I had no idea what to expect from a non-profit environmental organization when I agreed to a six-month internship with Turtle Island Restoration Network in February of 2014. I had never been to the West Coast before and I was looking for a something that would enhance my career goals after graduating in the Spring of 2013. I was thoroughly surprised when I found myself giving presentations to 3rd grade classrooms about marine mammals, handling juvenile coho salmon during their migration pattern to the sea, and organizing outreach events within my first couple of months.
As an intern with Turtle Island, I was able to explore each and every category that this non-profit organization had to offer. Whether I was in the office working on fundraising efforts or out in the field reconstructing critical salmon habitat, I was having fun with like-minded people. Since Turtle Island is rooted in community, I was introduced to many folks who had been doing their part to help the planet by starting in their own backyards in Marin, Calif. I was able to live in the Intern House through the Residential Internship program, and had the opportunity to collaborate with and enjoy the presence of friends and co-workers throughout the entirety of my experience. There was never a dull moment!
The importance of habitat restoration, community outreach, and team work will forever be rooted in my work ethic as I move forward to be a better advocate for the ocean. Now that my six months are up, I will take with me a positive life experience and friends and colleagues who made my internship an unforgettable time.
Sea Turtle Advocacy Intern
February 2014 – August 2014