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103: Key Lessons from 7 Years of Intern Iterations

Time + Talent Podcast

Release Date: 10/21/2019

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The Huron River Watershed Council’s internship initiative addresses a trifecta of community needs, intern needs, and agency needs. Jason Frenzel - Volunteer & Stewardship Coordinator - is taking an iterative approach to its design and his approach has evolved over the years to become ever more aligned with the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) goals for the organization.

In addition, the internship program contributes to growing future scientists and community members that will become ambassadors and continue to advocate for the health of the watershed.  Internships also forge strong alliances with local educational institutions.

He recommends that colleagues who want to start or improve intern engagement perform a SWOT Analysis of resources available in their area, so they know the assets they can work with; to make sure they are also creating contingency plans in case things don’t go as expected, and to plan for risk and liability issues for this special kind of community service.

Position descriptions for HRWC’s intern and volunteer roles can be found here https://www.hrwc.org/about/staff/jobs/.

If you want to learn more about the work of the Huron River Watershed Council, visit https://www.hrwc.org/.

You can also find Jason on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonfrenzel/.

Guest Bio:

Jason Frenzel

Volunteer & Stewardship Coordinator

Huron River Watershed Council

Jason has been a Manager of Volunteers since 2001 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His work at the City of Ann Arbor and now the Huron River Watershed Council has given him the opportunity to oversee a wide array of volunteer programming. Jason plays a leadership role in many community initiatives where he has rounded out his experience managing and facilitating small and large groups. He is an advisor to his local volunteer managers network and was the president of the board of directors of AL!VE, the national association of Volunteer Managers. Jason has held his Certification in Volunteer Administration, an international accreditation for Volunteer Engagement Professionals, since 2009. He also served as a City Councilmember in Ann Arbor.