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Student Opportunities

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I learned so much at my internship with the CUE Farm. The farm has a diverse array of crops that allowed me to gain invaluable experience in urban agriculture. I feel well equipped and knowledgeable to take on the world of plants!                      

- Paige J. Biology ‘16

 

 

Butler students are the life of the CUE and are encouraged to get involved with our experiential learning programs. Students may design and develop projects that interest them or work on an established project. We encourage projects that offer students the opportunity to collect data and contribute to a larger database, or contribute to community improvement through stewardship and service learning. 

Students may volunteer, work for a financial stipend, and/or earn academic credit*. The CUE is committed to working with students, faculty, and departments on campus to find the best fit for each student.

*Please plan to apply for for-credit positions during advising the preceding semester.

Questions? Email us! 

2017 CUE Internship Deadlines
Semester

Internship Duration

Applications Accepted

Internship Notification

Spring 2018

January 16–May 8, 2018

October 16, 2017–until filled

Within 1-2 weeks of applying

Summer 2018

May 8–August 27, 2018

March 30, 2018–May 1, 2018

Within 1-2 weeks of applying

Fall 2018

August 28–December 15, 2018

March 26, 2018–until filled

Within 1-2 weeks of applying

For Credit CUE Internships

Eligibility

For-credit internships are generally open to third- and fourth-year Butler university students. We currently do not offer internships to first-year students and, rarely, to second-year students. First- and second-year students interested in getting involved with the CUE, should contact us to inquire about volunteer opportunities. Volunteering is a great way to establish a relationship with the CUE team in preparation for a future internship opportunity.

How to Apply

  1. Prepare your professional resume.
  2. Write a cover letter specific to the position. The cover letter should describe why you are applying for the position, your career area(s) of interest, your goal in pursuing the internship (i.e, what you hope to professionally achieve), the academic project you would like to undertake (either from the list provided in the ad or your own idea!), and how this internship will help you develop specific professional skills.
  3. Find the internship opportunity that you are interested in from the list below. Click on "Apply Here" and follow steps provided.

You will be contacted to schedule an interview with CUE Director and potentially the site supervisor.

CUE Internships: For Credit, Unpaid

CLOSED—CUE Farm Project Intern (BI490, ENV411, or ST413, 3 cr.) – The CUE Farm is looking for students interested in completing an internship for credit in biology, environmental studies, or science, technology & society. Projects will be developed based upon individual student interests, but may include researching and developing best practices for farm tours, composting, improving native plant habitat and flower production, conducting pollinator counts, consumer awareness labels, or exploring new markets for produce sales. Time Commitment: Interns will work three hours per week on the academic project and six hours per week participating in farm operations from January 16, 2018 through May 8, 2018 for a total of 126 hours. Farm labor will enable each student to learn more about all aspects of farm operations to improve their individual project outcomes. Academic requirements: Students are expected to work with the academic internship supervisor to develop a project and sign an internship contract, attend biweekly check-ins, create a student portfolio, and present their findings during a poster or oral presentation session during finals week. Labor requirements: Commitment to the job schedule, willingness to work hard physically in all types of weather, and capacity for detail-oriented tasks and creative problem solving. This position has been filled for spring 2018. If interested in a CUE internship, please contact us at cue@butler.edu.

CLOSED—CUE Farm Biological Research Intern (BI490, 3 cr.) – The CUE Farm is looking for a Biology major interested in completing an internship that combines farm labor with research on the seasonal profiles of abundance and activity of a common crop pest—the cabbage white butterfly. The intern will conduct a literature review on conducting egg or larvae counts on host plants, develop and pilot a sampling protocol for assessing the number and distribution of butterfly larvae and/or eggs, and utilize a previously developed sampling protocol to count butterflies on the CUE Farm. Time Commitment: The intern will work three hours per week on the academic project and six hours per week participating in farm operations from January 16, 2018 through May 8, 2018 for a total of 126 hours. Farm labor will enable each student to learn more about all aspects of farm operations to improve their individual project outcomes. Academic requirements: Students are expected to work with the academic internship supervisor to develop a project and sign an internship contract, attend biweekly check-ins, create a student portfolio, and present their findings during a poster or oral presentation session during finals week. Labor requirements: Commitment to the job schedule, willingness to work hard physically in all types of weather, and capacity for detail-oriented tasks and creative problem solving. This position has been filled for spring 2018. If interested in a CUE internship, please contact us at cue@butler.edu.

CLOSED—CUE Farm Marketing and Communications Intern (CCOM, 3 cr.) – The CUE Farm is looking for a Communications major to assist with and improve our communications and marketing via videos, social media, and flyers. Time Commitment: The intern will work 5-6 hours per week on the academic project and 6-7 hours per week participating in farm operations from January 16, 2018 through May 8, 2018  or a total of 150 hours. Farm labor will enable the student to learn more about all aspects of farm operations to improve their individual project outcomes. Academic requirements: Students are expected to work with the academic internship supervisor to develop a project and sign an internship contract, attend biweekly check-ins, create a student portfolio, create/update a resume, and present their findings during a poster or oral presentation session during finals week. Labor requirements: Commitment to the job schedule, willingness to work hard physically in all types of weather, and capacity for detail-oriented tasks and creative problem solving. This position has been filled for spring 2018. If interested in a CUE internship, please contact us at cue@butler.edu.

