Murrin Internship Partnership Launched by PRKN and Shenandoah University

Thanks to Generous Gift From Dan Murrin, Shenandoah University Intern Will Enhance Access to the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers 

Washington, D.C.January 22  – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) is launching the PRKN Murrin Shenandoah Internship for communication and outreach, to be filled by a student at Shenandoah University, thanks to a generous gift from Dan Murrin, through the Ernst & Young Foundation, PRKN president Nancy Stoner announced today.  “We thank Dan Murrin, the Ernst & Young Foundation, and Shenandoah University for their support in making this possible,” she said. “We are excited to work with a talented undergraduate student from Shenandoah University to expand river access through our RiverPalooza and RioPalooza programs, including the Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Latinx populations throughout the watershed,” she continued.  The three entities hope to expand the internship program in the future to additional students and other host organizations that work to protect the environment.

The intern will assist with the organization’s overall mission to protect and ensure the health of the Potomac and Shenandoah watersheds and will primarily focus on Communication and Outreach, especially to underserved and underrepresented populations throughout the watershed. 

“Internships provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills they are learning in the classroom to a real-world and hands-on experience. It also allows students to explore if a field and company are the right fit for them. Students who are interested in Environmental Studies, Communications, or Spanish would be an ideal fit for the PRKN Murrin Shenandoah Internship,” said Shenandoah University Director of Career & Professional Development, Jen Spataro-Wilson.

Stoner concluded, “The best stewards of the river are those who use it.  Expanding access to and enjoyment of our beautiful rivers will lead to enhanced protection.  The enthusiasm and energy from a great Shenandoah University student is sure to help.”


About Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Potomac Riverkeeper Network is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization with three regional Waterkeeper branches: Potomac Riverkeeper, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, and Shenandoah Riverkeeper. Our mission is to protect the public’s right to clean water in the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and their tributaries. We stop pollution to enhance the safety of our drinking water, protect healthy river habitats, and enhance public use and enjoyment.

About Shenandoah University

Shenandoah University was established in 1875, and is headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, with additional educational sites in Clarke, Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Shenandoah is a private, nationally recognized university that blends the best of professional studies and the liberal arts. With more than 4,000 students in more than 100 academic programs in six different schools, Shenandoah promotes a close-knit community rich in creative energy and intellectual challenge. Shenandoah students collaborate with accomplished professors who provide focused, individual attention, all the while leading several programs to be highly nationally ranked. Through innovative partnerships and programs at both the local and global level, there are exceptional opportunities for students to learn in and out of the classroom. Shenandoah empowers its students to improve the human condition and to be principled professionals and leaders wherever they go. For more information, visit