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Center for Urban Ecology

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

April 30–August 27, 2018

March 30, 2018–April 23, 2018

Within 1-2 weeks of applying

Fall 2018

August 27–December 14, 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

OPEN—CUE Farm Project Intern (BI490, ENV411, or ST413, 3 cr.) – The CUE Farm is looking for students interested in local food, agriculture, and/or agroecology. Projects will be developed based upon individual student interests, but may include researching and developing best practices for farm tours, creating educational farm signage, composting, improving native plant habitat and flower production, conducting pollinator counts, 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 14, 2019 through May 7, 2019 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 regular 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. Apply Here.

OPEN—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 14, 2019 through May 7, 2019 for 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 regular 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. Apply Here.

OPEN— CUE Farm Educational Outreach Intern (ED, STS, ENV, 3 cr.) – The CUE Farm is looking for an student interested in education to lead farm tours and to 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 14, 2019 through May 7, 2019. 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 regular 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. Apply Here.

CLOSED—Butler Sustainability Intern (STS413, ENV411, 3 cr.) – Interested in helping to make Butler a more sustainable campus? Apply to be a CUE Sustainability Intern. Butler Sustainability is seeking a student committed to sustainability to research climate action plans at other institutions. Duties will consist of researching existing plans and assessing their alignment with the American Association for the Advancement Sustainability in Higher Education – Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System. Time Commitment: The intern will work at total of 126 hours (8-9 hours/week) on the project throughout the semester from January 14, 2019 through May 7, 2019. Academic requirements: Students are expected to work with the academic internship supervisor to develop a project and sign an internship contract, attend regular check-ins, create a student portfolio, create/update a resume, and present their findings during a poster or oral presentation session during finals week. This internship position has been filled. Please check back for fall 2019 availability in April 2019.

OPEN—Hoosier Riverwatch Intern (BI or ENV, 1-3 cr.) – The Center for Urban Ecology is looking for students to assist with qater quality monitoring on the White River and Bean Creek in Garfield Park as part of Hoosier Riverwatch. The intern(s) will be responsible for collecting water chemistry, macroinvertebrate, and flow data as well as assessing habitat quality at two stream sites in Indianapolis. Time Commitment: The intern will work a total of 42-126 hours on the project, depending on number of credits, throughout the semester from January 14, 2019 through May 7, 2019. Academic requirements: Students are expected to work with the academic internship supervisor to develop the project, attend regular check-ins, write a final research paper, and present their findings during a poster or oral presentation session during finals week. Apply Here

OPEN—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 intern 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. Time Commitment: The intern will work a total of 42-126 hours on the project, depending on number of credits, throughout the semester from January 14, 2019 through May 7, 2019. Weekly hours will vary depending on the timing of the spring migration. Generally, students will be expected to work fewer hours per week throughout the semester and 15 hours/week during the spring migration period (mid-April to mid-May) to collect field specimens and perform data entry. Academic requirements: Students are expected to work with the academic internship supervisor to develop a project, attend regular check-ins, write a final research paper, and present their findings as a poster or oral presentation during finals week. Apply Here

OPEN—Sustainable Agriculture in Urban Systems of Indy (Biology/STES, 1-3 cr.) – The intern will work with Dr. Sean Berthrong to sample and analyze soils from Indianapolis urban agriculture projects for biophysical and nutrient parameters. Contact Dr. Berthrong if interested.

OPEN—Indy Wildlife Watch (Biology/STES, 1-3 cr.) – THIRD AND FOURTH YEAR STUDENTS ONLY! The intern will work with faculty to prepare urban wildlife field monitoring equipment for deployment at 50 sites in Indianapolis. Students will help with database management and photo analysis. There is also an opportunity for the student to pursue an independent research project. The intern is expected to work 9 hours/week and must have two 4-5 hour block of time in their academic schedule for fieldwork. If interested, contact Dr. Julia Angstmann.

OPEN—Environmental Action Research Internship (SO484, 6 cr. over two semesters) - Professor Kate Novak from the Department of Sociology & Criminology, in collaboration with the Center for Urban Ecology is looking for students to assist with sociological research. Students completing the internship will work with 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 Kate Novak.

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 April 30, 2018 through August 27, 2018. 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. Summer 2018 positions have been filled. Please plan to apply for summer 2019 in spring 2019.

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.

Indy Wildlife Watch – Volunteers are needed to assist with tagging animal species present in photos collected at 50 sites in Indianapolis via motion-triggered cameras. Volunteers will be trained and asked to attend regular meetings, but photo analysis can occur at any time making this opportunity great for students will full schedules. If interested, please contact the CUE.

Hoosier Riverwatch Water Quality Monitoring – Volunteers are needed to assist in the collection water chemistry, macroinvertebrate, and flow data as well as assessing habitat quality at two stream sites in Indianapolis. No scientific experience necessary. If interested, 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

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