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  • Locations: Multiple Cities in Alaska, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Class Eligibility:
0-First Year and Above
Minimum GPA:
Housing Options:
Apartment, Dormitory, Rustic (Camp, Hut, etc), Shared Hostel/Hotel
Internship Option:
Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
Disciplines of Classes Available:
Program Advisor/Manager:
Mark Dalhouse
Program Leader 1:
Cassie Kircher
Program Leader 2:
Joe Jacob
Need-Based Scholarship:
ELR Unit: 1 unit
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Summer Alaska


This summer program includes a literature course, a 12-14 day learning adventure in South-central Alaska, and the opportunity for an 8-10 week internship.  

About the Location

At 586,000 square miles, Alaska is an area where humans and wildlife have lived in harmony for thousands of years. The state is known for stunning scenery - tall mountains with narrow valleys, turquoise-colored lakes and rivers, vast ice fields and glaciers, tundra and northern boreal forests. We will explore this varied landscape on land and water, possibly viewing native species including moose, Dall sheep, caribou, brown and black bear, salmon, seals, otters and whales.


One of the key ideas underlying this course and one that separates it from other travel courses is Jerry Mander's idea that the essential cultural difference is between technological [urbanized] people and native [nature-based] people. This course examines that most radical and important difference in culture and its significance. Students will have a short but intense experience of nature, read about the experience of others who have sought out or lived in this region, and have contact with residents, both native and non-native of the Kenai Peninsula and surrounding area.

Course Information:

GBL 255/ENG 255-US (4 credit hours)

This is a hybrid course begins online June 1, 2017 and goes on-location in Alaska (begins in Anchorage, Alaska June 12, 2017). This course fulfills either the Literature or Society requirement and, when combined with the internship, satisfies two units of Elon's Experiential Learning Requirement. This course combines experience in Alaska with the study of its people and its natural environment through the work of well-known environmental, historical, and literary writers. Students will explore the ways different native and non-native peoples have perceived Alaska and examine how their own perceptions of Alaska have been constructed.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  This course requires a minimum number of participants in order to go; the decision for whether this course will be held will be made on April 28, 2017.

Spring Pre-departure Meetings:
There will be pre-departure meetings held in late spring semester to prep students for their adventure in Alaska. These meetings are MANDATORY and will be announced as soon as possible.

Internship Opportunities:
Students will be able to complete a 2 credit hour internship at one of numerous businesses, non-profits, and governmental agencies located on the Kenai Peninsula. Students must apply for and secure internships, and will be aided by program faculty and career services professionals on campus. Students completing the course and internship will earn up 6 credit hours for the summer.  

Grades count toward an Elon GPA. 

Study USA courses may NOT be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Please see below for sample internship opportunities.

Program Activities

Tentative Itinerary:

Call of the Wild: Alaska, Nature & Imagination
Sample Itinerary & Footnotes
14-day Trip in Alaska

Day 1      
 Arrive in Anchorage, AK
                Check into the Alaska Backpacker Inn
                Tour Anchorage & hike the Coastal Trail for early arrivals *

Day 2        Early departure to Hope, AK & the Chugsach National Forest *
                 Stop at Portage Glacier
                 Drive up Palmer Creek Road high above treeline in the Kenai Mountains
                 Set-up base camp next to a babbling creek

Day 3        Late morning hike on old mining trail deep  into Palmer Creek Valley
                 Picnic lunch next to an extensive network of beaver lodges and ponds
                 Return hike to base camp

Day 4        Leave base camp for cross country hike up to and along ridgeline allowing plenty of time for individual reflection and regeneration
                 Return to base camp and prepare for morning departure

Day 5        Break camp and drive to Sterling, AK
                 Lunch along Kenai Lake shoreline *
                 Hike Kenai River Canyon rim *
                 Settle into lodging at the Jana House Hostel

Day 6        Drive to the East Entrance of the Swan Lake Canoe Trail *
                 Hike & portage to Birch Lake
                 Set-up camp along the shoreline of Birch Lake

Day 7        All day exploration of Birch Lake and surrounding wilderness 
                Time for wildlife observation, fishing and individual reflection

Day 8        Hike & portage to Teal & Mallard Lakes exploring each lake shoreline and surrounding area
                 Return to base camp

