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City Partners with UTRGV for Updated Student Internship Program

City Partners with UTRGV for Updated Student Internship Program

The City of South Padre Island and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) have updated the agreement regarding the student internship program, bringing a number of benefits to both the City and UTRGV.

The purpose of the student internship program between UTRGV and the City of South Padre Island is to provide the city with an individual who is performing applied research with the express purpose of evaluating and enhancing current and future beach management practices.  

The student internship program provides the city with a part-time researcher in the Shoreline Management Department focused on specific phenomena impacting the width and stability of beaches. Potential areas of study include the relationship between sandbar migration and sediment delivery to dunes, the importance of dune plant growth and the effects of beach nourishment on coastal plant and animal communities. The university desires to provide a student with a high-impact learning opportunity in which scientific knowledge directly applies to a coastal community for the sake of environmental and economic sustainability. Additionally, the student will be able to work with city personnel and gain a familiarity with the management process in coastal communities.

This partnership will allow the City of South Padre Island to increase its understanding of its shoreline environments that directly improves efforts to conserve natural resources and maintain the natural beauty of the Island. It will also provide collaborative relationships with municipalities or state agencies facing similar issues as former interns find jobs as coastal managers in other cities.

The updated agreement also provides UTRGV with a more specific direction, additional guidance and more effective method of monitoring of student interns to maximize the program’s full potential from both the City’s and university’s perspective.EndFragment