I graduated from UMass-Amherst in May 2010 with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. During my final semester at UMass, I worked as a STEP intern in the Northeast Region's Office of External Affairs. As an intern, I primarily wrote for the regional climate change website. It was a tremendous opportunity for a college senior preparing for the job market. The position allowed me to travel throughout the Northeast Region writing and producing multimedia products about a diverse array of topics, from invasive species to sea level rise. Along the way, I discovered my inner conservationist.
After graduation, I founded my own communications company, NewVo Media, and continued to build the regional climate change website as a freelance writer. Most recently, I traveled to coastal Delaware with the Service's regional Broadcast AV manager to produce a video series about marsh management and sea level rise at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. In September 2010, I will begin a new position as a public affairs specialist under the Federal Career Intern Program. I will spend one year embedded in the regional Office of Law Enforcement and one year in Ecological Services. And to think, it all began in late 2009 with a spontaneous phone call to my journalism adviser to see if she had heard of any interesting internships. College advisers always extol the virtues of an internship. Listen to them. They're right.