Skip to main content

Andrus Scholars Program

About the Program

andrus logo

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, 30-40/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

Upon successful program completion, Andrus Scholars:

  • Will receive letters of professional recommendation from their internship agency supervisors upon request
  • 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.
  • The Environmental Management Office with the Idaho Army National Guard is sponsoring one Andrus Scholar. Applicant preference will be allotted for an Idaho Army National Guard member.

Andrus scholars application due February 19, 2023. Recipients will be announced the first week of March. 

Apply now

2023 Summer Internship Opportunities - click the tabs to view opportunities

Meet the Andrus Scholars class of 2023

  • Laura Potter

    Laura was raised in Boise, Idaho, but feels that she has only just begun to be able to explore and fully appreciate the rich diversity of Idaho’s landscapes. After a life-changing experience working with the Idaho Conservation Corps and Northwest Youth Corps during the summer of 2022, she quickly developed a passion for the world of outdoor work and recreation. Those weeks spent camping and working across the states of Idaho and Oregon inspired an insatiable desire to learn more about the environment and the relationships that people have with it.

    Now, she aims to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies at Boise State. She also intends to incorporate her long-held passion for writing and storytelling into her education through the English Literature program. Laura hopes to combine her interests in the environment and storytelling to inspire others to develop appreciation for the world around them, as well as uplift and share the narratives of communities who work closely with the land. She feels incredibly grateful for the opportunity to further her education and pursue her interests as an Andrus Scholar, and she is excited to spend the summer working with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

    Fact: The best afternoon of my life involved a pod of whales, gluten-free fish & chips, saving a child, and some really tasty fudge.

    Laura was raised in Boise, Idaho, but feels that she has only just begun to be able to explore and fully appreciate the rich diversity of Idaho’s landscapes. After a life-changing experience working with the Idaho Conservation Corps and Northwest Youth Corps during the summer of 2022, she quickly developed a passion for the world of outdoor work and recreation. Those weeks spent camping and working across the states of Idaho and Oregon inspired an insatiable desire to learn more about the environment and the relationships that people have with it.

    Now, she aims to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies at Boise State. She also intends to incorporate her long-held passion for writing and storytelling into her education through the English Literature program. Laura hopes to combine her interests in the environment and storytelling to inspire others to develop appreciation for the world around them, as well as uplift and share the narratives of communities who work closely with the land. She feels incredibly grateful for the opportunity to further her education and pursue her interests as an Andrus Scholar, and she is excited to spend the summer working with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

    Fact: The best afternoon of my life involved a pod of whales, gluten-free fish & chips, saving a child, and some really tasty fudge.

  • Drew Becker

    Hi! My name is Drew. I‘m interested in the political economy of the environment – answering questions about the environmental impacts of policy decisions and economic processes. Outside of being a nerd, I love rock climbing, cooking, and playing Tetris (not to brag, but I’m getting pretty good…) I’m excited to work with the Andrus Center and to pursue a career in environmental policy and organizing!

    A fun fact about me: My go-to karaoke song is “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross – and yes, I sing both parts.

    Hi! My name is Drew. I‘m interested in the political economy of the environment – answering questions about the environmental impacts of policy decisions and economic processes. Outside of being a nerd, I love rock climbing, cooking, and playing Tetris (not to brag, but I’m getting pretty good…) I’m excited to work with the Andrus Center and to pursue a career in environmental policy and organizing!

    A fun fact about me: My go-to karaoke song is “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross – and yes, I sing both parts.

  • Maggie Larson

    Maggie is going into her third year at Boise State University where she is seeking a BA
    in both Communication and Environmental Studies. She also participates on the Boise State
    track and field team. Having grown up in rural Minnesota, Maggie has always had an
    appreciation for the outdoors. She was fortunate enough to live on a lake and most summers you could find her somewhere outside. This appreciation has grown immensely with her move to Idaho. Because of her appreciation of the outdoors, Maggie has her eyes set on a career in Environmental Law. Outside of her love for all things natural and her participation in track, Maggie spends time reading, doing crafts, snowboarding, and climbing.

    A fun fact about Maggie: is that her idol is Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her ultimate goal in life is to be a supreme court
    justice.

    Maggie is going into her third year at Boise State University where she is seeking a BA
    in both Communication and Environmental Studies. She also participates on the Boise State
    track and field team. Having grown up in rural Minnesota, Maggie has always had an
    appreciation for the outdoors. She was fortunate enough to live on a lake and most summers you could find her somewhere outside. This appreciation has grown immensely with her move to Idaho. Because of her appreciation of the outdoors, Maggie has her eyes set on a career in Environmental Law. Outside of her love for all things natural and her participation in track, Maggie spends time reading, doing crafts, snowboarding, and climbing.

