2011 Career Discovery Internship Program
My name is Samantha Derrick and I grew up in Miami and Melbourne, Florida. Always living near a beach, my exposure to nature started at a young age. During my teenage years I had the opportunity to visit several renowned natural attractions including: the Everglades, the Grand Canyon, the Redwoods, Crater Lake, Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, the Finger Lakes Region in New York, Copper Canyon in Mexico, and many others. My already keen interest in natural environments and desire to preserve them was magnified as a result of my ever growing awareness about issues surrounding man-made climate change and its disastrous effects on wildlife and natural habitats. I am currently studying Environmental Science and Environmental Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley I assist teaching a Human Rights course run by students and I am also active with the Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy. This coming fall, I will be joining a group that plants gardens at local homes and communities to promote sustainability and local food consumption. With my free time, I enjoy working on art, playing tennis, and making organic vegan food.
This summer I am interning for the Science Applications Department in the NE Regional office for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In this internship I am involved with outreach efforts relating to climate change issues and their impact on wildlife and natural habitats. I was immediately interested from the outset in applying for this internship because it directly relates to what I hope to do with my future career.
I eventually intend to work on environmental and climate change research while integrating my efforts to protect our sacred natural resources and wildlife. I hope to contribute something positive to the world while doing what I love rather than simply reducing myself to seeking out a career with the highest paying salary. Participating in this internship allows me the opportunity to actively engage in the area I am inherently passionate about,in a pristine environment. I am gratified on many levels and cannot envision a more fitting foundation for my career than the opportunity to participate in this internship.
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