Day 9        Break camp and begin drive to Clam Gulch, AK *
                Stop in Soldotna, AK for showers, laundry & reprovisioning
                Settle into cabins in Clam Gulch

Day 10       Morning hike along Cook Inlet beaches *
                  Afternoon visit to Dean Osmar's set net site & sled dog kennel *
                  Evening bonfire & visit from local Clam Gulch residents *

Day 11        Begin drive to Homer, AK
                  Visit Russian Orthodox Church in Ninilchik, AK *
                  Search for eagles at lunch spot next to Deep Creek
                  Visit Norman Lowell Art Gallery near Anchor Point, AK *
                  Set up camp at Seaside Farm near Homer, AK *

Day 12         Early breakfast
                   Drive to end of Homer Spit & Check-in with Mako Water Taxi
                   Water taxi ride across Kachemak Bay *
                   Hike to Greywinck Glacier Lake & have a picnic lunch *
                   Hike Saddle Trail to Halibut Lagoon *
                   Water taxi pick up & ride back to Homer
                   Showers & return to Seaside Farm

Day 13        Early breakfast & break camp
                   Begin the 220-mile drive back to Anchorage, AK
                   Picnic Lunch Along the Way
                   Check into the Alaska Backpacker's Inn
                   Farewell Dinner at the Tai Kitchen

Day 14        Visit to the Alaska Natural & Cultural Heritage Museum
                   Explore Anchorage & surrounding area before departing flights

* Footnotes

Coastal Trail –
The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail has both an urban and wild feel to it.  It encircles the city with many side trails branching off to neighborhoods.  The citizens of Anchorage like to get outside and enjoy what Alaska has to offer.  People walk, bicycle and jog the trails 24 hours a day.

Hope, AK & the Chugach National Forest – Hope was first settled in the early 1890s as the first gold mining town in Alaska.  At one time, 6,000 people lived in and around Hope.  Today, the full-time population averages around 180 people.  The Chugach National Forest, established by Teddy Roosevelt, is approximately 6.8 million acres and includes the Chugach Mountain Range and the Kenai Mountain Range.

Kenai Lake – A very large glacial lake that is turquoise in color due to the finely suspended silt created by glaciers grinding down rock.  The finely suspended silt is called glacial flour.

Kenai River – World famous salmon river originating from glaciers high in the Kenai Mountain Range and emptying into Cook Inlet, an arm of the North Pacific Ocean.

Swan Lake Canoe System – One of only two national canoe trails, the other being the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota.  The Swan Lake Canoe System is in a federally designated wilderness area of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.  The Refuge is approximately 1.8 million acres.

Clam Gulch, AK – In the early 1950s, before there were any roads on the southern Kenai Peninsula, Per and Fran Osmar homesteaded an area of the eastern coast of Cook Inlet known as Clam Gulch.  Named after the abundant razor clams that are as large as an adult hand, the area is best known for its productive salmon set net fishery.  The population of Clam Gulch is around 180 residents.

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race – Sled dog racing is to Alaskans what football is to the lower 48 states.  In 1984, Dean Osmar, son of Per and Fran Osmar, lead the 1000+ mile race to Nome from start to finish and won in record time.  A visit to his home offers an opportunity to visit an existing kennel of sled dogs and an active salmon set net site.  Dean has employeed Elon University students in his set net operation.

Cook Inlet Beaches – Cook Inlet is an extension of the North Pacific Ocean with tidal ranges of over 20 feet twice a day.  The Inlet is named after Captain Cook who sailed into the inlet looking for the Northwest Passage.  The rocky/sandy beaches extend over 50 miles from Clam Gulch to Homer, AK.  Forty miles on the other side of Cook Inlet from Clam Gulch, the Alaska and Aleutian Mountain Ranges converge giving rise to Mt. Spur, Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Illiamna, all volcanoes over 10,000 feet in height.

Clam Gulch residents – The residents of Clam Gulch represent a sampling of people who are passionate about living in Alaska.  Although very different in professions, educational backgrounds, values and politics, they somehow don’t let their differences divide them.  Alaska can be a very harsh place to live where people that are different still need each other to survive.

