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"Green Internships" Will Be Highlighted During U of M's Earth Day Program April 21

For release: April 19, 2011
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843

Shana Guy is a �green intern� with Grow Memphis, a project of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.  A Memphis resident, she is a junior at the U of M, majoring in psychology and minoring in child psychology and research.
Shana Guy is a “green intern” with Grow Memphis. She is a junior at the U of M, majoring in psychology
and minoring in child psychology
and research.
Of the many “green” initiatives of the University of Memphis, one of the most academically-related and far-reaching may be its “Green Internship” program.  Funded in 2010 by the student Green Fee adopted by the U of M student body in 2007, the green internships began this spring, when 12 of 22 applicants were selected for positions.

Their work will be showcased during the afternoon of Thursday, April 21, when the University of Memphis celebrates Earth Day.  Displays of their work will be on exhibit in the University Center Fountain View Room beginning at 3 p.m., followed by a program about the green internship initiative at 4 p.m. 

The internships are designed to enhance the students’ understanding of sustainability and to assist their partner organizations’ efforts to promote sustainability.  Current interns are from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Communication and Fine Arts, and Education, as well as the Fogelman College of Business and Economics, the Herff College of Engineering, and the University College.

They are interning with several entities on the U of M campus, and in the Memphis community with Bridges, Keep Tennessee Beautiful, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, United Housing, the Highland Area Renewal Corporation, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, and the YMCA Walker-University District Business Alliance.

More information about green internships and others is available online at or from Kathy Tuberville in the office of Academic Internships, via email at or by phone at 901-678-3105.

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