Arthur R. Marshall Everglades Summer Intern Program

The West Palm Beach-based Arthur R. Marshall Foundation is seeking outstanding college-level students planning a future in the environmental sciences for its career-enhancing summer internship program.

A rigorous 11-week schedule provides students with a “crash course” in Everglades ecology and allows them to meet face-to-face with many of the decision makers involved in the multi-billion dollar Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. The internship is designed for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates, said Marshall Foundation President and Internship Program Chair John Marshall.

“The program provides students with a multifaceted look at wetlands management that includes field trips to significant sites within the Everglades watershed, meetings with high-ranking officials in the water management industry and hands-on restoration activities,” he said, adding that graduates of the program have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in the environmental sciences, and take advantage of other unique educational opportunities.

Chris Patterson, a 2006 Marshall Foundation intern, recently began a job with Americorps restoring 7,000 acres of farmland in the Klamath Basin in Oregon. Adam Fox, who completed the internship in 2003, spent a year studying wetlands in Israel’s Hula Valley on a U.S. State Department Fulbright Grant.

The internship, which pays a stipend to participating students, is taught by Dr. Tom Poulson, a retired ecology professor with over 30 years of experience as a science instructor at the University of Illinois, University of Notre Dame and Yale University. Poulson is one of many “senior mentors” who direct the interns throughout the summer.

Others include political leaders and high-ranking, water management officials.

Interested students should visit the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation website for additional information or to download an application. All materials must be submitted to the Marshall Foundation by March 15, and the program begins on May 21. While limited housing is available, candidates should ideally have somewhere to stay in West Palm Beach or surrounding areas.

Founded in 1998, the Marshall Foundation has three goals; restoring original plant life and water flow patterns to the greater Everglades ecosystem, educating young people and the public about Everglades ecology, and delivering the message of restoration to as many people as possible through comprehensive public outreach programs. In recent years, the Marshall Foundation has planted over 80,000 native Florida trees in wetland areas, awarded over $250,000 in scholarships and internships, and involved more than 5,000 volunteers in hands-on restoration projects.

For more information on the Marshall Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website, call (561) 805-8733 or send an email.