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Andrus Scholars Program

Meet the Andrus Scholars class of 2021

This year’s Andrus Scholars class doubled in sized from last year thanks to a collaborative endeavor with Boise State University’s Biology Department and a  National Science Foundation Idaho EPSCoR Program. The GEM3 EPSCoR grant funded three additional environmentally focused Biology students alongside our traditional three School of Public Service Environmental Studies student awardees.

We are very excited to expand this student program and collaborate with other programs. The three students with a Biology degree focus funded by the EPSCOR grant include Allen Chatfield, Syd Patterson, and Lauryn Kirschner. Andrus Scholars with an Environmental Studies degree focus are funded by our generous Andrus Scholars Fund donors and include Amanda Grimsted, Cheyon Sheen, and Maggi Szelez.

  • Allen Chatfield

    Allen Chatfield

    Allen Chatfield is a current sophomore at Boise State University studying Biology. Allen is an Asian American from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and enjoys fishing, hiking, and rock climbing. Allen plans on continuing their education and pursuing a graduate degree after receiving their bachelor’s degree. With the Andrus Scholars Program, Allen hopes to investigate further the effects humans are having on our environment and help protect and preserve our lands’ natural beauty.

    Allen Chatfield is a current sophomore at Boise State University studying Biology. Allen is an Asian American from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and enjoys fishing, hiking, and rock climbing. Allen plans on continuing their education and pursuing a graduate degree after receiving their bachelor’s degree. With the Andrus Scholars Program, Allen hopes to investigate further the effects humans are having on our environment and help protect and preserve our lands’ natural beauty.

  • Amanda Grimsted

    Amanda Grimsted

    Amanda Grimsted is currently a senior at Boise State, majoring in Environmental Studies. Amanda’s career goals involve working at environmental protection agencies to promote sustainability. The Andrus Scholars Award will be a great opportunity for her to get involved in this work through encouraging environmental action and education in her community. Amanda was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, loves all the beauty Idaho has to offer and wants to work to protect that land. Her passions are hiking, kayaking, backpacking, and skiing.

    Amanda Grimsted is currently a senior at Boise State, majoring in Environmental Studies. Amanda’s career goals involve working at environmental protection agencies to promote sustainability. The Andrus Scholars Award will be a great opportunity for her to get involved in this work through encouraging environmental action and education in her community. Amanda was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, loves all the beauty Idaho has to offer and wants to work to protect that land. Her passions are hiking, kayaking, backpacking, and skiing.

  • Lauryn Kirschne

    Lauryn Kirschner

    Lauryn Kirschner is born and raised in Boise! Lauryn is a biology major with an ecology, evolution, and behavior emphasis. She hopes to work in the conservation and management of lands and wildlife throughout Idaho and the Northwest. Lauryn has always felt drawn to nature and wildlife and will use the Andrus Scholars Award to learn the techniques and practices used to help the environment and become a steward for a change! Throughout this past year, she has gained a number of hobbies to get outdoors while maintaining social distancing like bird watching, hiking, and frisbee golfing. These activities have let her get outside and enjoy nature while staying safe in these turbulent times and have driven home the need to protect our wilderness areas so we can enjoy them for a long time. Lauryn hopes to be able to help these areas and make an impact in the environment we all enjoy.

    Lauryn Kirschner is born and raised in Boise! Lauryn is a biology major with an ecology, evolution, and behavior emphasis. She hopes to work in the conservation and management of lands and wildlife throughout Idaho and the Northwest. Lauryn has always felt drawn to nature and wildlife and will use the Andrus Scholars Award to learn the techniques and practices used to help the environment and become a steward for a change! Throughout this past year, she has gained a number of hobbies to get outdoors while maintaining social distancing like bird watching, hiking, and frisbee golfing. These activities have let her get outside and enjoy nature while staying safe in these turbulent times and have driven home the need to protect our wilderness areas so we can enjoy them for a long time. Lauryn hopes to be able to help these areas and make an impact in the environment we all enjoy.

  • Syd Pattterson

    Syd Pattterson

    Born in Caldwell, ID, Syd Patterson attended Caldwell High School and graduated in 2012. In 2014, she received her Associate’s Degree from Boise State University and moved into the service industry for six years. Over that time, she had the opportunity to work at the Discovery Center of Idaho and realized her STEM education passion. Syd is now a junior majoring in biology with an emphasis on secondary education. Syd is particularly focused on ways to engage students and the general public with scientific concepts and critical thinking, especially pertaining to environmental science and conservation, with aspirations to teach. As part of the Micron Academy for Inclusive Leadership, Syd is currently working toward increasing access to STEM, leadership opportunities, and professional development for students in grades 6-12. As an Andrus Scholar and intern with the Bureau of Land Management, she hopes to learn more about environmental policies and public land stewardship practices in action in order better to serve her local & global community through education.

