Utilizing campus as a living-learning lab, our internship program enlists students as researchers in investigating important questions facing our community. Co-mentored by staff in operations and faculty members, students conduct research and develop programming focused on general sustainability outreach and education or in specific topic areas aligned through IU's commitment to sustainability.
Interns work 20 hours/week in the summer and around 12-15 hours/week during the academic year, and participate in a weekly seminar designed to provide students a background in sustainability and a forum for collaborating. This helps us connect Hoosiers to the environment and each other, fostering a commitment to service, cultivating lasting friendships and a connection to broader sustainability initiatives.
Interns are high achieving and actively involved students who hail from all academic departments, and serve in various capacities to sustain IU. While supporting research and teaching, sustainability's most direct contribution, when it comes to academics, is to give students opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real world, whether on or off campus. The heart of this is our internship program, is using the campus as a learning lab, where our students lead change in the areas of transportation, energy, food, recycling, and more.
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