Summer 2015 Intern Blog

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Summer Interns at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP include: SCA Interns - college students or recent graduates who serve in the Interpretive, Resource Management, or Education departments. They gain valuable career skills and provide critical capacity to park operations and programs. George Perkins Marsh Interns through the SCA - are rising college freshman. They participate in a career exploration journey by participating in leadership development training as well as through completion of work projects in each park division.

A Mentor’s Goodbye

August 24, 2015 Posted by: Laura Sears

I’ve said many goodbyes over the past few years. As a young professional just breaking into the conservation field, I’ve held many temporary positions. I’ve seen many new places, met new people and had new experiences.


Last Words With SCA

August 13, 2015 Posted by: Janice He

From a personal perspective, I found that one of the greatest things about being an intern at the Marsh -Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park this summer is the spontaneity. There were so many things I learned from this internship that are so valuable to what I do in my life.


Murder Mystery or Bust

August 13, 2015 Posted by: Celia Graham and Kia Amirkiaee

Celia and Kia here, checking in for our last blog post. If you have been following us throughout our journey then you know of all of the crazy adventures we have been on. However, to top it all off, we went camping in the middle of a forest in a torrential downpour. This experience allowed us to gain skills in teamwork and pushed us out of our comfort zones.


Getting to Know the SCA

July 29, 2015 Posted by: SCA Intern

When I began this internship, I thought that the Student Conservation Association (SCA) was a mere program through which we applied for this position. And while I did realize that it was an association that could place me into conservation corps and other internships, I didn’t realize how passionate and prideful each member was of the association.


Invasives, Weed Wrenches, and Axes…Oh My!

July 29, 2015 Posted by: SCA Intern

Last week we learned about trail work, focusing on invasive species and practicing stewardship on trails for the public.


Shout out to Scott!

July 29, 2015 Posted by: Janice He

I have met so many great mentors since arriving and interning at this National Historical Park but the ultimate person that I admire the most is a special ranger named Scott Davison. Scott is the ideal role model I look up to.


Writing With no Bounds

July 29, 2015 Posted by: Janice He

This morning, SCA interns practiced writing- freewriting. We read a short passage, "Writing Down the Bones", by Natalie Goldberg, about how writing with no boundaries can express our true thoughts and emotions and even the aesthetic component to our writing such as whether we are more comfortable writing in cursive or big print.


"Writing down the bones"

July 29, 2015 Posted by: Alex Barreto

Reflection is one of the greatest tools we have as human beings. If there were no reflection, society would not have progressed as far as it has.


The Leader’s View: A New Beginning

July 29, 2015 Posted by: Laura Sears

My name is Laura Sears and I am the Lead for the George Perkins Marsh Interns. I am acting as a mentor to the four younger interns and facilitating their time here at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.


To Dust or Not to Dust

July 27, 2015 Posted by: Kiana Amirkiaee

This week we spent time exploring the career of a museum curator. We had the opportunity to see the inside of the Bungalow, the attic of the mansion, the woodshed, and visit Laurance Rockefeller’s office at the Belvedere. is extremely important to insure that future generations will be able to find artifacts in the same state as they are in today.


Refreshing and New

July 06, 2015 Posted by: Janice He

When I first found out about the SCA, I was really intrigued because I knew I wanted to do something outdoors and hands-on. I knew this was exactly the kind of atmosphere I was looking for- something refreshing and new just like that moment when I walked down the smooth path along the reservoir or when I sat at the top of a hill on the island painting the gentle splashes against the shore, getting the right texture of a birch wood tree in front of me, and not having to think, and just focusing on what’s in front of me. I wanted to experience more of these moments.


Inspired by the Legacy of Marsh

July 06, 2015 Posted by: Alex Barreto

The reason I pursued this internship was for several reasons. Personally, I've always appreciated and acknowledged nature. I believe nature and the environment are both powerful things that can also bring people together who have common interests. There are also many aspects of nature and the environment. I am currently unsure of what specific role I would like to have with the environment. I am of course, hopeful that I may find the answer this summer at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.


Past, Present, and Future

July 06, 2015 Posted by: Kia Amirkiaee

So why did I become a George Perkins Marsh intern? I am passionate about ecological stewardship and protection of natural resources. A quick look into Vermont’s past reveals the importance of maintaining working forests. Although our state’s economy relies heavily on timber and wood products harvested from forests, it is also imperative that we protect against deforestation--which can lead to a multitude of issues such as erosion and mudslides.


Finding a connection with the Park

July 02, 2015 Posted by: Celia Graham

My name is Celia Graham and I have grown up in the woody hills of Pomfret, Vermont. I serve as a George Perkins Marsh Intern and thus, am able to experience working with many of the departments throughout this park. It has been the time that I have spent wandering through the trails here, as well as my interest in the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller story that led me to this position.


Last updated: July 2, 2015

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