PICS Organization Name
USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station
Asheville, North Carolina
Kiley Coates '20, Mim Ra Aslaoui '18
Southern Research Station conducts natural resource related research programs and shares research results with a variety of audiences, partners, congressional delegates, youth and the general public. The headquarters office in Asheville houses approximately 50 personnel, with 250 others located at research labs and/or on university campuses around the southeastern U.S.
Our mission is to engage in high-quality research leading to the scientific and technological advances needed to sustain and enhance forest ecosystems and the full range of benefits they provide. Researchers are melding long-term studies with 21st Century technology to address emerging challenges including how forces such as climate and land use change, populations growth, invasive plants and pathogens, and fire affect timber, wildlife, clean air and water, recreation, and other ecosystems services.
The primary focus of work for the interns is to assist in communicating research results to a broad array of audiences. Interns will work alongside our science writers and public affairs specialists to prepare communications products. They will meet with scientists and partners in the field, may help with field studies, and then transfer the research information into a variety of formats for distribution. This includes social media such as Twitter and Story Maps, as well as traditional media like briefing papers. Interns will be given individual as well as group assignments. Overnight travel to research locations in the southeastern U.S. will be paid for by Southern Research Station
- Strong writing and social media skills
- Comfortable getting out into natural settings and assisting with a variety of field work/projects
Expected Start Time
Expected End Time
June through August
Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, History and Practice of Diplomacy
Fulfills requirement for the Certificate in History and Practice of Diplomacy (http://hpd.princeton.edu/)
Asheville is a college town with numerous apartments and rooms available for rent in the summer. No prep work outside of the regular work schedule.
My PICS internship this summer allowed me an opportunity to explore my interest in environmental science despite not having had much training or experience in the field. As a result, I now feel more empowered to pursue avenues like environmental law and activism.
—Mim Ra Aslaoui '18
Being an intern here really opened my eyes to environmental issues and the Communications team showed the importance of how scientific information is disseminated to communities.
—Kiley Coates '20