Applications open for summer
environmental internship program
Governor's Environmental Corps
funded through corporate contributions
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[FEB. 1, 2005]
-- Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the Illinois Environmental Protection
Agency announced Monday that applications will be accepted through
March 25 for this summer's Governor's Environmental Corps internship
program. Applications can be downloaded from the Internet.
"The goal of the GEC program is to
deliver a ‘hands on' learning experience for full-time college
undergraduate or graduate students currently pursuing degrees in
such fields of study as engineering, geology, chemistry, biology,
communications and law," said Illinois EPA Director Renee Cipriano.
"Many alumni from this program have gone on to careers in the
environmental field, and their contributions also energize our own
staff each summer."
Established in 1991, the Governor's Environmental Corps program is a
unique partnership between state government and Illinois
corporations whose sponsorship contributions pay the salaries and
expenses of college students who participate in the nine-week
This year's program will run from
June 1 to Aug. 5, with about 40 positions statewide expected to be
funded through corporate sponsorships. The majority of selected
students will be matched with staff mentors in Springfield, where
Illinois EPA's headquarters, organics laboratory and central
regional office are located. However, positions will also be
available in regional offices in Des Plaines, Rockford, Peoria,
Champaign, Collinsville and Marion. Salaries for the full-time
nine-week internship have been set at $1,305 per month.
Students are paired with agency
mentors in their area of environmental interest and are able to make
meaningful contributions to the regulatory and compliance assistance
operations of the Illinois EPA.
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In addition to gaining work
experience in a professional office setting and field operations,
the interns also participate in regular field trips and workshops
designed to provide firsthand knowledge of current environmental
challenges and solutions, as well as career opportunities across the
Interns stationed in the Springfield
area who enjoy working with children can also serve as volunteer
instructors in the Junior Governor's Environmental Corps, an
environmental awareness and education program reaching hundreds of
6- to 12-year-olds in central Illinois each summer.
The Governor's Environmental Corps
program now has nearly 500 alumni from the 13 years the program has
been in existence. The internship offers resume-building experience
in the environmental field and insight into public service
those who plan to pursue environmental careers in government,
not-for-profit organizations or the private sector.
Applications can now be downloaded
from www.epa.state.il.us or
are available by contacting Rochelle DeRochi at (217) 782-9540. The
deadline for submitting application packages is March 25.
Environmental Protection Agency news release]
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If we tried to invent the
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Dogs are pack animals who
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their idea of heaven.
Many dogs left to fend for
themselves at the end of a chain fall prey to attacks by other
animals or cruel people, and many others are injured or hanged
or choke as a result of getting entangled or caught in their
If you have a backyard dog,
please, bring him or her inside. They don't want much--just
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