Utah Internship Success
Representatives of Southern Utah University (SUU),
the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, the
Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Parks, and University students
gathered at the Southern Utah University Mountain Center on September
24th to celebrate the successful development of a public lands and
parks, and university internship cooperative over the past two years.
The partnership was originally envisioned by Superintendent
Paul Roelandt of Cedar Breaks National Monument, who proposed and
acquired joint funding for development of the program from the National
Park Service Challenge Cost Share program and Southern Utah University.
Two years ago a steering committee was formed, with representation
from each of the seven land management agency partners and led by
Superintendent Roelandt, Anne Smith of the SUU Outdoor Center and
Professor Briget Eastep of the SUU Outdoor Recreation Program. The
committee developed the framework of the program initially titled
the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative or “I.I.C.”.
The intent of the program was to create volunteer, paid intern,
and seasonal employment opportunities and potential career development
for SUU students. Anne Smith, was later hired part time as the Cooperative’s
first coordinator of the Cooperative to further spearhead its development.
Other Steering Committee members have included: Brian Cottam SUU
Regional Services, Susan Linder – SUU Career Services, Steve
Robinson – Dixie National Forest, Daniel Cloud – Bryce
Canyon National Park, John Hiscock – Pipe Spring National
Monument, Larry Gray - Utah State Parks, Lawrence Twitchell - Utah
State Parks, Sherry Roche - Bureau of Land Management, Marc Neidig
– Zion National Park, and Dan Ng – Bryce Canyon National
Park. Many other agency and University staff have helped in innumerable
In 2008, 38 SUU students were placed as volunteers,
interns and seasonal employees with agencies and sites such as Bryce
Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Zion National
Park, Pipe Spring National Monument, the Dixie National Forest,
Sand Hollow Reservoir State Park, Fremont Indian State Park and
other locations. They worked in such diverse areas as wildlife inventories,
archeological surveys, visitor management, interpretation, maintenance,
and ranger dispatch. Several of the student participants were on
hand on the 24th to highlight their experience in the program.
Now, the program enters a new phase. The groundwork
is laid for an ongoing cooperative partnership between public land
and park agencies and SUU. Superintendent Roelandt recently successfully
acquired additional National Park Service funding, which will be
matched by SUU Regional Services funding for the program. A new
full time National Park Service position has been advertised and
will soon be filled to coordinate agency needs with SUU student
recruitment. Professor Eastep and Ms. Smith have also successfully
developed and received University sanctioning of creditable practicum
courses and internships. The program looks forward to additional
growth, student participation and career development.
Photo caption: Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative Steering
Committee – L to R – John Hiscock - Superintendent,
Pipe Spring National Monument, Marc Neidig – Interpretive
Supervisor, Zion National Park, Daniel Cloud – Facility Manager,
Bryce Canyon National Park, Briget Eastep – Professor of Outdoor
Recreation, SUU, Steve Robinson – Outdoor Recreation Specialist,
Dixie National Forest, Lawrence Twitchell - Utah State Parks, Susan
Linder – Career Services, SUU, Anne Smith - Cooperative Coordinator,
SUU, Larry Gray – Region Manager, Utah State Parks.
Your Visit From early June to mid-October, the
visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visitor
facilities are CLOSED from mid-October through late May. For more
information on Cedar
Breaks National Monument click here.