Internships Supported by the Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation

About the Fund

The Edna Bailey Sussman Fund is a trust fund set up by the late Margaret L. Sussman of New York City. This fund was established to make awards for environmental internships to students focusing their studies in environmental subjects. SNRE students are eligible to apply for Sussman internship funding if they are in good academic standing, will be interning in the US, and will continue their education in the fall. Funding amounts are typically $5,915 per student.

How to Apply

The application deadline for 2015 funding is Thursday, January 22, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Completed Internships Supported by the Sussman Fund

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Alliance for the Great Lakes

Sarah Geise intered at Alliance for the Great Lakes and focused on policy and planning for separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins to prevent transfers of aquatic invasive species with a heavy emphasis on public messaging. Side projects included social media outreach, a bi-state coastal restoration planning project and database use. Writing for the general public and GIS analysis were important aspects of this internship and it was a very rewarding first experience for Sarah to work with a non-profit/NGO.

City of Ann Arbor Energy Office

In this internship Laura Palombi engaged and coordinated internal and external stakeholders to develop energy efficiency financing programs for the City of Ann Arbor's Energy Office.

Department of the Interior

Alexandro Bazan contributed to the Department’s Strategic and Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP), a required report that describes how the DOI is achieving the goals set by Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. Efforts involved playing an important role in the SSPP review process by coordinating revisions, suggestions, and comments of the working document.

Huron River Watershed Council

Emma Maack worked on a number of large and small projects related to local ordinances that affect water quality, organizational relationships with local communities, and field assessments on ecological quality. One of her main projects involved researching and summarizing relevant ordinances in the Portage Creek watershed, and analyzing the possibilities for improvement. She also created an Access database organized by community so HRWC could begin tracking information on policies and ordinances as well as their own projects in their 63 constituent communities.

Sierra Club
Interning with the Sierra Club Detroit provided Ryan Stock with the perfect application to strategies and theories he had learned at SNRE. Perhaps the most profound experience was working closely with Rhonda Anderson, who is a virtuoso of community organizing. His analytical skills were employed doing investigative research into the toxic releases of industries in correlation to how these releases pose a threat to public health and decline of ecosystem health.
The Greening of Detroit

Oren Brandvain helped to develop the Vacant Land Program under the Green Infrastructure Department. He began with the installation of 10 neighborhood beautification/stormwater management treatment located on vacant lots in the Cody Rouge neighborhood. Oren then developed materials for outreach, program development, and evaluation.

The Sonoran Institute

David Eisenhauer worked on issues related to rural land use--particularly rangeland management. A majority of his time was spent researching markets for tourism that centers around agriculture, otherwise known as agritourism. Later he worked on a report detailing current work related to co-management of rangelands. In these institutional arrangements, local users collaborate with governmental agencies, key stakeholders, and interest groups to manage both private and public lands.

The Wilderness Society

Bryce Esch worked with the Forest Ecology on the monitoring protocols for forest restoration in the Northern Rockies, collected data with a team of undergraduate field assistants, and analyzed the data to assess accuracy compared to data collected using other monitoring protocols.

U.S. Department of State

Brian Smyser worked for the State Department's Bureau of Energy Resources in the Office of Electricity and Energy Efficiency. Over the summer, I managed the Bureau’s Mexico portfolio, developing research, briefs, talking points and strategies, and staffing a principal officer in Mexico City for bilateral and public-private meetings on emerging high-level energy issues.

Washtenaw Parks & Recreation Commission

Matt Ferris-Smith assisted with the commission's communications work. Specific projects included interpretative signage, PowerPoint presentations, fliers and Facebook management. He also gathered information for the commission's next master plan, and helped to create an awards program for participants in youth interpretive activities.

World Resources Institute

Lilly Connett spent her summer working in the Markets and Enterprise Program (MEP) of the World Resource Institute (WRI).