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  • UIUC Student Tour Guide job

    Undergraduate Admissions is currently seeking to hire new student representatives to serve as I STARs, our campus tour guides. The link to the application is posted on the Illinois Job Board can be found online here: The deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 21st.

  • Careers in Design panels with Alumni and Professionals in the Field

    Four panels between 10am and 4pm on Fri Nov 13th on the following topics: The Future of Design (10-11am), Diverse fields of Design from 1-2pm (service design, design thinking, game design, finish material design, etc.), Differing Paths of Employment from 2-3 (freelance, agency, inhouse, etc.), and What Employers are Looking for in Emerging Talent from 3-4pm.

  • Circular Fashion Expo

    May 6, 10 am–6 pm • Siebel Center for Design. A new event hosted in the hub of innovation at UIUC’s SCD building, gives students, local businesses, & community groups the opportunity to engage with the circular fashion economy and participate in the thriving UIUC fashion ecosystem.

  • 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.

  • Bates Scholarship Fund for FAA Continuing Student Success

    The College of Fine + Applied Arts has scholarship funding available to assist FAA students in good standing who encounter an unforeseen financial need which would otherwise prevent them from continuing their education at UIUC.  These funds are awarded based on unforeseen financial circumstances and are not meant to simply supplement a student’s education funding.   The maximum award is $1,000. Deadline is Wed, September 9.

  • Study Abroad in Finland with Sustainable Design - May 2023

    Study Abroad in Finland with Sustainable Design - May 2023

    • May 14 – May 25, 2023
    • FAA 491 Special Problems in Sustainable Design, 1 or 2 credit hours


  • Re-Fashioned Fashion Show

    Sat May 7th at 6pm at SCD. Re-Fashioned is a fashion show featuring the work of University of Illinois School of Art & Design students in the fashion classes. All of the looks are made with reused and recycled materials.

  • SP 21 course at UIUC, HORT 223 The Intelligent Behav of Plants. Adv Comp & Nat Sci Gen Eds!

    HORT 223:  The Intelligent Behavior of Plants

    Gen Ed Credit:  Advanced Composition and Natural Sciences & Technology

    Description:  This course provides students with an introduction into the study of plant behavior, which focuses on how plants interact with and respond to the world around them. Topics include a basic overview of plant anatomy and physiology, a comparative examination of behavioral and communication mechanisms used by plants and animals, and an analysis of the controversial arguments regarding plant intelligence. Hybrid or Online sections available.  Instructor: Dr. Sarah Hind

  • LEED Certification Courses Fall 2022

    Lorne Mlotek, Head LEED Trainer at LeadingGreen is offering online webinars for LEED certification. Reduced course fee and reduced LEED certification test fee for students available. 

  • Spring 2021 UIUC Bird Strike

    Sun, April 4, to Sat May 8. The Champaign County Audubon Society needs your help in finding birds to see which buildings on campus are prone to the most bird collisions. We will need volunteers to walk routes on campus, looking for bird collisions and submitting data. No prior experience with birds is needed! There are two routes to be covered twice a day, 7-9AM, and 5-7PM shifts. 

    Check routes here AND signups:

    Here is an instruction sheet for the survey:

  • Get Fresh! Seasonal Food Program at ARC

    Get Fresh!

    Get Fresh! is a seasonal program that increases the availability, accessibility, and consumption of fresh produce on campus. Get Fresh! is cost-effective for all UIUC members. It's sponsored by Student Wellness, McKinley Health, and Student Sustainable Farm. Participants will pick up a Get Fresh! tote of fruits, vegetables, recipes and other resources at the ARC Instructional Kitchen on Tuesdays. 

    September 15–October 20, 1–4 pm • September 15 - October 20, 1-4 PM - Every Tuesday • ARC Instructional Kitchen

    Alana Harris • Department of Campus Recreation

  • Siebel Center for Design, video tour of layout

    Watch the 90 second video on the layout and building plans for the Siebel Center for Design!

  • 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. 

