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Are you considering an Internship with the Northern Illinois University Community Gardens (NIUCG)?

Besides learning how to sustainably grow your own food, getting fresh produce, and perhaps even earning credit, there are many other benefits specific to your major. While interning with the NIUCG, you are able to create a project that will help to improve the gardens and ties back into your major. The possibilities of what you could do are endless. It really can be whatever you make out of it!

Below are some ideas of what you could do to tie in your major to the NIUCG and other valuable skills specific to your major that you can gain during your internship with us.

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.

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Accountancy

Help to plan, run, and manage fundraising events; create the NIUCG annual report; gain valuable practice in gathering, interpreting, summarizing and presenting data.

Anthropology

Gain experience learning different aspects of your future career by teaching volunteers, learning about how nonprofit works and is managed, gathering research to present on different plants grown in the garden, and creating marketing material.

Applied Management: Instructional Technology, Training and Evaluation

Help organize and create efficiency within the NIUCG and their online components; help to create the NIUCG annual report; analyze patterns of views on social media.

Applied Management: Public Service

Gain experience problem solving by analyzing safety procedures and how they can be improved within the NIUCG; gain experience working with the public; gain leadership skills by instructing volunteers.

Art

Create and design art for the NIUCG; create marketing materials; perhaps host and "art in the garden" fundraising event or something similar; take pictures of the gardens; participate in the tie-dye fundraising event; gain experience interacting with customers at fundraisers and analyze the sales (what encouraged the most sales); gain experience in fundraising.

Art and Design Education

Gain experience instructing volunteers (teach them how to do certain tasks but also could teach about the plants), gain experience in advocacy and working with people from different backgrounds; opportunity to create art and even teach art at an event as well.

Art History

Gain teaching experience and leadership skills, analyze the effectiveness of the past designs of the NIUCG logo; create social media posts of host events relating the history of art that portrays nature with the gardens.

Art Studio and Design

Create art for the NIUCG to use in the gardens or sell in fundraiser; take photos of the gardens; manage social media; gain experience in fundraising; design marketing materials; design NIUCG t-shirts; create new NIUCG logo; participate in tie-dye fundraiser.

Biological Sciences

You'll have the opportunity to study biology in the life cycles of the plants; practice problem-solving by identifying pests and diseases causing issues with the plants and coming up with solutions to keep the plants healthy; experience leading and working with people.

Biomedical Engineering

Come up with new ideas and ways to complete tasks in the gardens; gain problem-solving skills, experience working with people; identify the needs of the gardens and create solutions.

Business Administration Plan, execute and direct fundraising events; create marketing material; analyze the effectiveness of marketing material; gain experience leading and working with individuals and groups.
Chemistry

Soil testing, analyzing the quality of the soil and determining what amendments need to be made; future careers could include working with an environmental agency or a non-profit; experience working for a non-profit.

Child Development

Research and create marketing material explaining possible benefits of children learning how to garden; create materials that teach children how to garden; experience working with volunteers; research the impact of school gardens at different levels through the DCCG; gain leadership and advocacy skills.

Communication Studies

Gain experience in oral and written communication (in person and via different social media platforms) manage social media; experience working with individuals and groups; grant writing for the NIUCG; gain leadership skills; create marketing materials.

Communicative Disorders

Gain experience leading and working with individuals; teaching experience; analyze methods gardens have in place for working with individuals with communicative disorders.

Computer Science

Create an annual report working with data and statistics; create a program to track harvest yields and such; management and marketing experience.

Dance Performance

Lead yoga in the gardens; experience in fundraising; experience in promotion/advocacy and creating marketing materials.

Early Childhood Education

Experience teaching and working with individuals and groups in the gardens; research school gardens through DCCG; create materials on how to teach about gardens at an elementary level; gain leadership skills; experience planning, executing, and directing fundraising events

Economics Analyze the resources of NIUCG, how they are allocated, and how the process could be made more efficient; management experience; gain oral and written communication skills, problem-solving skills, and analytical skills; help create an annual report.
Electrical Engineering

Gain problem-solving skills, oral and written communication skills; marketing and management experience, leadership skills, create; analyze the systems that use electricity within the NIUCG and determine how to maximize efficiency.

Elementary Education

Gain leadership and management skills; gain experience planning, executing, and directing fundraising events; practice in oral and written communication; experience working with individuals and groups from a variety of backgrounds; create material to educate children on gardening and vegetables.

