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Ashley Zavala
Ashley Zavala in a canoe

2011 Career Discovery Internship Program

Ashley Zavala

Growing up in Dade City, Florida I was always within an hour’s reach of the beach. Upon moving to Texas my imagination and marvel continued. Pretending I was Indiana Jones or Tarzan’s Jane, I found myself most free when I was atop a tree gazing at God’s blue sky, overlooking the land. I am a rising senior at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX majoring in Geography within the program: Resource and Environmental Studies, a minor in Anthropology and receiving two certificates, one for GIS and one for Water Resource Policy. I am a pretty relaxed individual who enjoys diving into various art projects, creating an outlet for my creative side, most recently pyrography or wood burning. Even more so, I enjoy spending time with my family.

In the fall 2010, I learned of internship positions with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP) through the Student Conservation Association (SCA). I submitted my resume and cover letter in hopes that I would discover my passion within the field of earth sciences. Two weeks before school was out I was blessed to hear from my future supervisor that I had in fact received the internship, not only that, I was selected for my first choice position as I applied to multiple locations. I am stationed on Long Island in Brookhaven, NY as a part of Ecological Services as a biology intern. Not only will it expose me to the endless opportunities offered in my field, it will award me with valuable real-world experience, the chance of a lifetime, and a rare occasion to grow as an individual. I hope to make life-long relations and learn first-hand what it means to work in the world of conservation.

As for the future, I am going to continue my education and earn a master’s degree. I originally thought that I wanted to help rebuild disaster stricken areas or help develop underdeveloped countries. However, earning this internship has made me think that maybe my future lies elsewhere. Nonetheless, I know the plan for my future will reveal itself in due time.

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Last updated: November 29, 2011
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