[Coral-List] REMINDER: Sunia Summer Internship Available

Beth Dieveney beth.dieveney at noaa.gov
Fri Jan 13 11:16:10 EST 2006

Accepting Applications: Coral Reef Conservation Summer Internship
available for participants from U.S. States, Territories, and the Freely
Associated States

3rd Annual Governor Tause P.F. Sunia Memorial
Coral Reef Conservation Summer Internship Award

The United States Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) is pleased to announce
the 3rd Annual Governor Tause P.F. Sunia Memorial Coral Reef
Conservation Summer Internship Award, in recognition of the late
Governor’s outstanding leadership in and contribution to the
conservation U.S. coral reef ecosystems.

The late Governor Sunia is most remembered for being an eloquent and
impassioned advocate for coral reef protection and management at the
local level, not only in American Samoa, but throughout the U.S. and the
Pacific region. The results of his efforts and dedication can be seen in
the many accomplishments at the local, national, and global levels,
making the late Governor a true world leader in coral reef protection.
This award is intended to continue the Governor’s legacy by providing an
outstanding college or university student the chance to develop
professional coral reef management skills to be applied in their local

In 2004 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)
Coral Reef Conservation Program hosted the first Sunia interns from USVI
and Guam. This past summer the Department of Interior’s Office of
Insular Affairs and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosted interns from
Hawaii and Puerto Rico. In 2006 NOAA will again host the interns, and
for the first time this opportunity will be made open to applicants from
the Freely Associated States of Palau, the Marshall Islands and the
Federated States of Micronesia.

This is a competitive award, in which two excellent students from Guam,
the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Hawai`i, American
Samoa, the Freely Associated States (listed above), Puerto Rico, or the
U.S. Virgin Islands will be selected to receive a three-month,
expenses-paid summer internship working on coral reef management
initiatives with an agency member of the USCRTF.  In this third year,
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will host and
sponsor the award.  The winner, pending availability, will be flown to
Washington, DC to receive the award at the next meeting of the USCRTF.

In order to be considered for this award, applicants must meet the
following minimum requirements:
• Be currently enrolled in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program
in marine policy or science with emphasis on coral reefs; and have
completed a minimum of one academic year of study in that program.
• Have demonstrated interest and work on coral reef issues; and
• Be a legal resident of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the
Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, the Freely Associated States,
the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico.

Application Selection Timetable
Applications received by:    February 17, 2006, 5:00PM

Award winner notified:    March 17, 2006

Winner flown to DC to receive award*:   TBD,  spring, 2006
(*pending availability)

Application Material
All applicants wishing to be considered for the Award should submit the
following material:
• Unofficial copies of all college and/or university transcripts.
• Resume.
• One letter of recommendation from a professor or relevant employer.
• A 750 word essay (maximum) on the importance of managing coral reefs
in your island jurisdiction and nationally; and how this internship will
benefit your career goals related to coral reef management in your

Application material may be sent by mail, fax, or email and must be
received no later than February 17, 2006, 5:00PM EST, to the following:

USCRTF Governor Sunia Award
c/o Beth Dieveney
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
1305 East West Hwy, N/ORR
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Email:  beth.dieveney at noaa.gov
Phone: 301-713-2989 ext. 200
Fax: 301-713-4389

For more information contact Beth Dieveney at the above address.

Elizabeth Dieveney
U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Coordinator
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
1305 East-West Highway, N/ORR, Rm. 10127
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 713-2989 x 200
Fax: (301) 713-4389
Email: Beth.Dieveney at noaa.gov

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