RRF’s Riverine-terns internship program provides an opportunity for high school youth in the Milwaukee area to gain work experience in the environmental field, allowing them to invest in and impact their city while assisting RRF in effectively carrying out our mission.
Benefits of the programs include:
Interns gain skills & work experience
In this program, interns gain soft job skills in addition to exposure and education about urban greenspaces.
Supports workforce diversity
Our internship program provides a catalyst for us to diversify our staff and better reflect our community.
The environmental sector reports hiring less than 20% people of color (Taylor, 2014).
Our recent strategic planning has identified that our organization must commit to diversifying to better reflect the community we serve. Internship participants ideally will be diverse in age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, and/or economic backgrounds. This increased diversity will benefit the organization with fresh perspectives across multiple platforms that will enable us to better serve the surrounding community and secure sustainable succession opportunities from within our community.
Additional support for restoration efforts
This internship program provides additional support to complete habitat restoration during the bustling growing season.