Indiana Sustainability Development Program

Creating a network of sustainability

Ecological jobs represent a large and growing portion of the national and state workforce. According to a jobs survey from the Environmental Defense Fund, the field of sustainability now collectively represents between 4 million and 4.5 million jobs in the United States, up from 3.4 million in 2011. Careers in some sectors, like renewable energy, are growing 12 times faster than the rest of the U.S economy; however, many are experiencing difficulty finding qualified workers.

Through the Indiana Sustainability Development Program we will:

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

I cannot thank the ISDP Externship Program enough. Real-world sustainability experience and networking were only the beginning. A community that fostered forward thinking and new ideas was born, and I'm so proud to be a part of it.

David Cullmer, extern with the City of Indianapolis

Meet our current ISDP Externs

In addition to supporting the program, the McKinney Family Foundation has also established two-year fellowships for McKinney Family Sustainability Leaders.

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Interested in becoming an extern?

Get started on building your statewide sustainability network. Applications will open soon for 2019 ISDP externs. If you would like to learn more about our program we want to here from you!

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Interested in becoming a partner?

Applications to host externs will open soon, 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.

Submit Your 2019 Application Here