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SUMMER INTERNS MAZINAIGAN PAGE 18 FALL 2015 15 summer interns give GLIFWC a boost Odanah Wis.Transitioning from vigorous hours of studying and listening to endless lectures to working as an intern 15 student interns entered the GLIFWC summer workforce to assist with a variety of tasks. GLIFWC offers something most college students seek a summer internship. Even though the GLIFWC internship is open to everyone GLIFWC likes to see Native American students who are enrolled in an undergraduate or as a graduate student says Jim St.Arnold who coordinates the program. GLIFWC is pleased to provide opportunities for students and hopes to encourage more Native youth to enter careers in the vari- ous aspects of natural resource management and enforcement by offering them hands-on experiences he says. The program is growing and every year there are more applicants. This resulted in an increase of summer interns at GLIFWC this year working in various divisions including Biological Services Great Lakes Fisheries Section Inland Fisheries SectionWildlife Section Public InformationAdministration Planning and Development Intergovernmental Affairs and Enforcement. GLIFWC views interns as the future leaders of the Native American people. As they continue to strive for greater opportunities and seek more knowledge student interns are geared towards making a positive impact on the world. So lets meet GLIFWCs 2015 summer interns Administrative Division Emily Nelis Bad Rivers own is back again this summer to join GLIFWCs staff. This time around Emily joined the Administrative Division whereas last summer she worked in the Public Information Office. Her journey at UW-Madison continues. This year she will be entering into her junior year majoring in social welfare along with receiving a certificate in American Indian Studies. During Emilys down time she enjoys going to pow-wows and beading. This summer she continues to go to pow-wows representing GLIFWC at their information booths. She explains that her favorite part of the job is manning informational booths and drawing florals that are used in the Mazinaigan and various other materials distributed by GLIFWC. Emily returned to GLIFWC this summer because she enjoyed her time last summer working and traveling to various events. Biological Services Division BadRivertribalmemberFlorencePowlessjoinedGLIFWCasawildlifeintern this summer. Looking to gain more experience and understanding of the outdoor life Florence applied for a GLIFWC internship. Florence attends UW-Superior and is entering her junior year this fall where she is majoring in Communications. In regard to her internship Flo enjoyed the long walks she gets to take in the woods while setting hair snares as part of GLIFWCs pine marten study. When not setting snares she builds them for the next set. During the 2015 Healing Circle RunWalk she also assisted Bad River and Red Cliff in walking the long route. During her free time she enjoys walking her dog reading and taking long boat rides with her family. She also enjoys going to pow-wows during the summer. WillisFordLacCourteOreillesLCOCommunityCollegestudentisstudy- ing Natural Resources with an emphasis on land. Willis a LCO tribal member is also a Wildlife Section intern. He assisted with a pine marten study and helped with the removal of aquatic invasive species this summer. Willis was interested in the internship at GLIFWC because it meant hands-on training and spending time outdoors. His mother Sirella Ford was a previous GLIFWC employee so he was familiar with staff and liked the atmosphere at the office. After graduating Willis plans on becoming a warden. During his down time he enjoys beading and staying fit. BrytonJenningsfirsttimeGLIFWCinternisworkingintheWildlifeSection this summer. During the course of the summer Bryton monitored the rice beds. He and his partner Andre Virden checked manoomin stands on various ceded territory lakes recording data on each. Bryton attends UW-Madison where he is majoring in Biology. He lives in Weston Wisconsin but is a Bad River tribal member. In his down time Bryton likes playing with his pup Gus and studying different animals like beavers. The other wild rice intern is Lac du Flambeau tribal member Andre Virden. Andre attends the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he is a major in Fisheries and Water Resources. He partners with Bryton monitoring the wild rice stands checking for occurrence of rice as well as density and appearance of any diseases. During Andres free time he enjoys hanging out and just relaxing. ThomasMcCutcheonBadRiveris a new intern at GLIFWC this summer. He is working with the Biological Ser- vices Division. Throughout the summer Thomascollectedsamplesforwaterqual- ity testing and helped remove invasive species from the Kakagon Sloughs. Thomas just graduated from high school and is attending UW-Stevens Point this fall. His plans are to major in Forest Management with a minor in Environmental Law Enforcement. Thomashasbeenoutandaboutas part of his job collecting water samples in a variety of lakes. He enjoyed being out and the opportunity to travel throughout the area.After Thomas graduates with his degree he hopes to find work in his field of study. During his free time Thomas enjoys things like camping biking and swimming. He also enjoys harvesting wild rice and looking for eagle feathers. The Inland Fisheries Section welcomed new internAlbany Jacobson Eckert into their division this summer. She is an enrolled Bad River tribal member.Albany attendscollegeatStonyBrook UniversityinLongIslandNew York where she is majoring in Marine Vertebrate Biology. AsaninternAlbanyaged walleye and musky using dor- salspinesandcleithra.Shealso helpedwithinputtingofpopu- lationdata.Albanyparticularly enjoyed learning the history andbiologyoffreshwaterfish. She also liked gaining experi- ence working in a fish and wildlife agency. After Albany graduates she plans on work- inginconservationbiologyand continuing to work towards a graduate degree. Moving to Alaska is also on Albanys to-do list. Biking yoga read- ing photography and learning new languages are some of the hobbies she participates in during her down time. By Darcie Powless GLIFWC PIO Summer Intern Florence Powless left and Willis Ford. photo by Darcie Powless Emily Nelis left and Geneva Anderson. photo by Darcie Powless Bryton Jennings COR Andre Virden photo by Bryton Jennings Thomas McCutcheon. photo by Darcie Powless Albany Jacobson Eckert. photo by Butch Mieloszyk See Interns page 19