At Northland, students gain a competitive advantage for graduate school and post-graduation job offers. Our paid internship program is designed to give hands-on experience from freshman year through graduation, connecting students with the best work experiences for their needs. Students also apply their learning through research and study abroad. Here’s a few examples.
MATT HOSZKO, FAR LEFT
Sustainable Community Development: Matt interned at a logistics brokerage called Coyote Logistics as a carrier sales rep in Chicago for the summer, where he learned customer service and interaction.
Biology and Natural Resources
I was a fisheries intern with the Bayfield DNR this summer. I spent a majority of the time out on their boat, the Hack Noyes. That is where this picture of a baby Sturgeon was taken. It was great spending most of my summer in the area and out on the boat using gill nets to collect population estimates of Lake Superior fish.
Sustainable Community Development: Sophie’s internship at the Center for Rural Communities allowed her to merge creativity with community through the planning and execution of a 20’x9’ mural. She wanted to create something that showcased the natural beauty of this region while also drawing on the power of communities who stay grounded and connected to their environment.
Meteorology: Mikayla interned at the KBJR6 news station in Duluth, Minnesota, as a meteorology intern. Mikayla worked with Chief Meteorologist Adam Clark helping him build his forecast graphics and practicing her own forecasting and broadcasting skills. “It’s been exciting to see myself grow as a meteorologist as the station has grown and evolved,” she said.
Natural Resources with Emphasis in Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology: Each day presented a new challenge; a new learning opportunity, said Will Otte. Forces internship with the LoonWatch at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, he entered or collated data. He monitored loons, tabled at events, administered educational presentations, and read up on current research issues affecting loons. “I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my summer,” he said.
Outdoor Education with Emphasis in Wilderness Leadership: Dashiel led a 24-night backpacking trip in the Wilmore wilderness in Alberta, Canada. We focused on off-trail navigation, backcountry cooking and wilderness leadership. “It was a difficult but rewarding trip with tremendous views and incredible people,” he said.
Natural Resources with Wildlife Ecology and Ecological Restoration Emphasis: Jordan worked as an education intern at the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, during the summer of 2016. Working in the education department, she and five other interns ran hourly programs about topics such as wolf research, wolf folklore, wolf behavior, and wolves of North America.
Sustainable Community Development and Sociology and Social Justice: Adrian traveled to Nicaragua as part of his internship at Compatible Technology International (CTI) to explore how rural communities are leading efforts to eliminate waterborne illness using an inexpensive technology from CTI that uses chlorine tablets to disinfect a community’s water source.
Biology and Natural Resources: Callie interned with the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) in the Great Lakes Fisheries Section to monitor and help establish a population estimate of sea lamprey in the Bad River as well as catching Siscowet lake trout and lake sturgeon using gillnets to learn more about the population dynamics of these species in Lake Superior.
Natural Resources with an Emphasis in Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology: Michaela attended a conference in D.C. through Citizens Climate Lobby aimed at empowering common citizen’s to find their voice within their government and work to put a price on carbon. I learned how to have conversations in non argumentative ways, and reach across the aisle to both conservatives and liberals.
Natural Resources with Emphasis in Ecological Restoration: For her first job after graduation, Grace took a job with The Prairie Enthusiasts to collect and process the seeds of native plants. Her home base is the 600-acre Mounds View Grassland Preserve in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin.
Hailey worked at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) museum to help to get the museum property ready for Airventure week. The highlights of her summer were painting and washing planes before moving them into the museum.
Chemistry and Broad Field Science Education: Jane interned in the ARELab for the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation as a research technician. In the certified lab, we analyze a variety of water quality parameters to support ongoing research for the Burke Center as well as other local organizations.
Natural Resources with an Emphasis in Forestry: A prescribed burn on campus was perfect practice for Lewis Wiechmann, who was on the Pioneer Fire crew in Boise, Idaho.
Outdoor Education with Emphasis in Therapeutic and Universal Design: As an experiential programmer at Northwest Passage, Megan not only planned and lead trips with the clients, but also inventoried, repaired, and prepared gear for the trips.