Programs

Indiana Sustainability Development Program

 

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 Some members of the Indiana Sustainability Development Program's first cohort.


Externship opportunities for summer 2018

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Congratulations to our successful applicants and partners. 

  • City of Lafayette Parks and Recreation

    The City of Lafayette parks department seeks an intern to develop a systemwide recycling program, develop educational children's programming related to recycling, and cultivate recycling ownership within the department.

     (See the full job description)

  • City of Bloomington

    The City of Bloomington seeks an intern to work with its assistant director of sustainability on various projects.

     (See the full job description)

  • City of Huntingburg

    The city of Huntingburg seeks someone to assist in evaluating the city's refuse collection services to identify the most cost-effective and sustainable way to manage recycling and trash.

     (See the full job description)

  • Indiana Sports Corp

    Indiana Sports Corp seeks to develop sustainability plans for three major events.

     (See the full job description)

  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

    Keep Indianapolis Beautiful seeks a graduate-level student to assist in developing a re-engagement strategy for its Stewardship and Community Engagement programs.

     (See the full job description)

  • Uplands PEAK Sanctuary

    Uplands PEAK Sanctuary, a farm animal rescue, is moving to a new property near Bloomington and seeks help in assessing current practices for sustainability. Housing is available, and workers must practice veganism while on farm property.

     (See the full job description)

  • Earth Charter Indiana

    The intern with Earth Charter Indiana will work with the Resilient Indiana program by creating an online toolkit to share with cities and engaging with city staff and mayoral offices to further the program's goals.

     (See the full job description)

  • Bloomington Food Policy Council

    Help the Bloomington Food Policy Council advocate for sustainable and affordable food by conducting research into innovative policies, writing policy briefings and engaging with local producers and decision makers.

     (See the full job description)

  • Center for Sustainable Living

    Work to make Bloomington more sustainabile by connecting with project coordinators, city and Monroe County officials and community leaders through research, volunteer management, finance or program development.

     (See the full job description)

  • City of Kokomo

    The City of Kokomo seeks a GIS whiz to conduct a spatial analysis of its recent initiatives. Help the city better understand how its urban planning efforts have increased the community's sustainability.

     (See the full job description)

  • Indianapolis City Market

    Convince the merchants at Indianapolis City Market to go Styrofoam-free, increase awareness and participation in recycling, and educate farmers and producers about sustainability.

     (See the full job description)

  • Growing Places Indy

    Spend your summer working outside and learning about urban agriculture with Growing Places Indy. Additional application materials include an essay, letter of reference, Farm Team interview and background check.

     (See the full job description)

  • Kheprw Institute

    Kheprw Institute seeks a project assistant to develop a new program aimed at engaging youth in learning about food production. The assistant will be involved in marketing, community engagement, program design and web design.

     (See the full job description)

  • Pacers Sports and Entertainment

    Work at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this summer to reduce waste by developing a zero-waste plan for events. The intern will also assist in implementing a public awareness campaign to ensure participation.

     (See the full job description)

  • City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability

    The City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainabilty seeks a graduate-level student to assist in greenhouse gas inventorying, its Green Business Challenge, or SustainIndy Community Grants program.

     (See the full job description)

  • Indiana Recycling Coalition

    Take a deep dive into recycling in Indiana by working with the Indiana Recycling Coalition this summer. IRC seeks policy research assistance, online resource management and marketing support.

     (See the full job description)

  • City of Jasper

    The City of Jasper seeks a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of methods to make the city's operations more sustainable. The intern will assist in updating the city's comprehensive plan.

     (See the full job description)

  • City of Columbus

    The City of Columbus seeks assistance in identifying sustainability intiatives the city can undertake, assess their environmental impact, and assist in drafting an energy conservation policy.

     (See the full job description)

  • People for Urban Progress

    People for Urban Progess seeks a graduate-level student to research its salvage and waste diversion efforts and design a system for tracking materials.

