APPLY NOW! Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship like "rocket fuel" for career

YouTube video promotes job opportunities for Alaska students

01/09/2012

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Fairbanks, Alaska—With the American and global economies arguably in the worst shape since the 1930s Great Depression, college students are rightly concerned about getting a job after they graduate.

For Alaska college students, one path to gainful employment is the prestigious National Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

The highly competitive fellowship provides eligible students with one year of paid experience in Washington, D.C., working on ocean issues with a U.S. Congressional staff or with an executive branch resource management agency.

Alaska Sea Grant is currently recruiting exceptional students from around the state to apply for the 2013 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. To get the word out, it has produced a YouTube video that features testimonials from former Knauss Fellows. Watch the video on the Knauss fellowship web page.

Carl Rebstock is among ten Alaskans chosen as Knauss Fellows since 1992. A retired colonel in the U.S. Army, Rebstock is the executive director of Passionfish.org, a public education program devoted to seafood health and sustainability. He says his Knauss Fellowship was "like rocket fuel" for his career.

"Regardless of what direction you pursue—education, industry, policy, research, or some other field—this fellowship provides unparalleled exposure," Rebstock said.

Each year, about 40 students from around the country are named Knauss Fellows. The fellowship is open to any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 17, 2012, is enrolled toward a degree in a graduate or professional program, and who has an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The graduate degree needs to be awarded through a United States–accredited institution of higher education in the United States or its territories.

The application deadline is February 17, 2012. Alaska students should apply through the Alaska Sea Grant Program.

"The Knauss fellowship has proven to be a valuable springboard to exciting careers in resource policy, biology, management, economics, education and conservation fields, just to name a few," said Dr. David Christie, director of Alaska Sea Grant.

Alaska's Knauss Fellows have fared well in finding employment after their fellowships.

Celeste Leroux (2009) is a private contractor working for NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration in Washington, D.C.; Erin Steiner (2009) is an economist with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle, Washington; Maryann Bozza (2009) is a program manager with the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Oregon State University. Seanbob Kelly (2008) is a fishery management specialist with NOAA Fisheries in Juneau, Alaska. Erica Feller (1995) is senior advisor for North America Conservation at the Nature Conservancy in Virginia. She just completed a two-year assignment working on ecosystem restoration issues as a member of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. William Robie (1992) is the executive assistant of the Hardware Lumber Manufacturers Association of Pennsylvania; Jill Brady (1991) is an economist with the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council; Shannon Evans (1991) is an attorney in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship began in 1979 and is run by the National Sea Grant College Program. More than 800 Knauss Fellows have served in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.

To learn more about the fellowship, contact Alaska Sea Grant Director Dr. David Christie at david.christie@alaska.edu, 907-474-7086; or go online to the Knauss fellowship web page.

The Alaska Sea Grant College Program is a statewide marine research, education, communication, and extension service at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Alaska Sea Grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and private industry.

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is a statewide university extension and technical assistance program that helps Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy Alaska's marine and coastal resources.