John Marshall Everglades Internship
– SUMMER 2019 –
The John Marshall Everglades Internship program invites qualified undergraduate students to learn all aspects of Everglades restoration through an 8-week in-depth Everglades experience. Interns learn all aspects of the Everglades from ecology to policy. There are several field trips to natural areas providing hands-on exposure to all parts of the Everglades ecosystem. Additionally, the interns shadow a Foundation mentor to complete specific projects and assignments in one of the following categories: Science and Engineering, Policy and Advocacy, Education, or Digital Communications. Please click here to learn more about the capstone projects.
join us in welcoming the 2019 john marshall everglades interns
From left: Adele Stock, Thea Gonzales, Luis Garcia Falcon, and Natalia Turkel, with Tigertail Airboat Tour guide (center)
This summer, we have four interns joining us from across the country to participate in the John Marshall Everglades Internship to learn about Everglades ecology, policy, and the importance of restoration. We are excited to embark on this 8-week program with them as they explore, learn, and immerse themselves in the Everglades!
Adele graduated from Mount Holyoke College this year with a major in History and a minor in Environmental Studies. Her thesis work focused on the ecological and spiritual history of the Lubigi Wetland in Kampala, Uganda. Adele grew up in Hollywood, FL with a lifelong love for wetland ecosystems and is passionate about making conservation work accessible and informed by local communities and values.
Thea is a multimedia journalism and environmental studies student at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. As Editor-in-Chief of the college newspaper, she is excited to write for The Science Insider this summer and looks forward to controlling her ‘amazed gasps’ so as not to startle all the wildlife she comes across in the Everglades. Her hope is to one day enter environmental law.
Luis Garcia Falcon
Luis is an environmental studies student at Florida International University. Luis has developed a profound love and admiration for the Everglades and hopes to aid in the conservation and restoration of the River of Grass. Luis enjoys photographing Florida’s ecosystems, and won the Spring 2018 Florida State Forest’s Photo Contest.
Policy & Science Digital Communication
Natalia is an environmental science student at the University of Florida (UF). Born and raised in Miami, she developed a love for the Everglades at an early age. At UF, Natalia held a position as Marketing Chair for the environmental club, Gators for Environmental and Community Outreach, and is currently a marine science research volunteer.
A LOOK INTO SOME PAST ADVENTURES
2018 interns during a swamp walk
2018 interns visit Everglades National Park
2018 interns exploring Everglades species
The internship is based in Miami, FL, and a stipend not to exceed $2,000 (dependent on the number of interns accepted) is provided for living expenses during the program. Interns who have graduated from this program have gone on to work in environmental law, education, engineering and science.
- learn the basics of Everglades ecology
- get introduced to the fundamentals of Everglades restoration
- go on field explorations in south Florida weather, wetlands, and forests
- attend official meetings and conferences
- perform individual project work, including researching, designing, and editing
SHADOWING & PROJECTS
Science and Engineering, Policy and Advocacy, Education, or Digital Communications
Interns shadow and complete projects with a Foundation staff member in one of the following categories: Science and Engineering, Policy and Advocacy, Education, or Digital Communications. Projects contribute to the mission of The Everglades Foundation – protecting and restoring America’s Everglades. Please click here to learn more about the capstone projects.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
Good candidates for this internship are science, policy, education, communications-related majors who are interested in learning about the complicated nature of Everglades restoration. They should be willing to have flexible schedules and open minds. Candidates should be able to maintain a good attitude while traversing uneven terrain for up to five miles, lifting 30 lbs., and be physically fit to endure outdoor heat, humidity, and mosquitos.
No, we cannot guarantee a job opportunity, but the internship program provides resume-building experiences that would hope to prove helpful for future career opportunities.
Capstone project examples:
Science Communications Intern (2 openings):
1) Manage the creation of the Science Insider Magazine. The intern manages, edits, and coordinates the projection of this science based magazine used to promote the good work of the Foundation’s science team. An example of last year’s Science Insider can be found here: https://bit.ly/2FqH0J0
2) Creation of educational factsheets. The intern will research facts on endangered species, invasive species, and commonly found species in the Everglades wetlands. S/he will create and design factsheets to be used in informational booklets passed out on tours and other outreach events.
Education Intern (1 opening):
1) Develop a multi-tiered approach for delivering Everglades instructional programming to K-12 STEM/STEAM Partners. School-community partnerships are agreements between an organization, and a school or school district to work together to enhance education. The Foundation has partnerships with 20+ schools in Miami-Dade County, where at least four different visits are needed for the partnership: 1) Teacher Training; 2) Classroom Presentation; 3) Science Night; and 4) Other (Special Project/Event). The intern will help enhance this aspect of our program by developing a series of new Everglades related classroom presentations for different grade levels.
Policy and Science Digital Communications Intern (1 opening):
1) Create and distribute all John Marshall Everglades Summer Internship promotional pieces. The intern will be charged with documenting through pictures and videos all aspects of the internship program. S/he will write weekly blogs, articles for the monthly newsletter and quarterly Glades Guardian. Additionally, the intern will create a video depicting their internship experience to be promoted on the Foundation’s website.
Interns will be spending a majority of time on field trips, out in meetings, or in the office for most of the day Monday-Friday, with the exception of some field trips over weekends depending on scheduling.
Shared housing is provided in Miami. Basic necessities such as pots, pans, cutlery, etc. are provided with the house.
Some meals will be provided throughout the internship. There will also be a small food allowance provided through a shopping trip for a few essentials to last the duration of the internship and shared between all interns. However, a majority of meals will be the responsibility of the intern.
A personal vehicle is necessary to drive to places around Miami and carpool to the office.