A. Steele Becker

Michelle Rerucha of Kearney, a December graduate from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, has been awarded a 15-week internship with the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.

Rerucha is one of only 100 students in the nation to be accepted for the NGS internship, which began in late January. Rerucha is working in the development area for NGS educational materials. Interns apply knowledge and classroom techniques to practical publication procedures or other geographic outreach projects. They are assigned to work in one of the many divisions within the society–such as the National Geographic Web site, one of the magazines, books or maps.

“These internships are very competitive,” said A. Steele Becker, UNK associate professor of geography. “Michelle is the second of our students to have won this prestigious award.” Nate Eidem, formerly of Kearney, received a National Geographic Society internship award last summer. Eidem graduated in May and is now attending graduate school in Illinois.

The National Geographic Society’s competitive Geography Intern Program has run continuously since its inception in the summer of 1981. The purpose of the program is to furnish students with a professional learning experience through participation in various projects aimed at the diffusion of geographic knowledge.