Four environmental high school students from New York and New Jersey spent four weeks this summer as interns in Minnesota and North Dakota through The Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program. They gained insights and experience in conserving the natural world as they helped the Conservancy manage its lands and waters in both states.
They were joined by a couple of college students from New York and Illinois who worked as summer interns under the Conservancy's Growing Leaders on behalf of the Environment (GLOBE) Program.
Meet our LEAF interns:
Syed Alam says the experience allowed him to broaden his horizons and prepare him for college. While he was nervous about leaving his family for an extended period of time, he knows this allowed him to learn and develop new skills. Alam is considering a career as an environmental engineer.
Henry Dlhopolsky has loved and enjoyed nature from a very early age, including hiking with his family throughout the Northeast U.S. He plans on becoming an engineer as there are many possible ways for him to help the environment in this field, such as the development of LEED-certified buildings or the invention of new, more environmentally-friendly technology.
Nazeeh Muhammed-Myers plans on becoming a doctor and says he wants to incorporate the environment into his future career plans. He enjoys many hobbies including writing, photography and kickboxing.
Ziliang Wu is from China and has some great memories of being in nature. He is still deciding between a career in pharmaceuticals or civil engineering, but knows he wants to incorporate his love for the environment into any career path he ultimately chooses.
For more information on LEAF, or to sponsor a student, please contact us via e-mail.
Meet our GLOBE interns:
Erin Medvecz is a grassland restoration intern for The Nature Conservancy. She recently completed her second year at the College of Saint Benedict, where she is majoring in environmental studies. She grew up in Algonquin, Illinois, and is very passionate about prairies. She hopes to pursue a career in the conservation field. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, knitting, playing the guitar and the ukulele, outdoor photography and exploring prairies.
Ian McLaughlin is a native of Rochester, New York and was born on April 22, 1992, also known as Earth Day, so he may have been destined for a career in conservation. He is a recent graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management and an Associate’s degree in Forest Technology. In his free time he enjoys camping, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and a good campfire. In the future, Ian hopes to continue working in the environmental field and to explore incredible natural areas around the globe.
For more information on GLOBE, including 2014 internships, visit our web page.
For more details on what LEAF and GLOBE interns will be doing in Minnesota this summer, take a look at our news release.