What is the most rewarding part of your internship?
The most rewarding part for me has been the connections I've made thus far. Though video calls could never replace in person meetings, I do feel like I've gotten closer with the people I worked with. If all goes well, I hope to return to Salem next summer for a more traditional in person internship. Getting to know everyone, already having strong bonds in place, and learning about Salem and New England's history will allow me to begin next summer with a huge head start.
What would you like to share with other people who may be in your job or in stewardship?
Out of the myriad of things I've gained during this internship, the most important one is the ability to keep an open mind, especially when dealing with the unexpected. There have been a number of times where I've been working on a project and I've had to put it on the back burner in favor of something with a more pressing deadline. This is definitely something I had to get accustomed to; in college I am used to working on a set task and then moving on to the next upon its completion. I will definitely make use of this skill in both my future academic and professional life.
What are some examples of your work with the National Park Service (NPS)?
"Careers in the National Parks: Maryann Zujewski
," is the first in a series of articles I wrote about NPS staff. For my first article, I interviewed my supervisor, Education Specialist, Maryann Zujewski. You can view my upcoming articles online by visiting Salem Maritime's Staff and Offices