The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky's Summer 2013 Interns: Nathan Shuler and Sintelle Kemper
The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky is always glad to hire interns for two important reasons. First, they provide extra hands needed to advance our ambitious mission around the Bluegrass State. Interns also give our staff the chance to influence a new generation of conservationists! During Summer 2013, the Conservancy hosted two interns at the new Lexington headquarters: Nathan Shuler and Sintelle Kemper.
A native of nearby Versailles, Nathan Shuler spent the summer working at the Conservancy while preparing for his senior year at Centre College where he majors in economics.
“I started out at the University of Kentucky but craved the type of smaller setting provided at Centre College,” says Shuler. “That is when I became interested and involved in environmental issues, eventually becoming President of the campus’s Environmental Association and the University President’s Climate Advisory Council. Working with the Conservancy has helped me to learn about these and other issues on a much deeper level.”
In addition to helping with general office duties (including a big office move!), Nathan has dedicated time towards editing the chapter blog, researching potential partners for the Corporate Sustainability Council, and compiling a database to include information about local, state and federal grant opportunities.
In spite of Nathan’s long to-do list, there is plenty of work left for Sintelle Kemper, a Lexington native who looks forward to her Junior year at Centre College where she majors in Biology. While with the Conservancy, Sintelle has focused on marketing and philanthropy by assisting with social media like Pinterest and Twitter, organizing photos, assembling presentations and streamlining the chapter’s approach to events.
“I was surprised at how many hours go into just one canoe trip,” says Kemper. “Learning about philanthropy in general opened my eyes to a whole new professional field. I didn’t really know about this type of work and how much effort goes into raising money required to achieve the Conservancy’s goals.”
Shuler would agree, mentioning his increased respect for the Conservancy’s reach. “I’ve listened in on webinars hosted by the national office and quickly realized that while vigilantly taking care of local landscapes like we see here in Kentucky, the Conservancy also employs its partnerships and scientific knowledge towards weighing in on environmental issues at an international level. The organization is really impressive.”