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Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Videos, 2 minutes, 53 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin


YouTube Video

GLIFWC Internship Program

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  • This video highlights students who were a part of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission's (GLIFWC) internship program in 2018, what these students learned during this experience, and how internships can lead to fulfilling careers.
  • Students will learn that GLIFWC offers interns an opportunity to gain fieldwork experience, learn about the traditional ecological knowledge of Indigenous cultures, and learn about careers they may want to pursue.
Teaching Tips


  • The students speak sincerely about their personal experience with the GLIFWC internship.
  • This video is well-produced and concise.

Additional Prerequisites

  • An advertisement may play before the video starts.
  • There is a time-stamped transcript provided if you click "more" in the video description.
  • It may be beneficial for students to have background knowledge about the GLIFWC organization and what it does, as well as the Ojibwe and Menominee people and their culture.


  • This video can be used in an in-person or a virtual lesson format about protecting your local environment, climate careers, or internship options in Wisconsin.
  • Before watching the video, the teacher can ask questions about internships to gauge misconceptions and prior knowledge.
  • Teachers can have students watch the video at home to prepare for an in-class discussion on the importance of community activism and environmental stewardship.
  • This video can enhance a lesson on the history of Native Americans and how they have endured systemic oppression.
Scientist Notes
This short (~3 minute) video from The Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) discusses the internship program offered at GLIFWC. There are introductory and closing remarks by the executive administrator, as well as interviews with six interns that discuss how the internship marked a turning point in their lives and provided an opportunity to observe how the organization integrates Ojibwe culture with the science in their work. The interns discuss how they enjoyed various experiences, including fieldwork, data collection, and participation in cultural events. Learning about manoomin (wild rice) and traditional ecological knowledge were particularly cherished aspects of the internship. The executive administrator discusses how he fell in love with the atmosphere and the people at the Commission, which helped them gain perspective on their career interests in fieldwork and data recording. The experience also emphasized the importance of working with others and combining different skill sets to find optimal solutions. Overall, the internship offered valuable biological survey techniques and canoeing skills for a future career in Natural Resources, and the administrator encourages trying different internships to discover the best-fit career path aligned with one's passions and values. This video would be a great addition to a classroom discussion about job opportunities that incorporate science and helping the environment. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.9-12 Analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights.
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.4.9-12 Analyze relationships and interactions within and between human and physical systems to explain reciprocal influences that occur among them.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.
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