Larissa is an intern at the Shoal Creek Ranger District of the Talladega National Forest in a partnership between the USDA Forest Service, Greening Youth Foundation (www.gyfoundation.org, a non-profit based in Atlanta, GA), and the Career Services Department at JSU. Her activities include leading youth group tour programming, assisting the Wildlife Biologist on banding red cockaded woodpeckers, surveying decommissioned roads using GIS mapping, and helping with timber sell unit assessment.
She is thoroughly enjoying herself and getting valuable class-related work experience!
As adapted from the National Association of Colleges and Employers website:
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; they also give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.
The following six criteria must be applied when making this determination: