2011 Career Discovery Internship Program
I was born and raised in Charleston, SC with the wetlands and the smell of saltwater as constants in all aspects of my life. The beaches, county and state parks, national forests, and other scenic areas around Charleston have provided the perfect settings for summer activities when gas prices were too high to go elsewhere. I’m not sure if growing up in this environment is what initially sparked my love of nature, but it has absolutely been a contributing factor.
I currently attend Furman University with a double major in Earth and Environmental Science and Asian Studies. I am the Vice President of Furman in the Garden, an organization that takes care of the campus’ organic garden, as well as a member of the Outdoors Club, A.S.I.A. Club, and the Bartram Society. As far as hobbies go, I love traveling, photography, learning languages, gardening, hiking, reading, and trying new things in general.
The Student Conservation Association’s internship program has interested me ever since I attended a recruiting session at my University. I was later contacted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partner program and decided to apply for that internship as well. Through this internship, I hope to gain hands-on conservation experience as well as a greater understanding of the structure and mission of the Fish and Wildlife Service. I also hope to build lasting relationships with my co-workers and supervisors and wish to learn as much as I possibly can this summer! At the moment, I don’t really have any specific career goals, hence, why the CDIP internship is such a great opportunity. I wish to have a job for which I have a passion, one that I will be able to look back on with both satisfaction and pride. I would love to do something related to the environment and natural resources. I’m also interested in having a job with an international connection, if not abroad then perhaps a position in the U.S. that deals with relationships with other countries.
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