Glassen Scholars

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GLASSEN SCHOLARS PAID INTERNSHIP SUMMER PROGRAM

May 23 - August 12, 2016

COURSE OVERVIEW

The Hal and Jean Glassen Scholars Program offers students exposure to policymaking in Michigan and real-world experience while working full-time as paid interns at state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations or businesses that focus on complex natural resource issues in Michigan.  The internship will be a paid 12-week, 40 hour per week position. 

In addition, a senior-level class in natural resources policy meets one night a week. The internships and course curriculum complement and advance the students’ learning through practical experience that influences citizens and communities across the state on such issues as the role of hunting, fishing and trapping in the future of conservation; parks and recreation; agriculture; the environment; natural resource management; and the economic impacts of these issues in Michigan. The course is taught through lecture and discussion sessions, augmented by weekend field trips designed to give class participants on-the-ground visits and experience with natural resources and conservation-related programs. 

INTERNSHIP LOCATION

Greater Lansing area, potentially including Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor

 POTENTIAL INTERNSHIP SPONSORS

Michigan-based offices of:

  • National Rifle Association
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Pheasants Forever
  • The Ruffed Grouse Society
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Boone & Crockett MSU Extension
  • Michigan Association of Conservation Districts
  • Michigan Council of Foundations
  • Michigan Farm Bureau
  • Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • Michigan Sea Grant
  • Michigan United Conservation Clubs
  • Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
  • Michigan Commodity Groups

PAY

Glassen Scholars will earn between $1,000 - $1,500 per month depending on organization and placement location.  Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from their internships and class.

CLASS LOCATION

Michigan United Conservation Clubs, 2101 Wood Street, Lansing

CREDITS

ALL students MUST enroll for 3 credits of ANR 491 (Professional Internship in Ag and Natural Resources)—no exceptions.

WHO WILL TEACH THE COURSE

Patricia Stewart, Program Director

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Upper level undergraduates and graduate students

 INTERESTED?

Send a resume to Patricia Stewart (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) no later than November 15, 2015.  Ms. Stewart will hold a 30- to 45-minute, face-to-face interview with selected candidates in early to mid-December (an additional interview date may be added depending on applicant pool size).  Please note that this is a competitive process.

 QUESTIONS?

Contact Patricia Stewart at 517-282-5357 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

Introducing the 2015 Glassen Scholars

2015 Glassen Scholars

Back row, l to r: Glenn Miller, Glassen Foundation; James Roche; Matt Thornburg; Michelle Jacokes; Dan Nelson; Chris Dohrmann; Tom Baird, Glassen Foundation.
Front row, l to r: Pat Olds Stewart, Ashley VanOoteghem, Johanna Dart, Hunter Jackson, Natalie Alex, Kali Rush
Missing from photo: Mary Herman and Tee Sanders (currently on study abroad)

PROGRAM OVERVIEW              

The Hal and Jean Glassen Scholars Program offers students exposure to policymaking and advocacy in Michigan by gaining real-world experience while working as full-time, paid interns at state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations or businesses that focus on or are impacted by our natural resources, agriculture, conservation and environmental issues in Michigan.  The scholars’ experience is enriched through a senior-level class in natural resources policy that meets one night a week and supplemented by five field trips.  The internships and course curriculum complement and advance the students’ learning through practical experience that will affect citizens and communities across the state on such issues as environmental business practices, the role of hunting, fishing and trapping in the future of conservation, the value of these activities and their contributions to natural resource management and the economy of Michigan.

The course (ANR 491) is taught through a three-hour lecture and discussion session each week, augmented by weekend field trips designed to give class participants on-the-ground visits and experience with natural resources and conservation-related programs and environmental business management practices.  The internship is a 12-week, 40-hour-per-week paid position. 

2015 INTERNSHIP SPONSORS 

Boone & Crockett Club at MSU Extension

Department of Natural Resources Legislative and Legal Affairs

Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division

Ducks Unlimited

Michigan Association of Conservation Districts

Michigan Sea Grant

Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Michigan United Conservation Clubs

U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services

 

View video of the Glassen Scholars’ field trips and workplaces

Introducing the 2014 Inaugural Class of Glassen Scholars

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Front Row:  Emily Caretti, Hollie Whitmire, Krista Hubbard, Brooke Ritter, 
Gage Bowman, Dave Barkley, Kyle Johnson
Back Row:  Glassen Board Members Tom Baird, Al Stewart, and Tom Huggler; Mike Vande Guchte, Joe Presgrove,
Jake Nave, Jordan Altobelli

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The  Glassen Scholars worked full-time on their internships.  They also took five field trips during the program that combined observation of agricultural, natural resources and recreational management strategies.  

 Field Trip map''

On June 7, they visited a site near Manchester where feral swine have a damaging effect on agricultural production. They continued to Detroit Metro Airport to observe areas where birds can create a dangerous environment for air traffic.  This trip was hosted by Pete Butchko and staff of USDA-APHIS.

 

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On June 21, the group traveled to Belle Isle State Park and the Detroit Riverfrontt. Karen Slaughter-DuPerry gave the group an orientation to the Riverfront Conservancy and Vicki Anthes described plans for the Milliken State Park and Outdoor Adventure Center.  DNR host Dan Lord conducted a tour of Belle Isle’s Conservatory and Aquarium and Scott Fountain.

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Glassen Scholars at Belle Isle State Park

Front Row: Gage Bowman, Dave Barkley, Hollie Whitmire, Emily Caretti, Brooke Ritter, Patricia Stewart
Middle Row: Aaron Morehouse, Jake Nave, Mike Vande Guchte, Krista Hubbard
Back row: Vicki Anthes, Dan Lord, Jordan Altobelli, Al Stewart