Career Discovery Internship Program at Patuxent Research Refuge
As a student at Virginia Tech pursuing an Environmental Science degree, the idea of conservation of the environment and the importance of the environment are subjects I hear about daily throughout the academic year. Although most of my professors emphasize this idea of conservation, I never really felt that I had enough experience to understand what conservation is. Because I have never had enough experience, I also have always felt that I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my Environmental Science degree. However, through this internship with the Student Conservation Association and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, not only have I felt that I could really apply what I have learned as an Environmental Science student to what I have done as an intern, but this internship has really allowed me the chance to get firsthand experience in conservation. This internship has reiterated for me why the environment is so important, and therefore why I am pursuing an Environmental Science degree in the first place. This internship has also allowed me to grow as a person by allowing me to build confidence in myself and confidence in what I will be doing in the future in the field of environmental conservation.