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 college internship program to attract bright minds from the university 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 (including GPA and list of core courses for intended major(s))
A writing sample (2-4 page recently written essay, letter, report, or similar document that is most representative of the writing abilities and intellect the applicant would bring to the Endowment)
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.