    A fun fact about Maggie: is that her idol is Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her ultimate goal in life is to be a supreme court
    justice.

  • Sofia Bentivengo

    I am an incoming senior majoring in Environmental Studies. In my free time, I love to embroider, read, hammock, snowboard, and climb. I am the events coordinator for the Boise State Campus Sustainability Department, and a founding member and current president of the Environmental Club here on campus. As someone wanting to enact change for our environment and work with my hands, I have a passion for land stewardship and botany. I got the chance to explore these passions further this past summer working on a fuels reduction and trail crew with the Idaho Conservation Corps. I lived and worked with a small crew across Idaho’s beautiful public lands. This experience also allowed me to become a certified sawyer and grow my interest in riparian habitat restoration. I am very excited about what this program has in store for me as I intern for the Bureau of Land Management this summer.

    I am an incoming senior majoring in Environmental Studies. In my free time, I love to embroider, read, hammock, snowboard, and climb. I am the events coordinator for the Boise State Campus Sustainability Department, and a founding member and current president of the Environmental Club here on campus. As someone wanting to enact change for our environment and work with my hands, I have a passion for land stewardship and botany. I got the chance to explore these passions further this past summer working on a fuels reduction and trail crew with the Idaho Conservation Corps. I lived and worked with a small crew across Idaho’s beautiful public lands. This experience also allowed me to become a certified sawyer and grow my interest in riparian habitat restoration. I am very excited about what this program has in store for me as I intern for the Bureau of Land Management this summer.

Meet the Andrus Scholars class of 2022

  • Parker Aiello

    Parker Aiello

    Having grown up five miles in, on a dirt road near a tiny town in Northern California, Parker has always had a love for the outdoors. Since she could walk she could be found exploring the miles and miles of public lands near her home, soon becoming an enthusiastic environmentalist.
    Watch a video about Parker 

    Having grown up five miles in, on a dirt road near a tiny town in Northern California, Parker has always had a love for the outdoors. Since she could walk she could be found exploring the miles and miles of public lands near her home, soon becoming an enthusiastic environmentalist.
    Watch a video about Parker 

  • Brooke Davis

    Brooke Davis

    Brooke Davis was born in Texas, but has lived in Kuna, Idaho for most of her life. She loves to be outdoors whether it is camping, rafting, or hiking. Throughout her education, she’s had the privilege to learn and compete in topics such as forestry, land and soil evaluation, and environmental and natural resources.
    Watch a video about Brooke

    Brooke Davis was born in Texas, but has lived in Kuna, Idaho for most of her life. She loves to be outdoors whether it is camping, rafting, or hiking. Throughout her education, she’s had the privilege to learn and compete in topics such as forestry, land and soil evaluation, and environmental and natural resources.
    Watch a video about Brooke

  • Garrett Hays

    Garrett Hays

    Garrett Hays will be a graduating senior at Boise State University, majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice and receiving a certificate in Conflict Management. He was born and raised in Rocklin, California, which is a suburb right above Sacramento. Ever since Garrett was a kid, he has been engaged in outdoor activities with family and friends.
    Watch a video about Garrett

    Garrett Hays will be a graduating senior at Boise State University, majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice and receiving a certificate in Conflict Management. He was born and raised in Rocklin, California, which is a suburb right above Sacramento. Ever since Garrett was a kid, he has been engaged in outdoor activities with family and friends.
    Watch a video about Garrett

  • Lauren Noeker

    Lauren Noeker

    Lauren is a fifth generation Boise native and has spent her entire life exploring Idaho’s wilderness. From a very young age, she’s had a great appreciation for the environment and always has had a passion to protect and care for the natural world.
    Watch a video about Lauren

    Lauren is a fifth generation Boise native and has spent her entire life exploring Idaho’s wilderness. From a very young age, she’s had a great appreciation for the environment and always has had a passion to protect and care for the natural world.
    Watch a video about Lauren

  • Dallas Smith

    Dallas Smith

    Dallas Smith is from Driggs, Idaho. She is in her junior year at Boise State and majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geology. She is a motivated learner guided by a strong sense of positivity and responsibility to protect the environment for current and future generations.
    Watch a video about Dallas

    Dallas Smith is from Driggs, Idaho. She is in her junior year at Boise State and majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geology. She is a motivated learner guided by a strong sense of positivity and responsibility to protect the environment for current and future generations.
    Watch a video about Dallas

Meet the Andrus Scholars class of 2021

The Andrus Scholars class of 2021 doubled in sized from 2020 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.