CEDAR CITY–Southern Utah University’s Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative (IIC), is hosting their annual Public Lands Employment Day February 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Sharwan Smith Student Center Ballroom. This event provides an opportunity for students and the community to discover potential internships with state and federal public lands agencies, most notably the National Park Service, United States Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management.
The IIC is a nationally recognized and award-winning program within the Outdoor Engagement Center at Southern Utah University. The IIC works to create, maintain, and strengthen partnerships between public land agencies and regional youth with paid, education-based internship programs. Internships are available for college students, high school students, and recent graduates and range from field-based to administrative opportunities.
Operating in Southern Utah, Northern Arizona, and Eastern Nevada, each internship is located at different state and federal public land agencies, providing unique experiences in each location and hands-on training in a variety of fields. These internships provide students the needed skills to pursue potential career opportunities as well as the chance explore fields they might be interested in. Several interns have been able to move from their internship into careers. In 2017 the IIC catered to over 220 interns located at dozens of different locations.
Public Lands Employment Day is an opportunity for students to meet agency mentors and find out more about available programs and internships. The IIC is expecting over 15 agencies to be represented at the 2018 Public Lands Employment day, with each recruiting for a variety of internships from wildlife and rage to accounting and graphic design.
Each IIC internship is tied to the earning of an academic credit making each experience more valuable for career preparation and educational growth. Working to create stewards of the natural world, the IIC strives to continue to encourage youth to participate in the program, and invites everyone to get a peek inside the program on February 7.
Learn more about the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative and the upcoming Public Lands Employment Day at iicinternships.com.