Student Experiences in Conservation: Welcome Summer Interns!

This summer Shirley Heinze Land Trust is hosting 11 interns–our largest summer internship cohort to date! Broadly speaking, summer internships are part of our Student Experiences in Conservation program, which encompasses a variety of student-centered engagements with young people in both high school and college. During the summer, these internships are awarded to college students on an application basis and from a broad range of academic backgrounds.

While many of the interns apply directly to SHLT through opportunities made possible by funders such as the Flora Richardson Foundation and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, other interns join us during the summer as a result of relationships with other partnering entities. This summer, we are also hosting interns through Indiana University McKinney Climate Fellowship program, the Valparaiso University CAPS Fellowship program, and AmeriCorps.

Throughout the summer, these 11 interns will be working across the organization and supporting the our mission in a variety of ways. There is amphibian research being conducted on-site at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve. Several interns will be supporting the Conservation Team on projects ranging from water quality monitoring to conservation planning to climate resilience. Fortuitously, several of the interns, having professed their enthusiasm for insects, will be helping our burgeoning insect collection and identification activities at the Meadowbrook Nature Preserve. Two interns are dedicated to the Stewardship Team to assist with vegetation monitoring, habitat restoration, and trail maintenance. Finally, we’re thrilled to be partnering with the National Park Service, with whom we are sharing two interns.

While the above description of activities only captures a small portion of the impact we expect these students will have at SHLT this summer, we’ll be recapping their projects in more detail when everything wraps up in August. Between now and then, you can get to know the interns by following our social media accounts, which is where we’ll be posting Intern Spotlights throughout the summer. We’ll also be posting pictures and summaries of our weekly field experiences visiting SHLT nature preserves and partner sites.

Welcome students!