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Opportunities at CEES


OPEN: Accepting applications for Academic Year 2016/17

The Center for Earth and Environmental Science at IUPUI is looking for IUPUI students (two undergraduate and one graduate) interested in a mentorship in service learning.  These positions are funded through a grant from the Center for Service and Learning. Undergraduate students will work an average of 10 hours per week (graduate student, 20 hours per week).  Service learning assistants will work alongside CEES staff and community partners, delivering science education in a variety of community parks and gardens. Service learning assistants will also assist with research and report writing associated with the service learning program as well as other field and laboratory research at CEES.  

Candidates must be willing to engage in outdoor work, laboratory work and administrative tasks related to the service learning program.  

Before a candidate can be offered a position they must submit to a background check provided by the university and meet the university’s requirements for programs that involve contact with children.  Service learning projects take place primarily on Fridays and Saturdays (and occasionally on Sundays) in Spring and Fall while weather permits.  Service learning assistants must be available to attend these events.  The Center for Service and Learning requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 for service learning assistants.  Undergraduate service learning assistants will receive a stipend in the amount of $1500/semester (graduate stipend, $4500/semester).

To apply: please send resume and letter of interest to Dr. Victoria Schmalhofer at





OPEN: Now Accepting applications for Fall 2016


The Center for Earth and Environmental Science at IUPUI is looking for multiple IUPUI students interested in K12 education to work 2-15 hours per week.  Interns will work alongside CEES staff, public school science teachers, and community partners to deliver STEM programming in urban Indianapolis Public Schools, as well as schools in surrounding areas.  Fall programming will focus on after-school science clubs (4th-5th grade) and our Discovering the Science of the Environment (DSE) program.  Interns involved in the DSE program will accompany CEES' Education Coordinator when the DSE mobile technolgy trailer is deployed to present science programs designed to enhance the STEM experience of students (grades 4-12) in central Indiana schools.  The type of programming an intern will be involved with depends on individual availability, and the number of students hired will depend on hours of availability of interns on the team.

We are looking for students with either (1) a background in education with a knowledge of science/interest in learning more science; OR, (2) a background in science with an interest in/enthusiasm for education.  Because interns will work alongside staff trained in environmental sciences, applicants do not need to have a science background but will need to learn the lesson presented.  Programming focuses on using plants and the environment, outdoor learning spaces, and inquiry based methods to teach STEM content (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  

The working environment demands patience as well as an ability to handle last-minute changes in activities based on children's abilities and interests, available resources, and weather. Applicants must have willingness to work outdoors as well as indoors, and consistency in attendance at assigned shifts is important.  Applicants who bring a knowledge or interest in teaching methods are encouraged to apply.

Before being offered a position, an applicant must pass a full background check (paid for and submitted by IUPUI) to qualify for the position, in accordance with IUPUI's policy for working with children and IPS policy. Work primarily takes place OFF the IUPUI campus.  While there may be options to carpool with your workmates, official transportation to the schools from the IUPUI campus is not provided. (IF you do not have transportation, you are still encouraged to apply but please note that this may impact your ability to accept the position depending on your availability and staff schedules. Schools are near IndyGO bus lines).

Hours are NOT flexible but applicants can apply for as little as a single time slot; there is no maximum number of shifts.  Please note in your application the minimum number of hours you would be willing to accept and for which slots you are available. We are looking for interns to fill the time slots below:


To apply:

Send an email expressing your interest to; include your resume and the form downloaded from 


Please indicate if you will need transportation; note that this may limit whether we can offer you certain shifts.

Applications for Fall 2016 accepted until positions are filled.  Applications will be reviewed as received.  Work will begin after background check is completed.