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Geology students gain hands-on experience in summer internships


Seventeen geology students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are gaining relevant work experience — and being paid for it — through sponsored internships this summer.

“Some 75 percent of the internships are in the environmental sector,” wrote Dr. Kent Syverson, professor and chair of UW-Eau Claire’s geology department, in a recent blog post. “In addition, 50 percent of the interns are female (in a geology field where women tend to be underrepresented).”

Many of the paid internships are part of UW-Eau Claire's Responsible Mining Initiative, housed in the university's geology department. The initiative was created in November 2013 when the UW System awarded UW-Eau Claire a $451,000 Economic Development Incentive Grant to prepare highly qualified graduates for work in the mining industry, the environmental consulting industry and regulatory agencies such as the Department of Natural Resources.

UW-Eau Claire geology majors are working at the following internships:

  • Olivia Alloy, a senior from Marinette, is a wetlands intern in the Eau Claire office of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
  • Anna Brickheimer, a senior from Windsor, is an environmental geology intern with Short, Elliot and Hendrickson Inc. in Chippewa Falls.
  • Julia Bowe, a recent UW-Eau Claire graduate from Chippewa Falls, is a hydrogeology intern with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers/U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Summer Field Training Program in East Hartford, Connecticut.
  • Benjamin Degner, a senior from Appleton, is a hydrology trainee with the U.S. Geological Survey at its field office in Wichita, Kansas.
  • Maria Juliana Delgado Gomez, a junior from Stevens Point, is a project technician with the Student Conservation Association in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina.
  • Jacob Durand, a recent graduate from Eagan, Minnesota, is a mineral exploration intern with Big Rock Exploration in Minneapolis.
  • Andrew Faris, a junior from Chippewa Falls, is a geology intern with Unimin Corp. in Ottawa, Illiinois. 
  • Eli Fredrickson, a senior from Elmwood, is an intern with Pierce County Land Management in Durand.
  • Hannah Herzfeld, a senior from South St. Paul, Minnesota, is with the AmeriCorps Conservation Apprentice Academy in the Marshall County Soil and Water Conservation District in Minnesota.
  • Sarah Kintner, a recent graduate from Green Bay, is a stream survey technician for American Conservation Experience and the Bureau of Land Management in Corvallis, Oregon.
  • Morgan Kubishak, a senior from Osseo, is an environmental affairs intern with Unimin Corp. in Mankato, Minnesota.
  • Mitch Lassa, a senior from Wausau, is a hydrogeology intern with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers/U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Summer Field Training Program in Troy, New York. 
  • Kyle Roloff, a senior from Holmen, is an environmental intern with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
  • Colton Sander, a junior from Woodville, is an environmental intern with Cedar Corporation in Menomonie.
  • Kinzey Stoll, a recent graduate from Springfield, Illinois, is with the AmeriCorps Conservation Apprentice Academy in the Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District in Minnesota.
  • Jake Tveite, a recent graduate from Owatonna, Minnesota, is a geology intern with Lundin Mining Corporation in Michegamme, Michigan.
  • Jane Williams, a senior from Ingleside, Illinois, is a geology intern with Smart Sand Inc. in Tomah.

For more information about the geology summer internships and the Responsible Mining Initiative, contact Dr. Kent Syverson, professor and chair of the department of geology, at 715-836-3676 or syverskm@uwec.edu.


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