CLOSED— CUE Farm Educational Outreach Intern (ED, 3 cr.) – The CUE Farm is looking for an Education major interested in leading tours to assist with and improve educational tours to our K12 school partners.  Under the direction of a faculty member in the College of Education, the intern will develop tour content and associated in-class curriculum for an age group of interest (elementary, middle, high school, adult). Time Commitment: The intern will work three hours per week on the academic project and six hours per week participating in farm operations from January 16, 2018 through May 8, 2018. Farm labor will enable the student to learn more about all aspects of farm operations to improve their individual project outcomes. Academic requirements: Students are expected to work with the academic internship supervisor to develop a project and sign an internship contract, attend biweekly check-ins, create a student portfolio, create/update a resume, and present their findings during a poster or oral presentation session during finals week. Labor requirements: Commitment to the job schedule, willingness to work hard physically in all types of weather, and capacity for detail-oriented tasks and creative problem solving. This position has been filled for spring 2018. If interested in a CUE internship, please contact us at cue@butler.edu.

OPEN—Butler Sustainability Intern (STS413, ENV411, 3 cr.) – Interested in helping to make Butler a more sustainable campus? Apply to be a CUE Sustainability Intern. The Sustainability Intern will assist with data collection and analysis, report writing, and meeting with on-campus stakeholders to complete a campus sustainability assessment. Academic requirements: Students are expected to work with the academic internship supervisor to develop a project and sign an internship contract, attend biweekly check-ins, create a student portfolio, create/update a resume, and present their findings during a poster or oral presentation session during finals week. Time Commitment: The intern will work at total of 126 hours (8-9 hours/week) on the project throughout the semester from January 16, 2018 through May 8, 2018.  This position has been filled for spring 2018. If interested in a CUE internship, please contact us at cue@butler.edu.

CLOSED—Bird Window Strike Research Internship (BI401-403, 1-3 cr.) – The Center for Urban Ecology is looking for students to assist with research on bird window strike casualties on campus.  The interns will be responsible for conducting a literature review on bird window strike research and conducting laboratory experiments on bird biomechanics, assessing the impact of environmental factors on the likelihood of bird collision death, and/or collecting physical specimens during the spring migration. Academic requirements: Students are expected to work with the academic internship supervisor to develop a project, attend biweekly check-ins, write a final research paper, and present their findings during a poster or oral presentation session during finals week. Time Commitment: Each intern will work a total of 42-126 hours on the project, depending on number of credits, throughout the semester from January 16, 2018 through May 8, 2018. Weekly hours will vary depending on the timing of the fall migration. Generally, students will be expected to work fewer hours per week throughout the semester and 15 hours/week during the fall migration period (mid-September to mid-October) to collect field specimens and perform data entry.  This position has been filled for spring 2018. If interested in a CUE internship, please contact us at cue@butler.edu.

Environmental Action Research Internship (SO484, 6 cr. over two semesters) - Professors Jess Butler and Kate Novak from the Department of Sociology & Criminology, in collaboration with the Center for Urban Ecology are looking for students to assist with sociological research. Students completing the internship will work with all three faculty mentors to conduct original research on environmental stewardship in the Indianapolis area.  Possible research topics include: community awareness about/ access to the CUE Farm and other local markets, barriers to/ incentives for environmentally sustainable practices, and other questions that will help expand our knowledge about environmental stewardship and urban ecology in Indianapolis. All juniors and seniors are invited to apply for this internship; however, preference will be given to students who have demonstrated an interest in environmental stewardship, either through coursework (for example, by completing SO 205 or a similar course) or extracurricular activities.  For more information, please contact Professor Jess Butler.

Summer CUE Opportunities

Paid, non credit

CLOSED—CUE Farm Summer Position – The CUE Farm is seeking to fill 2–3 part-time summer labor positions from May 1, 2017 through August 25, 2017. We are looking for motivated and committed interns to take part in the operation and maintenance of the CUE Farm including: soil preparation, planting, weeding and cultivating, harvesting, preparing for market sales, running the CUE Farm stand, and leading tours of the CUE Farm. Job requirements: Ability to work an average of 20 hours/week, commitment to the job schedule, willingness to work hard physically in all types of weather, and capacity for detail-oriented tasks and creative problem solving.  Applications are not currently being accepted. Summer 2018 positions will open in March 2018.   

Community Internship Opportunities

There are no current internship opportunities. Please check this listing again soon!

Volunteer Opportunities

The CUE almost always has volunteer opportunities available, both once-off and of more regular frequency. 

Bird Window Strike Project – Volunteers are needed to help the CUE survey for bird carcasses around campus buildings during the fall (mid-September through mid-October) and spring (mid-April through mid-May) migration periods. Each day’s sampling takes 1–2 hours and is conducted between 2:00–5:00PM.  If you are interested in volunteering for a few days each week, please contact the CUE.

Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) – ROW, a group that seeks to improve Indianapolis' waterways, regularly seeks volunteers for once-off events and more regular assistance. Please contact ROW metrics coordinator, Kelly Brown, for current opportunities.

CUE Farm Labor Volunteer –The CUE Farm, a one-acre sustainable agriculture project on Butler’s campus, is seeking students who would like to learn more about sustainable agriculture by assisting with farm labor. Students are expected to commit to an entire semester and volunteer regularly scheduled hours each week. The number of weekly hours can be determined by the student. If interested, please contact the CUE

CUE Farm Educational Tours –The CUE Farm, a one-acre sustainable agriculture project on Butler’s campus, is seeking students who would like to learn more about informal education opportunities by assisting with farm tours to K12 schools and community groups.  Time of tours vary, but typically are M-F, 9:00am-5:00pm. If interested, please contact the CUE