    Born in Caldwell, ID, Syd Patterson attended Caldwell High School and graduated in 2012. In 2014, she received her Associate’s Degree from Boise State University and moved into the service industry for six years. Over that time, she had the opportunity to work at the Discovery Center of Idaho and realized her STEM education passion. Syd is now a junior majoring in biology with an emphasis on secondary education. Syd is particularly focused on ways to engage students and the general public with scientific concepts and critical thinking, especially pertaining to environmental science and conservation, with aspirations to teach. As part of the Micron Academy for Inclusive Leadership, Syd is currently working toward increasing access to STEM, leadership opportunities, and professional development for students in grades 6-12. As an Andrus Scholar and intern with the Bureau of Land Management, she hopes to learn more about environmental policies and public land stewardship practices in action in order better to serve her local & global community through education.

  • Cheyon Sheen

    Cheyon Sheen is a proud Korean immigrant raised in Twin Falls, Idaho. She is a sophomore at Boise State, majoring in civil engineering and minoring in Environmental Studies. Chen’s studies align with her passions of real-life problem solving and creating accessible, sustainable solutions for people, emphasizing marginalized communities. With her education, Cheyon plans on building sustainable, affordable housing in the future. During her time involved in the Andrus Scholars program, Cheyon hopes to further the work of intersectional sustainability and gain a deeper perspective of how communities, specifically Indigenous communities, need aid and how she can use her current and learned skills to support them.

    Cheyon Sheen is a proud Korean immigrant raised in Twin Falls, Idaho. She is a sophomore at Boise State, majoring in civil engineering and minoring in Environmental Studies. Chen’s studies align with her passions of real-life problem solving and creating accessible, sustainable solutions for people, emphasizing marginalized communities. With her education, Cheyon plans on building sustainable, affordable housing in the future. During her time involved in the Andrus Scholars program, Cheyon hopes to further the work of intersectional sustainability and gain a deeper perspective of how communities, specifically Indigenous communities, need aid and how she can use her current and learned skills to support them.

  • Maggi Szeles

    Maggi Szeles

    Maggi Szeles is a third-year student working towards her bachelor’s in political science and Environmental Studies. Maggie was born in Boise and raised to appreciate Idaho’s natural landscape and opportunities, which instilled in her from a young age a passion for environmental advocacy. Upon completing her bachelor’s degree, she will pursue a Juris Doctor, studying environmental law and adding to the workforce fighting for equitable and sustainable natural resource protection. The Andrus Scholars Award has created an opportunity for Maggie to experience this advocacy in action through interning with Advocates for the West. In her time with this environmental law firm, Maggie hopes to extend her passion for the North West’s land and resources through creating lasting impacts by contributing thoughtful and intensive work on the environmental injustice-based cases that come before Advocates for the West.

    Maggi Szeles is a third-year student working towards her bachelor’s in political science and Environmental Studies. Maggie was born in Boise and raised to appreciate Idaho’s natural landscape and opportunities, which instilled in her from a young age a passion for environmental advocacy. Upon completing her bachelor’s degree, she will pursue a Juris Doctor, studying environmental law and adding to the workforce fighting for equitable and sustainable natural resource protection. The Andrus Scholars Award has created an opportunity for Maggie to experience this advocacy in action through interning with Advocates for the West. In her time with this environmental law firm, Maggie hopes to extend her passion for the North West’s land and resources through creating lasting impacts by contributing thoughtful and intensive work on the environmental injustice-based cases that come before Advocates for the West.

About the Program


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Sponsored internships with federal, state, nonprofit, or other mission-centered business enterprises that provide undergraduate Boise State environmentally focused students with meaningful work experience that will enhance learning and skill development, assist in post-graduation job placement, and ultimately support the development of the environmental and public lands stewards of tomorrow.

A 10-week summer internship will encompass pertinent job experience and a variety of skill development opportunities such as fieldwork, job shadowing, industry networking, conference attendance, mentoring, and career counseling.

Students will complete their programs by making presentations of their internship experience and learning to a panel including but not limited to the Andrus Center Board of Governors, School of Public Service Dean, Environmental Studies Program Director, NSF Idaho EPSCoR Program, and other affiliated colleagues.

Andrus Scholars Program Includes:

  • 10-week, 30/hr a week, 6-Credit hours Summer Internship
  • $6,000 in Scholar funds to help pay for internship credit hours, provide the equivalent to a living wage for hours worked, and any internship-related travel and expenses

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  • Will receive letters of professional recommendation from their internship agency supervisors
  • May request letters of professional recommendation from the Andrus Center or Environmental Studies representatives
  • Will receive free attendance to all Andrus Center conferences for the remainder of their Boise State program studies. This includes our annual Environmental Conference, Women and Leadership conference, and any Education focused events and Andrus Lectures.
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*Some internships are supported by the National Science Foundation Idaho EPSCoR Program under award number OIA-1757324.

