Conservation and Environmental Planning

Internship Opportunities

Internships provide students with an opportunity to apply classroom learning in a real world work experience. Internships lay the experiential foundation for future opportunities and establish professional networks that launch careers. Read about some recent student experiences as interns in conservation and environmental planning-related positions.

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Brooke Dreshek Internship

Brooke Dreshek

Hometown: Green Bay
Major: Conservation and Environmental Planning
Position Title: Vegetation and Refuge Management Intern
Employer: Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

My name is Brooke and I am a conservation and environmental planning major from the Green Bay area. Since I was familiar with Green Bay, I wanted to apply for the internship with Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a 700-acre urban wildlife refuge in the Green Bay Park System.

As a conservation and environmental planning major, I was especially interested in restoration management and my internship also focused on that. I supervised volunteer groups who were assisting with plant identification, invasive species management and land restoration. One of my favorite experiences was working with a group of 8 to 12 year olds and having them run relay races on plant identification and create costumes with plants. For my special project, I established a transect and quadrats to identify plant species in a more remote area of the refuge.

This was my first internship and it was a great experience. I look forward to doing another internship this summer and am hoping to find a park ranger position. I would encourage all students to experience at least one internship during their time at UW-River Falls!

For more information on internships, contact the CAFES Internship Office:

210 Agricultural Science