposals to an audience of legislative staff and decision-makers in Springfield and Urbana-Champaign.


  • Daser Experiments

    Thursday, Sept. 23: Art, Empathy, and Climate Change Online Discussion

    What role can empathy play in combating climate change? Join Cultural Programs of the NAS on Thursday, Sept. 23, at noon EDT for a conversation on Zoom with a group of scientists, artists, and filmmakers as they discuss why empathy is important for motivating individuals to take action as well as for forming effective interdisciplinary collaborations to address complex issues related to climate change. They will share approaches and tools they use that help create empathy. Featuring photographer James Balog, American University (AU) Museum at the Katzen Arts Center current exhibiting artist Diane Burko, AU professor and environmental scientist Kiho Kim, and AU professor and filmmaker Maggie Stogner. For more information and to register, click here.

  • Illinois Solar Tour

    Solar House Tour!

    10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 25. The Illinois Energy Association's annual Solar House Tour will feature several Champaign County homeowners, including iSEE affiliate. The event includes in-person tours, outside viewings, and Zoom recordings.

  • iSee Ted Talk

    Sustainable Decision-Making, Ted-Talk Eco-Edition

    6 p.m. | Wednesday, Sept. 29 Participants will watch a prerecorded TED Talk by Catherine Mohr, "The Tradeoffs of Building Green," then join in a thought-provoking discussion led by Ann-Perry Witmer, research scientist.

  • Climate Strike

    Join the Climate Strike!

    Noon | Friday, Sept. 24 | U of I Quad . Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS) is leading a climate strike on Friday to demand action on climate change! Participants will meet at the Alma Mater statue, march around the Quad and down Green Street, then reconvene for speeches at the Alma Mater. The event ties in with a Global Climate Strike organized by the youth-led group Fridays for Future to demand intersectional climate justice.

  • Upcycled Fashion Design Project Fellow

    Apps due Oct 1. Project Phoenix is an Illinois student initiative to give high school students a platform to highlight their fashion design interests and create their own upcycled clothing brands! The group offers one- to two-hour weekend workshops to teach Champaign-Urbana high school students applicable fashion and graphic design skills and provide opportunities in business and entrepreneurship. U of I students can sign up now to be a Project Fellow! 

  • Roy Scranton

    "Climate Change and the Virtues of Pessimism" | Symptoms of Crisis Series

    September 23, 7:30 PM • Levis Faculty Center | Room 108. HRI's “Symptoms of Crisis” event series launches Sept. 23 with a talk by Roy Scranton, author of "Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization." Scranton is an English professor and director of Notre Dame’s Environmental Humanities initiative. Attend in person at Levis Faculty Center or view live on YouTube at

  • Rainworks Challenge

    U.S. EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge

    Green Stormwater Infrastructure design competition for colleges and universities; Multi-disciplinary team lead from UIUC won this national competition in 2017; Cash prize to top two teams in each category. Dr. Art Schmidt  ( is willing to help serve as faculty mentor and can coordinate among interested students & faculty.

  • Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership

    Fall 2021 Applications are Open for the Illinois Impact Incubator

    Apply by Sept 20. The Illinois Impact Incubator is a co-curricular incubation program for students (all majors, levels) who have a passion to develop an idea or early-stage venture focused on social or environmental impact. All types of ventures are welcome (e.g., nonprofits, social enterprises, social businesses). Includes a structured Impact Bootcamp startup curriculum with workshops, curated  resources, peer feedback, access to mentors and expert advisors. Members are eligible for seed funding and micro-grants to support stakeholder discovery, prototyping, and pilot projects. Individuals or small teams may apply. 

  • Green Town Rockford

    Green Town Rockford: Free webinar on Building Equitable & Sustainable Communities

    Thursday, September 30, 10-11:30am. The climate crisis is upon us. GreenTown Rockford will address how climate solutions and equity go hand-in-hand to create a healthy, sustainable Rockford Region for all. Topics Include: Building locally equitable and sustainable food systems; Affordable housing and net-zero developments; Energy assistance programs. Speakers: Lindy Wordlaw, Elevate, Chicago, IL ; David Pope, Oak Park Residence Corporation, Oak Park, IL ; Reverend Marvin Hightower, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Rockford, IL ; Bryant Jones, Twin Cities Relief Initiative, Minneapolis, MN

  • Environmental Leadership Program

    Environmental Leadership Program

    Interested in an environmental career? The ELP designed to prepare Illinois undergraduates for leadership roles in the sustainability field, the ELP focuses on developing students’ communications skills around environmental problems, mobilizing social resources, and implementing plans for sustainable change. In the SP 22 program, participants will learn about the policy-building process at the local and state levels, develop real-world environmental policies linked to the current legislative session, engage with local and state government officials, and present policy proposals to legislative staff and decision-makers in Springfield and Urbana-Champaign. Applications open Monday, Oct. 4. Participation is free, including travel expenses for the trip to Springfield during spring break.

  • Illinois PIRG

    Student PIRG Internships

    The University of Illinois Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Campus Action club is offering in-person and virtual internship and volunteer opportunities for students who want to learn organizing skills and make a difference in the community. The student activist group, part of a nationwide network on more than 100 campuses, works on issues like environmental protection, college affordability, and non-partisan voter registration. Recently PIRG students helped pass bans on single-use plastics in more than 17 states. Interns spend 10-15 hours a week training, recruiting volunteers, and working on projects and campaigns. Apply today!

  • Billy Almon

    Art + Design Speaker: Billy Almon, "The Process of Creating Empathetic, Restorative Futures with Biology"

    Sep 23, 2021 5:30 pm on Zoom at (register beforehand).  Billy will expose students to the concept of biomimicry and facilitate their exploration of what restorative futures look like in a world where human-led design has resulted in inequitable spaces and systems. Now more than ever, the world needs solutions that are not only sustainable, but are empathetic to the needs and circumstances of the people. Billy will share the process for creating "restorative futures" and detail an ideation process for design that is dynamic and empathetic. After the discussion, A+D students will see how biology-inspired solutions (also known as "biomimicry") can be used as a tool for creating spaces and systems that are inherently efficient and equitable for all human beings. Billy is an Astrobiofuturist who explores biology-inspired solutions to improve the human condition. View his website here

  • Campus Bike Center

    Campus Bike Center Grand Re-Opening!

    Sept 16, 4-7pm at 51 E. Gregory Dr. Enjoy activities, games, and a chance to win a free bike! UIPD will be doing an escorted ride around the block at 5 p.m. for riders who would like to join. You will also get a chance to make a basket and be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a refurbished bicycle (adult bike and a children's bike.