As a not-for-profit public charity, the Endowment operates with one of the leanest staff structures of its peer group with the intent of maximizing financial investment in mission-related work on the ground. To augment staffing needs on an individual project and/or a short-term basis, we have instituted an on-going internship program to attract bright minds from the post-graduate community. We have designed this program to provide real and substantial benefits to interns as well as to the Endowment.
A letter of interest also stating the term of availability;
A resume or CV, including GPA and list of relevant coursework;
A writing sample (2-4 page recently written essay, report, or similar document or excerpt) that is most representative of the writing ability and intellect the applicant would bring to the Endowment.
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Elly Gay of Birmingham, AL, graduated with honors from Furman University in May of 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Sustainability Science and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Politics and International Affairs. While at Furman, Elly held two fellowships at the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability. She first served as the Communications and Outreach Fellow for the Shi Center. In this position, she helped communicate initiatives between Furman’s campus and the Greenville community, linking together different groups all focused on social and ecological sustainability. In her next position, Elly served with a team of five other students tasked with drafting Furman’s first Waste Management Plan, with a goal of reaching zero waste. Elly recently completed her senior thesis work entitled “Understanding Campus Metabolism: Transformative Sustainability at Furman University”. She was also awarded the Wallace C. Fallaw Outstanding Senior Award by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department and the Leverette Sustainability Award by the Shucker Center for Leadership Development.
Coleman Allums of Decatur, GA, graduated cum laude from Furman University in May of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainability Science and Economics. During his time at Furman, Coleman was heavily involved with the Shi Center for Sustainability as a Mellon Fellow and Student Farm Manager. He had significant roles in multiple long-term research initiatives at Furman, all of which sought to integrate analyses of conservation and resource use with sociopolitical and economic considerations. As an Endowment Intern, Coleman will draw heavily upon this work, as well as previous work with the City of Decatur, GA, the City of Greenville, SC, and the Atlanta Local Food Initiative. In his spare time, Coleman enjoys writing, gardening, fishing, and cooking.
Anne-Marie Melief of Simpsonville, SC is a 2013 graduate of Furman University with a B.A. in Earth and Environmental Sciences. While at Furman Anne-Marie also worked for three years at the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, where she focused on sustainability assessment initiatives for the University. She conducted several Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories as well as completed the biennial Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System (STARS) survey, both of which will be used to further sustainability efforts at Furman. Anne-Marie was a member of the Furman University Symphony Orchestra for four years as a cellist, and participated variously in the Music Department. Besides music, Anne-Marie enjoys hiking, reading, movies, and exploring other cultures.
George Ginn Flowers Jr. of Columbus, Georgiareceived his B.S. in Sustainability Science and Political Science from Furman University in May 2013. During his time at Furman, he conducted multiple research projects comparing farming practices and policies in communities across the United States and, as a Furman Advantage Research Scholar, abroad. As a sophomore at Furman, he served as a work-study employee on the Furman Farm at the Shi Center of Sustainability. He also held the position of Sustainability Chair for his fraternity from sophomore to senior year, where he managed two small vegetable gardens, a chicken coop, and two ducks. In his spare time, George enjoys farming, hiking, traveling, fishing, and reading.
Sofi Delgado Perusquiaof Germantown, TN received her B.A. in Economics and Asian Studies from Furman University in May 2012. She worked at the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability during her time at Furman. There, she served as the Communications and Outreach Fellow. Under this position, she was the editor of The Long View¸ the Shi Center’s biannual newsletter, and she also created a social media strategic plan. Most recently, she cofounded the Sustainability and Environmental Education for Kids (SEEK) program that designs and teaches sustainability-related lesson plans in elementary schools in the Greenville area. In her spare time, Sofi enjoys listening to all types of music, swimming, and regular trips to the library.
Patrick Starr of Atlanta, GA is a senior at Furman University double majoring in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Political Science. He received the Furman University year-long David E. Shi Sustainability Fellowship with the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. Patrick will work full time this summer and part time during the academic year. The Endowment aligns directly with Patrick’s academic interests as it was created as a result of a governmental agreement and is an environmentally focused organization. Outside of the office Patrick keeps busy as he is Philanthropy Chair of his fraternity, a member of the Riley Institute’s Advance Team, President of the Furman Ice Hockey Club, on the Furman Ultimate Frisbee team, and loves to backpack and hike.
Katie Premo of Charlotte, North Carolina is a recent graduate from Furman University. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences, and a concentration in Environmental Studies, her studies at Furman focused on the local food movement in Greenville, SC, specifically with community gardens and food production. As an Earth Sciences major, Katie is passionate about the environment and how society interacts with their surroundings. Immediately following graduation in May of 2012, Katie joined the US Endowment as one of the two 2012 interns, and is excited to focus on projects for the duration of the year long internship. Outside of work, Katie enjoys volunteering with local community gardens, hiking, swimming, and traveling.
Cammeron Tommey ofColumbus, GA, returns to the Endowment after previously serving as an intern in 2008. Cameron received a B.S. in Earth & Environmental Science with a concentration in Latin American Studies from Furman University. His thesis research, “Comparative Sustainability Perceptions of Environmental Non-Governmental Organization (ENGO) Members”worked with Upstate South Carolina conservation groups in the emerging field of Environmental Perceptions. After being named a Compton Mentor Fellow in 2010, he spent a year integrating small-scale, community-based reforestation projects in the Eastern C’hort’i’ region of Guatemala. His work with indigenous groups and NGOs in a developing nation led him to write a memoir,a year in guatemala. In his free time, Cameron enjoys hiking and trail running, as well as travel.
Michelle McGee of Pearland, TX has a love and passion for nature and the biological sciences. Miss. McGee received an A.S. in Biology from Central Texas College in Killeen, TX before transferring to Furman University in Greenville, SC. A graduate from Furman with a B.S. in Biology, she joined the Endowment as the 2011 Intern. A member of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, while at Furman she worked with Dr. Greg Springsteen on his "The Molecular Evolution of Stemloop DNA Aptamers" research project. Michelle enjoys participating in all outdoor activities (fishing, camping, kayaking, etc.) as well as poetry and song writing.
ArthurWilliams, IV of Monroe, GA received a B.A. in History with a Concentration in Earth and Environmental Science from Furman University where he also lettered in football. After graduating in 2008, Arthur joined the Endowment for a 10 month stint. Arthur recalls his time at the Endowment as the point where his career was kick started. “As a leader in the national arena the Endowment exposed me to the forefront initiatives within the forest products industry that provided a strong foundation for my graduate studies as well as my career.” After his time at the Endowment, Arthur achieved a Master of Forest Resources from the University of Georgia and is a member of Xi Sigma Pi National Forestry Honor Society. He is currently a Partner at Salvus Capital Management, an Atlanta-based private equity firm focused on natural resource investment opportunities, primarily timberland, in the Southern United States.
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