Sewanee awards forty environmental internships

Chris Hornsby, C'20, interviewing farmers in Haiti

The spring, Sewanee’s Integrated Program in the Environment teamed up with the Office of Career and Leadership Development and several academic departments to award over 40 environmental research, management, and career development internships to Sewanee students who study in one of our six environmental majors. The funding for these annual awards comes from our generous donors, and these internships give our students valuable hands-on experience that makes them more competitive when they leave the University and enter the job market.

In the summer of 2018, students will use this funding to work at the New York Botanical Gardens, the Tall Timbers Research Station, the American Museum of Natural History, the US Forest Service, the Tennessee Aquarium, and the Organization of American States, among other organizations. In addition, multiple students will conduct bat and mammal research at Sewanee, follow long-term studies of ecosystem services and agroforestry in Haiti, examine artisanal whaling in St. Vincent and Barbados, and work with researchers looking at the effects of shipping on whale populations in British Columbia.

The total funding for these environmental internships exceeded $115,000 this year, and we thank the following families and offices for their generosity and their contributions to our students' future successes: Brewster, Thomas, De Vogel, Raoul, Fitzsimmons, LeRoy/Harris, Moisio, Lankewicz, Mellon, Sommer-Speck, Civic Engagement, Greene, Yeatman, and Biehl.