Russian Orthodox Church in Ninilchik, AK – Before Alaska was owned by the United States, Russia occupied it in to the 1800s.  Russians enslaved the native people of the Kenai Peninsula and brought with them their customs and religion.  A few Russian Orthodox Churches built in the late 1890s still exist on the Kenai Peninsula, one of which is in Ninilchik.

Norman Lowell Art Gallery – Norman Lowell and his wife moved to their present location near Anchor Point, AK in the late 1940s where they homesteaded and Norman began painting landscapes.  Still painting, the gallery represents his life’s work and is a wonderful representation of the culture and environment of the southern Kenai Peninsula.  Both Norman and his wife are usually present in the gallery to greet visitors and answer their questions.

Seaside Farm – Located on the north shore of Kachemak Bay is Seaside Farm which offers amazing views of the Bay, the Kenai Mountains, glaciers and the Harding Ice Field.  A large pasture, outdoor kitchen and living area make for a wonderful base camp from which to explore Homer and the surrounding maritime environment.

Homer Spit & Harbor – Homer Spit is a glacial moraine upon which a road was built.  At the end of the road is a “working” harbor which protects boats and ships of all shapes, sizes and uses.  There are hundreds of fishing vessels mixed in with pleasure craft.  Along the road next to the harbor, many small businesses serve the visiting public with food and gifts to purchase.

Kachemak Bay – Kachemak Bay is the second largest estuary in the world measured in terms of number of species and biomass of species.  It is surrounded by the southern terminus of the Kenai Mountains and Harding Ice Field and the Caribou Hills making for a beautiful and memorable landscape/seascape.

Greywinck Glacier Lake & Halibut Lagoon – A glacier is nothing more than a river of ice flowing downhill.  In the case of Greywinck Glacier, it flows from the Harding Ice Field, the largest ice field in the world.  Chunks of ice routinely fall off the face of the glacier forming floating icebergs in the lake.  A hiking trail originating from the glacial lake leads over a mountain pass to Halibut Lagoon, an arm of Kachemak Bay.

General Program Dates

Summer 2017 - The course will begin online the beginning of June and the travel component in Alaska will take place throughout the month of June 2017. You may begin an internship after the end of your course in June, but please account for travel to your internship site from where your course ends.


The cost of this program will be based on individual internship sites as some internships include housing. For those not including housing, we have options for students at a reasonable cost. The base cost before housing is estimated at $6,500 (includes ground transportation & meals during the 12-14 days of travel, as well as Elon tuition and program fees). Students are responsible for transportation to and from Alaska, and for transportation and meals after the course and internship orientation ends.  

For students electing to take only the GBL/ENG 255 course, the base cost is estimated at $5,000 (includes ground transportation, housing and meals during the 12-14 days of travel, as well as Elon tuition and program fees). 

Scholarships/Travel Grants

GEC Access Scholarships are designed to help provide access for all undergraduate students to participate in an Elon-approved Global Engagement (study abroad or Study USA) program. The application for a GEC Access Scholarship is a questionnaire embedded in the outgoing program application--there is no external application. Please see the GEC Access Scholarship brochure for information on eligibility, conditions, and notification. 

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

Students can apply for summer financial aid through Elon University in person in the Office of Financial Planning in the spring semester summer financial aid applications are due May 1.  

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your global engagement program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


Students will be housed during the course and internship orientation portion of the program (June 12-25) and then housing is based on individual internship site. Some internships include housing - for others, we will utilize local facilities and the prices will vary based on location and length of internship.  


Go to Elon Abroad. You will be prompted to answer demographic questions, complete a brief essay, sign the Study USA Risk & Responsibilities form, and pay a $400 application deposit.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from September 13, 2016 to April 7, 2017.  Students are strongly encouraged to apply early if they are interested in obtaining an internship. Students interested in financial aid should apply for the GEC Access Scholarship and see the office of financial planning for further help.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  This course requires a minimum number of participants in order to go, the decision for whether this course will be held will be made on April 28, 2017.

Note: University aid for the summer is not determined until early May, after the payment deadline. Our office will be in communication with Financial Planning to determine any aid you may be receiving and we can waive that amount from your final amount due.  


Spring Pre-departure Meetings

This program includes some pre-departure meetings during late spring semester. These meetings will help you prepare for your time in Alaska.
More information coming soon!