Engineering Technology

Research and create materials that explain the connection between engineering technology and energy and the environment; problem-solving skills; oral and written communication skills; management skills.

English

Practice oral and written communication skills by writing social media posts, reports, newsletters, etc.; grant writing for the NIUCG; gain leadership skills; experience teaching and working with volunteers; management experience.

Environmental Studies

Get hands-on experience learning how to sustainably grow food and teach others to do the same; create and promote materials that educate individuals on how to eat sustainably and locally; help reduce food insecurity, gain leadership, communication skills, and management skills; the possibilities are literally endless

Family and Individual Development

Opportunity to work with individuals and groups in the gardens; opportunity to research volunteer habits and patterns; oral and written communication experience; research how access to fresh produces and how food insecurity affects individuals and families.

Family Social Services

Experience in management and advocacy; oral and written communication experience; an opportunity to work with individuals and groups in the gardens; research how food insecurity affects individuals and families.

Fashion Merchandising

Management and marketing experience; experience running social media and creating marketing material; design NIUCG merchandise; create materials for NIUCG to use; gain leadership and communication skills; create material for a fundraiser; planning and executing fundraising events.

Finance

Plan, direct and execute fundraising events; explore how a nonprofit is run and managed; create NIUCG annual report (experience with data and statistics).

General Studies (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Experience in oral and written communication; grant writing for the NIUCG; management and marketing experience; create material for social media, newsletters, etc.

Geography

Create maps for the NIUCG; research and create material on how different geographical regions affect gardening; oral and written communication; management and marketing experience.

Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Gain experience working with a nonprofit organization; teaching experience working with volunteers; gain oral and written communication skills; research and create material to educate the public on how geology affects gardening; leadership skills.

Health Sciences

Experience teaching and working with individuals in the gardens; gain advocacy and leadership skills; gain oral and written communication skills; research the effect of gardening on the health of the human body both physically and mentally.

History

Gain teaching experience working with volunteers; gain leadership and communication skills; research history of the gardens and create materials to share with the public.

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Gain management and leadership skills; practice communication skills; gain experience in marketing; experience working with a nonprofit; coordinate and execute fundraising events; work with individuals and groups teaching volunteers; research and relate how the hospitality and tourism industry can become more sustainable.

Human Development and Family Sciences

Gain experience teaching individuals and groups; practice and improve communication and leadership skills; opportunity for advocacy; research and relate how fresh produce impacts individuals and families.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Experience planning and executing fundraising events; gain communication and leadership skills; experience directing volunteers; research and relate how sustainable practices can be made more efficient.

Journalism

Plenty of practice in written and oral communication; write social media posts, newsletters, and reports; opportunity for grant writing; management and marketing experience; interact with NIU students and members of the DeKalb community; share the story and goals of the NIUCG.

Kinesiology

Gain experience teaching individuals and groups; could create a fitness in the gardens event; research and raise awareness of the physical/mental benefits of gardening as well as the health benefits from eating the food; gain communication and leadership skills; management and marketing experience.

Management

Gain experience planning and executing events; experience delegating tasks; experience instructing individuals and groups; gain leadership and communication skills; help organize and create efficiency within the NIUCG; complete annual report; aiding in managing the gardens; manage social media; experience in marketing

Marketing

Gain experience running social media, create and distribute announcements/posters/flyers/etc for fundraising events; experience with sales also while helping to plan and run the plant sales; identify the best ways to market the NIUCG to gain the attention of the students and encourage volunteers; gain communication and leadership skills.

Mathematical Sciences

Work with data and statistics while creating the annual report; utilize problem-solving skills while working in the garden and when comparing yields from the previous and current years; experience teaching volunteers; gain communication and leadership skills.

Mechanical Engineering

Utilize problem-solving skills while working in the gardens; identify or create a tool to most efficiently complete garden tasks; research and relate how new tools and machinery can be made to be more sustainable.

Mechatronics Engineering

Utilize problem-solving skills while working in the gardens; research and relate how mechatronics can use sustainable practices; determine if or how mechatronics could be beneficial to the NIUCG.

Medical Laboratory Sciences

Develop written and oral communication skills; determine pest and disease harming plants in the garden.

Meteorology

Gain communication skills; examine the effect of the different weather systems and weather on the plants; research how plants affect atmospheric processes; raise awareness on climate issues.

Middle Level Teaching and Learning

Gain communication and leadership skills; experience planning and executing events; create materials and middle level on gardening and produce and their importance; experience teaching individuals and groups in the gardens; raise awareness on the importance of school gardens (check out local DCCG school gardens in the area); utilize problem-solving skills while working in gardens.

