Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council welcomes 5 summer interns
Five new interns who recently joined the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council for a summer of hands-on learning include (clockwise, from top left) Natasha Belisle, Frank Quinn, Ben Allushuski, Mady Collins and Julia Kelpach. (Courtesy photo / May 31, 2012)
Natasha Belisle, a student from Michigan State University College of Law, and Frank Quinn, a public policy/political science major at the University of Michigan, are assisting the Tip of the Mitt policy and advocacy team. Ben Allushuski, a civil engineer student from the University of Kansas, and Julia Klepach, a conservation student at Kent State University, are assisting the water protection team; and Mady Collins, a student at North Central Michigan College, is assisting the development and communications team this summer.
"Being from Michigan and having grown up here I wanted to learn more about what is being done and what still needs to be done to protect and secure the future of the region's fresh water resources" said Belisle. "The internship with Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is a perfect opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing our region's fresh water resources."
"Our interns work directly alongside other members of our team on real-time projects and in the field, giving them the opportunity to learn and contribute in all areas of water protection, monitoring, restoration and advocacy," said Grenetta Thomassey, program director for Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. "At the completion of the internship, we want students to be able to demonstrate for themselves and potential employers, the experiences they have had and what they've learned at the watershed council."
"Our desire in offering this program is that the greatest experience each intern will leave with is a deeper appreciation and respect for the vital water resources of Michigan and the Great Lakes" said Gail Gruenwald, executive director of the watershed council. "It's an opportunity for us to share our passion for protecting those resources and encourage the students to carry this passion beyond our local area and to their generation."
For more information about the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council intern program, contact Thomassey at (231) 347-1181 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.