     (See the full job description)

  • Keramida

    Work with Keramida's Sustainability Team to research and analyze data relating to air quality, water consumption, carbon footprint, ecological indicators, energy performance, emissions, effluents and noise/light pollution. This position is highly competitive.

     (See the full job description)

  • US Green Building Council

    The US Green Building Council seeks a student to assist in member retention and outreach, market research and educational material development.

     (See the full job description)

  • Great Lakes Research and Education Center

    Educate vistors to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore about native pollinators and support research into bee populations in the park.

     (See the full job description)

  • Cummins

    Support the Environmental Strategy and Compliance team at Cummins through communications and analysis. This highly competitive opportunity requires additional screening and will pay more than the traditional stipend.

     (See the full job description)

  • City of Gary

    The City of Gary seeks an intern to work with its Department of Environmental Affairs and Green Urbanism by conducting a greenhouse gas emission inventory, assisting in development of the city's Sustainability and Resilient Action Plan, and other duties.

     (See the full job description)

  • City of Indianapolis Mayor's Office

    The City of Indianapolis Mayor's Office seeks two interns to assist with its streetlighting and brownfields programs. Interns will work together to engage the public in the streetlight program. One intern will dedicate half their time to assisting the brownfield program in identifying possible acquistions.

     (Click here for streetlight position.Click here for streetlight and brownfield position.)

Interested in becoming a partner?

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Applications to host sustainability interns in summer 2018 are now closed, but that doesn't mean we don't want to hear from you. If you would like to learn more about our program and be added to our list of contacts for next year, send us an email at isdp@indiana.edu. You can also join our professional network at isdn.groupsite.com.

Expanding careers in sustainability

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Every sector has sustainability as a goal.

Sustainability is an economic, social and environmental consideration across all employment sectors. Corporate, nonprofit and governmental entities are all interested in creating a sustainable future, and this area of expertise is in high demand nationwide. It involves risk management and profitability, community and civic engagement, public health and resource preservation. Sustainability professionals come from a wide variety of backgrounds and educational training and Indiana University is preparing some of the most capable future managers ready to take on the state's sustainability challenges. Sustainability jobs are good jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports environmental scientists and specialists earn a median salary of $68,910. A 2014 McKinsey Global Survey found 43 percent of executives say their companies seek to align sustainability with their overall business goals. 

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According to an EDF Climate Corp report.

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As reported by GreenBiz.

Our aim is to:

  1. Develop a statewide network of sustainability professionals in the corporate, nonprofit,
    government and higher education sectors.
  2. Learn how to best prepare students for sustainability careers by listening to industryprofessionals.
  3. Train and place interns in sustainability-focused positions through partnership development and an intensive bootcamp.
  4. Build the state of Indiana’s sustainability workforce capacity by retaining skilled talent through employment and internship opportunities.
Meet this year's externs

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ISDP is happy to introduce the first 15 externs in the program. Click on the drop downs below to learn more about the students making up this year's cohort.

  • City of Kokomo

    Rutu Patel

    Rutu Patel will work with the City of Kokomo to develop a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis examining city department operations and how sustainable practices can be implemented. Rutu holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Illinois and has worked in sustainability communication.

     (See the full job description)

  • Prosperity Indiana

    Kristen Billings

    Kristen Billings will assist Prosperity Indiana’s Director of Sustainability with outreach, solar programs, sustainability training curriculum development and cohort network facilitation for ISDP. Kristen has worked as the campus engagement intern with IU’s Office of Sustainability and as a peer writing tutor.

     (See the full job description)

  • Sierra Club

    Lauren Travis

    Lauren Travis will produce a report on Indiana water quality and volunteer water monitoring for use by the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club by communicating and working with volunteers in the field. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and is currently working on data collection for a National Science Foundation research grant on Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act enforcement.

     (See the full job description)

  • Hoosier Environmental Council

    Kevin Goehring

    Kevin Goehring will assist the Hoosier Environmental Council with environmental issues and legal policy advocacy in the areas of water, land and air. Kevin has worked as a legal assistant and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

     (See the full job description)

  • Indiana Forest Alliance

    Sarah Johnson

    Sarah Johnson will assist the Indiana Forest Alliance tell the story of Indiana’s forests and their volunteers by making videos for use in promotional efforts aimed at protecting the state’s forests. Sarah is minoring in environmental and sustainability studies and has worked as the communications intern for Hilltop Garden and Nature Center.

     (See the full job description)

  • Center for Sustainable Living

    Jorge Paez

    Jorge Campana Paez will assist the Center for Sustainable Living with research into policy, volunteer management, distributed decision making, finance and program development. Jorge has worked as a research specialist with the City of Bloomington’s green team and provided cost-benefit analysis of bike sharing companies.

     (See the full job description)

  • Bloomington Food Policy Council

    Olivia Ranseen

    Olivia Ranseen will bolster the efforts of the Bloomington Food Policy Council to influence the city’s development of a new master plan to include policy solutions to food insecurity and access. Olivia has worked with the IU theatre department to identify new sustainability opportunities. 

     (See the full job description)

  • City of Bloomington

    Juan de Valle Coello

    Juan de Valle Coello will assist the City of Bloomington’s Office of Sustainability to develop its sustainability plan, conduct outreach for the Monroe County Energy Challenge, assist with contracting and do other research and evaluation. Juan is a high achieving Cox Research Scholar working on a project to measure vulnerability of the world’s delta regions.

     (See the full job description)

  • Ingredion

    Seth Grossman

    Seth Grossman will work with Ingredion’s Commodities department to train growers in using software, track growers’ sustainability efforts and educate growers on corporate sustainability policies. Seth has experience as a consultant and a peer tutor teaching software applications.

     (See the full job description)

  • Indiana Furniture

    Yash Mehta

    Yash Mehta will take inventory of Indiana Furniture’s sustainability efforts, identify cost-effective strategies to enhance those efforts and assist in ensuring the company is best telling its sustainability story to prospective clients. Yash holds a master’s degree in environmental science and has worked on environmental impact statements and management plans.

     (See the full job description)

  • Earth Charter

    Emma Knuttel

    Emma Knuttel will work with Earth Charter’s Resilient Cities Campaign by connecting with community leadership and identifying successes, opportunities and challenges. Emma has experience in communication and engagement and has written for the SPEA Abroad website.

     (See the full job description)

  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

    John Roberts

    John Roberts will help Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s GreenSpace director log and evaluate the condition of its various GreenSpace projects, as well as connect with community partners through outreach. John has a background in entomological and forestry research.

     (See the full job description)

  • City of Indianapolis

    Kyle Davis  David Cullmer

    Both Kyle Davis and David Cullmer will work with the City of Indianapolis’ sustainability department to inventory greenhouse gas emissions, draft recommendations on climate action plans, design an energy challenge for commercial buildings and organize sustainability events. Kyle has worked with Greening Cream and Crimson and studied environmental management techniques in South Africa. David holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and was the assistant rowing coach for Litchfield Hills Rowing Club.

    . (See the full job description)

Examples of extern work

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The 2017 cohort of Indiana Sustainability Development Program externs completed work in a variety of areas. Some focused on providing valuable research to expand an agency's reach, while others assisted businesses in making sustainability-related decisions. Below are a few deliverables our externs produced.

Indiana Forest Alliance

Sarah Johnson worked with Indiana Forest Alliance producing videos of forest users the nonprofit can use to help tell its story.

Extern Lauren Travis worked with the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club's Water Quality Monitoring Program.

Sierra Club work example

Kristen Billings worked with Prosperity Indiana promoting its sustainability programs. Here's a link to a podcast she hosted.

Resilient Diagram