John Marshall Everglades Internship Program
May 16 – July 12, 2019
The John Marshall Everglades Internship Program invites qualified undergraduate students to learn all aspects of the Everglades restoration project through this 8-week in-depth Everglades experience. Interns learn all aspects of the Everglades from ecology to policy. They meet and speak with several stakeholders from different components of Everglades restoration in an effort to learn about the inner workings and complications of the project while building a strong contacts network. There are several field trips to natural areas providing hands-on exposure to all parts of the Everglades ecosystem. Additionally, the interns shadow an Everglades Foundation mentor completing specific projects and assignments in one of the following categories: Science and Engineering, Policy and Advocacy, Education, and Digital Communications. Please click here to learn more about the summer 2019 capstone projects.
Meet with Scientists, Policymakers, and Stakeholders of the Everglades Restoration Project
During this “crash course” of the Everglades, you will:
• 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;
• participate in face-to-face meetings with stakeholders;
• attend official meetings and conferences; and,
• perform individual project work, including researching, designing, editing, etc.
The internship is based in Miami, where interns are provided housing near the Foundation’s office. 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 are working in environmental law, education, engineering and science.
Visit Restoration and Water Management Projects and Everglades Habitats
Shadowing and Projects: Science and Engineering, Policy and Advocacy, Education, or Digital Communications
Interns spend four-weeks shadowing and completing projects with an Everglades Foundation staff member in one of the following categories: Science and Engineering, Policy and Advocacy, Education, or Digital Communications. Their projects contribute to the mission of the Everglades Foundation – protecting and restoring America’s Everglades.
Please click here to learn more about the summer 2019 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.