Posted 09 August 2011, by David Mastio, The Washington Times, .washingtontimes.com
Just as the House of Representatives was ending the 200-year-old page program to save $5 million a year, the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency sent out an email touting the expansion of its “Eco-ambassador program” to include $6,000-8,000 paid internships just for those with an interest in “environmental justice.” In short, a liberals only internship.
Says the announcement:
EPA’s Student Diversity Internship Program EJ eco-Ambassador Focus
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the Environmental Justice (EJ) eco-Ambassador program. Last year Administrator Lisa P. Jackson introduced the EPA eco-Ambassador program with the goal to empower communities to be safer and healthier. We are happy to launch this internship program to focus on environmental justice, one of Administrator Jackson’s top priorities.
EPA is looking for energetic and highly motivated graduate level students to work on addressing environmental justice. Numerous opportunities are available within EPA for students to gain valuable work experience while contributing to the mission of protecting human health and the environment. Student internship opportunities are available at EPA’s regional offices nationwide through the EJ eco-Ambassador program.
Notice who who should apply:
(Students who) Have previously been involved or have a strong interest in environmental justice , social justice issues and/or environmental health disparities in an academic, volunteer and/ or employment setting.
So with one hand, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives shuts down a venerable non-political opportunity for high school students to save money the federal government doesn’t have. And with the other hand, on the same day, the Obama administration announces it is expanding a liberals-only internship program that we don’t need with money we don’t have.