What I do, day to day:
While interning, I have been assisting with many projects, including the planning and preparation of Earth Day Network's 50th anniversary campaign that will launch in 2020. This large endeavor has taught me how to effectively research, evaluate sources and draft effective communication plans. I also collaborated on structuring and writing an environmental grant proposal for National Geographic that would implement a climate-change awareness program in local schools. Besides these bigger projects, I conduct ongoing research on opportunities for the organization to network and seek funding through grant applications.
Most valuable part of this experience:
I have gained a wealth of knowledge about the daily operations of an environmental nonprofit as well as its impact. It was a career path I had never considered exploring before, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to work in one.
Advice for students considering internships:
Search anywhere and everywhere! If you know people in the field you’re interested in, ask them to keep an eye out for any available opportunities for you. And keep an open mind! Often the most rewarding experiences come from the least likely places.
How this internship has helped me:
I am excited to take the work experience I’ve gained and apply it to an academic setting. While I have learned a lot during the internship, I have also realized how much Dickinson has already taught me in one year that I’m able to apply in the professional world.
I’d love to combine my academic interests and conduct research on ways to improve climate-change mitigation initiatives from a socio-psychological perspective.
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Published July 31, 2018