You are required to attend all pre-departure meetings and/or courses associated with the Study USA program for which you are applying.

Cancellation And Payment

Program fee payment is due as indicated below.

Your request for refunds associated with payments for Study USA programs must be submitted by the following deadlines, according to this Cancellation Policy. 

Cancelling your participation in a program must be done by email to Mark Dalhouse, Students should be aware of the following refund schedule:

  • $400 deposit due at time of application and is applied to the total program cost.
  • $400 deposit is non-refundable April 1.
  • Final determination of program continuation or cancellation is made April 1.
  • Full program cost is due May 1.
  • Full program cost is non-refundable two weeks prior to program start date.
Visit the Study USA Payment and Cancellation Policies page for more information.

Additional Information and Links

Connect with the GEC, global engagement alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal! 

Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Questions? Contact Mark Dalhouse at (336) 278-6700 or e-mail


Elon Students in Alaska Cassie Kircher(Course Faculty)
Department of English
Whitley 203
2338 Campus Box

Mr. Joe Jacob
Alaska Personal Journeys
P.O. Box 76         
Clam Gulch, AK  99568      
Study USA
Global Commons 360
CB 2375
Elon, NC 27244
336-278-6700 (phone)

Sample Internships:

1. Business/Organization:  Alaska SeaLife Center

Address:  Seward, AK


Number of available internships:  See below

Category of internship(s):  (Marketing/Business/Comm./Environmental/Etc.)

Possible opportunities:
Aquarium Husbandry, Avian Husbandry, Dive/Aquarium Husbandry, Eider (Sea Duck) Husbandry, Eider (Sea Duck) Laboratory, Interpretation - Avian, Interpretation - Conservation, Interpretation - Education, Interpretation - Eider, Interpretation - Exhibits, Interpretation - Mammals, Interpretation - National Park Service, Marine Animal Stranding Program, Marine Mammal Husbandry, Sales & Marketing, Steller Sea Lion Research, Steller Sea Lion Video Monitoring - Chiswell Project, and Veterinary Laboratory Assistant

Beginning/ending dates? Flexible?:
Minimum of 10-12 weeks between May 1 – September 30

Full-time/Part-time? Days/hours each week?:
Full-time (40 hrs/week)

Paid or unpaid?  If paid, terms?:

What academic major(s) would make excellent candidates for your internship(s)?:
Biology, Education, Communications and Business

Brief description of duties:
The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) sponsors an internship program for college students or graduates who are interested in gaining an educational experience in a world-class marine facility. ASLC internships offer a well-rounded, educational experience working in a variety of areas within the Center. Depending on the type of internship, duties may include assisting aquarium, avian or marine mammal staff with animal husbandry tasks; helping with marine-related research projects as well as teaching and/or preparing lessons in their education department. Interns will be required to participate in a variety of areas and all interns are required to participate to some extent in the interpretive aspects of their operation. Interns will not be permitted to participate in ASLC activities on vessels unless specified in the internship.

Application process:
Apply online between early December and early January.

Housing provided?:
Yes. Dormitory-style housing at the University of Alaska/Fairbanks and one other facility provided that include full kitchens.

Other notes/comments:
Interns are responsible for meals and travel expenses.  Limited ground transportation provided locally to buy groceries 
and visit the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Program Requirements:
Applicants must be college graduates or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university with a 
background or coursework in a related field. Applicants must have the ability to understand and follow written 
and oral instruction, have excellent communication skills, and good organizational skills with attention to detail. 
Applicants must possess the ability to adapt to an ever-changing work environment, and be available to work 
weekends, evenings and holidays. Public speaking skills, a familiarity with video equipment and software, and 
experience with education programs are highly encouraged. 