  • Chicago River Architecture Virtual Boat Tour

    Tour guide Hillary Marzec improvises this popular river tour series, starting from the point that most tourists see — the Chicago River architecture boat tour view — and then venturing beyond the boat to show you not only some amazing interiors of well-known river tour buildings, but also some street-level details that you would surely miss if you were limited to a boat tour.This program will take place on Zoom. Use this link to join at the time of the event:

  • Fulbright UK Summer Institute on Global Sustainability

    The Fulbright UK Summer Institute on Global Sustainability hosted by the University of Exeter is a four-week cultural and academic programme for undergraduate students, focusing on climate change issues in South West England. 


  • 45 Sustainability Resources to Know

    This resource center features 45 noteworthy resources on sustainability, with sections on Green Living, Climate Change and Environmental Protection News, Energy and Technology, Sustainability in Business and Government, Sustainability Careers, Sustainability and the Arts, and Ecotourism.

  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate Exam & Training

    To earn the credential of LEED Green Associate, you must take an exam (now online) which is $100 for students or $250 for others. This credential is offered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a legitimate organization committed to green buildings and communities.

    If you are interested in this, you may want to consider the following opportunities for exam preparation:

  • Sustainability iCAP-Ambassador Experience

    Spring 2021 UIUC course: Section SIB, CRN 41120, 2 hours, full semester, Tues/Thurs 10:00-10:50 a.m., campus

    Description: While top-down sustainability approaches are important, it is necessary to understand how sustainability can be applied from the bottom-up, particularly in buildings. This course seeks to connect students with facility managers and building services workers to help in identifying iCAP goals and objectives that have been achieved and opportunities for future implementation. Students will gain an understanding of campus sustainability themes and will work throughout the semester to apply this knowledge to help advance iCAP topics. Lectures will occur as a hybrid model (in-person and virtual), but field work will require students to be on campus with the ability to visit campus buildings and meet with university staff. This section is open to students of all levels and majors.

  • The Biodesign Challenge: Seeking student project fellows!

    Illinois is registered for The Biodesign Challenge (BDC) and you can join in! Learn more from this video and to get involved, consider filling out one of the project fellowship applications! Symmetry (wood project): CreAlgae: Alternatively, if you like Enactus's overall social entrepreneurship mission, consider applying to become a new member at

  • SPIN internship at NCSA

    Using satellite data for large-scale crop monitoring up to 40 hrs/wk during winter & spring breaks and up 10 hrs/wk during the Spring 2021 semester. $12.50 per hour. Dr. Guan's lab is conducting research on using novel satellite data from the NASA satellites to study the environmental impact on global and U.S. agriculture productivity, in the platform of the most powerful supercomputer in scientific research (Blue Waters). Please email your resume to co-mentors: Yizhi Huang at and Kejie Zhao at

  • 2021 - 2022 Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program

    The RCC Fellowship Program is designed to identify outstanding students with a passion for environmental education, organizing and advocacy and provide them with financial support to carry out valuable projects or campaigns on behalf of the RCC. As a part of the program, students propose projects focused on sustainability and environmental justice that they wish to carry out on their campus or in their community. If accepted into the program, students will be supported over the course of the school year with mentorship from RCC staff and be given the opportunity to publish writings about their work. RCC Fellows receive a $2,000 stipend for their work during the academic year and attend a 2–3-day summer training program with their cohort hosted by RCC staff to sharpen their writing, advocacy and organizing skills. RCC Fellows will also develop critical contacts and experience, joining an RCC alumni network as they look forward to careers as engaged environmental leaders. The application deadline is April 30th.


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    Career Services Upcoming Events and Important Links

    Welcome back to Campus! 
    Be sure to attend the upcoming Career Planning workshops with Julie Rundell from FAA Career Services. 
    And keep this as a clearinghouse of links and resources to prepare for internship and career planning this semester. 

  • 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:

  • Kohler

    Kohler Hiring Sustainability and Social Impact Interns

    Kohler (located in Wisconsin, but work is hybrid) specifically reached out to our program to see if we could ask SD majors to apply!

    Sustainability Intern:  

    and Social Impact Intern: Apply now!

  • Delight Flower Farm

    We grow chemical-free flowers, in Champaign-Urbana. Fresh + Local + Women-owned + CSA + beautiful = DELIGHT! Delight Flower Farm has grown to be Urbana's pioneer organic Flower Farm, growing a variety of annuals like sunflowers, zinnias, gladiolas, marigolds, cosmos, and herbs, as well as native plants and perennials. Join us for workshops on flower arranging, herbalism, public tours, wreath making, fermentation/kombucha, and more!

