At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sustainability Bike Share Program Intern

Organization: Office of Sustainability and Facilities Services
Position: Sustainability Bike Share Program Intern
Location: Chicago, IL

Organization Description:
The University of Chicago recently established the Office of Sustainability, charged with making all aspects of the university’s operations more environmentally sustainable. Since its inception in November 2008, the program has established an ambitious work plan to mitigate the University’s footprint, raise the visibility of sustainability issues on campus, set benchmarks and measure outcomes, advance intellectual debate and analysis on topical environmental issues, and engage the local community.

Internship Description:
The Office of Sustainability is looking for a student intern who will have the opportunity to assist with recycles, the University’s free bike share program available to students, staff and faculty. He or she will be charged with maintaining the fleet of 25 bicycles and must be extremely familiar with bikes and their maintenance. The intern will work closely with the Sustainability Program Coordinator, as well as Blackstone Bicycle Works, to ensure proper upkeep of the recycles bicycles. The individual will work six to eight hours per week, depending on maintenance needs, and must be available before 8:30am one day per week to complete preventative maintenance. An indoor workspace will be provided, however, the intern will spend much of his/her time outside and around campus, acting as an ambassador for recycles while representing the Office of Sustainability. Tools for performing bicycle maintenance will be provided.

Additional duties include:
  • Recommend tools and parts to purchase for bicycle maintenance
  • Regularly check online bicycle maintenance system to keep track of maintenance needs
  • Promptly respond to bicycle maintenance flags, ensuring all issues resolved within two days
  • Outfit new bicycles with signage
  • Assist in program marketing
The intern should have a broad understanding of, and interest in, sustainability. Overall, the intern will gain experience in project management and have the opportunity to facilitate an exciting, new programon campus.

Additional Intern Qualifications:
  • Excellent communication skills required
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and strategize and to follow tasks through to completion
  • Dependability and flexibility required
  • Must be a team player and able to work effectively others
To apply for this internship, please forward cover letter and resume to ASAP.

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