2. Business/Organization: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

Address:  Homer, AK


Number of available internships:  Varies each year

Category of internship(s): (Marketing/Business/Comm./Environmental/Etc.) - Education, Biology & Ecology

Beginning/ending dates? Flexible?:
Some flexibility

Full-time/Part-time? Days/hours each week?:

Paid or unpaid?  If paid, terms?:
See information under “Brief description of duties”

What academic major(s) would make excellent candidates for your internship(s)?:
Biology, Ecology & Education

Brief description of duties:

Positions available are geared towards college seniors and recent college graduates.  A great way to get your foot in the door in Environmental Education!  Begin the season by shadowing, training, and helping with programs for the first month and then share the lead on programs.  Programs based out of Peterson Bay Coastal Science Field Station and the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory across from Homer, AK.  Train as a residential instructor/group leader for Alaska Coastal Ecology field trips and Homer based activities for school groups, grades 4-12.  Duties will include instruction, leading beach and forest hikes, and performing routine maintenance of aquaria.  Field sites feature rocky intertidal areas of outstanding diversity, a coastal forest trail system, and salt and freshwater wetlands.  Position requires knowledge of basic intertidal, marine, and forest ecology; experience instructing and organizing school groups or children, good physical condition, and ability to live and work in a residential situation with school groups and other staff.  Alaska or similar experience and experience with stocking and maintaining salt water aquaria preferred.

NATURALIST INTERN - Wynn Nature Center
Gain skills and experience to lead Wynn natural history hikes and tours and participate in a research or environmental education project.  Energetic, creative individuals needed with academic background in botany and forest ecology with field courses preferred; and some experience with teaching or interpretation.

NATURALIST INTERN - Peterson Bay Field Station
Gain skills and experience to lead Peterson Bay natural history hikes and tours and participate in a research or environmental education project.  Energetic, creative individuals needed with academic background in forest ecology and intertidal and marine ecosystems with field courses preferred; and some experience with teaching or interpretation.

Application process:
View for available internships and/or contact Beth directly.

Housing provided?:
Yes. A small amount of space is available above the Center’s main office and at the Wynn Nature Center and Peterson Bay Field Station.

3. Business/Organization:  Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Address:  Homer, AK


Number of available internships:  Two

Category of internship(s):  (Marketing/Business/Comm./Environmental/Etc.) - Environmental Education

Beginning/ending dates? Flexible?:
July 1, 2014 – August 15

Full-time/Part-time? Days/hours each week?:
30 hours per week, Tuesdays – Saturdays from 9:30am – 4pm

Paid or unpaid?  If paid, terms?:
Unpaid, however housing and a food stipend are provided

What academic major(s) would make excellent candidates for your internship(s)?:
Biology or marine science, environmental education, or related fields

Brief description of duties:
Interns will enhance the experience of Homer visitors through interpretation, one-on-one assistance, and hands-on demonstration related to a variety of marine / coastal environment themes at KBNERR Discovery Labs, outdoor Estuary Hikes, and special events.

30% Provide visitors with thematic information and demonstration / activity assistance during 2-hour Discovery Labs and 1-hour Estuary Hikes.
20% Prepare for public programs scheduled throughout the summer.
25% Interpret visitor center exhibits and respond to visitor inquiries about Kachemak Bay / Alaska at the AK Islands & Ocean Visitor Center information Desk.
10% Set-up and clean-up of lab classroom.
15% Assist KBNERR staff with special projects.

Application process:
Send the attached internship application, resume, 3 references (names with emails and phone numbers), and cover letter to Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, Attn: Internship Program, 95 Sterling Hwy, Suite 2, Homer, AK 99603 or email it to

4. Business/Organization:  Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Address:  Soldotna, AK


Number of available internships:  Maximum of 10

Category of internship(s): (Marketing/Business/Comm./Environmental/Etc.) - General biological and ecological research dealing primarily with large animal (moose, brown & black bear, lynx, etc.) and bird (swans, arctic terns, etc.) populations and ecological studies dealing with animal migrations and habitat requirements. Internships can be tailored to the specific interests of a student.

Beginning/ending dates? Flexible?:
Minimum of 10-12 weeks between May & September

Full-time/Part-time? Days/hours each week?:
Full-time (40 hrs/week)

Paid or unpaid?  If paid, terms?:
Unpaid.  In the past, John has been able to pay for an intern’s transportation to Alaska along with a stipend of $25/day.   That did not happen this year because of budget cuts. No indication at this time as to whether or not funding will be available in 2015.

What academic major(s) would make excellent candidates for your internship(s)?:
Biology & Ecology

Brief description of duties:
Interns will assist field biologists with basic animal and ecological research

Application process:
No formal application process.  Contact John to discuss student’s interest & experience

Housing provided?:
Yes. Five log cabins are available with bunk beds for two interns in each.  A nearby log cabin has a kitchen, shower, washer, dryer and WiFi.