  • 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

  • Solar Farm

    UIUC Solar Farm 2.0

    UIUC Solar Farm 2.0 is energized!

    The newly completed Solar Farm 2.0 at the northwest corner of First Street and Curtis Road is online! The 54-acre solar array began generating power for the campus earlier this month, with the capability to produce 20,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of solar energy per year.

    Combined with Solar Farm 1.0 on Windsor Road (7,000 MWh/year) and smaller installations, the added capacity pushes the campus beyond the target set in the 2015 Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) to generate 25,000 MWh/year of solar by FY 2025. A wind power-purchase agreement brings the total campus clean energy to 50,000 MWh/year. Solar Farm 2.0 will also feature native plants to support a pollinator habitat!

  • Getting outside this fall- check out some interesting parks and paths around Champaign Urbana!

    Meadowbrook Park        Crystal Lake Park              Mattis Park and Boulware Trail

    Kickapoo Rail Trail            Robeson Meadows Trail                Long list of other options here!

  • SPIN Summer 2021 internships at NCSA

    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has a history of nurturing innovative concepts, and some of the best ideas have come from highly motivated, creative undergraduate students. The Students Pushing INnovation (SPIN) internship program was launched to provide University of Illinois undergraduates with the opportunity to participate in hands-on research and contribute to interdisciplinary projects covering focused research areas in Culture and Society, Earth and Environment, Bioinformatics and Health Sciences, Material and Manufacturing, Data and Computational Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Digital Agriculture. The SPIN program is now accepting applicants for the Summer 2021 session. The applications are due February 15, 2021.

  • Illinois Design Challenge

    Interested in creating innovative designs and products to push the boundaries of technology? This year's Illinois Design Challenge starts Thursday, April 14, runs through Sunday, April 17, and is open to all.

  • Fresh Press Sustainable Papermaking Apprenticeship

    This academic year, Fresh Press, a UIUC sustainable papermaking lab run by Graphic Design Associate Prof. Eric Benson is looking to train a new crop of papermakers to help out in paid commissions and an interdisciplinary research project with the Univ. of IL. Library Conservation Lab. No experience in papermaking is necessary, but an interest in climate action and sustainability in the arts is a must! Over the past 8 years, Fresh Press has trained some amazing folks. You can see a few here! Megan Diddie, Clair Reynes, Sophia Pipathsouk, Chloe Torri,Veronica Pham. If you'd like to set up a meeting to learn more about this opportunity, please reach out to Eric Benson at

  • 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

  • vermiculture

    New RSO focused on climate change & vermicomposting: vermiCUlture

    Visit the website for an application form and more information; applications are due March 22! Questions? Email

  • GOALOOP - Connecting the World through Goals® hiring Innovation Interns

    Interns choose a specialty area such as Climate Change/Public Policy/Public Health/Social Causes. Apply by December 30. Based in New York City. Remote work allowed. An example of an interdisciplinary goal: Convince news anchors to report on the state of the climate as they do the stock market, daily, showing key metrics. (This goal includes outreach to climate scientists and others.) Underway at


  • Apply for the SPIN AY 2020-21 internships at NCSA

    Apply for the SPIN AY 2020-21 internships at NCSA. The application deadline is June 1st.

    NCSA has a history of nurturing innovative concepts, and some of the best ideas have come from highly motivated, creative undergraduate students. The Students Pushing Innovation (SPIN) internship program was launched to provide University of Illinois undergraduates with the opportunity to participate in hands-on research and contribute to interdisciplinary projects covering focused research areas in Culture and Society, Earth and Environment, Bioinformatics and Health Sciences, Material and Manufacturing, Data and Computational Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Digital Agriculture. The SPIN program is now accepting applicants for the 2020-2021 academic year. To apply, please visit our website,, and click on the “Mentors” tab to learn about the SPIN projects, and then click on the “Apply” tab. The application deadline is June 1, 2020.

    SPIN Academic Year 2020-21 program details:

    Program dates: August 24, 2020 – May 5, 2021 (Fall and Spring semesters)

    Work 5 hours/week for 16 weeks each semester

    SPIN interns earn $12.50 per hour and are paid as Undergraduate Hourly employees

    Any UIUC undergraduate student in good academic standing and enrolled in 12 credit hours each semester

    No restriction on year of study or major

    International students are eligible

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    Pumpkin Composting Event

    Please Join SECS for a large community event to recycle old pumpkins for composting

    November 6th, 2022, 11am - 4pm

    Drop off pumpkins at the Red Herring.

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  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Helping Other’s Personal Excellence (HOPE) Scholarship due April 9

    Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship due April 30 (SD major has been awarded this in the past)

    Jon A. Kusler Student Scholarship Award due March 15 (congrats to a SD major who was awarded this)

  • 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

  • 3DS Social Innovation

    3DS Social Innovation at the University of Illinois October 23-25, 2020

    Join us for a 3 day immersive virtual entrepreneurship education experience focused on social and environmental impact!

    • Gain inspiration to be a changemaker

    • Learn practical entrepreneurial skills

    • Build an innovative social venture

    • Network with students across campus

    • Access valuable resources and professional mentorship

    • Pitch for cash prizes to seed the growth of a social venture

    FREE and open to ALL majors and levels 

    For more information and to apply, visit

    Application deadline: October 16 by 5 pm.

    Sponsored by Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership

  • IEJP

    Illinois Economic Justice Program (IEJP)

    App due Sept 30. IEJP is an inclusive entrepreneurship outreach initiative to support local enterprises created by women, BIPOC, veterans, and other underserved entrepreneurs. It creates opportunities for transformational learning, economic inclusion, and social impact. We anticipate a variety of experiential learning opportunities for students, including social media, web development, graphic design, multimedia, and software development.

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    FAA 398 Sustainable Design Internship

    If you have obtained a part-time or full-time internship (spring, summer, or fall), 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).

  • Climify — Climate Designers Podcast w/Prof. Eric Benson

    A podcast connecting climate scientists and design educators together so that we can bring climate-related projects into our classrooms.

  • Application Open for FAA Ambassadors!

    Are you interested in helping the College of Fine + Applied recruit the next class and engaging with alumni at events?  The FAA Ambassador Program was founded with the goal of cultivating public relations and leadership skills in current students, while offering a unique perspective of the college to prospective students, alumni, and donors.  FAA Ambassadors are a diverse group of enthusiastic, dynamic individuals who have a strong desire to represent their college and university to prospective students, and to elevate the alumni/donor experience.  FAA Ambassadors are able expected to participate in at least 4 activities during a school year as their schedule permits.  Activities include event logistics/planning, interacting with prospective students or alumni at events.  For this fall our ambassadors will participate in virtual student panels & presentations.  Once, our campus opens up ambassadors also help with mailings, tours, on-campus events, etc.  FAA Ambassadors develop recruitment, public relations, fundraising, networking, teambuilding, and event planning skills.  Best of all, ambassadors have fun and make long-lasting friendships.  Please apply by Thursday, September 10 at   For more information, please contact Kristi Martin-Hoss, Associate Director for Recruitment, at

  • 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! 


  • U of I Student Authors New Book: “Coming Full Circle.”

    iSEE SWATeam Clerk Alexa Smith recently completed work on a book about the circular economy and zero waste movements, exploring how we can transform our economy and environment through business. Inspired by zero-waste advocates, Smith hopes to encourage other young entrepreneurs to invest in the circular economy and "turn trash into cash" — and inspire the rest of us live a more sustainable life!

  • Submit your student work for future promo!

    We would love to see your student work from this semester, for use on the website, in presentations, or just to showcase the awesome projects you have completed- Submit a file or web link here!

  • Student Sustainability Organizations and Volunteer Opportunities

    Student Sustainability Programs across campus can provide you with an opportunity to volunteer, a way to find internships and experience and connections that will help you identify your path into a career in sustainable design. Student Organizations, Sustainability Partners and Resources on and around campus, How to work with, seek funds and develop projects with the Student Sustainability Committee.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Bates Scholarship Fund for FAA Continuing Student Success

    The College of FAA has scholarship funding available to assist FAA students in good standing who encounter an unforeseen financial need which would otherwise prevent them from continuing their education at UIUC.  These funds are awarded based on unforeseen financial circumstances and are not meant to simply supplement a student’s education funding.   The maximum award is $1,000. Deadline is Monday, February 8, 2021.