Music

Gain communication and leadership skills; experience teaching individuals and groups in the gardens; research the effect of music on plants.

Nonprofit and NGO Studies

Gain first-hand experience in how a non-profit is run and managed; learn about how the NIUCG was established; experience working for a non-profit; opportunity for advocacy (especially environmental advocacy); gain communication and leadership skills; experience planning and executing fundraising events; work and learn how sales are conducted; management experience; experience in marketing while running social media and raising awareness of events; there's so much you could learn!

Nursing

Experience in problem-solving/identification skills while working with plants and identifying/solving issues'pest and diseases; gain leadership and communication skills; experience working with volunteers; gain excellent time management skills.

Nutrition, Dietetics and Wellness

Gain communication and leadership skills; management experience planning and running events also conducting and delegating tasks in the gardens; marketing experience running social media and raising awareness of events; experience working with individuals and groups in the gardens; teaching volunteers how to garden; create material and share on how to garden, the importance, sustainable practices; raise awareness on food waste, food insecurity; food justice, etc; learn how to grow healthy fresh produce and share the information with others; inform public on the impact fresh produce has nutritionally especially; research benefits of gardening on health; utilize problem-solving skills; etc. so much would be beneficial!

Operations and Information Management

Experience in management and marketing; gain communication and leadership skills; experience instructing volunteers as individuals or groups; gain time management skills; utilize problem-solving skills; discover how to increase efficiency at NIUCG; create an annual report.

Philosophy

Gain oral and written communication skills and leadership skills; management and marketing skills; utilize problem-solving skills; experience working with and directing volunteers in gardens.

Physical Education

Experience teaching individuals and groups in gardens; experience with management in completing/delegating tasks, running social media, overseeing volunteers; planning and executing fundraising events; gain communication and leadership skills; research physical benefits of gardening, nutritional benefits, etc.; possibly lead fitness class in gardens.

Physics

Gain oral and written communication skills; experience teaching volunteers; utilize problem-solving skills.

Political Science

Gain communication and leadership skills; gain management skills; experience working with a non-profit; opportunity for advocacy; research environmental policy and what can be done to promote more sustainable practices.

Psychology

Experience working for a non-profit; experience working and teaching volunteers; experience in marketing; research volunteer habits and come up with ideas on how to recruit/encourage more volunteers; gain communication, leadership, and management skills; research psychology of plants and health benefits, etc.

Public Health

Gain management and marketing experience; gain communication and leadership skills; experience teaching and working with volunteers; opportunity for advocacy; experience working with a non-profit.

Rehabilitation and Disability Services

Experience teaching and working with volunteers; discover how the NIUCG can be made more accommodating; gain communication and leadership skills; gain management skills.

Sociology

Gain communication and leadership skills; gain management and marketing skills; observe and interact with volunteers.

Special Education

Gain communication and leadership skills; gain management skills (planning and executing events, completing and delegating tasks, running events; managing social media, directing volunteers); teach individuals and groups in the gardens; gain time management skills; utilize problem-solving skills; research benefits of teaching gardening and share results; create a program and advocate for teaching gardening in special education classrooms.

Sport Management

Gain marketing skills by running social media and create and distributing content to raise awareness of fundraisers, events, etc., gain management skills by completing/delegating tasks, directing volunteers, planning, executing, and overseeing events and fundraisers, etc., gain communication and leadership skills, research physical and nutrition benefits of fresh produce; research how the sports industry can be made more sustainable

Statistics and Actuarial Science

Utilize problem-solving skills while working in the gardens; gain communication and leadership skills; create an annual report; analyze past and present yields; teaching experience working with volunteers.

Theatre Arts

Gain communication and leadership skills; experience in marketing and management; experience in advocacy

Theatre Studies

Gain communication and leadership skills; experience in marketing and management; experience in advocacy; experience teaching volunteers in gardens.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Gain communication and leadership skills; experience in advocacy; experience working for a non-profit; discover how the NIUCG can become more inclusive; research how gardening and access to fresh produce impacts different communities and minorities.

World Languages and Cultures

Gain communication and leadership skills; gain management and marketing experience; teaching experience working with volunteers; experience in advocacy; research and share on different foods grown around the world that are grown or could be grown in the gardens; research differences of gardening around the world; share recipes on different foods consumed by different cultures; research the sustainability difference found between different countries and their gardening practices.