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Demmer Scholars immersed in policy-making for summer
May 16, 2012
A select group of agriculture and natural resources and James Madison College students from Michigan State and Mississippi State are working on their networks more than their tans this summer by studying the intricacies of federal policy-making while working full-time in Washington, D.C.
Students in the William A. Demmer Scholars Program take a senior-level class in natural resources policy that meets one night a week and all day Saturday while working full-time as paid interns at federal agencies or non-governmental organizations that focus on natural resources. The program is led by Mark Rey, executive in residence in the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
“The course reviews and analyzes how each branch of federal government, as well as non-governmental groups -- including the media -- affect the development and implementation of federal government policy in the natural resources area,” said Rey.
This is the fourth year of the program and the third year the program has partnered with Mississippi State, offering all the students a chance to learn from each other about their cultures and traditions. The course is offered by Michigan State; Mississippi State students transfer the credits to their home school.
2012 Demmer Scholars are interning at number of high-profile agencies and groups, including the National Science Foundation, the Council on Environmental Quality, the Department of the Interior, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service.
“Through these internships, the students get real-world experience, see classroom principles applied in practice and make valuable career contacts for educational and employment opportunities in the future,” said Rey. “Since we started the program, 14 alumni got jobs in D.C. This program gives the participating universities a cadre of young natural resources leaders with experience in federal policy-making.”
The 2012 Michigan State University Demmer Scholars and their internship placements are:
U.S. Forest Service, Office of International Programs
Society of American Foresters
U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary
Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research
The Clean Water America Alliance
Executive Office of the President, Domestic Policy Council
National Science Foundation
Safari Club International
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
U.S. Forest Service, National Partnership Office
The Nature Conservancy
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
U.S. Forest Service, Division of Watershed, Fish, Wildlife Air, and Rare Plants
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, United States Senate
Executive Office of the President, Council on Environmental Quality
The Aluminum Association
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U.S. Forest Service, Office of Legislative Affairs
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
U.S. Forest Service Division of Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources
The 2011 Mississippi State University Demmer Scholars and their internship placements are:
Jason Ervin, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Kelsey Unruh, USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service
Valera Webb, Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate