This land is your land: Students complete demanding Everglades internship
John Marshall, chairman of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation and spokesman for the Florida Environmental Institute, recently announced that a record six students graduated from the organization’s rigorous Everglades internship this summer.
The students from around Florida include Danielle Almeida of Boca Raton; Leah Chalhoub of Lake Worth; Jannyck Gonima of Bradenton; Jennifer Hobson of Sarasota; and Sara Hutton and Rachel Scarafia of Jupiter.
The students made up the largest class ever of the Marshall Foundation’s award-winning Summer Internship Program, which began in 2002 and is designed for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in the environmental sciences. The group spent 11 weeks studying the history, hydrology and geology of the Everglades, conducted field work and met with key professionals and decision-makers involved in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. They graduated during a recent ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach.
“This experience has made me more passionate about the environment.” said 21-year-old Rachel Scarafia, a senior at Florida Atlantic University’s Honors College who plans to study environmental law in graduate school. “It was very hands-on and it really helped me realize what I want to pursue as a career.”
Sara Hutton, 20, agreed with Scarafia and said that she appreciated the networking opportunities provided by the internship.
“I am fortunate to have met influential scientists, policy makers and environmental activists. This internship has provided opportunities to gain professional contacts and be inspired by new people,” Hutton said.
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Jennifer Hobson, left, Leah Chalhoub, Sara Hutton, John Marshall, Jannyck Gonima, Rachel Scarafia and Danielle Almeida
Lynn Charter, left, Janet Owens and Daniele Garson
Back: Jannyck Gonima, left, Jennifer Hobson, Rachel Scarafia and Leah Chalhoub Front: Sara Hutton, left, and Danielle Almeida
Richard Machek and Bobbi Horwich
John Marshall, left; Mayor Lois Frankel; Marshall Foundation Advisory Board Member, Roy Assad; and State Senator, Dave Aronberg