Darryl Gates Memorial Summer Internship Program

Former Legacy Board President Darryl Gates was a writer, editor and public relations professional who built a career at Montgomery newspapers as well as Alabama Living, the publication of the Alabama Rural Electric Association of Cooperatives.

Darryl was an environmentalist who not only supported those who worked in environmental efforts but worked through Legacy to help build and provide environmental education in our state. He remained in awe of nature throughput his life, respecting and appreciating the outdoors through activities including hiking, backpacking and canoeing.

Gates willingly shared his inspirational enthusiasm for the environment and his dedication to conservation with everyone he met.

Darryl served Legacy in numerous capacities beginning in 1998 including serving two years as President. In honor of his years of commitment to the organization and to environmental education, the Darryl Gates Memorial Summer Internship program was created.

2023 applications starting in January

Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education, is an Alabama-based, statewide non-profit environmental education organization whose mission is to “create environmentally responsible citizens through balanced, fact-based environmental education.” Legacy was founded in 1992, and is funded primarily through the sale of Alabama’s “Protect our Environment” license tags. 

For 2023, Legacy will once again offer its Darryl Gates Memorial Summer Internship program, and we are currently seeking highly qualified undergraduate or graduate students for these positions. Our 6 – 8 week Summer Internship Program will provide students the opportunity to participate in on-the-job training and environmental education opportunities.  Students who are selected for the Legacy Summer Internship program will work with environmental organizations with a focus on environmental education, environmental monitoring, and sustainability and preservation of our precious natural resources.

Interns must exhibit consistent professional characteristics such as a positive attitude, ability to show initiative, emotional maturity and self-responsibility. Physical activity may be required. Students who are adaptable, responsible, hard-working, willing to learn, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply.

Legacy Summer Interns will work part-time (at least 20 hours per week) for a minimum of six weeks during the summer of 2023. Applicants must be rising Juniors, Seniors, or graduate students in good academic standing, who are enrolled full-time in a relevant undergraduate degree program at a four-year college or university in the state of Alabama. Specifically, we are looking for students who are enrolled in a variety of environmentally-related fields, such as environmental education or engineering; environmental studies; teaching degrees in science, biology, or related field; environmental law; or other environmentally-related career paths.  Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale as of Fall quarter/semester 2023, and planning to be enrolled full-time through the fall of 2023. Interns must be able to work independently and as part of a team, be comfortable working with all ages, be willing to work outdoors in summer conditions, and must be able to work for a minimum of six weeks (between June – August), with start and end dates established through the host agency. Interns must work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Applicants are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

Compensation for the Summer Internship program is $2,000 per student for six weeks or $2,500 per student for 8 weeks, which is payable in two installments based upon ongoing successful completion of the task.

Students who wish to apply should complete the Summer Internship application form and mail it, along with a resume, a note from your advisor stating that you are a student in good standing, an intern job description, and  a one-page narrative of why you would like to receive this internship and the goals you hope to accomplish to:

Toni Bruner Executive Director

Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education

P.O. Box 3813

Montgomery AL 36109

You may also email this information to: toni@legacyenved.org

Applicants will be notified in June as to whether or not they received a position. 

Legacy Summer Internship Program Documents

Student Process:

  1. Submit application to Legacy
  2. Conduct 6 – 8 week internship between June 1 and August 31, 2023 (Dates to be determined by host agency)
  3. Two reflection papers on internship experience (One due at mid-term, another after completion of internship)
  4. Presentation about internship to Legacy Board of Directors and other Legacy programs upon request
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