Media Advisory: UA and Rillito Park Foundation Partner on Internship Program

Nov. 20, 2018

Media Advisory: UA and Rillito Park Foundation Partner on Internship Program

  • What: Signing ceremony for memorandum of understanding
  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 27; 1-2 p.m.
  • Where: Forbes Building, 1140 E. South Campus Drive
  • Available for Interview: District 5 Supervisor Richard Elias; UA students; and Shane Burgess, vice president of the UA Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension

TUCSON, Ariz. — University of Arizona students interested in the preservation, enhancement and sustainable economic development of Pima County’s historic resources will soon have the opportunity to intern with the Rillito Park Foundation thanks to a new partnership with the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

According to Lee Dueringer, interim director of the CALS Career Center, the Rillito Park Foundation will provide 30 internship opportunities for students to participate in a variety of career-enhancing experiences ranging from business and facility operations to animal care.

UA students will help the Rillito Park Foundation in its mission to enhance Rillito Park through a variety of economic development activities, including southern Arizona’s largest farmers market, and to sustainably revitalize a historic community landmark that includes the Jelks Stud Farm and Jelks House, Museum of the Western Horse and Rider, and Pima County Parks. The facility also hosts field sports and soccer, special events, concerts, a community kitchen and horse racing.

The internship program was conceptualized by Shane Burgess, vice president of the UA Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension, and was shepherded through the process of final recognition by Ed Ackerley, local business owner of Ackerly Advertising, faculty member at the UA Eller College of Management and ex-officio board member of the Rillito Park Foundation.

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Media contacts:
Lee Dueringer
UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
602-827-2209
dueringe@cals.arizona.edu

Ed Ackerley
UA Eller College of Management
520-850-7058
ed@ackerleyadvertising.com

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