Other notes/comments:
If travel funds become available, interns will have access to refuge vehicles for limited personal use and for research.

5. Business/Organization:  Kenai River Sportfishing Association

Address:  Soldotna, AK


Number of available internships:  TBD

Category of internship(s): (Marketing/Business/Comm./Environmental/Etc.): Marketing, business, communication, education, biology/ecology and event planning

Beginning/ending dates? Flexible?:
Priority for interns would be preparation for the Association’s fundraising events that take place during the summer and early fall; 
  • Kenai River Classic - The Kenai River Classic is an invitational fishing event held each summer to raise funds for habitat restoration projects, fisheries education, research and management.
  • American Heroes Family Adventures - Instructional Program that brings families from Elmendorf Air Force Base who have been serving overseas and haven't had a chance to spend quality time with their families to the Kenai Peninsula.  During this event the families will experience the Kenai Peninsula with guided fishing on the Kenai River, Fly Out fishing, Halibut fishing and other activities.
  • Kenai River Jr. Classic - Some young Alaskans have never had the opportunity to go fishing, and that's what the Jr. Classic is all about.  The Association brings kids between the ages of eight and 16 to fish with a professional guide on the Kenai River during the Jr. Classic.  The kids also learn about salmon, river ecology and boating safety. 
  • Kenai River Women’s Classic - One of the first events of its kind for women in Alaska, the Association, in conjunction with the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, invites professional women to come to Soldotna in September for two days of silver salmon fishing, networking and educational seminars.
Full-time/Part-time? Days/hours each week?:
Full-time (40 hrs/week)

Paid or unpaid?  If paid, terms?:
Small stipends are available.

What academic major(s) would make excellent candidates for your internship(s)?:
See categories above.

Brief description of duties:
Interns could be used in marketing the nationally recognized fundraising events and participating in all of the details involved in putting on the events.

Application process:
No formal application process. Contact Ricky.

Housing provided?:
Unknown at this time. The new dormitory at Kenai Peninsula College may be a possibility.

6. Business/Organization:  National Park Service

Address:  240 W. 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK  99501


Number of available internships: several

Category of internship(s): (Marketing/Business/Comm./Environmental/Etc.): Natural/Cultural Resource Interpretation (Communications), Biology

Beginning/ending dates? Flexible?:  
Flexible depending on park unit. Approximately May 15 – Sept 10 (less if volunteering)

Full-time/Part-time? Days/hours each week?:
Usually full time – 40 hours per week

Paid or unpaid?  If paid, terms?:
If paid, must apply via announcements posted on USAJobs

What academic major(s) would make excellent candidates for your internship(s)?:  
Communications with a background in natural sciences; biology

Brief description of potential duties:
1. Greets visitors to parks, provides general orientation and guidance.  Conducts formal presentations such as nature walks, talks and slide shows.  
2. Assists biologists with field research possibly including fire ecology, small mammal studies, plant and animal inventories – this would include spending time in remote camps working with a small crew in a very rustic camp setting, hiking over rough terrain and likely in rainy conditions.  Work varies by park and projects are not yet determined.
3. Application process:
a. For paid employment students would apply to specific announcements posted on USAJobs.  These would be posted as seasonal jobs and the selectee would work with the supervisor to develop/meet internship requirements.
b. For Volunteer opportunities students can contact parks or Kathleen Kelly for applications for the various opportunities.
4. Housing provided?:  Yes, in most locations.  Housing can be single family home dwellings shared with other employees to small cabins with no running water but a central bath house, and most locations are remote.  It is recommended to bring at least a month’s worth of food to begin with.  Depending on location, rides can be shared for town trips for groceries and supplies or it could be flown in (at an additional cost).  Food is expensive in the park locations.  There is no cost for housing for full time volunteers. Employees have rent deducted from their salary checks.

Other notes/comments:
We do not have a specific internship program and it is best for the student to contact and work with the supervisor in the park unit.  And although we do not set aside specific internships we can work with you to let the parks know of your program and the students that are seeking internships.

