This land is your land: Stu­dents com­plete de­mand­ing Ever­glades in­tern­ship

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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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.art­mar­shall.org.

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

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