The goal of the internship program is to establish a sustainable educational model with activities that can help mobilize other students on campus around environmental and cultural sustainability issues. 

We will accomplish this goal through educational activities including: 

  • Intellectual Framework Discussion ‐ Student interns and leaders will participate in an orientation discussion about the project framework and its link to the Chicago Climate Action Plan and the UIC Climate Action Plan. 
  • Field Days ‐ Student interns and leaders will participate in facilitated site tours of community gardens and environmental resources such as El Valor Monarch Butterfly Garden, Bronzeville Community Garden, Loyola University Urban Agriculture Demonstration Garden, Chicago Center for Green Technology, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, The Plant, etc. 
  • Readings and Discussions ‐ Student interns and leaders will lead weekly discussions related to environmental and cultural sustainability issues. Each program participant will be responsible for selecting and assigning a reading and leading a group discussion. 
  • Hands on Horticulture and Demonstrations ‐ Student interns and leaders will partake in demonstrations displaying best garden practices and will engage in daily garden work in the satellite sites. 
  • Research ‐ Student interns and leaders will research plants for the new garden and satellites that have cultural significance; collect stories from families, friends, and members of their community about practices that are friendly to the environment; and collect family recipes to pass these down to younger generations and document how the recipes have changed over time. 
  • Documentation and Dissemination ­‐ Student interns and leaders will document and disseminate program activities and progress through a variety of methods and tools including video, website, social media, program files archive, etc. 
  • Develop public program ‐ Student interns and leaders will develop and implement public educational events to engage students, faculty, staff and neighboring communities on issues of environmental sustainability and cultural diversity.
  • Creative Project ­‐ Student interns and leaders will work with artists from the community to develop a creative project. Examples include sculptures, quilts, jewelry, toolkit project, and other various art pieces.