7. Business/Organization:  Southern Kenai Peninsula Parks Advisory Board & Ninilchik Village Tribe

Address:  Ninilchik, AK

Website:  None

Number of available internships:  Depends on student interest & experience

Category of internship(s): (Marketing/Business/Comm./Environmental/Etc.)
There are two, possibly three program needs; two for the Advisory Board and one for the Tribe.  Darrel works for the Tribe and is its representative on the Advisory Board and is the Board’s chairperson.

The Tribe will be conducting ecological surveys in 2014 of the salmon streams on its lands that enter the Kasilof River.  They have subsistence rights to fish the River which now is receiving heavy competition from sportfishing guides.  They want to be sure that this competition is not negatively impacting their subsistence rights.  They could use interns to help them survey the tributary streams and River.  In this particular case, students with ecology or biology majors would be needed.

The Advisory Board’s role in Alaska State Parks is to make recommendations to the Director of the needs of 12 parks/recreation areas within the Southern Kenai Peninsula region.  These parks are spread out over a 50-mile area and are under tremendous pressure from public use and are in need of upgrading to protect the natural and recreational resources and to accommodate the use. Environmental/biological and communication majors would be used to do the following:

1. Develop both a website and Facebook page representing the 12 park/recreational areas.  The idea behind the website and Facebook page is for the Board members to be in better communication with each other and State Parks staff and for the general public to be better informed about the parks/recreation areas so that they become advocates for them.

2. Take inventory for both the park's animals and plants and record the park/recreation area and surrounding area history.

3. Interview park users on camera as to their impressions of the parks/recreation areas and needed user facilities.  The idea here is to present State Park officials with a visual assessment of user impressions and needed facilities rather than produce a report that would just be put up on a shelf.

4. Develop the website in a way that it becomes a virtual representative of the parks/recreation areas and their assets and needs. The third possible program area needing intern support is an assessment of a hiking/biking/horseback riding trail extending some 60 miles along the beaches of eastern Cook Inlet. Although there is much private land along the beach bluffs, it only extends out to mean high water which means that for half the tidal cycle twice a day, the public has the right to access. The parks/recreation areas could serve as nodes (campsites) on a chain of an extended trail system with little or no additional public acquisition of property rights. A Cook Inlet Beach Trail from Kasilof to Homer could become to the Kenai Peninsula what the Appalachian Trail is to North Carolina or the Pacific Coast Trail is to California. Both Ecology/Biology and Communication interns would be needed for such an assessment and documentation. If the assessment proves positive, later communication interns (i.e., another time period like during the regular academic year) could develop marketing materials that promote trail use. Alternatively and possibly in addition to work on a Cook Inlet Beach Trail, there is interest in creating a hiking/biking/cross country skiing trail from Kasilof to Anchor Point with side trails to parks/recreation areas and creation of trails within the parks/recreation areas.

Beginning/ending dates? Flexible?:

Full-time/Part-time? Days/hours each week?:
Full-time.  Flexible days/hours each week.

Paid or unpaid?  If paid, terms?:
Unpaid.  Darrel has indicated that he has access to grants that might be available for paying interns.

What academic major(s) would make excellent candidates for your internship(s)?:
Biology, Ecology & Communications

Brief description of duties:
See the descriptions above under Category of Internship(s).

Application process:
No formal application process.  Contact Darrel to discuss student interest & experience.

Housing provided?:
Yes. Students could camp at each of the parks/recreation areas while doing their inventory/assessment.  The Ninilchik Tribe has office facilities in Ninilchik where interns could use computers, telephones, copying facilities, etc. There may also be some rustic accommodations in a camp, but transportation would need to be provided. Depending on the number of interns, Joe Jacob has some lodging options in Clam Gulch, AK which is located near some of the parks/recreation areas.
Alaska Internships
PLEASE NOTE:  This is a new program and some details are still being fiinalized.  While we have made every effort to fully and accurately describe the program, some information is subject to change.  Please check back on this site for any updates and feel free to ask any questions by e-mailing  

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/16/2017 ** Rolling Admission 06/12/2017 06/25/2017
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program. All completed applications are reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.

Open Period: Sept. 13 to 11:59 p.m., Nov. 17.

Rolling Period: Nov. 18 to 11:59 p.m., Feb. 16.

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The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.