Sunday, February 12, 2012

Green Jobs: Green Internships for Diverse Students

I am happy to say that I am the proud mama of a future National Park Service intern! Yay! Funny how things work out. I have been the unofficial recruiter of highly qualified and diverse college students for the lovely, lush and green, park system in our area for several years. Obviously my son has been listening (imagine that) to me spreading the gospel of these great green job opportunities and told me while still in his first quarter at DePaul, that he really wanted to interview for the next round of summer internships at the National Park Service. I was pleasantly surprised! So I put him in contact with the hiring department, he sent his resume, interviewed, completed an application and even did some volunteer work this winter break for the park. After further discussions with the hiring ranger, he was recently informed that he will be hired this summer as an intern. This is so exciting! (Apparently, contacting your local park ranger or hiring office is the recommended way to explore internship opportunities). So of course being the curious mother that I am about all things relating to my beloved child, I did some research on 2012 summer internships at the National Park Service and discovered the Cultural Resources Diversity Internship. It is a program which provides paid opportunities for talented and highly qualified students from diverse backgrounds that are between the ages of 18-25, to explore cultural resources and historic preservation work. The park service recognizes that as our country's diverse population grows, there is a need to nurture in these populations, a love and appreciation for our natural and cultural resources. There will need to be an ample supply of talent and donor dollars to maintain our countries green jewels. Interns will be assigned to a park system in their region, work for 10 weeks and be flown to Washington, D.C. for a three day career workshop during the last week of the internship. Sounds great! Where do I sign up? Oh, I'm slightly over 25 years old. Click here if you want more details on the green internship, deadline to apply is March 2, 2012.


Jaelma said...

Great info thanks for sharing! I will post a link on my twitter stream and facebook pages! Congratulations to you and your son! Isn't it wonderful to see the positive concepts you have been working to instill come out of you kids! I am really happy for you both!
wishing you all the very best


GLORIA said...

Thank you for the love, Jaelma! I really appreciate your support and hope that some of your readers children and relatives will land a plum internship! I am so excited that my son is following in his Mom's footsteps and hopefully will take success, justice and sustainability to another level. This is why it is so important to sow good experiences and values into your kids, because they just might be listening!