Event Title

Bridging the Gap for Emerging Professionals: CNHP's Professional Internship Program

Location

Forestry Room 127

Event Website

http://uenr.warnercnr.colostate.edu

Start Date

3-24-2012 1:00 PM

End Date

3-24-2012 1:30 PM

Description

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) is a research and service institute of Colorado State University (CSU) in the Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Department of Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR). We are Colorado’s only comprehensive source of information on the status and location of Colorado’s rarest and most threatened species and plant communities. We are actively engaged with a wide range of stakeholders in partnerships that work to ensure that Colorado’s biodiversity resources are not diminished. In this role, we are uniquely poised to offer novel opportunities for young professionals who are seeking careers in natural resources conservation, management, and research. As part of Colorado State University, we are also well poised to support and engage students in a wide range fruitful and rewarding opportunities. Professional positions can be extremely difficult to find for students finishing an undergraduate degree. Positions that open at state and federal agencies often receive hundreds of applications. Many recent graduates with strong academic achievement records become frustrated in their pursuit of these opportunities. Many students that we interact with cite the “catch 22” of needing experience to secure a position or get accepted to graduate school, but have limited means of getting that experience. We have developed an internship program to help students bridge the gap between their Academic and professional careers. This program is targeted toward early-career professionals that have not completed a graduate degree. This program is unique in offering a salaried position for one or more professionals geared specifically towards the development of skills, credentials, and contacts with which to launch into a career in natural resources. Because graduate school is an important step in securing a position within an agency, non-profit, or scientific organization, there is an emphasis on graduate school preparation in this internship program. Interns are also guided through a process of engagement with key professionals and leaders within the natural resource field. Our guidance is part of a strategic approach to connecting the intern with professionals within their specific area of interest.

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Citation: Anderson, DG, Siemers, J. 2012. Bridging the Gap for Emerging Professionals: CNHP's Professional Internship Program. UENR 9th Biennial Conference. http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/9thBiennial/Sessions/48/

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Bridging the Gap for Emerging Professionals: CNHP's Professional Internship Program

Forestry Room 127

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) is a research and service institute of Colorado State University (CSU) in the Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Department of Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR). We are Colorado’s only comprehensive source of information on the status and location of Colorado’s rarest and most threatened species and plant communities. We are actively engaged with a wide range of stakeholders in partnerships that work to ensure that Colorado’s biodiversity resources are not diminished. In this role, we are uniquely poised to offer novel opportunities for young professionals who are seeking careers in natural resources conservation, management, and research. As part of Colorado State University, we are also well poised to support and engage students in a wide range fruitful and rewarding opportunities. Professional positions can be extremely difficult to find for students finishing an undergraduate degree. Positions that open at state and federal agencies often receive hundreds of applications. Many recent graduates with strong academic achievement records become frustrated in their pursuit of these opportunities. Many students that we interact with cite the “catch 22” of needing experience to secure a position or get accepted to graduate school, but have limited means of getting that experience. We have developed an internship program to help students bridge the gap between their Academic and professional careers. This program is targeted toward early-career professionals that have not completed a graduate degree. This program is unique in offering a salaried position for one or more professionals geared specifically towards the development of skills, credentials, and contacts with which to launch into a career in natural resources. Because graduate school is an important step in securing a position within an agency, non-profit, or scientific organization, there is an emphasis on graduate school preparation in this internship program. Interns are also guided through a process of engagement with key professionals and leaders within the natural resource field. Our guidance is part of a strategic approach to connecting the intern with professionals within their specific area of interest.

https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/9thBiennial/Sessions/48