RISEUP: Research Internships for a Sustainable Environment with Undergraduate Participation


Thank you to all who applied to the Summer 2015 program!

Creating sustainable solutions requires not only the ability to develop new technology but also the ability to understand the socioeconomic costs of every solution.

Research Internships for a Sustainable Environment with Undergraduate Participation (RISEUP) seeks to stimulate interdisciplinary enthusiasm and to fill the need for future leaders who understand that sustainable solutions to environmental problems require multidisciplinary analysis to design sustainable solutions to them. RISEUP students will engage in mentor-guided independent research projects at a variety of sites (academic, non-profit, government, and business organizations) complemented by core program activities that provide research training, team-building, skills- development, and information exchange. Instructional activities and discussions include ethics training, statistics, social and economic analysis, dispute resolution, sustainability, and scientific and public communication. 

Program Details:  The RISEUP program has been cancelled for 2016.


Undergraduate students with

  • exceptional academic standing (minimum GPA 3.0)
  • good work ethic and strong interest in sustainability research
  • an expected graduation date AFTER August 2015
  • current American citizenship or permanent residency of the U.S.  


The RISEUP program is run out of Wayne State University's campus in Detroit, Michigan and offers assignments throughout the Lake St. Clair-Detroit River-Lake Erie corridor.


May 2015 – August 2015

Note: If your current academic program overlaps with the planned start date of the RISEUP program, please state this in your application. We can be flexible with regard to the start of your internship for legitimate academic reasons. Arranging a later start date partly depends on the mentor and whether you are willing to extend your project at the end for a comparable amount of time. We will strive for a program that provides the greatest educational value, environmental impact, shared internship experiences, and sufficient time and effort to produce desired program outcomes.


Summer Project Descriptions

Biweekly Workshop Schedule

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Program Expectations

  1. Interns will fulfill 480 hours of research and training.
  2. Interns will participate in biweekly workshops on communication, research, team building and sustainability.
  3. Interns will write a full-length report of their work for online publication and present their topic at a symposium.


The RISEUP program provides a $4,000 stipend to each accepted intern. Interns are responsible for arranging housing and transportation.


Arrangements for housing for the duration of the 12-week program is the responsibility of each intern. An on-campus housing is offered through Wayne State University with rates varying with the size and type of room. Availability is first come-first served and space may be limited. It is strongly adviced that anyone wishing to request on-campus housing make arrangements as soon as possible to ensure your reservation.  Click here for information about WSU On-Campus Housing. *Update to the flyer: A third option (triple rooms at $15/night) have been added to be available for Summer 2015. For more information visit http://housing.wayne.edu/guest-housing.php.

Off-campus housing arrangements maybe be made by those who prefer but are not endorsed by Wayne State University. Options might be found via third-party rental classifieds or websites like craigslist or airbnb that offer temporary housing or sublets. Your safety is our priority so PLEASE use caution when making third-party arrangements.

To Apply

Download 2015 RISEUP Application here and email completed application to riseup@wayne.edu

Application window for the 2015 Summer Program is now closed.


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