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March 13, 2012
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(BPRW) A Summer of Class for the River of Grass

- Everglades intern program accepting applications through March 30 -

(BLACK PR WIRE) — LAKE WORTH, FLA. — A unique opportunity is available for five college students or recent grads to explore the Everglades in-depth this summer, as a possible springboard for a future career in the protection of the River of Grass or a related field.

The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation 2012 Summer Intern Program is accepting applications through March 30, 2012. Interns will be selected by mid-April. The five participants will join a prestigious field of 43 other young adults who have graduated from the program since it was created in 2002.

"This internship provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for motivated students," said Nancy Marshall, President of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation. "Interns will explore the Everglades through field trips, interactive participation in Everglades restoration workshops, attending an international conference on wetlands, and mentoring by distinguished leaders in the field."

"It can be a life-changing experience," reports Rebecca Stanek, Everglades Research and Education Specialist for the Marshall Foundation. Participants will learn about the fundamentals of Everglades restoration including the history, watershed, ecology and politics. They will study specific issues including environmental education, citizen involvement, the role of agriculture, and the key partner organizations implementing the restoration. The interns also conduct a group project.

Keynote speakers include former Florida Senator Bob Graham; Lynn Scarlett, former deputy secretary of the Department of the Interior; Dr. Stuart Pimm, professor of conservation and ecology at Duke University; Dr. Hillary Swain, executive director of Archbold Expeditions; and Charlie Pelliza, manager of four national wildlife refuges in Florida.

The intensive 11-week program is from May 18 to Aug. 4. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA; should be studying environmental science, law or a related field; and should aspire to have a future career in environmental science or a related field. A stipend is provided, although students are responsible for their housing.

Based in Palm Beach County, Fla., the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation and Florida Environmental Institute is a champion for the restoration and preservation of the greater Everglades ecosystem through science-based education and outreach programs. Annually, more than 25,000 elementary and high school students in Palm Beach County actively participate in the Marshall Foundation’s various education programs. Founded in 1998, the nonprofit organization has in recent years awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships and internships, planted nearly 100,000 native Florida trees in wetland areas, and involved more than 5,000 volunteers in hands-on restoration projects. The Foundation is located in Lake Worth, Fla.

For additional information, please call 561-233-9004, e-mail or visit The website includes an online application and more details of the program.