Susan Swanson Memorial Internship

Susan Swanson Memorial Internship Opportunity – Summer 2024

The AHUG Board of Directors has established a Memorial Internship Program to honor Susan Swanson’s legacy and contribution to Pennsylvania’s forests and forest products community.

Sue was a lifelong resident of the Kane area, and was involved in Pennsylvania’s hardwood industry for over 40 years. She began her career by providing administrative support to her husband’s logging business, then moving to Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG) as an Administrative Assistant before taking over as the AHUG Executive Director in October of 1997. Under her leadership, AHUG fostered a reputation for being the “go-to” organization in our region on issues involving the hardwood industry, and for partnering with other agencies and organizations to tackle topics ranging from natural resources access to workforce and economic development. She forged strong working relationships on the local state and national level, and was as comfortable talking politics in Washington DC as she was spending a day in the woods with local school students.

The chosen candidate will operate from the central hub of the AHUG office in Kane, PA, while spending time in the field over an 10-week program (May 20 – July 26) networking and performing duties alongside assigned mentors in forestry, land management, logging and harvest operations, sawmilling, secondary and by-products manufacturing, economic development, promotion, state government and industry advocacy.

The goal of this program is to develop the future leaders and entrepreneurs of the Pennsylvania hardwood industry by providing an immersive experience into the dynamics of the region’s natural resource and hardwood industry sectors, and the efforts to provide advocacy, promotion, education and economic development services in support of its continued growth.

Interested candidates should complete the application found below and submit to no later than COB on Friday, March 31st 2024.