* Due to COVID-19, some internships may be facilitated (partially or fully) remotely.

Andrus scholars will be announced the first week of March.

Read the Andrus Scholars Program flyer

2021 Summer Internship Opportunities:

Idaho Conservation League

The overall goal of the Idaho Conservation League internship program is to provide real-world conservation experience to college students interested in learning more about conservation issues. The intern will develop an in-depth perspective of statewide conservation issues and natural resource policies and gain an appreciation for the many roles within a non-profit organization.

  • Public Lands Management: Review land management project proposals from the Forest Service and BLM and draft science-based comments.
  • Field Work: Join ICL staff on field tours to review mining, travel planning, and forest restoration projects. Assist with citizen scientist and wilderness stewardship field trips as needed.
  • Outreach: Assist engagement staff with outreach events as needed to elevate ICL’s presence within a broad community.

Read an information sheet about the ICL internship

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

At the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, students to gain relevant work experience related to careers in fish and wildlife science and/or management during their internship and can meet these requirements through a wide variety of experiences.

  • Assist with analysis of public surveys and license database information to inform efforts relating to recruitment, retention, and reactivation of license buyers.

  • Work with Communication Bureau on public outreach to communicate the Department’s efforts to manage fish and wildlife and serve our license customers and the public.

  • Participate in fieldwork with the Fisheries and Wildlife Bureaus to support the management of fish and wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend

Advocates for the West

Advocates for the West is a leading public interest, nonprofit environmental law firm that provides free legal services to conservation organizations, Native American Tribes, and concerned citizens across the American West. With offices in Boise, ID (headquarters), and Portland, OR, Advocates for the West works in all 11 western states. Its team of attorneys (currently 8 attorneys) specializes in enforcing the nation’s environmental laws through litigation in federal court.

  • Legal Support: Conduct legal and factual research, provide litigation and pre-litigation support, and draft memos and legal documents, all under the supervision of one or more staff attorneys.
  • Public Outreach: Work with our communications and fundraising team to develop content for our website, newsletters, and other materials; help organize and participate in outreach events.
  • Learn & Network: Meet with our client partners, conduct field visits, and attend court proceedings; participate in weekly staff meetings; attend weekly summer clerk and intern seminars to learn more about environmental law and meet other attorneys and conservationists around the West.

Read an information sheet about the Advocates for the West Internship

Bureau of Land Management

At the Bureau of Land Management, students:

  • Assist in analyzing the environmental consequences of proposed projects to help inform decision-making (including writing and editing National Environmental Policy Act analyses)
  • Participate in public outreach regarding public lands, natural resources, safety, and stewardship
  • Conduct fieldwork in programs such as wildlife, range forestry, fuels reduction, or recreation to aid in the management of public lands for current and future generations

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

The 2021 Anadromous Policy Intern at the Columbia river Inter-Tribal Fish Commission will research and synthesize a variety of topics relevant to Columbia River Basin anadromous fish, fisheries, and fisheries policy. A focal point will be creating improved synergy between the Columbia River estuary/plume and inland tribal efforts toward rebuilding or reintroducing anadromous fish populations. CRITFC recently acquired stewardship of the Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction (CMOP), which has pioneered infrastructure for the observation and simulation of flows and ecosystems within the Columbia River estuary. Integrating new research opportunities in the estuary with existing tribal fisheries programs and policy is essential.

  • Research and assessment: Identify, compile and review relevant tribal, federal, and state reports/plans, peer-reviewed journal articles, and “gray literature” with an emphasis on the Columbia River estuary/plume;
  • Develop Outreach Plan: Develop a list of state, federal, tribal, and NGO contacts relevant to CRITFC and Columbia River estuary;
    • Explore opportunities for virtual meetings to discuss Columbia River estuary topics, collaboration, and future projects;
  • Fieldwork: If the opportunity arises, join CRITFC/Tribal personnel in the field to gain further experience on fish, fishery, and habitat issues within the Columbia River Basin.

Read an information sheet about the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission internship

USFS, Boise National Forest

The Boise National Forest is seeking an enthusiastic and curious public lands intern to assist various disciplines with fieldwork and outreach for priority projects, including the Great American Outdoors (GAO) Act.

  • Gain technical field skills by working alongside wildlife biologists and wildlife biological technicians to survey wildlife species and collect habitat data.

  • Apply your academic knowledge to on the ground projects for collecting data and reporting outcomes.

  •  Share your insights and perspectives to improve Boise National Forest operations, responses or activities.

Read an information sheet about the Boise National Forest internship

We are no longer accepting 2021 Andrus Scholar program applications.

Boise State University Environmental Studies Internship Process