21 High School Interns have just completed their summer internships with ACE in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).
In a series of blog posts, the GSMNP summer interns describe the program and their experiences:
- Hannah Ensley introduces the program
- Nicole Welbourn describes how she helped the Fisheries division with a stream inventory.
- Matthew Sullivan explains the training needed to be a wild land firefighter.
- Laura Booth discusses the maintenance work that the NPS does for cemeteries in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
- Linden Jones describes the Summer Internship Program.
The GSMNP Summer Internship Program is funded by both the Youth Partnership Program and Friends of the Smokies (FOTS). FOTS has supported the program for 16 years, initially providing the salaries for the interns and now funding the program staff salaries.
The program is designed to give the interns a little taste of a variety of activities that rangers are involved with – from fisheries science to botany to forest and stream ecology. The interns gain an understanding of how the park is managed and are introduced to possible career opportunities.