Undergraduate Blog

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February 3, 2017

Trussell Technologies, Inc., is an environmental engineering firm that is seeking full-time Summer Interns.  The anticipated internship period will be from June through August 2017.

About the internship

Intern will work in close collaboration with senior staff on a variety of engineering and research projects Project topics include desalination, water reuse, and disinfection Work may involve pilot testing, site visits, and consultation with equipment vendors

Qualified candidates should submit their resumes to Claire DiGenti at claired@trusselltech.com. Please include office location preferences with resume submission.


February 3, 2017

Join Atlas Pipe Piles, DFI and PDCA at their annual Student Day, Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Student Day is a great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate engineering students to learn about steel products unique to the deep foundations industry.

During Student Day 2017, students will:
• Listen to speakers from the deep foundations industry
• Have the opportunity to network with industry professionals
• Learn about unique internship and job opportunities; don’t forget your resume!
• Tour their facilities to see how steel pipe piling is manufactured

Student Day begins at 10 a.m. and will go until approximately 3 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be provided, as well as transportation between the event and campus.

Space is limited, so register for Student Day today at atlaspipepiles.com/studentday2017


February 1, 2017

The Village of River Forest, Illinois is now accepting applications for its 2017 Summer Engineering Internship. Attached is the complete job posting.  The Village has enjoyed having University of Illinois students serve in this internship in the past and is hopeful to continue that this year.


February 1, 2017

The Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program (SEE FP) is a campuswide undergraduate minor that prepares students for careers in the corporate sector, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and environmental advocacy groups. Open to students of all majors, this multidisciplinary program teaches a systems-level approach to the ecological, societal, and economic dimensions of sustainability.

Environmental stewardship is one of the greatest challenges facing our nation and world today, and students interested in working on these challenges will need to understand the trade-offs, feedbacks, and barriers of sustainable decision making.

Students are encouraged to apply for the program in the spring semester of their freshman year and start the coursework for the SEE FP in the fall of their sophomore year. More advanced students will of course be considered — and qualifying courses they’ve already completed can be counted toward Minor credit. In total, this minor requires 16-18 credits to be obtained by selecting from a specified list of courses in consultation with an adviser from iSEE.

Applications for enrollment in fall 2017 are due by 11:59pm, Wednesday, March 1. iSEE is hosting an information session ahead of that deadline on Monday, February 13 from 4:15-4:45 p.m. in room 240 of the National Soybean Research Center.

A fact sheet and a postcard about the SEE FP are attached below.


January 31, 2017

Sustainability LLC will be looking for an intern for the 2017-18 school year. If you are interested, you may apply by sending a resume and cover letter to bechtel@illinois.edu no later than February 16th. Thank you!
Full details of the position are below:

Job Title: Living-Learning Community Intern (Sustainability LLC)
Pay Rate: $10-15, based on experience
Pay Type: Per Hour- Set Rate
Work Schedule: Flexible – approx. 10-12 hours set during the 8:30-8:30pm window and approx. 2-3 hours per week for special events on evenings/weekends
Hours Per Week: Approx. 10-15
Job Duration: August 1, 2017 – May 15, 2018
Federal Work Study: No
Seasonal: No
UIUC Job: Yes
Location: East Campus (Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls)
Contact Person: Jennifer Bechtel
Preference of Contact: email
Contact’s Email: Bechtel@illinois.edu

Job Description:
The Sustainability Living-Learning Community (LLC) is a residential community in University Housing dedicated to the issues surrounding sustainability. The Living-Learning Community Intern (Sustainability LLC) will report directly to the Program Director for the Sustainability Living-Learning Community (LLC) to assist in overseeing the organization and management of the Sustainability Lounge and the Sustainability Garden Shed, two student work and study spaces for students in the Sustainability LLC. This intern will also assist with the organization, marketing, and facilitation of programming within the Sustainability LLC, which will require some standard office hours and irregular evening and weekend hours.  Other duties will be arranged with supervisor, based on programmatic needs and special skills, experiences, and interests of the successful applicant.

Required Skills:
Must be a UIUC student. Must have excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills. Must be willing to learn new skills and concepts independently. Must feel comfortable working independently and as part of a team. Must be enthusiastic about working closely with undergraduate students. Must be passionate about empowering students to make the world a better place. Must have some sort of teaching, presentation, leadership, or facilitation experience and/or training. Must have a creative outlook and a willingness to try new things.

Preferred skills include experience teaching and/or mentoring undergraduate students and/or student groups, marketing experience, gardening experience, bike maintenance experience, awareness of campus resources related to sustainability, and an understanding of basic principles of sustainability.