Glassen and Demmer Scholars
Students in the William A. Demmer Scholars Program are paid interns at federal agencies or non-governmental organizations that focus on natural resources. Students also take a senior-level class in natural resources policy that meets one night a week and all day Saturday. The program is led by Mark Rey, executive in residence in the MSU Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
“Through these internships, the students get real-world experience, see classroom principles applied in practice and make valuable career contacts for educational and employment opportunities in the future,” said Rey. “The course reviews and analyzes how each branch of federal government, as well as non-governmental groups—including the media—affect the development and implementation of federal government policy in the natural resources area.”
In the program’s seventh year, 27 students are interning at number of high-profile agencies and groups, including Trout Unlimited, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service. This makes a total of 164 Demmer Scholar Interns since the program inception. To date, more than 25 have found employment in government and nongovernment natural resources positions in the Washington, D.C. area after participation.
APPLICATIONS FOR THE HAL AND JEAN GLASSEN SCHOLARS PROGRAM ARE OPEN FOR SUMMER 2016