For some college students, summer internships mean coffee runs, making copies and filing. Not at The Nature Conservancy, where our interns provide essential support to staff and programs, expanding the capacity of our conservation work here in Delaware.
Whether they are supporting our public policy work or in the role of the Delaware River Watershed Fellow—working with the Stream Stewards program and First State National Historical Park in Wilmington—our interns help advance our mission in Delaware. Read to learn more about our 2022 interns, below.
Meet our 2022 AWE Fellow
Saada Wing returned to our Stream Stewards program in Wilmington this summer as our Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE) Fellow, developing new educational curricula focused on the mental health benefits of spending time in nature.
As our AWE Fellow, Saada was part of a summer cohort of fellows spanning 12 centers throughout the Delaware River watershed. This community science-based water monitoring program is helping to build a constituency of support for watershed stewardship among Wilmington-area residents and encouraging clean water resources for drinking and recreational activities like swimming and fishing while also providing healthy habitat for wildlife like American shad and other migratory fish.
“I hope to reach the hearts and minds of my generation, to take better care of what Earth has given us, that this is our planet, and we must love it,” Saada said.
Launched in 2016, the Stream Stewards educational program took a big leap forward this year by hosting 60 students in grades K–6 for summer camp programs in First State National Historical Park in New Castle, DE, incorporating Saada’s new teaching tools. Stream Stewards is a partnership between TNC, the National Park Service and Stroud Water Research Center, with funding from the William Penn Foundation.
In the fall of 2022, the Stream Stewards program will expand its teen science engagement opportunities through a collaboration with The Warehouse, a Wilmington-based organization offering recreational, educational, arts, career and health programming.
Meet Our 2022 IIJA Intern
This summer, Kaelyn Kobosko served as the TNC Delaware Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) communication, implementation and strategy intern, a position sponsored by the Delaware Sea Grant College Program with funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She conducted research on how and when communities may access IIJA funding and helped develop a strategy to encourage the funding to be spent on climate mitigation and resilience while addressing the needs of underserved communities.
Kaelyn is in her junior year at Hood College in Frederick, MD. She is majoring in sustainability studies with minors in biology and economics.