A day in the field learning about environmental careers

NLI is partnering with Rockford Promise (About Rockford Promise – Rockford Promise) which provides promising scholars from underserved school districts full-tuition college scholarships. Rockford Promise also supports those Scholars with robust community mentorships, strong academic advising and meaningful social connections to ensure they earn their degrees and jumpstart successful careers.

With support from our donors, NLI is providing 2 paid summer internships to encourage the Scholars to pursue degrees in Natural Resources disciplines, from ecology to environmental engineering, botany to environmental advocacy.  We are also beginning to work with our network of business supporters to provide mentoring and potential jobs for the future. You can read about our Rockford Promise Scholars below.

If you or your business is interested in working with NLI to provide mentoring and potential internships in your environmental field of work, please call us at 815-964-6666 and ask to speak to Kerry Leigh.

NLI’s Rockford Promise Scholars – Summer Interns 2021

Camila Rivera

“I graduated in the summer of 2020 from Rockford East High School. My mom has always had a strong passion for plants and it has had a strong impact on my interests. I’m interested in learning more about environmental conservation through the NLI internship because it is a perfect learning opportunity near my home and my college. The NLI internship will also help me become more familiar with native flora and fauna of Northern Illinois. Currently I’m looking where to transfer after Rock Valley College and plan on continuing my education with environmental engineering and chemical engineering.”


Kasey Aucutt
“I graduated from Guilford High School in 2021 and plan to study in the field of biology. I have always enjoyed science and environmental classes in high school. Having an opportunity to get hands-on experience through NLI is very exciting! The internship allows me to discover some of the aspects of the environmental conservation field. I plan to go to Rock Valley College in the fall and then transfer to a 4 year school.”






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