To strengthen economic development in the area, Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) and Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) are investigating ways to get Virginia universities to partner with the community.
Devi Glick, Virginia Sea Grant 2011 summer policy intern, first became interested in marine policy in high school, when she volunteered with a local baykeeper organization that did water quality monitoring.
A legal internship or externship at Virginia Sea Grant provides an excellent opportunity for law students to learn about the policy, economic, and scientific aspects of environmental law, regulation, and development.
During the Spring of 2011, Virginia Sea Grant continued its Coastal and Marine Law & Policy Internship. This year’s interns, second year William & Mary law students Jennifer Lonergan and Ryan Stephens, have been working on creating a comprehensive list of state, local, and federal officials who are important to marine spatial planning on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. This has involved building from the work of past interns, who began a database of contact names, email addresses, and phone numbers of people in Eastern Shore communities, Virginia State Government, and relevant federal agencies. Jennifer and Ryan identified relevant local officials, state agencies, and federal officials in order to find key players in the region who could be instrumental in the implementation of marine spatial planning. "This project has given me substantial insight into all of the different interests involved in policy decisions," says Ryan. Ryan and Jennifer are both returning to their studies at William & Mary after the completion of the internship.