For release: April 19, 2011
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843
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.
Shana Guy is a “green intern” with Grow Memphis. She is a junior at the U of M, majoring
and minoring in child psychology
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 www.memphis.edu/internships or from Kathy Tuberville in the office of Academic Internships, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 901-678-3105.