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Internships

Applications are accepted on a continual basis. Submit your resume and letter of interest to niucg@niu.edu. Preference will be given to applicants who can serve for more than one semester. These are unpaid internships available for academic credit. View complete gardens coordinator position description

ENVS 210: Introduction to Sustainable Food Systems

Learn more about sustainable local food systems, gardening, project management and more in this new lab course that takes place at the Communiversity Gardens.

  • Overview of how Illinois residents have responded to food problems through local initiatives
  • Examine different local food models used in DeKalb County and northern Illinois
  • Opportunities for several on-site visits to food production operations in the region

The Communiversity Gardens will be used to explore soil science, food justice, local food, project management, public health and environmental issues. The course consists of one hour of lecture and three hours of laboratory work in the Communiversity Gardens per week.

See pictures from the Madison, WI field trip taken by students.

Email niucg@niu.edu with questions related to the course.

Certificate of Undergraduate Study

The Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Sustainable Food Systems will provide the student with a solid foundation for work in sustainable food and farming.The following systems will be explored:

  • Agriculture and Sustainability
  • Food and Health
  • Social and Cultural

The certificate is open to all students admitted to degree and non-degree study at NIU. The certificate courses may also be applied to satisfy requirements for B.A. and B.S. degrees. Learn more about the sustainable food systems interdisciplinary certificate.

The certificate is open to all students admitted to degree and non-degree study at Northern Illinois University. Students must maintain good academic standing within the university. The certificate courses may also be applied to satisfy requirements for B.A. and B.S. degrees.