Education Intern Cindy Hannon
June 5, 2009
Why did you become an education intern at Acadia? Was the intern experience what you were expecting? Were there any surprises?
I had been living in Boston but was offered a job in Los Angeles, California, and decided to hit the open road, but after a few years realized that New England was my home and I wanted to be back home. Not knowing what I wanted to do next, career-wise, I figured this is as good a time as any to learn about the NPS.
I applied to Acadia because I had been here as a kid, and I liked Bar Harbor. I figured it was a good place to start because I was already familiar with what Acadia had to offer.
My internship has been a great experience. You really get a behind the scenes look at how a national park operates. I especially liked being here in the spring because you get to see what goes into getting Acadia ready for the massive amounts of visitors that will be coming, and you get to see Bar Harbor awaken from a long, cold winter.
What did you learn from your internship at Acadia? What did you enjoy the most?
Exploring Acadia through the eyes of kids is just the best way to see the park. Helping instill stewardship was probably the most fun I had. Seeing kids appreciate what they have "in their own backyard" and being able to use Acadia as a classroom was really cool. The satisfaction you feel from preparing for a program, learning the material, and teaching the kids is very rewarding.
My next steps will definitely be influenced by my experience here. I am very interested in getting back to working with children and families. Finding a work environment where your colleagues really like what they do makes what you do much more rewarding! I am not sure I want the office job anymore. Teaching outside was such a perk! I'll keep you posted wherever I end up.
What impressed you about Acadia National Park and the National Park Service?